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Latest revision as of 16:27, 2019 December 4

Specialty/Subspecialty program
Postgraduate Program Director - Infectious Diseases Dr. Evelyn Lo
Section Head - Infectious Diseases Dr. Kelly MacDonald
Program Administrator - Infectious Diseases Kathy Nowak


For further information regarding the Infectious Diseases Residency Training Program please contact:

The Infectious Diseases Resident Room at HSC is located in The Infectious Diseases Resident Room at SBH is located in A8046


The Subspecialty Training Program in Infectious Diseases at the University of Manitoba is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as a two year period of training for either adult or pediatric Infectious Diseases. Candidates may enter the program after completing three core years of training in either Internal Medicine or Pediatrics. For trainees who have an interest in combining the Infectious Disease training program with Medical Microbiology, a three year combined Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology fellowship can be considered.

Clinical Component

The clinical component of the adult training program is based on the four Infectious Diseases consulting services at the University of Manitoba teaching hospitals, including the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Service with Drs. Joanne Embree, Paul Van Caeseele, and Maryanne Crockett; the General Consult Service at St. Boniface Hospital with Dr. Allan Ronald, Dr. Bruce Light, Dr. Evelyn Lo; the Surgical and Medical Infectious Diseases Consulting Services at the Health Sciences Centre with Dr. Greg Hammond, Dr. Kelly MacDonald, Dr. Fred Y. Aoki, Dr. Lindsay Nicolle, Dr. Pam Orr, Dr. Eric Bow and Dr. John Embil. Trainees review the clinical and laboratory data for each consult and then discuss the findings, the differential diagnosis, and the approach to management with the attending Infectious Diseases faculty member. Each rotation is of six weeks’ duration. Adult Infectious Diseases trainees will have one pediatric rotation, three rotations at St. Boniface Hospital and two rotations each on the Surgical and the Medical Infectious Diseases Services at the Health Sciences Centre. This completes the 48 weeks of clinical training.

Laboratory Component

The laboratory training component of the program occurs in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratories of the Health Sciences Centre, St. Boniface Hospital and the Cadham Provincial Laboratory. We attempt to have our trainees begin their laboratory training at the St. Boniface Hospital Clinical Microbiology Laboratory within the first two rotations in order to acquire a timely overview and fundamental skills required in a hospital Microbiology Laboratory. Additional general clinical microbiology skills are obtained in the Microbiology Laboratory of the Health Sciences Centre with Drs. James Karlowsky and Daryl Hoban. Trainees spend additional time in the Mycobacteriology and Mycology Sections of the laboratory. The Cadham Provincial Laboratory offers training in environmental bacteriology, serological diagnosis and medical virology including retrovirology. Molecular diagnostic techniques can be acquired in the laboratories of both the Health Sciences Centre and the St. Boniface Hospital.

Educational Component

There are a number of scheduled educational events for Infectious Diseases trainees. These include weekly case presentations on Friday mornings which are televised between the two teaching hospitals (this has consistently been one of our best educational and quality control programs); weekly “Plate” Rounds in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratories of each of the teaching hospitals during which the microbiology of important or interesting isolates for the week are reviewed. In addition, Medical Microbiology Review Seminars and a Medical Microbiology Journal Club are held monthly together with the graduate students in the Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Manitoba. The monthly Journal Club is held in the evening at the home of one of the faculty members. An Ethics Rounds is held monthly together with the Department of Medicine. Trainees also attend Visiting Professor Rounds in both the Department of Medicine and the Department of Medical Microbiology. In addition, a series of University courses cover 701-Virology, 702 – Medical Mycology, 704 – Clinical Bacteriology (coordinated by faculty members of the Section of Infectious Diseases), 705 – Microbial Pathogenicity, 713 – Clinical Virology, 714 – Clinical Parasitology, and 720 – Host Defenses.


During the course of the two year program trainees will be involved in research activities as it is a priority for Infectious Diseases trainees to develop research skills. All trainees are encouraged to become involved in the generation of relevant case reports, photo quizzes and of course formal research projects related either to basic microbiology, epidemiology or any other aspect of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology such as Infection Control. Over the past four years trainees from our program have had the opportunity to present their research either in podium or poster presentations format at the following conferences: Infectious Diseases Society of America, Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Society for Health Care Epidemiology of America, American Society of Microbiology, Canadian Association of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Canadian Association for HIV Research, International Congress for Infectious Diseases, International Congress on Circumpolar Health, Community and Hospital Infection Control Association of Canada, and the Association for Practitioners in Infection Control and Epidemiology. Many trainees who are “bitten by the investigative bug go on to acquire further research training following their Clinical Infectious Diseases Training Program.


Careers in Infectious Diseases vary considerably. Some trainees have elected to combine Clinical Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology training by adding a third year to their training program. The Director for the Subspecialty Training Program in Medical Microbiology is Dr. Paul Van Caeseele. Other trainees have elected to pursue Master’s Degrees in Public Health and Epidemiology or graduate research training toward a Ph.D. Degree in Basic Sciences. Public Health and Infection Control remain additional areas that individuals can pursue. Similar to the American model, a few trainees have elected to pursue a clinical career comprising Clinical Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine and Infection Control in community hospitals.

Other Information

Application Deadline: August 15th of the year preceding program commencement.

Application Requirements

Program Dates: Two year program from July 1st in year one until June 30th in year two.

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