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Program Highlights

Overview of Department

For more than 40 years, the University of Manitoba’s Department of Family Medicine has been positively influencing the health of individuals, families and communities across Manitoba. Through clinical work, teaching and innovative research, family medicine is making a difference. This program, accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, promotes whole-person medicine through a combination of patient-centred care and structured seminars. During clerkship, learners are distributed in over 20 communities throughout Manitoba.

Training Passionate Family Physicians

After completing a four-year undergraduate degree in Medicine, students who enter the two-year Family Medicine residency choose a learning stream tailored to their practice interests.

Enhanced Training

In addition to the postgraduate program, Family Medicine also offers enhanced skills training which allows Family Medicine doctors to continually shape and reshape their careers.

Enhanced training is available in the following areas:
Addictions
FM Anesthesia
Cancer Care
Care of the Elderly
Emergency Medicine
Obstetrical Surgical Skills
Palliative Care
Sport & Exercise Medicine

This training requires an additional 6–12 months of study. Residents finishing their second year and practicing family physicians may apply.

Integrative Medicine in Residency Program Option

The Integrative Medicine in Residency (IMR) program is a two-year program of study exploring the integration of Complementary and Alternative therapies with conventional family practice in an evidence-based manner. This program is being offered in conjunction with the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, and is a 200-hour, interactive web-based curriculum that is completed longitudinally alongside the Family Medicine residency program. This program option is available to residents in all streams. Visit the Integrative Medicine in Residency Program page for full details.

Scholarly activities in our program include:

Participation in monthly Journal Clubs Presentations at patient case rounds and regular guideline appraisals Didactic teaching Formal Quality Improvement curriculum Critical Appraisal assignments PEARLS exercises as offered through the College of Family Physicians of Canada Academic Days throughout the year Additional core curriculum as mandated by PGME for all postgraduate program residents

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General Information

What about living and fun in Thompson and Northern Manitoba?

Thompson is a 750 km drive north of Winnipeg. Located on the traditional territory of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation the city has its roots as a mining town but has grown to become a City-centre for government, industry, health, education, commerce and culture for Northern Manitoba. Thompson has an extensive array of local amenities including a wide variety of local restaurants, multiple grocery and department stores, local malls, hardware stores, a theatre, a bowling alley, outdoor ice rinks, multiple gyms, an 18-hole golf course and a diverse variety of local retailers and service providers. It has a state-of-the-art community centre with indoor ice rinks, curling, playground, gymnasium, walking track and more attached to the University College of the North campus. Elementary schools are located centrally within each neighbourhood and the local High school boasts diverse curriculum and opportunities. There are many local day cares for those requiring child care. Opportunities for all ages abound including hockey, gymnastics, dance, martial arts, music, soccer, bowling, curling, and much more. It is a well-connected community with second busiest airport in Manitoba with flights to Winnipeg and many surrounding Northern communities daily. It is easily accessible on foot with many walking trails encouraging an active lifestyle and also has taxi and bus service. The railway connects it with Churchill, Gillam, The Pas and Winnipeg. The true richness of Northern Manitoba lies in its people and the land. Located within the breath-taking boreal forest with countless lakes, streams and rivers, the land provides an environment which cannot be replicated. Paint lake is 20 minutes south of Thompson and has picturesque views, a marina, lodge with restaurant, camp sites, yurts, boating, fishing and much more. Access to Manitoba’s 2 highest waterfalls (Kwastichewan Falls and Pisew Falls) are located at a 45-minute drive south of Thompson on Highway 6. Mystery Mountain Winter Park also allows ample access to outdoor winter sports with four lifts, eighteen runs and 10 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails. Surrounding the community are many kilometres of groomed snowmobile trails and countless sites for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, snowshoeing and much more. Many cultural events and festivals allow people to connect, learn and discover together including Nickel Days Festival, Canada Day Celebration, National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration, Winterfest, Diwali Celebration, Community Powwows and much more.

Websites of interest

Thompson Northern Health Region Travel Manitoba — Manitoba North Heritage North Museum Nickel Days — Weekend Festival Thompson Online

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Salary Information

Post graduate salaries and benefits differ by province and are determined by two things: your training year, and the province you work in. See below the salaries and benefits for University of Manitoba - Family Medicine - Northern Thompson.
Manitoba
PGY-1
$62,663
PGY-2
$69,370
PGY-3
$74,410 
PGY-4
$80,134
PGY-5
$85,863 
PGY-6
$91,586
PGY-7
$97,192
PGY-8
$104,784
Updated July 20, 2023 Salary & Benefits effective July 1, 2023.

See also, terms of the contract of the Professional Association of Residents and Interns of Manitoba (PARIM – www.parim.org). ACLS is required for some programs and is provided at the University of Manitoba. View the PARIM contract.

Registration Fee / Tuition Fee
University course registration/tuition fees are paid by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

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Explore Location

River flowing through tree covered hills
Northern Thompson
Wilderness Just a Step Away. Discover a land of endless adventures — where rivers run wild and waterfalls thunder, where Canadian wildlife roam free and the snowfall is epic. Find yourself here, awed by Canada’s rugged beauty and charmed by the people who call this place home. Come play in an untamed wilderness — in the heart of British Columbia’s central interior.

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