Dr. Tamara Buchel

Program Director

Shannon Rankin

Program Administrator
Application Details

Canadian Medical Graduates

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Events Calendar

Upcoming Events
— Resident Q&A
Lead Resident Session
— Resident Q&A
Lead Resident Session
Upcoming Events From
University of Manitoba
— Information Session
University of Manitoba - Psychiatry Program - Information Session
— Town Hall Session
Town Hall
— Information Session, Meet & Greet, Program Information, Program Q&A, Resident Q&A
University of Manitoba Orthopedic Surgery CaRMS Virtual Meet & Greet - Info Session
— Information Session, Meet & Greet, Program Information, Program Q&A, Resident Q&A
University of Manitoba Orthopedic Surgery CaRMS Virtual Meet & Greet - Info Session

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:
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

Portage la Prairie and area is a progressive community with an area population of approximately 20,000 inhabitants. It is the fourth largest city in southern Manitoba. It is located a 1-hour drive from Winnipeg. Portage la Prairie offers a variety of recreational activities all year round for all ages. The Stride Place features two NHL-size indoor arenas, an indoor walking track, 4,000 sq. ft. fitness center, Manitoba’s largest wave pool, on-site concession services, meeting and special event facilities. Southport Recreation Centre includes a gymnasium and weight/cardio rooms. There are several softball diamonds throughout Portage, a soccer field, & a 400 meter track. Island Park is home to Splash Island, our outdoor water park, a playground area, band shell, arboretum, deer & waterfowl sanctuary, tennis courts, picnic sites, strawberry farm, and an 18-hole golf course. Crescent lake has a beautiful community walking path with many historical signs that give reference to sites of the past & current heritage properties along the lake. Curling, hockey & skating are some of the winter activities to enjoy both indoors as well as outdoors on a community maintained area on the lake complete with changing shelters and a bonfire area. The Fort la Reine Museum is made up of 25 buildings and it covers 300 years of prairie history. It was the winner of two Central Manitoba Tourism Awards in 2020, the “Event of the Year “and the “Aspiring Youth “awards. Prairie Fusion Arts & Entertainment is the artistic hub for Portage & the surrounding community. They provide an inclusive environment where all people can experience, learn, create & celebrate the arts.

Websites of Interest:

City Portage la Prairie Stride Place Travel Manitoba Island on the Prairies


As a resident in the University of Manitoba’s Rural Family Medicine stream, you’ll see large patient volumes and hone your procedural skills through a variety of clinical encounters. This stream offers excellent learner-to-physician ratios ensuring as much one-on-one time as possible. These sites also welcome undergraduate students, enhancing the opportunity for collaborative learning.

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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 - Rural Portage la Prairie.
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 – 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

Old barn and grain silos in the distance of a yellow field
Rural Portage la Prairie
Portage la Prairie is a small city in the Central Plains Region of Manitoba, Canada. As of 2016, the population was 13,304 and the land area of the city was 24.68 square kilometres. Portage la Prairie is approximately 75 kilometres west of Winnipeg, along the Trans-Canada Highway.

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