Wellness

The University of Manitoba is committed to delivering a learning environment free from all forms of discrimination, intimidation and harassment. The Max Rady College of Medicine is working toward building a safe and strong community and aims to provide clear, convenient, and accessible means for medical learners and their families to access information and services at any time.

The MMSA is a strong proponent in advocating for the personal health and well-being of medical learners throughout their education. Our Wellness Representative coordinates with the Department of Student Affairs, Student Services, Canadian Federation of Medical Students and Doctors Manitoba to ensure there is adequate and effective wellness programming.

This section provides information on maintaining physical and emotional health as well as resources that will help foster your wellness.

Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Wellness

In case of personal emergency or crisis please call: Mobile Crisis Service (204)-490-1781 or go to your nearest emergency room or dial 911.

Other important wellness resources:

  • Student Services at Bannatyne Campus – You can self-refer to the SS@BC office by phone (204) 272-3190 or in person to meet with Rikki Fontaine, Confidential Intake and Triage Specialist. Rikki is able to refer you to services including psychologists and other mental health supports. These services are not connected to the Max Rady College of Medicine Student Affairs and no sharing of information occurs unless requested by you with written consent.
    • If you would like to see a study consultant, please get in touch with Jim Honeyford
    • If you require accessibility services, please contact Jamie Penner.
  • UGME Student Affairs – The Student Affairs team has a number of staff that can help you with your various needs. Coach Jim Mclaren can help you with  goal setting or interview preparation, Dr. Longstaffe can help with exam troubles or accommodation issues, Dr. David Robinson can help with elective planning and Kate Yee can help with career counselling! Please get in touch with Cindy from Student Affairs at studentaffairsmed@umanitoba.ca see to get in touch with the team member you need. If you need to see the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Sally Longstaffe, please email her with the urgency of your issue and the concern outlined in the email so it can be triaged appropriately.
  • University Counselling Services at Bannatyne – The Student Counselling Centre (SCC) provides free and confidential counselling at the Bannatyne campus to all Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) students. Medicine students are encouraged to contact 204-272-3190 to schedule an intake appointment or can drop by S211 Medical Services Building (please note that you may not be able to see a counsellor if you drop by because they may be attending to other students). Medicine students are also eligible to attend counselling at the Fort Garry campus (474 University Centre)
  • Max Rady College of Medicine Counseling – Free, confidential consultation and treatment for students experiencing emotional stress by Dr. Prober or Dr. Perlov from the Department of Psychiatry. For appointments call (204)-789-3328 or drop by A120 Chown.

For even more resources, please visit the MRCoM UGME Mental Health Website.

Student Mistreatment

If you have experienced mistreatment, please click here to report the incident.

The Faculty of Health Sciences’ Policy for Prevention of Learner Mistreatment is also attached here for reference. It answers questions around what falls under the definition of mistreatment and how reported incidents are dealt with.

You may also find the following algorithm helpful in identifying steps to take to approach your incident:


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Physical Wellness

  • Fitness and Recreation – Medical students enrolled at the U of M may activate their Recreation Services Student Membership with the Joe Doupe Recreation Centre at the Bannatyne campus as well as the Active Living Centre at the Fort Garry Campus. The Joe Doupe Recreation Centre is a recently renovated facility which includes a fitness centre, multi-use gymnasium, indoor track, multi-use studio, locker, and shower facilities. You can also register for fitness plus classes and intramural sports. Please contact your class council’s athletic reps for more information on joining intramurals.
  • Finding a Family Physician – Check out the Fort Garry Campus University Health Centre or call Manitoba’s Family Doctor Finder at (204)-786-7111
  • Health and Dental Insurance – All students are automatically registered for a health and dental plan through the University of Manitoba Students Union. You can opt out of the plan if you have alternate insurance.

Financial Wellness

  • Manitoba Medical College Foundation Bursary Programs – Assists students in financial need. Loan funds can also be accessed for short-term emergency situations. Click here for more information.
  • Government Student Loans Program – Available for students who demonstrate financial need; click here for more information.
  • Government Grant Programs – The Aboriginal Medical Student Financial Assistance Program (AMSFAP) and the Medical Student/Resident Financial Assistance Program (MSRFAP) provide Manitoba medical students with financial assistance in the form of a conditional grant. Click here for more information.
  • Financial Counselling Dan Torbiak, a financial counselor hired by the Max Rady College of medicine, provides services free-of-charge to medical students. Check out the tips he has compiled by clicking here. Feel free to contact Mr. Torbiak directly at daniel.torbiak@umanitoba.ca.

Physician and Family Support Program

Physician & Family Support Program

The Physician and Family Support Program was established in 2015 by Doctors Manitoba on behalf of all Manitoba physicians, residents and students.

This is a confidential, comprehensive resource program available 24/7 designed to provide you with support to manage issues at school, work or at home including confidential counselling, legal support and many other services.

The services are designed to be available 24 hours a day regardless of location, toll-free.

Members will have a choice of skilled and highly-trained counsellors available to you and your immediate family in your community, in a neighbouring community, by telephone, video (live via Webcam), online and in-person. No matter where you’re located or the type of challenge you’re facing, our network of counsellors can provide you with high-quality support on a wide variety of issues such as:

  • Emotional well-being;
  • Relationships;
  • Health and disability;
  • Parenting and childcare;
  • Work;
  • Midlife and retirement;
  • Managing people;
  • Older adult concerns;
  • Legal;
  • Grief and loss;
  • Financial;
  • Education;
  • Addiction and recovery; and
  • Many other everyday concerns.

In addition, the website offers you and your family extensive educational resources, podcasts, online seminars and more. To learn more about the services available and to access any of the counselling or work/life consultation services listed above, call:1-844-436-2762 or go online guidanceresources.com