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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.



Congratulations to Dr. Roger Butler on being selected to receive the 2016 Award of Distinction in Health Care of the Elderly. This award is a joint initiative of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Canadian Geriatric Society (CGS). The award recognizes significant contributions and excellence within Family Medicine in the care of the elderly.
Dr. Cathy MacLean was chosen by the residents of the Family Medicine Residency Program to receive the 2015-2016 Dr. Gus Rowe Teaching Award. This award is given by the Family Medicine Residents to honor Dr. Gus Rowe for his contributions to the Discipline of Family Medicine and to Medicine in Newfoundland and Labrador. 
Dr. Mohamed Ravalia was awarded the Order of Canada in 2016. The appointment recognizes Dr. Ravalia, assistant dean of the Faculty of Medicine’s Rural Medical Education Network, for his contributions to rural medicine in Newfoundland and Labrador as a family physician, mentor and community leader. See more here: