PGME NEWSLETTERWINTER 2015
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
The Postgraduate Medical Education Program at the University of
Manitoba continues to be immersed in a number of interesting and
important activities in our quest to provide excellence in our
support of the residency, fellowship and postdoctoral programs.
PGME continues to supervise the Residency Program accreditation
process in the wake of the February 2014 Royal College of
Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)/College of Family
Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Accreditation Survey visit. There are a
number of Residency Programs requiring Internal Reviews and several
newly established Residency Programs requiring External Reviews by
the RCPSC/CFPC. This is part of the accreditation cycle that
ensures excellence in our Residency Programs. I want to express my
sincere appreciation to our Program Directors, faculty, residents
and PARIM executives who have been instrumental in assisting in
this important endeavor.
The Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Manitoba
has received solid reaffirmation of its full accreditation status
from the Canadian Psychological Association and the Accreditation
Panel for Doctoral Programmes and Internships in Professional
Psychology. Congratulations to Dr. Mike Teschuk, Program Director,
for his excellent work in continuing to steer the Clinical
Psychology Training Program to success.
Competency-based Medical Education continues to be a major focus
of attention for PGME. To this end, the PGME Town Hall, workshops
and other sessions, including a visit from Dr. Kenneth Harris, will
help stakeholders grasp the importance of this new educational
model for PGME. Family Medicine has already introduced the
competency-based model as part of the “Triple C” initiative. The
first two RCPSC Residency Programs to utilize this model will be
Otolaryngology – Head and Neck and Medical Oncology beginning July
2016. Other Residency Programs will follow in suit. There has been
a “National Buzz” of cautious anticipation around competency-based
PGME is preparing the VENTIS Curriculum Management System for
the arrival of the competency-based model and the need for robust
formative resident and faculty assessments and the likelihood of an
e-portfolio for learners. Learner and faculty assessments will be
added to VENTIS by spring, 2015.
PGME will continue to enhance our role in developing a set of
overarching guidelines for the many fellowships that have been
created by the Clinical Departments. It is anticipated that the
fellowships will increase in number. The document, Management of
Fellowships, a compilation of policies and guidelines for
Fellowship Directors, has been developed in draft form. It is being
reviewed by the Fellowship Advisory Committee, the fellowship
subcommittee of the PGME Executive.
PGME would like to extend a warm welcome to Kristin Benoit,
newly-appointed Business Manager overseeing PGME, Firts Nations and
Inuit Affairs, Professionalism and Undergraduate Admissions.
We would like also to extend our appreciation to Karen Howell
for all of her hard work over the years in support of PGME
Accreditation, policy development and our team. Karen has retired
from her position of Project Manager, Accreditation for the College
of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. We wish Karen all the
best in her retirement and future endeavors.
In Karen’s place, PGME welcomes Ricardo Soriano as the new
Project Manager for Accreditation.
PGME also welcomes Dr. Michael West, the newly-appointed
Associate Dean of Student Affairs for PGME. We look forward to
working closely with Dr. West in support of our postgraduate
learners with respect to issues such as academic concerns, wellness
and career counseling.
We would like to issue a fond farewell to Karen Howell, Project
Manager, Accreditation, who retired on January 5, 2015. Karen
joined the Faculty of Medicine in 2006 as the Confidential
Secretary to Dean Sandham and became the Project Manager for
Accreditation in 2009. She participated in the surveys for UGME and
CPD in 2011 and PGME in 2014.
We welcome Riacrdo Soriano as the new Project Manager for
Accreditation, who was previously the University of Manitoba’s
Research Quality Coordinator. He has been directly involved in
providing evidenced-based decision making tools to support the
Research Community, Research Ethics Boards, and Human Ethics
Resource Committee, in alignment with the University of Manitoba’s
Strategic Planning Framework and the VP Research Strategic Research
Plan. He holds a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis on
Instructional Technology and will be a valuable addition to the
College of Medicine.
We continue to move forward to implement the recommendations
from the Royal College and College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Mandated internal reviews for Programs not reviewed in February
2014 are in progress and we very much appreciate the time and
support provided by the Residency Program Directors and Residents
participating as reviewers.
