Radiology Residency Program
Radiology Residency Program Description

The Radiology training program at the University of Manitoba is committed to training Radiologists that can perform and function in all aspects of diagnostic imaging.  The program is a fully accredited training program by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Sites

The training program is divided amongst the three main teaching facilities at the University of Manitoba: Health Sciences Centre (HSC), St. Boniface General Hospital (SBGH), and the Children’s Hospital.  All three centers are tertiary care centers for the province of Manitoba as well as portions of Northern Ontario, Nunavut, and North West Territories.  The hospitals are part of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA).

Health Sciences Centre is an 800 bed tertiary center adjacent to the University of Manitoba’s Bannatyne Campus.  It is the Trauma as well as the Neurosurgery center for the province.  The centre also hosts large General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Orthopedics, Obstetrical and Gynecology, Vascular and other departments.  The hospital is also the site for the largest and busiest Emergency department in the Province.  Cancer Care Manitoba is a center that is dedicated to providing Oncology care to patients.  This center is also part of the Health Sciences Complex. 

St. Boniface Hospital is an additional tertiary care facility that has a large Emergency department as well as busy Internal Medicine General Surgery, and Cardiology/Cardiac Surgery departments as well as hosting Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vascular, and other departments.  The St. Boniface Research Centre is located adjacent to the Hospital.

The Children’s Hospital is the only Children’s hospital in the province.  This hospital provides all aspects of care for the children of the province.  A new Emergency department, Operating Rooms and Intensive care facility is slated to open in the spring of 2007. 

Residents during their 4th and 5th years can rotate through one of the community hospitals in the WRHA if they so desire.  These sites are affiliated with the teaching centers, and the teaching Radiologists staff the majority of these hospitals.

Resources

The WRHA and the province of Manitoba are committed to providing state-of-the-art-imaging facilities to the population of Manitoba.  Currently at the teaching sites there are:

  • 5 1.5 T MRI scanners in the WRHA (2 at HSC, 2 at SBGH, and 1 at the Pan-Am Sports Clinic). 
  • 3 16 slice CT scanners (2 at HSC, 1 at SBGH)
  • 1 4 slice CT scanner (SBGH)
  • 1 Helical CT scanner (Children’s Hospital)
  • 1 PET/CT scanner (University of Manitoba, Bannatyne Campus)
  • 1 Bi-plane dedicated Neuroangio Suite (HSC)
  • 2 Angio suites (HSC, SBGH)
  • 64 slice CT scanner
  • The 4 slice CT scanner at SBGH is slated to be replaced shortly

The teaching sites are linked by a PACS network and have been since 1999.  A new province wide RIS/PACS project is underway to link all hospitals in the province together. 

Teaching

One of the strengths of the training program at the University of Manitoba is the large number of fellowship trained Radiologists that provide the education to the residents.  There are very few Radiology fellows as well, and this results in one-on-one teaching between the Residents and Attendings.

Weekly academic half-days are scheduled for resident education.  This is on a two year rotating schedule.  The summer months are dedicated to providing On-Call education for the new residents.  The residents as well have daily 3:30 rounds at one of the teaching sites.  These rounds are performed in a “Hot-seat” format that simulates the oral examination at the Royal College. 

Formal weekly in-house physics  is organized  as part of the curriculum for the residents. As well PGY4 residents typically attend the physics review course at UC Davis in Sacramento, California.

Residents are required to present a research project each year during their PGY2 through PGY4 years at the annual Resident Research Day.

All residents receive funding to attend the AIRP.  Residents are entitled to three subsidized scientific meetings during their four years of dedicated radiology training. An additional subsidized meeting will be allowed if presenting at a major radiological conference. Funding is derived by provision of radiologic services to Churchill, Manitoba by eligible senior residents under the umbrella of the Northern Medical Unit of the University of Manitoba.

Strengths of the Program 
  • Excellent staff to resident ratio
  • Training program centered at the only tertiary care center for  a large catchment area
  • Large volume of diverse diseases and pathology
  • State-of-the-art-imaging facilities
  •  RIS/PACS
  • Very few fellows, which allows residents to interact one-on-one with attendings and perform almost all the interventional  procedures
  • Dedicated weekly In-House Physics
  • Friendly, warm environment
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