Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME)

The Postgraduate Medical Education program offers 55 programs to physicians who have finished their undergraduate medical degree. There are approximately 550 residents enrolled in these programs, which are accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada. During their education, the residents develop their specializations and provide a tremendous amount of service to the people of Manitoba.

Included in this program, we have service-purchase agreements with a number of foreign governments to train their specialist physicians, as well as an upgrading program for International Medical Graduates prior to their working in Manitoba. More than 800 faculty are involved in the training of these junior physicians, frequently maintaining full time practices in addition to clinical, research and teaching commitments.

Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME)
260 Brodie Centre, 727 McDermot Avenue
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB Canada R3E 3P5
Office: (204) 789-3290 Fax: (204) 789-3929

General Inquiries
pgme@umanitoba.ca

Accreditation Inquiries
accredpgme@umanitoba.ca

Awards Inquiries
awardspgme@umanitoba.ca

Sponsored Trainee Applications
sponsoredpgme@umanitoba.ca

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CBD Enquiries

Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education:
Dr. Clifford Yaffe,
MD, FRCSC, FACS


Director, PGME Core Curriculum:
Dr. Virginia Fraser,
MD, FRCSC, FACS, C.C.F.P. and M.Ed.


Chair, PGME Resident Research Coordinator Council:
Dr. Shayne Taback,
MD, FRCPC


Chair, PGME Alternate Route of Entry (ARETS):
Dr. Tamara Buchel,
MD, CCFP


PGME Program Director Accreditation and Allocations:
Dr. Kurt Skakum,
MD, FRCPC


Academic Lead, Competency Based Education Implementation:
Dr. Robert Brown,
MD, FRCPC


Subject Matter Expert (CanMEDS Intrinsic Roles):
Dr. Joel Kettner,
MD, LMCC, FRCSC, MSc, FRCPC


Business Manager PGME, IMG, PGME Wellness, Professionalism, CIP:
Amarbeer Bhandari,
204.295.2737

Responsible for:

  • Manages HR Unit Needs for PGME, IMG Program, PGME Wellness, and Prfoessionalism
  • Manages operating and grant department budgets
  • Oversees Financial Management and Departmental expenditures

Team Lead, PGME
204.272.3120

Responsible for:

  • Oversees PGME administration, implementing the goals and objectives of the PGME Executive Committee
  • Oversees resident, fellow, and exchange student admissions and registration
  • Oversees all aspects of the national accreditation process (7-year cycle) including pre-accreditation workshops
  • Oversees management of PGME Clinical Fellowship administrative processes
  • Oversees and provides program support for CaRMS processes

Assistant to Associate Dean, PGME
Donna Coulis
204.789.3290

Responsible for:

  • Manages the Associate Dean’s schedule, including booking appointments
  • Provides administrative support for Core Curriculum registration and attendance management
  • Completes the mandatory course tracking in VENTIS
  • Provides administrative support for the PGME Executive Committee, and the following PGME Executive Subcommittees: Competency Based Education Committee and Educational Development Committee.

PGME Resident Administrator (RA)
Gail Tomchuk
204.789.3572

Responsible for:

  • Provides administrative support from entry to completion including admissions, registration, training advancement, verification of training requests, completion of training certificates, and External Elective requests for the following departments:
    Obstetrics and Gynecology, Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Biochemistry & Medical Genetics, Psychiatry, Radiology, Radiation Oncology, and Clinical Health Psychology.
  • Provides administrative support for the PGME Executive BCY and Allocation Advisory Subcommittee (AAC)

PGME Resident Administrator (RA)
Jenn Doroniuk
204.789.3453

Responsible for:

  • Provides administrative support from entry to completion including admissions, registration, training advancement, verification of training requests, completion of training certificates, and External Elective requests for the following departments:
    Family Medicine, Anesthesia, Community Health Sciences, Dental and Diagnostic Surgical Science, Clinical Microbiology, Medical Genetics & Cytogenetics, Preventative Dental Science, Clinical Biochemistry, and Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
  • Provides administrative support for the PGME Executive Fellowship Advisory Subcommittee

PGME Resident Administrator (RA)
Kim Le
204.789.3352

Responsible for:

  • Provides administrative support from entry to completion including admissions, registration, training advancement, verification of training requests, completion of training certificates, and External Elective requests for the following departments:
    Surgery, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Clinician Investigator Program, and the Musculoskeletal Fellowship.
  • Provides administrative support for the PGME Executive Assessments Subcommittee

Administrator, PGME Resident Research and Awards
Karen Holmes
204.789-3498

Responsible for:

  • Provides administrative support for all general resident research activities including Biostatistical Consulting for Residents and Fellows and the Resident Research Coordinator Council
  • Administers the Clinician Investigator Program, including acting as the main point of contact for program inquiries and coordinating the annual application and intake process
  • Administrator and primary contact for all PGME awards, scholarship, and bursaries
  • Provides administrative support for the PGME Executive Awards, Bursaries, & Scholarships Subcommittee

Admissions Assistant, PGME
Deniz Yildiz, covering for Fitri Gagne (maternity leave)
204.789.3572

Responsible for:

  • Provides administrative support for Sponsored Trainee applications and confirmation of sponsorship
  • Administers the PHIA Online Course
  • Manages the distribution and contact lists for Program Direcotrs and Administators
  • Process Letters of Approval for travel
  • Provides administrative support for the PGME Executive Accreditation Subcommittee (PGME-AC) and the Alternate Resident Entry & Transfer Subcommittee (ARETS)

 Administrator, PGME Finance
Tracy Smith
204.789.3568

Responsible for:

  • Provides Program support for processing travel claims
  • Processes funding allocations for Sponsored Trainees

CBD Administrator, PGME
204.789.3464

Responsible for:

  • Provides administrative support to Program Directors, Residency Program Committees, Competence Committees, Faculty and Residents with the transition of residency programs to a Competence By Design Framework

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