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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). This is our first year for Streams including our northern, rural (west and central) and eastern Carms sites. We are proud of our program and excited to welcome our new residents for 2016.

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 new Care of the Elderly program was introduced in 2015 and we anticipate one in Care of Underserved Populations in 2017.



Upcoming Conferences

Canadian Conference on Medical Education

Northern Rural and Remote Conference 
Recent Publications

A Nunavut perspective for the Virtual Hospice website

Antibiotic stewardship in a remote health region: signs of success

DFM eNewsletter

Congratulations to Dr. Wanda Parsons on being selected as the 
2017 Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) Certificate of Merit recipient for Memorial University. More about CAME can be found here

Dr. Pauline Duke has has been chosen as a national recipient of the 
Reg L. Perkin Awards for Canada's Family Physician of the Year. A prominent family physician in Newfoundland, Dr. Duke is recognized for her patient-centred care, work with local refugees, and commitment to teaching new generations of family doctors.More information about Dr. Duke and this award can be found here:


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