Monday, August 31, 2009


24AUG09 - Manitoba Health News Release

Innovative Recruitment Strategies See Results, Receive Additional Funding To Enhance Recruitment to Rural, Northern Manitoba: Oswald

DAUPHIN - The province is investing more than $2.1 million in Manitoba's innovative, multi-tiered strategy to recruit and retain physicians across Manitoba, especially in rural areas, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced here today.

"We have worked with the regions to recruit more physicians to Manitoba communities and, since 1999, we have increased the number of physicians in Manitoba by more than 345," said Oswald. "Manitoba has a strong record of innovative physician recruitment and retention programs, resulting in a 19 per cent increase in practising physicians in rural Manitoba. These investments will help us continue to increase the number of doctors in the province, particularly in rural areas."

Read the complete news release here:

Monday, August 17, 2009


Check out the Manitoba News Release for August 17, 2009

The minister notes that, this year, 49 students with a rural background will be part of the incoming class of 110 students at the University of Manitoba's faculty of medicine.

"It is wonderful to see the impact that the spectrum of programs initiated to improve physician numbers has had in Manitoba," said Dr. J. Dean Sandham, dean of medicine at the University of Manitoba. "In response to the need for rural physicians, a review of our application process for entry to medicine has expanded the value placed on rural backgrounds. We are very excited to increase the proportion of the incoming class of students with commitment to rural life and professional practice."

Friday, June 19, 2009

2008/09 Events we participated in

September 08
UM Family Medicine Residents Retreat – The Pas
Brandon University Presentation to Health Studies Students
Brandon University Presentation to Nursing Students
UCN – Nursing Presentation
AIESEC Career Days – Winnipeg (

October 08
Garden Valley Collegiate Career Days
Eastern Manitoba Education Symposium - Beausejour
UM – Pharmacy Career Avenue
UM – Presentation to Nursing Students

November 08
Discovery Days
Red River Nursing Presentation
Linkages ConferenceUM – Med Rehab Presentation

December 08
West Region Tribal Council Career Fair

January 09
UM - Employment Services Career Fair
Mitchell Middle School Presentation

February 09
UM - Nursing Career Fair
Brandon University Interview Prep Workshop – Medicine/Dentistry

March 09
Brandon Career Symposium
Rotary Career Symposium – Winnipeg
UM - Pharmacy Presentation
Frontier School Division Career Days
Steinbach Career Fair
Norway House Career Fair
Cross Lake Career Days
UM - Medical Rehab Job Fair

April 09
Rural Mentorship Orientation
Evening with Rural Docs
SRPC Conference
UM – Faculty of Medicine Presentation
Parkland Career and Job Fair

May 09
Career Connections Expo
Sanford Collegiate Presentation
Rural Week
Career X (The Pas)
MCAT/DAT Prep Workshop

June 09
Selkirk High School

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Rural Week 2009

Rural Week video is available for viewing at

The week was awesome and took a lot of people to successfully pull it off. There were well over 100 preceptors from over 42 communities, each of which had numerous people making schedules and arranging for extra curricular activities.

Our hat goes off to all for generously offering their time & skills, without these dedicated individuals the Rural Week program would not exist.

The Evaluation Summary will be available soon.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Health Career Quest Summer Camp 2009

Applications are being accepted for the 2009 Health Career Quest Summer Camp

EXPLORE various health career opportunities by participating in various tours, presentations and hands-on activities

OBSERVE health careers in both a rural and urban setting (The Pas and Winnipeg)

DEVELOP or improve life skills required for educational successImprove interpersonal, communication and leadership skills

RECEIVE personal pre-requisite and career planning advice and information

IMPROVE basic math, science and English skills through a specifically tailored remediation plan for each student

EXPERIENCE campus and Winnipeg life by participating in a variety of social activities

RECEIVE a student mentor in your interested field of study

Application Requirements
  1. Completed application form
  2. Copy of your most recent high school transcript
  3. Short personal essay outlining your interest in health careers, your community involvement, career goals, etc.
  4. Two completed reference forms completed by two non-relatives (preferably an employer, teacher or guidance counsellor)

Rural Week 2009

Rural Week 2009 will take place in less than two weeks.

Since its 2003 inception, Rural Week organizers and a variety of rural/northern Manitoba communities have offered over 600 first year University of Manitoba – Faculty of Medicine students a mix of inspiration, opportunity and vision to ultimately create a positive & lasting impression of rural/northern family medicine.

Rural Week 2009 takes place May 18 -22. 111 students will be placed in 42 communities in rural and northern Mantitoba and Nunavut.

Participating communities include: Altona, Arborg, Ashern, Barens River, Beausejour, Brandon, Carman, Dauphin, Eriksdale, Flin Flon, Garden Hill/Island Lake, Gillam, Gimli, Gladstone, Hamiota, Lynn Lake, Minnedosa, Morden, Morris, Neepawa, Niverville, Notre Dame de Lourdes, Pinawa, Pine Falls, Portage la Prairie, Red Sucker Lake/Wasagamuch, Rankin Inlet, Rivers, Russell, Sanikiluaq, Selkirk, Ste. Anne, St. Pierre, Ste. Rose, Steinbach, Stonewall, Swan Lake, Swan River, The Pas, Thompson, Vita and Winkler.

ORNH starts a blog

Time to step into the modern ages and give the blog tools a try. It is our goal to provide stakeholders with the ongoing activities of Manitoba's Office of Rural and Northern Health