Despite reduced activity on the Bannatyne campus, department of family medicine staff are busy working from home to support departmental activities. I wanted to take a moment to provide you a sector-by-sector update on what is happening during this period of COVID-19.
UNDERGRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION
Pre-clerkship courses continue in online formats, including small group learning activities.
Clerkship activities are tentatively scheduled to resume on May 27, 2020.
The undergraduate medical education program is looking at schedule changes to make up for lost third-year clerkship time with the goal of ensuring learners complete their program on schedule.
MASTER OF PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES (MPAS)
Courses continue in online formats, including small group learning activities.
Clinical activities have continued in a limited way for some students, but are also tentatively scheduled to resume on May 27, 2020.
FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY
Clinical activities presently continue as scheduled, although there may be modification of schedules to reduce travel between sites/communities
Academic activities have move to online formats and work is continuing to plan for residents who have upcoming resuscitation courses.
The Scholarly Activity day will be held on June 1, 2020 but in an online format.
The resident graduation celebration event is unfortunately cancelled due to physical distancing requirements.
TRANSITION TO PRACTICE
The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) and the College of Family Physicians (CCFP) of Canada have postponed their examinations as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dates for part 2 of the MCC have not yet been set.
For those who are taking the exam for the first time this year, the CCFP will be awarded upon achieving a passing score based solely on the written (short-answer management problem) component of the examination.
The written component of the certification examination in family medicine will be held on October 13, 14, 15, and 16, 2020.
The written component of the examination of added competence in emergency medicine will be held September 14, 2020.
Residents who have successfully completed the residency program and who are eligible to sit exams will be eligible to practice under provisional family practice-limited class registration with practice supervision.
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD)
Our faculty members have been active developing and delivering a number of CPD activities and resources to support virtual care.
Finally, I would like to thank all of you for your work in ensuring Manitoba get the care they need (whether in-person or virtually) and that our learners continue to get the best possible learning experiences.
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