Medical Resident Retreat held to encourage Physician Recruitment

Family medicine residents will attend a retreat in Portage la Prairie this weekend to encourage interest in rural and northern opportunities to practice medicine.

“Each year, residents come together to take part in a job fair, continuing medical education, networking and team building,” said Jane Curtis, CEO for Southern Health-Santé Sud. “Holding this event in Portage la Prairie allows the medical residents to learn more about possible employment opportunities and encourages them to consider practicing in rural Manitoba once their education is complete.”

The job fair is attended by a variety of physician employers and support businesses, including regional health authorities, clinics, communities and even financial institutions.

“One of our goals in the Department of Family Medicine in the Max Rady College of Medicine is to prepare physicians to practice with confidence in a variety of settings,” said department head Dr. José François, adding that learners are distributed in over 20 communities throughout Manitoba during residency. “Those who ultimately choose to stay in rural and northern communities report great career satisfaction offering comprehensive care in areas that have been historically underserved.”

The host of the event assists with local arrangements and takes the opportunity to profile their region and recruitment needs. This year’s host for the event is Southern Health-Santé Sud.

“It is an honour to be hosting more than 100 medical residents in our region with the opportunity to enjoy rural Manitoba hospitality while getting some quality continuing medical education,” shares Dr. Denis Fortier, VP – Medical Services. “Southern Health-Santé Sud is home to several University of Manitoba clinical teaching units and we are proud to be doing our part in offering a unique rural perspective to family medicine.”

The retreat is planned by a committee with representation from the U of M residents, the Max Rady College of Medicine post-graduate family medicine program, the Manitoba Health Care Providers Network and the host region.

“The Family Medicine residents from across Manitoba are excited for the opportunity to meet for their annual retreat in Portage la Prairie and obtain a first-hand view of the future practice options the community, region and province have to offer,” said participating resident Dr. Tanja Borchers. “The retreat is also an excellent educational and team-building opportunity.”

All continuing medical education will be delivered by provincial experts and local physicians from the clinic in Portage la Prairie. For more information on physician recruitment in Manitoba, visit:

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