Family Medicine


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 2019-2020.

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



<August 2019>


Dr. Kath Stringer Delivers 3rd John Ross Memorial Lecture

Primary Care of Adults with Severe and Profound Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Health and Health Service Use of Very Elderly Newfoundlanders

Effects of Comorbidities on Asthma Hospitalization and Mortality Rates: A Systematic Review

17th Annual John Ross Commemorative Walk - Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Western Stream Residents Open Sexual Health Clinic in Corner Brook

Watch the new promo video for the Care of Underserved Populations Enhanced Skills program

Evaluation of the Characteristics of a Workplace Assessment Form to Assess Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) in an Undergraduate Surgery Core Clerkship

Awards and Recognitions

Congratulations to Dr. Norah Duggan on being the Newfoundland and Labrador recipient of Family Physician of the Year. She was honoured with the Reg. L Perkin award on Friday, November 16th, at the CFPC’s annual Awards Gala in Toronto. More infomation can be found here.

Congratulations to Dr. James Rourke on being awarded the WONCA Fellowship on October 20, 2018 at the WONCA World Conference 2018, in Seoul, South Korea. The Fellowship of WONCA is WONCA's most prestigious award and is awarded to individuals who have rendered outstanding service to the WONCA organization. 

Congratulations to Dr. Susan MacDonald on being awarded Founder’s Status with the Royal College, for the development of Palliative Medicine as a Specialty. The Founder designation is awarded to recognize Fellows who have made significant contributions to the development of a new specialty.

2018 Dean's Excellence Awards