Core Curriculum Overview

The Max Rady College of Medicine Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) Core Curriculum was developed in 1996 in response to the following:
  • Recommendations of the Royal College (RCPSC) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) for academic teaching to ensure consistent attainment of required competencies common to all Residency Programs. Specifically, residency curriculum requires that residents receive academic teaching with respect to teaching and assessment.
  • Undergraduate Medical Education Accreditation Standard, Standard 9.1 requires that residents who supervise, teach or assess medical students be familiar with the learning objectives of the required learning experience in which they participate and that the resident be prepared for their role in teaching and assessment.

Since inception, Core Curriculum has continually added courses to reflect requirements of residency education.  Courses are continually reviewed to ensure their relevance.

Each Resident is advised to refer to Course requirements in the Curriculum Management System (Entrada) for their program specific requirements.  Once a course is completed, the resident will receive credit in the Curriculum Management System (Entrada) within two business weeks.  Core Curriculum Schedules can be accessed through the ' UofM - PGME Events Calendar'. 

 Mandatory Sessions To be Completed in Course Delivery
CMPA Resident Symposium - Live Online Session

CanMED Role(s)
PGY 1 Live Online  Session
Conflict Management in Medicine

CanMED Role(s)
Leader, Collaborator
PGY 1  UM Learn Online
Diversity in Medical Education

CanMED Role(s) Professional, Health Advocate



UM Learn Online
Drug Prescribing Safety

CanMED Role(s)
Medical Expert

UM Learn Online

Practice Management

CanMED Role(s)
Final years of training

Live Online


Professional Boundaries in the Physician-Patient Relationship

CanMED Role(s)

PGY 1 UM Learn Online
Foundations of Professionalism

CanMED Role(s)
PGY 1 UM Learn Online

Nightmares Simulation Boot Camp

Medical Expert, Communicator, Leader, Collaborator


Anaesthesia, Emergency, ObsGyne, Surgical Foundations, Internal Medicine, Neurology


Live Simuation course
Resource Stewardship

CanMED Role(s)
Health Advocate
Medical Expert
PGY 1 UM Learn Online
Teaching Development Program (TDP0) - Introduction to Teaching Medical Students

CanMED Role(s)
PGY 1 UM Learn Online
Teaching Development Program  (TDP)  - Fundamentals of Teaching

CanMED Role(s)

PGY 1 UM Learn Online





















CMPA Resident Symposium - Live Online Session

Multiple dates are available for residents to register for this half-day online session to teach residents safe documentation, delegation and consenting. The seminar will prepare residents to respond appropriately to institutional and legal complaints.

Conflict Management in Medicine - UM Learn Online  

The Conflict Management in Medicine session is designed to provide residents with the knowledge and skills to constructively manage conflict with patients and within teams.

After this session, the learner will be familiar with the following

  • Define the causes of conflict
  • Identify one’s own conflict management style
  • Describe skills to manage conflict in medical settings (with teams and patients)

Diversity in Medical Education - UM Learn Online

This course is meant to offer a small snapshot of diversity and consideration for providing culturally proficient care. Depending on previous education, training and life experiences, residents will bring different knowledge, attitudes and skills to this learning. As they go through this course, the residents are asked to think about their own beliefs and experiences regarding culture and diversity.

The course considers three populations served by the health care professions:  the onus is on the resident to apply concepts appropriately in cases that are not directly addressed. Three populations considered within the module are First Nations, Inuit and Metis; immigrant/refugee and LGBTQ populations. Students submit their written reflections online and they are read/marked by the Director of Academic Curriculum. 

Drug Prescribing Safety  UM Learn Online

This course aims to educate the learner regarding contemporary issues in prescription writing such as opiate prescribing policy, safety for the patient and prescriber. As well, the privilege, responsibility and process of script writing in Manitoba will be explained. Any learner who wants to proceed to apply for script writing privileges will be able to do so after this seminar. It should be mentioned that overwhelmingly, after attending the seminar, learners choose not to pursue learner privileges in Manitoba. However, any learner interested in this privilege will be supported by Core Curriculum with the process.

Refer to the Prescribing Policy for additional information of prescription writing for residents published within Standards of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba.

