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Go Jets Go!

As Winnipeg prepares to get consumed into a whiteout to support the Jets, we are excited to offer members an opportunity to go to Game 2, on us! 

Would you like to go? Enter our draw!

Key Details:

  • Two tickets to Game 2, on Tuesday, April 23 at 8:30 pm
  • Did we mention they are great seats? Right behind the penalty box!
  • This giveaway is open to all Doctors Manitoba members. 
  • You must enter before Saturday, April 20, 6pm using the link below.
  • If you enter and are selected as the winner, you must be able to attend yourself. You can bring a guest of your choice, but you cannot give away the tickets.
  • A winner will be selected by random draw and contacted by noon Sunday. If the winner does not respond and accept the game by 2pm, a new winner will be drawn. 

→ Enter here

The prize of two playoff tickets is courtesy of Doctors Manitoba.

Go Jets Go!

Board Elections Underway

This year marks an election year for all Medical Districts outside of Winnipeg. Three incumbent Directors were acclaimed to serve their Medical Districts for another term:

  • Brandon: Dr. Carina Kaiser
  • Northern: Dr. Chukwuma Abara
  • Parkland-Assiniboine: Dr. Bittoo Malik

Two long-serving Directors, Dr. Yvette Emerson and Dr. Selena Papetti, reached their term limits so are unable to run again. Another incumbent Director, Dr. Erin Gordey, is not seeking another term.

The candidates in the two contested Medical Districts are:

  • Interlake-Eastern: Dr. Sarah Blelloch and Dr. Shauna Brinkman
  • Southern: Dr. Eric Lane and Dr. Michael Omichinski

All members in these two Medical Districts should have received details about the election and the candidates. Anyone who believes they have been missed can contact our office at 2049855844.

Voting will close on May 1 and the new Directors will join the Board for the June meeting. Be sure to register for the Annual General Meeting on May 9 to learn more about our new directors.

Doctors Manitoba AGM

Members are invited to join us for our virtual Annual General Meeting May 9 beginning at 5 p.m. from CEO Theresa Oswald, and our outgoing President Dr. Michael Boroditsky, meet the new President-Elect. Learn more and register here. 

Awards Gala approaches

We hope you can join us at our Annual Awards Gala on Saturday May 11. → Get details about the Gala and purchase your tickets here!

The Gala will honour our seven amazing 2024 Award Winners. We’re building in more time to connect and visit with colleagues and friends, with a whole new look and feel for our event. Plus, the Gala will raise funds to support the cause of our Humanitarian Award winner, the late Dr. Dick Smith, including Our Own Health Centre and Rainbow Resource Centre. We look forward to seeing you at this signature event for the medical community. 

CME Rebate Reminder

A reminder that you can now apply for your 2023 Continuing Medical Education (CME) Rebate. You can claim up to $4,000 of eligible expenses incurred in 2023 to support your continuing medical education. 

How to Claim Your 2023 Rebate

  1. Visit Doc​tors​Man​i​to​ba​.ca/​2023CME
  2. Click on Apply Now under Log In for faster payment to apply through our secure Member Portal.
  3. Be sure to have details of each CME event handy, including dates, receipts and expenses, to help you complete the form. It’s best to apply once for all of your CME expenses. You will not be asked for copies of all receipts, but file them away in case you are selected for an audit.
  4. You will need to upload electronic copies of your registration and CME certificate or confirmation of attendance.
  5. If you have not yet applied for direct deposit, you will be asked for your back account information and to upload a photo or PDF of a voice cheque or complete our direct deposit form.

If you haven’t yet set up your Member Portal account, contact our office at 204.985.5888 or email us at portalhelp@​doctorsmanitoba.​ca for support.

Complete eligibility guidelines for the 2023 rebate are here.

Bigger Better CPD Rebate Coming for 2024

The Doctors Manitoba Board of Directors has approved a major overhaul to this rebate program for expenses incurred this year (2024) and beyond. 

The new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) rebate will be launched later this year. This rebate will offer a bigger maximum rebate for all physicians, including:

  • A basic $1000 rebate for completing your minimum required CPD credits each year.
  • Plus, up to $4,000 to cover expenses related to completing your CPD.
  • Simplified rules making almost any expense you incur eligible as long as it primarily supports your continuing professional development.
  • The ability to claim as you go, rather than waiting months after the year ends to apply.

Rural and northern physicians will also receive an additional supplement to help cover the costs of traveling within Manitoba to attend CPD events, including $500 for rural physicians and $3,000 for northern physicians.

