In today’s message you will find:

Golf Tournament Last Call!

Registration for our 2023 Getting Healthy Golf Tournament closes next Thursday and we would love to see you out on the course. This year’s tournament will be held at Southwood Golf & Country Club, which happens to be hosting the Manitoba Open this week. Yesterday our presenting sponsor MD Financial and Scotiabank announced our hole in one prize. Be the lucky (and skilled) golfer to get a hole in one on the 2nd hole and you will win a Land Rover Defender (or $125,000 toward a Land Rover or Jaguar vehicle). 

Registration includes:

  • 18 holes of golf on the Championship Golf Course 
  • Bag drop service and Power Cart
  • Access to driving range, practice area, and locker room and member pricing on golf shop merchandise 
  • Lunch sponsored by Canada Life and Dinner sponsored by Manulife
  • MD Financial and Scotiabank Hole in One prize of a Land Rover Defender (or $125,000 toward a Land Rover or Jaguar vehicle)
  • Challenges and games including: Patent 5 putting challenge, closest to the line hosted by DRMB Insurance, fastest to the hole hosted by Bokhaut CPA, and more!
  • Snacks and refreshments will include: Korean sliders courtesy of Blue Cross, non-alcoholic beverages from Sobr Market, samples from Patent 5, Sargent Sundae ice cream courtesy of Bokhaut CPA, treats from Crank’d Energy Bars & Chopped Leaf.
  • Giveaways and prizes from Doctors Manitoba, Sunshine Medical Clinics, Curtis Carpets, LibreMD, Patent 5, and Scotiabank!

Key Details:

  • When: Tuesday September 5 — 1pm shotgun start
  • Where: Southwood Golf and Country Club in St. Norbert.
  • Cost: $190 each, includes a full 18 holes, power cart, lunch and dinner, and more 

Don’t miss this chance to connect with colleagues and win some great prizes. Register now.

The tournament is proudly presented by MD Financial and Scotiabank with support from Bokhaut CPA!

Proceeds from the golf tournament will support our Getting Healthy public awareness campaigns and resources about healthy living and disease prevention, a physician-led initiative.

If your practice is interested in sponsoring or hosting a hole, please email jsie@​doctorsmanitoba.​ca to discuss options and pricing for participation in the event.

Physician Leadership Training

Register Today! Strength-based Leadership PLI Course (Virtual) — Sept 21 – 222023

This interactive CME Accredited course will help participants accurately identify their personal strengths and leverage them using pragmatic strategies. It also offers ways leaders can identify and leverage the strengths of their people and teams to increase work engagement and well-being and drive innovation You can review agenda here.

Faculty: Paul Mohapel
Cost: $250.00 Register here (A free CMA​.ca account is required to register. Create your account and/​or log in here.)
Registration deadline: Sept 52023

Mentorship Program is Recruiting Mentors

Doctors Manitoba, MMSA, PARIM, PGME and UGME Student Affairs are excited to be moving into a new year of the Medical Learner Mentorship Program. Recruitment for participants is ongoing and no previous mentoring experience is required. Residents and Practicing Physicians are invited to participate as mentors. The program offers a variety of support for participants including mentorship events and complimentary training through CMA-Joule! The program is an excellent way to build connections help those joining the profession. 

Learn more about the program and register to participate.

Response to our Prescription for Health Care

Last week we offered a prescription for Improving health care and we received widespread coverage in the media, with all three main political parties in Manitoba responding with support. 

PC Response:

The CBC quoted Progressive Conservative Leader Heather Stefanson as thanking Doctors Manitoba for their recommendations, saying that her party will continue building a strong relationship with the organization if re-elected and is committed to healing health care. We know health care didn’t break overnight, and we know it won’t get fixed overnight — but we are on the road to recovery,” she said, adding that the party will release more details about its health-care plan further into the campaign. 

NDP Response:

NDP Leader Wab Kinew said Doctors Manitoba’s recommendations perfectly” align with his party’s health-care platform, adding the New Democrats will flesh out more about their plans in the weeks to come, according to the Winnipeg Free Press. When it comes to the focus on primary care teams, he was quoted in the CBC as saying “[it’s] something that we know experts are calling for, but also meets the needs of Manitobans.” He was also quoted as saying the target of recruiting 400 new doctors could be reached in the next five years, partially through an NDP promise to expand the University of Manitoba’s medical school that was announced last month.

Liberal Response:

The Free Press quoted Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont as insisting his party’s platform is the one that aligns most closely with Doctors Manitoba’s recommendations. To really change health care for the better in Manitoba, we need a revolution in prevention,” Lamont said. We’ve committed to that by making sure every Manitoban has a clinic with a family physician, or nurse practitioner, with wrap-around care from health teams.” Lamont said his party also plans to expand team-based care in clinics.

Physician of the Week

Like many rural physicians, Dr. Sheila Felsch, wears many hats as a community doctor in Portage la Prairie. The initial draw to medicine came from her fascination with human physiology, but Dr. Felsch says she quickly came to love helping people, hearing their stories, forming long term connections with my family practice patients, and helping them feel at ease in the OR and ER settings.” She says her favourite part of practising medicine is getting work with so many other amazing and caring individuals”. She is proud to work with an incredible team of physicians, nurses and support staff, and says most days it feels like she is hanging out with my friends while we work together to help others feel better.” Patient Rachel Templeton says Dr. Felsch is the epitome of caring” and the best physician she has ever had, adding she goes above and beyond the call of duty and is an excellent communicator.”