Competency Based Medical Education Visiting Professor: Dr.
“Building Towards Competency Based Education Workshop
Together with Med Ed, PGME is preparing to take the next step in
implementing a Competency Based model in all our programs and
assessment tools. An important component of this process will
involve a series of workshops throughout the year which will inform
Program Directors, Assistants and Department Heads about the
incoming challenges, hurdles and benefits of CBME in advance of
On March 3, 2015, PGME welcomed surgeon and Professor Emeritus
Dr. Kenneth Harris of the Royal College to the University of
Manitoba’s College of Medicine to speak on Competency Based
Education. He has authored numerous articles on the subject and we
look forward to hearing his progressive approach to medical
education in the twenty-first century.
Coming Soon this Spring
Med Ed Workshop CBME - Think Tank
Round table discussions to discuss challenges/hurdles
CanMEDS 2015 - What's Next
A Practical Approach to Competency Based
Education Interactive small groups led by expert
faculty implementing CBME.
VENTIS PGME Implementation UpdateThe VENTIS Team had met with
the WRHA Administrative Directors and UofM Business Managers on Jan
13, 2015 to provide status update and to discuss the roles within
VENTIS and the cross-over between the Academic and Clinical
responsibilities as we prepare to launch the VENTIS Daily, Call and
Educational Events module.
Check out the VENTIS website for:
• Weekly VENTIS Tips
• VENTIS Manuals
DAILY, CALL SCHEDULES & EDUCATIONAL/CME EVENTS:
• We are very excited to announce that thedevelopment of the
Daily Assignments, CallSchedules and Educational Events/CMEEvents
• this is a large module, for training purposes;it will be
divided into 4 parts of training.User will only require to attend
thetraining sessions that are relevant to theiradministrative
• Part I – Setup of Daily, Call and EducationalEvents Training
Session were delivered to theProgram Administrators &
EducationalAssistants on Feb 25 & 26, 2015. ProgramDirectors
were welcome to join this trainingsession as well.
Part II – How to Schedule Daily and Call Schedules Training
Session is offered in separate sessions for:
• Program Administrators, Educational Assistants & Program
Directors on March 11, 17 & 24, 2015.
• Chief & Senior Residents on March 17, 18 & 25,
Questions or Comments?
VENTIS Helpdesk: [email protected] or 204-272-3089
• The VENTIS Assessment module will be fullyimplemented for the
2015-2016 academic year.
• It is very excited that the coding of theAssessment Templates
is almost complete and willbe released to Programs shortly.
• We are now working diligently with coding thefunctionality of
the Assessment. AssessmentModule will help to assess and
evaluateproactively both learners and faculty.
• Dr. Rob Brown (VENTIS Academic Lead) presented“Building an
Assessment in VENTIS” together withDr. Andrew MacDiarmid at the
PGME AssessmentWorkshop for Program Directors on March 4, 2015.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
“It will be good to have my evaluation done and see where the
trainees are located from a hand-held device.”
– PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR
We would like to extend our warmest thanks to all Program
Directors and Administrators and Administrative Staff for their
invaluable and steadfast assistance its development, implementation
and teaching along the way.
Clinical Administrative & Support Staff - in Spring
More trainingsessions will be communicated to Programs. Please
• Log-in into VENTIS
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AWARDSDr. A. A. Earn Memorial Award – presented to Dr. Joann
James - $500.00
David Swartz MD memorial award presented to:
Dr. Tadeusz Kroczak - $2500.00
Dr. Deepak Pruthi - $1500.00
Dr. Premal Patel - $1500.00
Dr. Jennifer Bjazevic - $1500.00
Dr. Kamaljot Kaler - $1325.00
Dr. and Mrs. Victor Rosenfield prize – presented to Dr. Robert
Longstaffe - $600.00
Dr. H.P.H. Galloway Memorial scholarship – presented to:
Dr. David Perrin - $1000.00 Dr. Chris Kim - $800.00
Dr. Marvin Raynes memorial prize – presented to Dr. Stephanie
Appleby - $200.00
Dr. Michael Bruser memorial award – presented to Dr. Katie
Pernarowski - $1050.00
Doctor Elmer S. James Memorial fund presented to:
Dr. Robert Longstaff - $2750.00 Dr. Meaghan Rollins -
Dr. I.C. and Mrs. M. Peever Memorial award presented to Dr.