Completion of previous course Prescription Writing will not provide credit for Drug Prescribing Safety.

Practice Management Live Online Session

Practice Management Mandatory to be completed in the final year of RCPSC Programs.
CFPC residents have the option to complete the Family Medicine Practice Management or CMA Practice Management. This course must be completed in the final year of CFPC training.

This session is run as two 3-hour online seminars for senior residents.  One session focuses on Financial Planning and one focuses on business management. Issues of practice management relevant to the start of clinical practice will be discussed (such as evaluating practice opportunities, physician remuneration, insurance and taxation). Practice Management is a core skill recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons as important to residents’ future success as physicians.  As such, attendance to this seminar is mandatory for all senior residents.

The timing of Part 1 and Part 2 is determined by individual programs. 

Professional Boundaries in the Physician-Patient Relationship - UM Learn Online 

Objectives: after this session, the learner will be familiar with the following:

  • Definitions of Professional Boundaries, Professional Boundaries Crossing and Professional Boundaries violations
  • Concepts of Fiduciary relationship, power differential, consent, etc.
  • Apply CPSM and CMA regulations regarding Professional Boundaries to a variety of scenarios
  • Articulate ways in which to protect self from risk of violation 

Foundations of Professionalism - UM Learn Online

Objectives: after this session, the learner will be familiar with the following:

  • Understand resident rights and responsibilities in the learning environment
  • Recognize the importance of professionalism, inclusion and boundaries in the learning environment
  • Recognize problematic behaviors that may arise in the learning environment
  • Discuss approaches to problematic behaviors in the learning environment 

Resource Stewardship Online and Self-Initiated Project - UM Learn Online

Lead: Dr. Abdul Sokoro

A fundamentals online course introduces the learner to the principals of resource stewardship, specifically, impact of overuse, underuse and misuse of resources. Antibiotic stewardship will serve as an illustrative example.

Part B: Self-Initiated Project.

Program directors have the option to OPT IN for this component.

Residents will complete a self initiated small project examining a resource stewardship issue relevant to their practice.  Further information is available on UM Learn.

Teaching Development Program

The Teaching Development Program is a program designed to give residents and graduate students current teaching tools and skill sets to be more effective teachers in the clinical setting. These are essential tools that residents and graduate students will be able to use not only in the clinical arena but outside of it also. The TDP is mandatory for all residents for successful completion of their respective residency programs. 

Introduction to Teaching Medical Students (TDP-0) UM Learn Online

TDP-0 is a brief introduction to teaching to medical students in the clinical setting.  It covers clerkship learning objectives, essential clinical presentations and methods of students evaluation.

 Teaching Development Program (TDP) – UM Learn Online
This in-depth course provides residents with the fundamentals for teaching in the clinical setting. It covers:

  • Orienting the Learner & Setting Expectations
  • Learner Assessment
    • The focus of this module is to elaborate on the R.I.M.E. Framework of evaluation of learners in the learning environment.
  • Giving Feedback
    • This module discusses the topic of feedback from the perspectives of both the learner and the teacher. It also focuses on using the A.R.C.H. Framework for providing effective feedback.
  • Clinical Teaching
    • The module focuses on effective teaching for case review using the One Minute Preceptor; bedside teaching; and teaching procedural skills.
  • Learner in difficulty
    • This module focuses on applying the S.O.A.P. framework to diagnose a problem learner, identifying strategies for working with a problem learner, describing the four basic steps for delivering difficult feedback and describing how to manage reactions to difficult feedback.

Nightmares Simulation Boot Camp

This simulation-based course gives PGY 1 residents the opportunity to manage challenging cases in a safe environment and focuses on both medical management and principles of Crisis Resource Management.  It consists of 4 simulations sessions.

Objectives: By the end of this course, the learner will be able to:
  1. Describe the principles of Crisis Resource Management.
  2. Manage a patient in cardiac arrest following the ACLS guidelines.
  3. Manage a patient with a cardiac emergency including stable and unstable tachycardia/bradycardia, and ACS.
  4. Manage a patient with an acute respiratory emergency including acute pulmonary edema, anaphylaxis and COVID respiratory failure.
  5. Manage a patient with altered mental status including alcohol withdrawal, opioid toxicity and sepsis.