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Dear department members:

Today, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), St-Boniface Hospital and University of Manitoba’s Department of Family Medicine announced the Family Medical Centre (FMC) will be closing as of July 1, 2019. Over its four decades of operation, FMC has made significant contributions to family medicine training in this province, and we sincerely thank faculty and staff for all of their contributions, accomplishments and dedication.

In recent years, there have been significant investments in new primary care infrastructure within the Winnipeg region. As the WRHA continues to implement improvements to provide the best care for patients, we have reflected on how to best utilize available infrastructure and resources. By redistributing FMC faculty and staff to other primary care sites within the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), we aim to strengthen these sites’ ability to ensure access, and provide comprehensive patient care; in particular to our most vulnerable/higher need populations.

The re-distribution of FMC’s residency teaching mission to other sites within the WRHA will improve training experiences and set the stage for expanded opportunities for inter-professional education. For several years, we have worked to maximize the use of clinical sites within the WRHA for both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and more recently we have worked on improving clinical integration. We believe these changes will strengthen the WRHA’s Access Centre network and create a strong academic primary care teaching network.

We appreciate the next few months will be stressful, as the changes will impact FMC patients, faculty, residents and staff. The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, St-Boniface Hospital and University of Manitoba’s Department of Family Medicine will work with all involved during this transition to minimize disruption.

The WRHA and the University of Manitoba Rady Faculty of Health Sciences are committed to building a high-performing academic primary care network in Winnipeg to advance patient care, education and research. We look forward to an exciting new chapter in family medicine training within an expanded primary care network – helping shape the next generation of primary care providers.

We thank you for your patience, understanding, and support during this change. Please do not hesitate to contact us. We will do our best to keep you informed throughout this transition.

Sincerely,

José Francois MD MMedEd CCFP FCFP
Head, Department of Family Medicine
Max Rady College of Medicine | Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
Provincial Specialty Lead, Family Medicine, Shared Health

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