Laura Power - $225.00
Dr. George W. Leroux memorial award presented to:
Dr. Jennifer Metcalfe - $1000.00 Dr. Markus Ziesmann - $600.00
Dr. Robin Visser - $200.00 Dr. David Horne - $1000.00 Dr. Fred
Zeiler - $800.00 Dr. Mark Bigder - $800.00 Dr. Meaghan Rollins -
$3000.00 Dr. Michael Brichacek - $3000.00 Dr. James Masters -
$1000.00 Dr. Tad Kroczak - $1525.00 Dr. Clare Gardiner - $1000.00
Dr. Sebastian Launcelott - $1000.00
Dr. Max Rudy memorial prize – presented to Dr. Melike Leylek -
MMCF – Carl Duerksen memorial scholarship – presented to Dr.
Raegan Cleven - $1800.00
Prowse Prize for Clinical Research – presented to Dr. Patrick
Frosk - $3025.00
Susan Wright Bell award – presented to Dr. Michelle Wright -
Dr. S. Kay Travel award – presented to Dr. Deepak Pruthi -
Diane Biehl award applicant submission deadline to PGME was
January 2015; T. J. Lamont award applicant submission deadline to
PGME was January 2015. Recipients have not been selected as of
CORE CURRICULUM Prescription Writing Course (Optional):
Do you qualify to write Prescriptions? Check your eligibility
here. If you are eligible, register for a session below!
Wednesday June 17, 2015 – REGISTER
Instructor(s): Dr. Anna Ziomek & Mr. Ron Guse
2 Hour Session
Time: 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Location: Frederic Gaspard Theatre, Basic Medical Sciences
Upcoming Core Curriculum Sessions 2015-2016 (by Date):
Please refer to the ‘Upcoming Events’ tab for the latest Core
ARETS CommitteeThe purpose of the ARETS Committee is to serve as
an advisory body on matters relating to the alternate routes of
entry to Residency Programs outside of the CaRMS process and to
facilitate resident transfer between Residency Programs when
Dr. Dana Moffatt (Chair, ARETS)
Dr. Cliff Yaffe (Associate Dean, PGME)
Dr. Ken Kasper
Dr. Tamara Buchel
Dr. Wil Fleisher
Dr. Andrew Weiss (PARIM)
Dr. Anne Ducas (PARIM)
Ms. Wendi Charette (PGME, Team Lead)
Ms. Jenn Doroniuk (ARETS Committee Assistant)
Clarification to basic rules continued on next page (right).
Arrival and DeparturesWe would like to thank the outgoing
Program Directors for their dedication to their program and the
College of Medicine and welcome all new staff…
Pediatrics & Child Health Program Director is Dr. Elisabete
Doyle. Thanks to Dr. John Doyle.
We would like to thank the outgoing Program Assistants for their
dedication to their program and the College of Medicine and welcome
all new staff…
Emergency Medicine (Adult) Program Assistant is Julianna van den
Beuken. Thanks to Trisha Bedard.
Developmental Pediatrics Program Assistant is Shirley Dion.
Thanks to Jenna Sofronio.
Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Program Assistant is
Shelly Labossiere. Thanks to Jennifer Iskiersi.
Public Health & Preventive Medicine Assistant is Pamela
Gordon. Thanks to Iryna Tsybukh.
CLARIFICATION TO BASIC RULESSPONSORED POSITION (Non CaRMS)
• No transfer applications will be formally considered until six
(6) months after the commencement of the ResidencyProgram (in
general, the January following the start of the academic year).
