New postgraduate education director appointed

Dr. Tamara Buchel has been appointed director, postgraduate medical education, effective January 1, 2020.

Dr. Buchel completed her undergraduate medical education and family medicine residency at the University of Manitoba. Following residency, she practiced in the United States, holding positions at the Beth Israel Medical Centre in New York, and at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and Scottsdale. She returned to Manitoba in 2004, working at the Kildonan Medical Centre and from 2007 to 2012 was postgraduate education director in the department of family medicine. 

Dr. Buchel has extensive leadership experience, and has developed a deep understanding of family medicine in our province, having been executive director at the Manitoba College of Family Medicine from 2012 to 2019.  

She is the medical director and has a comprehensive family medicine practice at the Kingsbury Family Medical Centre as well as in-patient practice at Seven Oaks Hospital. 

Dr. Buchel assumes the postgraduate education director role on January 1, 2020 but has joined the residency program team on a part-time basis starting in November to facilitate the transition.

The department would like to extend its thanks to Dr. Bruce Martin for his dedicated service to our department and congratulations on his upcoming retirement. Please stay tuned for information on a farewell celebration!


Family physician of the year

Congratulations to Dr. Kevin Coates, named Family Physician of the Year by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Dr. Coates has worked as a full-scope family physician at the multidisciplinary St. Boniface Clinic in Winnipeg, Manitoba, since 1982; he has held the roles of President and Managing Partner since 1995 and has been a preceptor for physician assistants since 2013. He holds the distinction of being one of the first fee-for-service physicians with Manitoba Health to work with physician assistants, which has been overwhelmingly successful in enhancing patient care.

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Department retreat

The first annual department of family medicine occurred in Gimli, MB on October 4 and 5, 2019. With considerable change and growth within the department of family medicine in the last number of years, this was an opportunity to bring site representatives together to spent time with each other, learn about each other's sites and communities, and discuss challenges and opportunities facing each site and work towards establishing departmental goals and priorities for the coming year.

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Resident retreat

The Interlake-Eastern regional health authority hosted the 2019 family medicine resident retreat in Gimli September 13 – 15, 2019. This annual event showcased the many practice and lifestyle opportunities available to physicians in the region. This year, 119 first- and second-year family medicine physician residents participated.

Thank you to all the faculty and staff who helped make this event a success!


Master of physician assistant studies program

The Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program is now administratively managed in the Department of Family Medicine. Previously, the program reported to UGME in the Max Rady College of Medicine Dean's Office, with the director reporting to the Associate Dean UGME. The director now reports to the family medicine department head, Dr. José François.


Max Rady College of Medicine MD program fully accredited for eight years

The University of Manitoba Max Rady College of Medicine Undergraduate Medical Education program received full accreditation of its program leading to an MD degree until 2027-28 and received one of the most positive results nation-wide since new accreditation standards were implemented in 2013.

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Resident awards

Congratulations to the residents in the department of family medicine who received awards during 2019:

Dr. Shayne Reitmeier
College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) - Family Medicine Resident Leadership Award      

This award recognizes the leadership abilities of outstanding senior family medicine residents from each of the 17 Canadian family medicine residency programs.

Dr. Sameer Kassim    
Unicity Labs Family Medicine Travel Award

This fund has been established to provide financial support to a first- or second-year family medicine resident to attend a national meeting or conference.


Position Changes

Dr. Ian Alexander is now the site education director at the Interlake-Eastern Residency site

Ms. Elizabeth Anna is now the manager, finance and administrative service

Dr. Tamara Buchel will begin her role as director, postgraduate medical education January 1, 2020.

Dr. Mary-Jane Jamieson is now the urban stream education director/site education director for Access Winnipeg West

Dr. Aaron Jattan is now the postgraduate faculty lead and site education director, St. Boniface Hospital

Drs. Jasdeep Mancer & James Edye-Rowntree is now the site education co-directors at Access Fort Garry

Kim Le is now the education manager

Dr. Allison Paige is now the associate director, quality improvement

Dr. Alex Singer is now the director, research and quality improvement

Jim Small is now the improvement specialist (one-year term)

Leaves and Absences

Effective November 1, 2019,  Jacqueline Gougeon is away on maternity leave. Dr. Michelle Grzybowski is now covering her responsibilities as Stream Lead for the Bilingual Family Medicine Residency Program.


Addictions awareness day

In recognition of National Addictions Awareness Week, students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to join us to learn more about addiction and ways to reduce stigma. All are welcome to attend.

There will be a screening of the documentary Painkiller: Inside the Opioid Crisis and Multiple sessions featuring speakers with lived experiences, harm reduction and resources, and stories of hope and recovery.

Monday, November 25
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Multipurpose Room 224 B-C, University Centre, Fort Garry Campus

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50th Anniversary
Ongomiizwin - Health Services

Join the Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing-Ongomiizwin January 23-24, 2020 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Ongomiizwin - Health Services (formerly J.A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit) at a gala dinner and the annual Indigenous Health Research Symposium. Reflect on the past to reconcile the future!

Help us honour the many Elders, health professionals, staff and partners who have worked together to enrich the health and well-being of First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities in Northern Manitoba and Nunavut.


January 23-24, 2020 | Ongomiizwin - Research Indigenous Health Research Symposium
January 24, 2020 | Ongomiizwin - Health Services 50th anniversary gala
January 25, 2020 | Ongomiizwin - Health Services annual physician retreat

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7th Annual Indigenous Research Symposium

Past, present, future: Telling our stories

January 23 – 24, 2020

This annual symposium offers Elders, community members, youth, students and researchers the opportunity to share ideas about Indigenous health research. This year’s theme explores the importance of centering the Indigenous voice in health research and the critical role that language plays in disrupting colonial narratives.

Abstracts for presentations are welcomed from university and community-based researchers, students and others who are engaged in research or knowledge translation projects relevant to the health of the region’s Indigenous communities. Abstracts for presentations will be accepted until Nov. 25, 2019.

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