Stay tuned for updates!

Getting Healthy Winner Gets the Goods

Meet our Getting Healthy Grand Prize Winner Kristin Kolodie! She was one of over 18,000 Manitobans who committed to getting healthy this winter. Kristin was congratulated by Doctors Manitoba President Dr. Michael Boroditsky. Grocery shopping for her family just got a little easier for Kristin after winning the $5000 gift card prize! 

Manitoba’s doctors created the Get​tingHealthy​.ca resource to offer practical advice to support the 4 in 5 Manitobans who believe they could be doing more to prevent disease and live a healthy life. Keep an eye on our newsletters to see what’s next as we roll out additional content and features. We will be looking for physician input and participation! 

New Book Club Pick

The Doctors Manitoba Physician Health and Wellness committee invites you to a page-turning opportunity for building connection and community in medicine. Join us for our Doctors Manitoba Book Club on June 4 beginning at 7 p.m. We’re reading Study for Obedience by Sarah Bernstein, winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize. This will be an opportunity for the group to discuss the book and share thoughts. Register Here.

BONUS: We have received a limited number of copies of the book generously provided by MD Financial Management. Please email cokojie@​doctorsmanitoba.​ca to enter to win one of these special hardcover editions. Winners will be selected randomly and will be notified April 26.

Job posting: Physician Data Analyst

This new role will be responsible for acquiring, managing, integrating, and analyzing data from various internal and external sources, helping to inform decisions and monitor results. Examples of data include physician remuneration, physician resources and migration, member demographics, survey datasets, and financial data. The person in this role will collaborate with different teams at Doctors Manitoba to provide valuable insights through detailed analyses and data-driven recommendations, helping us to understand what the data is telling us. Ideally, candidates will be experienced in managing data from multiple sources, working with subject matter experts to understand the analyses and insights needed, with a knack for data storytelling and visualization.

Ultimately, the successful candidate will play a key role in ensuring our priorities are driven by evidence- and data-based insights, helping us to tackle issues like the physician shortage while supporting our mandate to strengthen and support the whole physician, including their economic, physical, mental, and professional well-being.

Do you know someone who might be the right fit? Please share the posting with them.

UM needs your expertise!

Become a Clinical Educator at the Max Rady College of Medicine

  • Hiring Clinical Educators for Fall 2024 term with compensation
  • Consistent half-day schedules
  • Mainpro+ or MoCOMP credits
  • Make a difference in the education of Manitoba’s future physicians!

Apply today.

Health System Updates

Regulated Health Professions Act amendments

This week, the Minister of Health introduced amendments to The Regulated Health Professions Act to increase public access and scrutiny when a health care professional (including a physician) is convicted of a serious offense. Concerns about secrecy by regulators when their members have criminal convictions have been widely discussed in the media.

If the bill passes, any regulated health profession (including the CPSM) would be required to open to the public any council meeting at which it considers whether the health care professional should lose their license by reason of their conviction.

This would not apply unless someone has already been convicted of an offense. It would not apply to any other finding of professional misconduct nor other grounds for discipline, nor criminal charges which have not yet been determined.

Doctors Manitoba will monitor the discussion around the bill, and may choose to comment on the bill if appropriate. If you have any views on the bill, including any media stories you see about this issue, please let us know your thoughts at practiceadvice@​doctorsmanitoba.​ca.

You can see the government’s news release here.

Vaccine Reminder

After May 1, 2024, COVID-19 immunizations will not be broadly available until the Fall 2024 COVID-19 Immunization Program. Latest information on eligibility is found here. 

Prenatal Benefit Doubled

The Manitoba Government announced increases to the Manitoba Prenatal Benefit. Currently, the maximum benefit is $81.41 per month, payable from the 14th week of pregnancy until the child is born. Budget 2024 includes an additional $800,000 to double the maximum monthly benefit to $162.82.

Read the full news release. Learn more about the Manitoba Prenatal Benefit here.

2SLGBTQIA+ medical learners research invitation

Dr. Amrit Kirpalani, a professor at Schulich School of Medicine, is inviting individuals who are current/​future medical learners who also identify as members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community to participate in a research project aimed at better understanding the way in which your gender and sexual minority identity can positively or negatively influence your approach to the medical school application.

Students who are members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community face many barriers when it comes to applying to medical school. Some of these barriers have been described in previous research, but many remain unknown. We are looking to understand what barriers are present at each step of the application, and also to help identify information, resources, and experiences which may be helpful to share with potential applicants.