• Transfers within the last six (6) months of a Residency
Program will not normally be accepted, except in cases wherethe
Residency Programs significantly overlap (e.g. Family Medicine and
• Residents who match through the second iteration of the CaRMS
Match are not eligible for transfer in the PGY 1 year.• Funding
follows the resident for transfers within Manitoba.• Probation,
academic issues or unresolved remediation are absolute
contraindications to transfer.
• Applicants must be fully licensed to practice in the province
of Manitoba.• Must have practiced medicine in Manitoba for a
minimum of 12 consecutive months.
3. Alternate Routes where ARETS is involved
• Visa Sponsored Trainees.• Family Medicine Enhanced Skills
(Anesthesia, Palliative Medicine, Oncology, Care of the Elderly,
Sports Medicine• Other Specially Funded Non-CaRMS Residency
Positions (Un-Matched Medical Students, Neonatal Transport
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I’m interested in applying for a Transfer or Re-Entry Position –
what do I need to do?
1. Check out the Alternate Routes of Entry Policy and determine
if you qualify.2. Get in contact with Dr. Dana Moffatt (Chair) to
arrange a meeting regarding your Transfer or Re-Entry.3. Submit the
required documents to Ms. Jenn Doroniuk (Assistant) for
What documents are required to apply for a Transfer or
1. Curriculum Vitae.2. Letter of Intent indicating reasons for
Transfer or Re-Entry.3. 3 (Three) Letters of Reference (addressed
to Dr. Dana Moffatt, Chair, ARETS Committee).
What documents are required to apply for a Transfer or
Please check out the Resident Transfer page for more
VISA SPONSORED TRAINEE APPLICATIONS
Visa Sponsored Trainee Applications are screened (by the
Program, ARETS Committee & PGME Office) for the following
• MCCEE• Language Proficiency
1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
TOEFL iBT ®, with a total score of 100 and a score of 25 on each
of the speaking and listening components. TOEFL iBT ® score will be
considered valid for 2 years from the date taken; or
2. Academic Version of International English Language Testing
System (IELTS): an overall score of 7 with no individualscore less
than 7. IELTS score will be considered valid for 2 years from the
date taken. More information regarding the Application Process for
Visa Sponsored Trainees can be found here.
Resident Research Coordinator Council (RRCC)
Dr. Shayne Taback, Chair of the Resident Research Coordinator
Council, is pleased to announce that the 2015 Resident Research
Coordinator Council Meetings have been scheduled for:
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 4:00 – 5:00 P.M. Theatre B, Basic
Medical Sciences Building
Thursday, November 12, 2015 4:00 – 5:00 P.M. Theatre B, Basic
Medical Sciences Building
The Resident Research Coordinator Council is a dedicated
community of individuals who support Resident Research Initiatives
at the University of Manitoba. This group is joined by our research
supporters across the College of Medicine, including representation
from PARIM, the Biostatistical Consulting Unit, the BSc/MED
Program, and the MD/PHD program.
All Resident Research Coordinators from RCPSC and CFPC programs
are asked to participate. If you have not already been contacted,
but wish to participate in this council, feel free to contact
Laurie Anne Vermette, PGME Research Administrator at
[email protected] or 204- 789-3498.
Resident Research Working Group (RRWG)
From the larger Resident Research Coordinator Council, a smaller
working group has emerged to discuss and establish resident
research initiatives within the College of Medicine. The Resident
Research Working Group will report to the larger group. The RRWG
will be meeting at the following times:
Monday, February 2, 2015 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M., 403 Brodie
Thursday, May 14, 2015 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M., 403 Brodie
Thursday, September 24, 2015 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M., 403 Brodie
Clinician Investigator Program (CIP)
The November 1, 2014 round of new applications for the Clinician
Investigator Program has resulted in the provisional acceptance of
four new CIP residents who will be entering our group beginning in
2015 and 2016. We are excited to see our CIP program growing to
recognize the valuable and unique contributions of resident
research at the University of Manitoba.
Are you a resident who has considered a career that takes
research from bench to bedside? If you have always loved research,
or are new to the research process and wish to learn how to
increase your research knowledge and skills at the University of
Manitoba, please contact the CIP office at [email protected] for
information about our program and application procedures.