Read more about Dr. Felsch and other Physician of the Week feature stories.

Suggest a colleague to be featured as Physician of the Week.

125 New Medical Students

This week UM welcomed its largest medical class in its 140-year history. Enrolment has been increased from 110 to 125 students. The Class of 2027 includes 66 women, 57 men and two students who identify as non-binary. There are 10 Indigenous students and 59 students with rural attributes, meaning that they have rural roots, work experience or volunteer or leadership experience. Five students are enrolled in the bilingual stream. The future physicians range in age from 20 to 38 years old. Dean of the Max Rady College of Medicine, dean of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and vice-provost (health sciences), Dr. Peter Nickerson said expanding our MD program to train more physicians is an important step toward meeting the health-care needs of all Manitobans as the population grows and ages.” The expanded class size comes a year after Doctors Manitoba advocacy and recommendations to expand medical training to address the physician shortage. Read the UM’s full story and meet a few of the first-year students here.

Health System Updates

Diabetes Survey for Physicians
Youville Diabetes Centre in collaboration with health care practitioners is working to identify the gaps in diabetes health care services, education, resources, and supports available for persons living with diabetes. They would like to know what information will be most useful to physicians in Manitoba, in providing care and education for persons living with diabetes. Please complete this short5 minute survey to provide your feedback.

Holistic and Cultural Approach To Increasing Immunization Uptake
Manitoba Health is sharing the below invitation to participate in a webinar hosted by the Indigenous Services Canada on August 31st, 2023 at 12 pm. The First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) is pleased to invite you to a virtual event on the successful immunization project carried out by Maskwacis Health Services’ Early Years Program. By offering program participants various supports, such as parenting guidance and strategies, transportation and assistance with service referrals, staff members quickly noticed that involvement in the program led to an increase in immunization uptake in young children in Maskwacis. This presentation will provide valuable insight into the importance of collaborating with various teams within a community and integrating cultural components into programming for success. We invite all professionals involved in supporting or providing immunizations to First Nations, Inuit, or Métis Peoples in Canada to attend. This includes nurses, community leadership, early education teams, community health representatives, health directors, and any other professionals contributing to this important work in public health. We encourage you and your immunization teams to attend this exciting training opportunity, if possible. Click here to join

Gender Affirming Care Research

Chloe Macdonald is recruiting physicians to participate in a qualitativeresearch study that aims to understand physicians’ experiences and perceptions of gender-affirming care for transgender youth under 18. There will be two groups of participants: those who have prescribed gender affirming care and those who have not. For more information, read thisInstagram post or email mcdona71@​myumanitoba.​ca.


Here are some of the most popular updates in recent newsletters, in case you missed them

Upcoming Events

Events can always be found on our website in the events calendar. If you have an event you’d like to share with members and have included in our calendar, forward all the information to general@​doctorsmanitoba.​ca.

Unraveling the Threads of Colonization and Racism in Manitoba’s Healthcare — September 28 6:30 – 8p

Session 5 in our Leadership for Equity Series aims to empower physicians with a deeper comprehension of the intricate intersections between historical legacies, healthcare delivery, and the imperative for transformative change in support of health equity for Indigenous populations in Manitoba. It will explore the historical underpinnings of colonization and Indigenous-specific racism within the healthcare system, highlighting their enduring influence on the health of Indigenous communities. The session will emphasize the importance of physicians, as leaders in the healthcare system, learning to recognize the subtle yet impactful manifestations of these issues in healthcare and carrying this into application of practical strategies for fostering anti-racist and decolonizing practices. 

Learning Objectives:

1. Gain insight into the historical background of colonization and racism within Manitoba’s healthcare system and how this continues to impact the health of Indigenous peoples.
2. Develop the ability to identify and understand how colonization and racism manifest in healthcare practices.
3. Acquire strategies to promote anti-racist and decolonizing approaches as leaders in healthcare settings.

Register now!

Save the date for upcoming sessions in the series:

  • October 24 – Kimani Paul-Emile, PhD
  • November 30 – Dr. Nanky Rai, MD

Leadership Lessons I Learned the Hard Way” — CWIM — PRN Social Event — September 6, 7 – 10pm — Winnipeg Art Gallery

Learn and connect with like-minded female physicians and discuss mentorship!

  • Conversation with The Honorable Flordeliz (Gigi) Osler, MD, FRCSC, ICD.D
  • Leadership Lessons I Learned the Hard Way
  • Drinks & Appetizers to be provided. 
  • $20 for CWIM members, $40 for non-members. 

Register now.

Bug Day — Mark your calendars for 2023 27th Annual Bug Day! — October 17 7:55am-4pm — Held Virtually.

Interested in the prevention and control of communicable diseases, and health issues in the community or healthcare setting? Bug Day is for you! Nationally and internationally recognized experts will present timely topics in infectious diseases and public health at Manitoba’s largest healthcare education event. Held every year during National Infection Prevention & Control Week, Bug Day is streamed online – it’s FREE, accredited, and you’re invited!

The program is accredited for physicians and can be used for continuing education purposes by other health care workers. There is no charge, but you must register to attend the live sessions. You can make a donation directly to the HSC Foundation Bug Day fund. Click here to visit the donation page. This donation page will automatically generate a confirmation email and a tax receipt. Register here.

Other Events