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 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, email or in person to meet with one of the Confidential Intake and Triage Specialists. They are 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.
  • UGME Student Affairs – The Student Affairs team has a number of staff that can help you with your various needs including goal setting, interview preparation, exam troubles or accommodation issues, elective planning and career counselling! Please reach out to Student Affairs at studentaffairsmed@umanitoba.ca  to get in touch with the team member you need.
  • 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 from the Department of Psychiatry. For appointments email bcstudentservices@umanitoba.ca. More info can be found here

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 attached here for reference. It answers questions around what falls under the definition of mistreatment and how reported incidents are dealt with.

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 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.

Doc360 Supports for Medical Students

The Doc360 Physician Health initiative provides a wide range of supports to members of Doctors Manitoba. These services are available at no cost to you. For more information, visit the Doc360 for Medical Students page.

Physician & Family Support Program

The Physician and Family Support Program provides support, resources and information for personal and work-life issues. The confidential program is funded by Doctors Manitoba and is provided at no charge to medical learners, resident physicians, practicing physicians and retired physicians, and anyone in your household.

  • Open 24/7 with access in over 200 languages.
  • Calls are answered by a nurse.
  • Diverse counsellor options including language, gender, race/​ethnicity, and Indigenous health perspectives.
  • Comprehensive supports including short-term confidential psychological counselling with masters prepared counsellors and psychologists, financial consultation and education, and legal consultation, work-life solutions, nutrition counselling, life coaching, and research concierge services to help you with personal and professional issues.

Reach the program by phone (24/7, toll-free) at 844-433-3762 [433-DRMB]. Or access online support at humanacare.com/drmb [Company ID: DRMBHealth].

For more information, visit the Physician & Family Support Program website.

Physicians at Risk (PAR)

PAR offers appointment-based individual, couple and group counseling delivered by a registered psychiatric nurse, and individual and group-based peer support delivered by a physician with lived experience. In addition to its confidential self-referral intake phone line, PAR receives referrals from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba to support physicians. 

PAR programming includes: 

  • Intake, assessment, and service navigation
  • Individual and couple counseling with a registered psychiatric nurse
  • Individual peer support with a physician with lived experience 
  • Group-based peer support facilitated by a physician with lived experience 
  • Group-based women-only co-addiction spousal support facilitated by a registered psychiatric nurse 

For more information, visit the PAR website or call PAR confidentially at (204) 237-8320.

Quick Contacts

Dr. Aviva Goldberg, Associate Dean, Student Affairs, UGME
Phone: (204) 789-3213
E-Mail: StudentAffairsMed@umanitoba.ca

Jessica McBride, MMSA Wellness Representative
E-Mail: mcbridej@myumanitoba.ca

Leah Deane, Student Support Coordinator, Services for Students at Bannatyne Campus
Phone: (204) 272-3198
E-Mail: Leah.Deane@umanitoba.ca

24-Hour confidential Physician and Family Support line
Organization Web ID: DOCSMB

Max Rady College of Medicine Wellness

UGME Student Affairs

Crisis Contacts

If you are in need of immediate care, please go to your nearest emergency room, or dial 911.

Domestic Violence Crisis Line: 1-877-977-0007 (toll free)

Klinic Crisis Line (24hrs): (204) 786-8686

Klinic Sexual Assault Crisis Line: (204) 786-8631

Manitoba Suicide Line: 1-877-435-7170 (toll free)

Mobile Crisis Service: (204) 940-1781

Physicians for Physicians: (204) 985-5888

Campus Security Services: 555 (from a university phone) or #555 on Rogers or MTS cellular

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