Dr. Ian McIntyre
The University of Manitoba Anesthesia Program provides an ideal balance. In spite of being a fairly large program, with a very broad clinical experience, our residents are a close-knit group. That connectedness is fostered by an active wellness program, but more importantly by a Departmental culture of mutual support. Our residents also have input into their training choices. They gain independence through their training, taking on appropriate increases in responsibility (with any needed support), while they work toward their personal goals and those of the program. Our Residents see a broad spectrum of pathology as Winnipeg serves as a referral base for all of Manitoba, Northwest Ontario, and Nunavut. The over-arching guiding principle is to provide every resident with the basic clinical a professional skillset to discover and pursue the subspecialty and non-clinical interests that will make them valuable to the profession and enrich their professional lives.
The Department of Anesthesia at the University of Manitoba is a broad-based clinical program committed to producing high caliber anesthesiologists who will go on to fulfill leading roles, enriching their future departments and the specialty as a whole. The program is structured around comprehensive clinical excellence as the core. The clinical exposure in the program is primarily spent at the two tertiary hospitals, Health Sciences Centre and the St. Boniface Hospital with focused exposure to regional anesthesia at the Panam Surgical Centre, and community exposures at one of our three community hospitals. Beyond developing their own personal skillset, the anesthesiologist of today needs to be a team leader. The whole region operates with Anesthesia Assistants and high risk nurses fully integrated into our perioperative management teams.
The department is deeply committed to the philosophy that the health of our specialty depends upon Anesthesiologists being well-rounded professionals. Clinical excellence alone does not create the future. Our department is very proud to have a wealth of mentors who are actively engaged throughout the University with contributions to teaching, education, research, administration and other non-clinical activities.
Resident well-being and continued support is an important focus in our program. A resident retreat is organized on an annual basis by our resident social representatives which includes a full day of non- clinical activities that allow all residents to network and build a rapport with one another. In addition, a Physician wellness curriculum is offered to residents to build and maintain the tools to cope with stress both within and outside the program.