Memorial University of Newfoundland

Updated February 2, 2018

Memorial University of Newfoundland is located in St. John’s, NL – the oldest city in North America and thirteen kilometers from North America’s most easterly point.

Memorial University welcomes students and scholars from all over the world as it contributes knowledge and shares expertise locally, nationally, and internationally. It is an inclusive community dedicated to creativity, innovation and excellence in teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and to public engagement and service. We recognize our special obligation to the citizens of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The population of Newfoundland and Labrador is more than 500,000 people spread out over a large geographical area (almost one and three quarters times the size of Great Britain). St. John’s, the capital city, is located on the eastern tip of the island of Newfoundland. Known affectionately as “The City of Legends”, St. John’s is a cosmopolitan city with small town warmth and safety. Surrounding a perfectly-sheltered harbour carved from granite, the downtown core is defined by quaint side streets boasting an array of colours, and individuals and enterprises as unique as our location. Nestled within picturesque scenery and bound by the Atlantic Ocean, more than 250,000 people call St. John’s, and its surrounding area, home.

Faculty of Medicine – Mission Statement

Our mission is to enhance the health of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador by educating physicians and health researchers; promoting lifelong learning; conducting research in biomedical, clinical, applied health sciences, community health and medical humanities; engaging communities and decision makers; and collaborating to apply the best available evidence in the formulation of policy and the organization and delivery of care.

Introduction

Training is offered leading to certification either through the College of Family Physicians of Canada or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Training Sites

Eastern Health Authority (primary training sites):

Eastern Health is the largest integrated health authority in Newfoundland and Labrador, serving a regional population of more than 290,000 and offers a full continuum of health and community services, including public health, long-term care, community services, hospital care and unique provincial programs and services.

Health Sciences Centre

The Health Sciences Centre complex includes the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre, Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre, and the Women’s Healthcare Clinic. It is the largest hospital in Newfoundland and Labrador and is a tertiary, adult acute care facility serving the people of the entire province. It receives more than a million patient encounters annually, and is a teaching hospital connected to Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine, as well as the Schools of Pharmacy and Nursing.

Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre

The Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre is Newfoundland and Labrador’s only hospital specializing in pediatric health care and has 83 beds. The Janeway provides primary, secondary, and tertiary care services on both an inpatient and ambulatory basis, for children from infancy to 18 years of age. The mental health and addictions program operates services located in the Janeway as well as the child and adolescent outpatient psychiatry services.

Women’s Healthcare Clinic

The Women’s Healthcare Clinic serves as the provincial referral centre for high risk obstetrics. It has the provincial high risk perinatal unit and a comprehensive women’s health program.

Leonard A. Miller Centre

The Leonard A. Miller Centre provides continuing care and rehabilitation services, palliative and comfort services as well as orthotics and prosthetics services. Day hospital and day psychiatry services are provided for geriatric patients while the Caribou Veterans Pavilion provides long term care for veterans.

St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital

St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital is an acute tertiary teaching hospital in St. John’s with 209 beds. It has been serving the people of Newfoundland and Labrador for over 70 years. St. Clare’s continues to have an important influence on the care provided to the people of this province. Services provided at this hospital include blood collection, dialysis, laboratory services, diagnostic imaging, x-ray, surgery, outpatient clinics, emergency care, and inpatient services.

Waterford Hospital

Waterford Hospital was first opened in 1854 as the Hospital for Mental and Nervous Diseases but was renamed Waterford Hospital in 1972. The mental health program of Eastern Health uses Waterford Hospital as the base of its operations, and for the provision of acute care services. Inpatient services are provided as well as outpatient clinics and community-based services. It holds 174 beds and also provides dialysis, blood collection and laboratory services.

Regional Training Sites:

There are several fully accredited regional hospitals, outside of St. John’s, providing quality community based training in both specialty and family medicine programs. Most of these centres provide a complete range of inpatient and outpatient services, as well as provide shared services for other health facilities and community health services in their region. Many of the regional training sites used for specialty programs are described below; however, regional sites used by the family medicine program are available on their website.

Western Memorial Regional Hospital located in the city of Corner Brook, is a 192 bed facility providing secondary services to approximately 82,000 people of the Western region. This facility is operated by the Western Health Authority.

James Paton Memorial Regional Health Centre is located on the slopes of Gander Lake and is one of two acute care referral centres in the central region. It provides a wide variety of emergency, acute care and specialized medical services.

Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre is located in Grand Falls-Windsor, serves the central region of the province, and offers a full array of medical services.

Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital is located in St. Anthony. This is a 50 bed facility that provides acute care and community health services for the people of the Northern Peninsula and Labrador, and consultant medical services to residents of the Quebec Lower Northern Shore. This hospital offers medical specialty services, including subspecialties such as anesthesia, dentistry, family practice, general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pathology and pediatrics.

PGY 1 – Basic Clinical Training

Specialty programs offering a common basic clinical training year usually provide rotations in the primary disciplines: adult emergency, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery. Electives/selectives are available in some programs. For all PGY 1 residents, there is a faculty-wide Academic Half-Day series which focuses on issues to supplement the clinical rotations and may include, but are not limited to, topics such as CanMEDS competencies (Medical Expert, Professional, Communicator, Collaborator, Leader, Health Advocate, Scholar), Ethics, Resident Wellness, Patient Documentation, CMPA, Laboratory Medicine, Research Basics, Patient Safety, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of NL.

Salary and Benefits

The terms of the contract for the Professional Association of Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador (PARNL) are available at http://parnl.ca/.

University Registration Fees

Postgraduate residents are registered each year as full-time students of Memorial University of Newfoundland. For information on associated costs, please refer to the Tuition and Related Fees section of the university Calendar.

Program Start Date

All Memorial University programs commence on July 1.

Orientation

Attendance at orientation is mandatory.

The orientation schedule for 2018 is as follows (tentative schedule – subject to change):

Monday, June 25, 2018          ACLS

Tuesday, June 26, 2018          ACLS

Wednesday, June 27, 2018     PGME & Eastern Health Orientations

Friday, June 29, 2018              Shadowing

Sunday, July 1, 2018               Start of Residency

ACLS

It is mandatory that all PGY 1s, except pediatric residents, are ACLS certified prior to commencing training.  

For certification to be valid, it must be dated not more than 2 years from the start of postgraduate training.

For those not certified in ACLS, a course (limited number of seats available) will be provided on a first come first served basis, in conjunction with the annual PGME orientation. Please note, current HSFC BCLS for the Healthcare Provider is a mandatory pre-requisite (dated within 12 months from the start of postgraduate training); therefore, in order to register, proof of BCLS must accompany your completed ACLS form. Commencement of training is contingent on ACLS certification.