The Brandon Satellite Campus of the Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba is continuing to make strides in the types of physician training provided in Brandon. The purpose of the Satellite Campus is to develop and train physicians locally with the intent of providing physicians for Brandon and the rural area. Research has shown that if you train medical personnel closer to where there is a need they are more likely to stay and fill that need. Since its inception in 2013, five different programs have been started in Brandon to support this effort.
Family medicine was the first program introduced to Brandon and its start in 2012 predates the establishment of the Brandon Satellite Campus. Since 2012, 15 resident physicians have completed the two-year training program in Brandon. The family medicine training program is done after completion of medical school and is a form of apprenticeship that is required before starting independent practice. Since 2012, fifteen residents have completed the program with 12 of the 15 practicing in rural Manitoba of which seven are practicing in Brandon and one each in Souris and Neepawa. Three residents are completing the program this year and two of the three will be staying in Brandon to practice.
A five-year Royal College Anesthesia training program was started in 2015 in Brandon. This is a shared program between Winnipeg and Brandon with about 40% of the program being done in Brandon. Currently there is one resident in the program in his second year of training. He is expected to complete the program in 2021. Another anesthesia residency slot is available for a 2018 start. Confirmation of a resident for this spot will not be available until later in the spring. The plan is to consider taking a resident each year into the program.
A five-year Royal College Psychiatry training program was started in 2017 in Brandon. This too is a shared program between Winnipeg and Brandon with approximately 65% of the program to be completed in Brandon. Currently there is one resident in the program in his first year of training. He is expected to complete the program in 2022. Another psychiatry residency training slot is available for a 2018 start. Confirmation of a resident for this spot will not be available until later in the spring. The plan is to consider taking a resident each year into the program.
A one-year Emergency Medicine training program was started in 2015. This program is done after completing the two-year family medicine program. Four residents have completed the program with one staying in Brandon. Two more are completing this year and one will be providing emergency medicine services in Brandon following completion of the program.
In 2017, the Brandon Satellite Campus also expanded to provide the third year of medical school in Brandon. Students enrolled in Winnipeg at the Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba are given the opportunity to do their third year in Brandon. The first student to access this program started in October 2017. The program offers some advantages to students compared to the traditional program in giving them the opportunities to work with experienced physicians directly and exposing them to a lot of different types of medical experiences without a lot of competition from other students. It is hoped that this program will attract four students each year and provide them with an in depth experience to our city and what it offers.
Charles Penner MD FRCPC
Associate Dean, Brandon Satellite Campus
Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Manitoba