Your participation is completely voluntary and will include a 15-minute anonymous online survey. At the end of the survey, you will have the opportunity to sign up for an OPTIONAL interview with the study team. The interviews will be audio recorded and the transcripts will be de-identified. Interviews will be conducted by the co-investigator or another study team member who has no prior or current relationship or involvement with you.

As a token of appreciation for participating in the interview phase of the study, you will be compensated for participation with a $10 Starbucks gift card.

If are interested in participating or learning more, please use this Qualtrics link to view the letter of information and consent to be contacted: 

If you have any questions or would like to speak with the research team, please feel free to contact the co-investigator, Dr. Amrit Kirpalani, directly at amrit.​kirpalani@​lhsc.​on.​ca

Primary Care Recommendations for HIV Patients

The MB HIV Program is pleased to share its new Primary Care Provider Recommendations for the Management of Adults Living with HIV in Manitoba,” endorsed by Shared Health, Primary Care Provincial Clinical Team. These guidelines provide primary care providers (PCPs) in Manitoba with a framework to provide primary care for people living with HIV (PLHIV), and aim to enhance access to care for PLHIV throughout the province. 

Highlights from the Primary Care Recommendations:

  • Describes the role of PCPs and the MB HIV Program in providing care for PLHIV in MB
  • Illustrates a clear pathway to care for people newly diagnosed with HIV, including people who have a reactive POCT result
  • Navigates access to patient education and the Program’s Referral Form
  • Provides guidelines for baseline and monitoring investigations, immunizations, screening non-infectious comorbidities and special populations 

Visit www​.mbHIV​.ca to find:

Don’t forget that an HIV diagnosis is included as part of the new FM+ panel payments.


Upcoming Events

You can always review upcoming events on our events calendar page.

Women physician well-being workshop

Take part in an empowering workshop dedicated to enhancing the mental and physical well-being of women physicians. Sessions include physical self-defense and mental resilience training. The workshop takes place Sunday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Gimli. The cost is $225 per person. To register or for further questions please reach out to drastridguenther@​gmail.​com.

View the flyer here.

CFPC Physician Wellness Retreat 

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Physician Wellness Retreat May 23 – 26 aims to provide family physicians an environment in which they can learn and apply principles of physician wellness. Keynote speakers include Dr. Jillian Horton and Dr. Catherine Hansen.
Register here.

CMA AGM May 29

This year’s Annual General Meeting for the CMA is special for Manitobans, as CMA President-Elect Dr. Joss Reimer will officially become president. Register to hear from her and other CMA leaders. The CMA AGM will be held virtually on Wednesday, May 29, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.Meeting information, including the agenda, is available at cma​.ca/​a​g​m2024. The annual report and additional resources will be added in advance of the meeting.

Community Engagement of Sexual and Gender Minorities 

Dr. Murdoch Leeies will lead a discussion April 24 from noon to 1 p.m. focused on patient and community engagement of sexual and gender minorities for research leading to health policy change. CHI’s Lunchtime Learning is open to all researchers, decision-makers, clinicians, patients and members of the public who want to learn more about the theory and practice of meaningful, inclusive, and safe patient and public engagement. Register now.

2024 Canadian Conference on Physician Leadership — May 24 – 25 in Montréal

Lead the change our healthcare system desperately needs! Attend the CCPL2024 in Montréal, where you’ll gain invaluable insights and skills to drive transformation.

View the conference program here. Register now.

Cancer Day for Primary Care

The 16th biennial Cancer Day for Primary Care, a collaboration between the Community Oncology Program at CancerCare Manitoba and the University of Manitoba, is back May 31 as a hybrid event, offering both virtual and in-person attendance options at Theater B, 727 McDermot Ave, University of Manitoba. What sets this event apart is the opportunity for attendees to submit their own cases for discussion by our expert panel. Join us for a dynamic and informative program. Learn more and register.

HPV and Cancer — Interdisciplinary Rounds 

Speakers for the June 5 event focused on prevention, treatment and future direction include Dr. Vanessa Poliquin, Dr. Ciaran Lane and Dr. Sarah Kean. Register now.

IPAC Mentorship Gathering 

Registration is open for the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada’s Annual Mentorship Gathering and AGM July 12 – 14 in Halifax. The gathering is an opportunity for Indigenous medical students, residents, and physicians, both members and potential members, to come together to share stories of their academic journeys, grow their networks, and enjoy cultural activities.