University of Manitoba, Winnipeg

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

Program Contact Quota (approx): 4
Al Buchel, CCFP(EM)
Director, CCFP-EM Residency Program, Winnipeg
University of Manitoba 

Trisha Bedard
Program Assistant, CCFP-EM Residency Program, Winnipeg
T258B – 770 Bannatyne Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0W3
Phone: (204) 789-3626
Fax: (204) 789-3515

Website: units/emergency_medicine/

Number of applicants
2013/14: 76

Number of interviews
2013-14: 22

Number of positions for
2015/16: 4

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: this is for recall purposes 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-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-EM Program is under the auspices of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. It prepares residents for the CCFP-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, PALS and AIME. The program also offers a procedural sedation course and extra ICU based vascular access and pleural ultrasound courses.

The clinical experience is shared by three central teaching hospitals, as well as by two Winnipeg community 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; and the Victoria Hospital and The Seven Oaks Hospital, two of the busiest full-service community emergency departments.

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 4 weeks Health Sciences Centre (HSC) or St. Boniface Hospital, including 2 weeks pediatrics.
Emergency Medicine (Community) 8 weeks
Emergency Medicine (Tertiary) 14 weeks Health Sciences Centre and St. Boniface Hospital
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 2 weeks Children’s Hospital
Medical ICU 4 weeks HSC or St. Boniface Hospital
Surgical ICU 4 weeks HSC or St. Boniface Hospital
Trauma Surgery 4 weeks HSC
Selectives/ CCU 8 weeks 4 weeks of CCU at St Boniface Hospital required if not completed during two-year family medicine.
Selective in discussion with program director.
Vacation 4 weeks All 4 weeks together, or two separate 2 week splits


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, PALS and AIME are requirements of the program. The resident will have funded opportunity to partake in these courses. The resident is also encouraged to obtain ACLS Instructor certification.


The College last reviewed the program in February 2014. It is awaiting final recommendation, as this program is accredited simultaneously with the University of Manitoba Family Medicine program.

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.