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Family medicine’s move to new residency model attracts fresh interest.

There is a lot going on at Memorial University (MUN) in the Discipline of Family Medicine (DFM).  We are proud of our program and excited to welcome our new residents for 2017-2018.

Our excellence in training rural family physicians has been well recognized by the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada over many years.

Our Point of Care Ultrasound PoCUS program is a first for family medicine residents in Canada.

We have over 300 of our Family Medicine (FM) graduates practicing in Newfoundland and Labrador and we are keen to recruit more. Our Streams are promoting a hub and spoke model to support more remote communities. As well, we are working on initiatives to improve care and support to family physicians including open access scheduling to improve access. This province needs more family physicians so we have many opportunities to offer post-graduation wonderfully experienced colleagues.

Our medical school has won international recognition for its social accountability with the ASPIRE award and our programs are specifically designed to address existing areas of population need.

Primary care renewal in NL

This is an exciting time for primary care renewal.  We are embracing the Patients Medical Home (PMH) and working with partners to create models of primary care that reflect the components of the PMH.
Enhanced skills program

We have an excellent and competitive Enhanced Skills program in Emergency Medicine. A Care of the Elderly program was introduced in 2015 and the new Care of Underserved Populations program was introduced in 2017.


Discipline of Family Medicine
Faculty of Medicine
Memorial University of Newfoundland 
Health Sciences Centre, Room 2743 
St. John's, NL, A1B 3V6, Canada 
Telephone: (709)-864-6493



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Upcoming Events

SRPC Rural and Remote 2018

CCME 2018

PriFor 2018
News and Recent Publications

Op-ed: New healthcare delivery model required for residents of NL personal care homes

High school student from Kugluktuk, Nunavut participates in the Aboriginal Health Initiative’s Healers of Tomorrow Gathering at Grenfell Campus​

Factors influencing choice to practise in rural and remote communities throughout a physician’s career cycle

Medical Students bring rural health-care lessons back home

A Nunavut perspective for the Virtual Hospice website

Antibiotic stewardship in a remote health region: signs of success

DFM eNewsletter
Awards and Recognitions

Congratulations to Dr.  Pauline Duke on being recognized as a Champion of Human Rights in Newfoundland and Labrador.  The award was handed out on Thrusday, December 7 at Government House. 

Congratulations to Dr. Jim Rourke on being named the recipient of the 2017 Calvin L. Gutkin Family Medicine Ambassador Award.  Dr. Rourke will be honoured at the annual Awards Gala on Friday, November 10th, in Montreal, Quebec. The full release can be found here:

Congratulations to Dr. Lynette Powell on being the Newfoundland and Labrador recipient Family Physician of the Year She will be honoured with the Reg. L Perkin award on Friday, November 10th, at the CFPC’s annual Awards Gala in Montreal, Quebec.More infomation be found here:


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