Rural Health Mentorship Program

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this program has been cancelled for this year.

The Rural Manitoba Health Mentorship Program (RMHMP) is a partnership between Shared Health (MB Healthcare Providers Network) and various rural Manitoba hospitals. This program was established to enable students to learn about the clinical and non-clinical aspects of the health care system in rural Manitoba. Students involved will gain insight into the relations within rural communities and gain valuable medical experience. The health professionals involved will play an instrumental role in the development of tomorrow’s practitioners as mentors for the interns.

The Rural Manitoba Health Mentorship Program is designed to allow students to:

  • Gain insight into the practical aspects of the healthcare field
  • Learn about the benefits and limitations of rural medicine
  • Apply their gained knowledge towards making career decisions
  • Develop interpersonal and technical skills
  • Acquire leadership experience through administration of the program

Students gain exposure to health professions as well as network within the rural medical community. The program offers the student the opportunity to view the other aspects of medicine: non-clinical atmospheres, community clinics, public health awareness, and medical ethics.

Attend An Information Session For More Information:

University of Winnipeg
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

University of Manitoba
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Brandon University
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Application Process

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must:

  • be registered in or have completed an Undergraduate program at any accredited Manitoba University.
  • have a minimum 3.30 GPA (4.5 scale)
  • be willing to make a minimum 5-day commitment
  • have a prior clinical experience (ie. Hospital or personal care home)
  • provide the selection committee with two reference letters (Cannot be from family members or friends). Letters of reference are to be sent directly from the referee to [email protected]
  • provide the selection committee with one unofficial copy of a university transcript (this will need to be uploaded in the application form)
  • provide the selection committee with an official criminal record check and child abuse registry (Only required if accepted into the program)

Selection Process

The selection committee, comprised of this years coordinators and a representative from the MB Healthcare Providers Network, will review the applications of all applicants and select the top 16 for an interview. From this group, 9 students will be selected into the program for the next cycle.

The following weights will be assigned to the pre-interview criteria for the current admissions cycle:

  • 40% Personal Statement
  • 30% References (15% per reference)
  • 20% Previous Clinical Experience
  • 10% Attendance at the information session

Participating Sites

The coordination committee plans to competitively select approximately 9 students to participate in the next cycle. Students accepted into the program will be provided with the opportunity to rank each rural site in order of preference, and, in groups of three, the coordination committee will designate participants to one of the following three rural sites.

  • Dauphin, MB
    Dauphin Regional Health Centre
    90 Beds
    3 Operating Rooms
    Dauphin Medical Clinic located minutes from the hospital
    Clinic located on nearby reserve in Pine Creek, MB

  • Portage La Prairie, MB
    Portage District General Hospital
    88 Beds
    2 Operating Rooms
    Portage Clinic located minutes from the hospital
    Clinic located on nearby reserve in Sandy Bay, MB
  • Selkirk, MB
    Selkirk Regional Health Centre

    65 Beds
    3 Operating Rooms
    Selkirk Mental Health Centre (SMHC) and Crisis Stabilization Unit located minutes from the hospital
    Quick Care Clinic located across from the hospital
    New MRI Facility
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