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University of Manitoba – Brandon

College of Family Physicians of Canada
Emergency Medicine Residency Program CFPC-EM, Brandon

Program Contact Quota (approx): 2
Stacey Kitz, CCFP(EM)Site Lead, CCFP-EM Residency Program, Brandon

University of Manitoba

c/o Brandon Regional Health Center


Jocelyn Beever

Program Assistant, CCFP-EM Residency Program, Brandon

University of Manitoba

c/o Brandon Regional Health Center

N404 – 150 McTavish Ave. East

Brandon, Manitoba  R7A 6T9

Tel: 204-578-4215


Al Buchel, CCFP(EM)
Director, CCFP-EM Residency Program, Winnipeg
University of Manitoba

Website: units/emergency_medicine/

Number of positions for
2015/16: 2

Supporting Documentation

  1. 3 Letters of Reference and Referee Assessment of Applicant forms with each Letter
  2. Family Medicine Program Director’s Assessment of Applicant form
  3. Personal Letter
  4. Curriculum Vitae
  5. Photograph [Note: is used as memory aid only]

Note: Of the reference letters, one letter must be from your primary Family Medicine preceptor and at least one letter must be from an Emergency Physician. Your personal letter should describe yourself and your career interest.


The Selection Committee is chaired by the Program Director and includes resident representation. This committee is responsible for offering and conducting interviews of the candidates. Alternate interview methods such as Skype or telephone will not be permitted.

Program Information


The CCFP-EMCCFP-EM Program is a 1 year extension of family medicine residency, and is intended for those who wish to be better prepared in Emergency Medicine. The CCFP-EMCCFP-EM Program is under the auspices of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. It prepares residents for the CCFP-EMCCFP-EM Certification in Emergency Medicine. Applicants must have completed the 2 year program in family medicine, prior to commencing the EM program.

Our emergency program runs parallel to the FRCPC-EM program at the University of Manitoba and as such we can offer a rich learning environment. CCFP-EM residents participate in weekly academic full-day, grand rounds, seminars, journal clubs and research activities. Pre-hospital ground and air transport EMS experiences are offered. Part of the academic program involves innovative teaching techniques including a heavy exposure to simulation training in a state of the art simulation center. Residents complete the year with Independent Practitioner Certification in FAST Ultrasound as well as certification/recertification in ACLS, ATLS, and PALS. The program also offers the AIME airway course, a procedural sedation course and extra ICU based vascular access and pleural ultrasound courses.

The University of Manitoba CCFP-EM program is well established.  However the Brandon stream is a new in 2015/16. The majority of the clinical experience (7 or 8/12 blocks)  will be provided in Brandon with about a third of the program delivered In Winnipeg (4 or 5 blocks) shared by three central teaching hospitals.  These include Health Sciences Centre, the major regional trauma center; St. Boniface Hospital, the regional cardiac center; Children’s Hospital, the only pediatric referral center in Manitoba.  The academic program will be the same as the Winnipeg based program.  Residents will participate either through AV conferencing or through travel to Winnipeg.  It is estimated that in addition to the rotations in Winnipeg, residents may have to travel an additional ten times during the year.

Manitoba now offers a progressive mentorship program to assist residents in all aspects of their training. This includes support with clinical, academic and personal concerns. Residents are encouraged to utilize this excellent professional resource.


The following is an outline of the specialty rotations (four weeks) undertaken during the R-3 year:

R-3 Rotation

Rotation Duration Location
Anaesthesia (paediatrics) 2 weeks Children’s hospital
Emergency Medicine (Community) 18 weeks  Brandon Regional Health Center
Emergency Medicine (Tertiary) 4 weeks Health Sciences Centre
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 2 weeks Children’s Hospital
Medical/Surgical ICU 8 weeks Brandon Regional Health Center
Anaesthesia (adults) 2 weeks Brandon Regional Health Center
Trauma Surgery 4 weeks Health Sciences Center
CCU 4 weeks 4 weeks of CCU at St Boniface Hospital required if not completed during two-year family medicine.
Selective 4 weeks To be discussed with the program director.  It can be done in Brandon or Winnipeg


Evidence Based Medicine skills are integrated within our core curriculum academic days and journal club. As well, the resident is required to complete a small scholarly project and has an opportunity to present at the annual Dept. of Emergency Medicine Research Day at the end of the academic year.


There is a protected academic full day each week as a combined day with the FRCP program. Core curriculum is covered in an interactive format under the guidance of academic staff. Residents also participate in faculty rounds that include Dept. of Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds, monthly Trauma Rounds, and Journal Club. ACLS, ATLS and PALS are requirements of the program. The resident will have funded opportunity to partake in these courses as well as the AIME airway course. The resident is also encouraged to obtain ACLS Instructor certification.


Brandon is a small agricultural city and a regional center for Southwestern Manitoba and boasts its own university.  The Brandon Regional Health Center is an approximately 300 bed facility with a busy Emergency Department with about 30,000 visits a year.  The hospital has busy surgical and obstetrical services.


The College last reviewed the program in February 2004 where it received full accreditation. The program is currently in the midst of re-accreditation.

Selection Criteria

  • All positions are filled through the CaRMS process.
  • Strong academic record
  • Proven interest in Emergency Medicine
  • Professionalism
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills 

Note:  Interested applicants must apply to the Winnipeg program, or the Brandon program, or to both programs if considering either location.  Candidate interview ranking for the Winnipeg program or Brandon program will be done separately.  Candidates will participate in only one interview and this is deemed sufficient to address all three scenarios as listed here.