Royal College’s concerns about UManitoba medical training are evidence of health care “system in crisis,” say doctors

April 29, 2022
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons has reportedly threatened to suspend training of medical students in select University of Manitoba programs due to concerns about Manitoba’s doctors being “too busy to safely teach medical students.” The Royal College assessed 46 programs at UManitoba and flagged three as insufficient – neurology, core internal medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology – due to concerns about supervision and the ability for residents to work in a safe learning environment. The Winnipeg Free Press reports that UManitoba is not expected to lose its standing to train doctors, but that those working in the hospitals view the regulatory threat as evidence of a health care system in crisis. A doctor anonymously shared that “there are so many patients to look after that both residents and staff are overwhelmed." University officials are in talks with MB about new funding to get the programs back to full accreditation. Winnipeg Free Press (Sub Req) (MB)