Parkland Family Medicine Residency Unit

First quarter summary

Article by Michelle Jubinvill

The Parkland Family Medicine Residency Unit entered its 27th year on July 1, 2018 with eight PGY2 and six PGY1 trainees in the program. One resident completed the program on July 25 and the other will complete on March 6, 2019 following a return from maternity leave. The final six are expected to complete on June 30, 2019. The current six PGY1 residents are expected to complete the program in June 2020.

Academic day sessions continue to be completed on the first Thursday and Friday of rotation change. The year began with an orientation to the Parkland and its’ community resources along with a site visit to Ste. Rose.

Block 2 brought excitement as we welcomed Dr. Alex Singer for a session on research and quality. This second day was wrapped up with a hands-on casting session.

Finally, our most recent academic days included an Indigenous awareness session led by a local Elder and presentations by residents on anxiety and asthma. Dr. Sara Scott completed prevention & treatment of DVTs for preceptor noon rounds, and local physician assistant Kevin Thiele presented on wound care. The day ended with a mock code on the Apollo patient simulator.

To date, a variety of other trainees besides family medicine residents have called Parkland home, including a summer student, medical observerships, physician assistant trainees (department of national defense), PAEP trainees (University of Manitoba) as well as family medicine electives (Med IV).

The unit draws on the expertise of many part-time faculty including family medicine, mental health and a dietitian. Further, the medical community inter-professionals who assist with training include therapists, dentists, optometrists, audiologists, public health nurses and the mental health program. Without the support of these community placements, a solid foundation is unable to occur. We thank everyone in these roles for their strong and ongoing support of family medicine residency training.

Statistics of residents initial place of employment (including 2018):

165 residents have gone through the parkland residency unit from 1991 – 2018

76.3% (126/165) went into rural practice

62.4% (103/165) went into rural Manitoba practice

57.1% (16/28) practicing in rural Manitoba after completing third year of training

47.9% (79/165) are still currently practicing in rural Canada

40.6% (67/165) are still currently practicing in rural Manitoba

Please note:

  • 2018 is not included in summary as third year training is yet to be completed
  • Also note that not all current locations of residents could be determined. Numbers used were those who were located and found to be practicing in a rural location.

The featured image above is Michelle Jubenvill, program administrator for the Parkland Family Medicine Residency Unit. She is seen here hiking in the scenic Rocky Mountain National Park.


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