Why Manitoba Urology?

  • Early surgical exposure
  • Urological care is primarily centered in Winnipeg such that we cover a catchment area of over 1.4 million people – spanning from the Northwest territories, all of Manitoba and parts of Northwest Ontario. This results in a consistently high volume of complex cases.
  • Through our urologic ambulatory care centre, we perform a large number of cases under conscious sedation including: ureteric stents, ureteroscopy, penile surgery and scrotal surgery
  • We do not currently offer fellowships which allows residents to have increased exposure and autonomy through training
  • Our smaller program results in a more intimate resident training experience where everyone knows you and is invested in your future
  • Our resident to attending ratio ensures that resident progress is closely monitored
  • We offer a robust teaching curriculum in parallel to clinical teaching to ensure adequate urologic knowledge acquisition through residency
  • Our rotations are designed to meet the criteria for both the Royal College of Canada and American Board of Urology
  • Our residents feel confident to go directly into clinical practice with a proven track record of graduating competent trainees
  • Our residents also have a demonstrated history of acquiring top urologic fellowships for those interested
  • We have a close-knit group of residents and staff who work collaboratively together as friends and colleagues

Why choose Winnipeg?

  • Beautiful summers
  • Experience four distinct seasons – with a variety of activities to make the most of them
  • Proximity to lakes, hikes and other outdoor activities
  • Multiple trails in the city for biking, hiking, kayaking, running
  • Lots of top rated cafes and restaurants
  • Reasonable cost of living
  • Central location, making it easy to travel East or West on weekends
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Is there an advantage to training in a program without fellows?

Currently we are not offering urologic fellowships. As a result, the residents are regularly assisting on “fellow level” cases. This also minimizes situations where trainees feel they need to compete for cases.

Is there an advantage to training in a program without a robot?

The absence of a robot allows our trainees to focus on the open and laparoscopic skills which is most applicable to the Canadian landscape.

Is there a surgeon-scientist program?

The University of Manitoba, Department of Surgery offers the opportunity to pursue additional post-graduate training. Please see: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/health_sciences/medicine/units/surgery/education/4769.html

Does the program offer any simulation opportunities?

We work closely with the Department of Surgery to offer simulation activities through the Surgical Foundations program which includes opportunities for practicing laparoscopic foundational skills and bowel resections/anastamoses. Additionally, we offer an annual laparoscopic animal skills lab specifically geared towards advanced renal surgeries. There are increasing opportunities for endourologic simulation models.

How has the program adapted to COVID?

Within one week we had transitioned our rigorous academic schedule to an online platform. Thus, weekly teaching is performed virtually. Beyond this, changes in clinical rotation assignments can occur dependent on the current state of COVID at the time. We are regularly involved in discussions with the Departments of Surgery, Anesthesia and the Government of Manitoba.