Frequently asked questions

Below are Frequently Asked Questions about our program, our residents and Winnipeg.  Our residents may be able to help you answer some questions as well.
Click on the FAQs listed below to jump to a specific Q&A.
  1. What is the academic program like?
  2. Does U of M offer any fellowship programs?
  3. What type of patients do you typically see in the ER?
  4. What are the facilities like in the teaching hospital emergency departments?
  5. What is the cost of living in Winnipeg?
  6. What is the resident salary in Manitoba?
  7. What is included in your current contract?
  8. What about resident social activities?
  9. Isn’t Winnipeg freezing in the winter?

What is the academic program like?

There is a weekly academic full day on Tuesdays which is protected time for the residents. Both FRCP and CCFP(EM) residents participate in academic day. The afternoon format is cycled based on a review of Rosen, so that the entire textbook is covered in a 2-year period. The sessions are seminars and chapter reviews from Rosen, and are presented by attendings and residents. Since 2010, we have expanded our academic teaching to include a weekly morning teaching session which incorporates the U of M’s state of the art simulation facility, together with resident and attending led topics including M & M rounds, EBM sessions, radiology, EKG and sub-specialty teaching sessions. We are closely associated with the Pediatric Emergency Fellowship and attend their academic teaching sessions approximately once per month.. Grand Rounds are held approximately every 2 weeks, and are city-wide events - with participation from emergency physicians at both teaching and community hospitals. Residents are expected to present at Grand Rounds yearly. There is a regularly occurring Journal Club, typically hosted at the home of a staff emergency physician, which provides the opportunity to review recent literature relevant to emergency medicine and visit with the other residents and the attendings. 

Does U of M offer any fellowship programs?

Currently U of M offers several fellowship programs to EM residents. Critical Care Medicine (ICU) and Pediatric EM are both 2 years in duration. The PGY5 year may be used for fellowship training if the program committee feels the resident is able to complete both the fellowship and the EM exams (i.e. EM and fellowship training could be completed in 6 years total). Several of our recent grads have completed the ICU fellowship and have gone on to practice a mix of EM and ICU. We have also had PGY4 and PGY5 residents do a year of fellowship study in ethics, research and Masters of Medical Education. 

What type of patients do you typically see in the ER?  

We see a tremendous amount of pathology in Winnipeg (in our opinion, the best possible on a per capita basis). Due to our unique geographical location, we have one of the largest catchments in North America. The Health Sciences Centre serves as the tertiary care centre for all of Manitoba, Nunavut and most of Northwestern Ontario – close to 1.4 million people over a geographical area of approximately 3.25 million km2 (that’s almost one third of the country!) It also serves the downtown core of Winnipeg, which tends to have a low socioeconomic status and problems of poverty, substance abuse and gang violence. This provides us with a very wide array of patients and problems. In addition to the typical emergency department presentations of ACS, minor trauma and respiratory complaints, the HSC receives unusually high volumes of both blunt and penetrating trauma, atypical infectious pathology, toxicology presentations, and generally bizarre behaviour. 

What are the facilities like in the teaching hospital emergency departments?  

You can click on the "Hospitals" tab for more information about each department and faculty, but here is a quick overview...
There are 3 teaching hospitals affiliated with the University of Manitoba. 

HSC is the largest health care referral, teaching and research centre in Manitoba. It is the designated trauma and transplant centre, and serves as the tertiary care referral centre for the residents of Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario and Nunavut. Completed in 2007 the Anne Thomas complex at HCS houses the Adult and Pediatric Emergency Departments, as well as the ICU, SICU, CCU, Burn Unit, and 14 ORs. The emergency department is a busy and interesting place, with high acuity and volume. It is currently a 38 bed department, with a 4-bed resuscitation bay, minor treatment area, attached trauma OR, 2 interview rooms, 6 bed observation area and several procedure rooms.

St. Boniface Hospital, established in 1871, is the second largest hospital in Manitoba with 554 beds. St. Boniface Hospital houses the Cardiac Sciences program and is the provincial referral centre for interventional procedures. The emergency department has 23 beds, and is divided into a 2 bed resuscitation bay a 10 bed monitored stretcher bay area and an 11 patient ‘urgent’ care area. On a given shift, residents will be assigned to work on one of the two sides. It is a busy department, with an average of 100 patient visits daily.

Children's Hospital is the tertiary care referral centre for children in Manitoba, Northern Ontario and Nunavut. It is a 127-bed hospital, located within the Health Sciences Centre complex, that sees 130 000 children annually. The emergency department has 10 treatment beds, a 5-bed observation unit, 5 isolation rooms, a 2-bed resuscitation room, 2 mental health assessment rooms, a casting room, and houses the regional Poison Control Centre. The adjacent Fast Track area has an additional 4 treatment rooms and a separate nursing station. The annual census for the department is approximately 45,000.

What is the cost of living in Winnipeg?  

Winnipeg also offers residents a very high standard of living compared to most other large cities. With our new contract, we are now competitive in salary to other provinces. A popular area for residents to live is in the Osborne/Corydon village. This area is within 10 minutes to both teaching hospitals and has a very active restaurant and nightlife scene. A nice 2-bedroom apartment in this neighborhood would typically cost between $800 and $1200 with utilities. Several of our residents have decided to buy homes instead. A typical small 2-bedroom house would be $200,000-$250,000. The average condominium price in 2010 was approximately $150,000.

What is the resident salary in Manitoba?  

As you may have heard, residents were granted a salary increase July 1, 2007, with renegotiation planned for early 2011.

  Current salaries (as of July 1, 2017)
PGY1 $57,187
PGY2 $64,105
PGY3 $68,763
PGY4 $74,053
PGY5 $79,343

What is included in your current contract?

PARIM and WRHA pay for U of M tuition, CMPA dues (less $300) and for courses specific to Emergency Medicine (ACLS, ATLS, PALS, ACLS/ATLS Instructors, CAEP Roadshows, TIPs). The Department of Emergency Medicine funds $2000/year/resident towards educational costs, including conference expenses, textbooks, or courses.

What about resident social activities?  

The U of M emergency residents are a cohesive group. The annual Emergency Residents' Retreat takes place every fall, over 3 days at a rotating location outside the city chosen by the residents. This is a chance for residents, their spouses, and partners to relax, get to know each other, and discuss the program. Guest speakers are invited for a bit of learning, but the emphasis is definitely on having fun, relaxation and team building. The Department of Emergency Medicine entirely funds this popular and well-received resident event. Other resident activities include the PARIM Halloween party, the annual PARIM Christmas party (a resident favourite), and other activities arranged by the PARIM social committee. 

Isn’t Winnipeg freezing in the winter?  

Yes, I must admit it is cold here in the winter. But it is a “dry cold” (whatever that means). It is easy and cheap to hop on a seat sale to somewhere hot. To be honest, the winter goes fast, and the summers make it worthwhile. Summer is amazing with long, hot, sunny days, nearby beautiful sand beaches and a city brimming with a superb arts and entertainment scene. We are one of the most culturally diverse and active cities in the country – as evidenced by our huge number of cultural festivals. Winnipeg also boasts one of the greatest (and most varied) restaurant selections in Canada!