Welcome to Marathon! The following information will assist you before and during your placement with our award winning team. We hope that you find it helpful and informative. Should you need further assistance about all that the community has to offer during your placement here, please contact Brett Redden, Healthcare Recruiter and Community Liaison , 807-228-0406 [email protected].

For clinical questions, or questions regarding the learning experience, please contact Dr. Sarah Newbery, local learner coordinator at: [email protected].

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Our Health Team

Marathon Family Health Team has received the following  awards:

2009 OCFP Family Practice of the Year

2010/2012 NOSM Preceptor of the Year (Dr. Eliseo Orrantia),

2013 OCFP Family Physician of the Year(Dr. Sarah Newbery- appointed OCFP President November 2015)

2018 CFPC Early Career Development Award and the Team Williams Family Medicine Innovation Grant- Dr. Ryan Patchett-Marble

2018 Association of Family Health Team’s(AFHTO)- Marathon FHT awarded for its 2018 Scalable Opioid Pilot Program(HARMS program).

2019 Innovation Fund Award- (Dr. Eliseo Orrantia)

2020 Society of Rural Physicians of Canada(SRPC) Fellowship of Rural and Remote Medicine Award(Dr. Barb Zelek)

We are a progressive and innovative practice with nine (9) associate physicians in an inter-professional clinic (social worker, dietician, RPNs, RNS, NP, physician assistant and epidemiologist) along with nine support staff and a clinic director that serves a local population of 3,100, as well as Pic River and Pic Mobert First Nations (total approximately 4200). Our spacious clinic features eighteen (18) exam rooms and is located next to the hospital with doctors sharing a large open-style office offering lots of opportunity for corridor consults. Clinic appointments are booked in 20 minute intervals. Clinic hours of operation are 9:00-5:00pm, Mon, Yue, Thur, Fri. and 1:00-5:00pm Wednesday. Summer clinic hours (July 1 to August 31) are Mon-Thur 9:00am-5:00pm and 1:00pm-5:00pm Friday. We are also a teaching facility for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, so host medical students and residents on a regular basis. We also welcome locum physicians on a regular basis to maintain and provide quality Healthcare within our community.


About Marathon

Boasting beautiful, natural vistas including boreal forests and rich mineral deposits, Marathon features a young and vibrant population; 72% of whom are under 45 years of age. This beautiful area of the north shore of Lake Superior offers many after-work activities.

In the summer, we have  ATVing, mountain biking, tennis, hiking, golf, ultimate frisbee, fishing, volleyball and more. Outdoor music concerts take place occasionally and are great local events! Sea-kayaking is fabulous on the big lake – we are happy to lend you kayaks or canoes. Neys Provincial Park and Pukaskwa National Park(Largest National Park in Ontario) are each twenty minutes away.

In the winter, we have cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating, hiking, indoor swimming, ice fishing, skidooing, HIIT Fit, and more. During your placement you will have FREE access to our community activities. From golf in the summer to cross country skiing/ snowshoeing in the winter you will enjoy our outdoor playground.

If you are interested Barrick Gold Mine tours can be arranged with minimum of 72 hours notice (contact Brett Redden, physician recruiter – [email protected] or call 807-228-0406 for more info). To learn more about our beautiful community please visit www.marathon.ca.

Your community contact, Brett Redden, will be happy to provide you with activity and recreational schedules and other pertinent community information upon your arrival.

We hope you enjoy your placement with our team and living/playing in our community!

Learner Coordinator: Sarah Newbery, MD, CCFP, FCFP


MFHT Learner EMR Resource/Introduction

In November 2008, MFHT adopted an EMR, converting from a paper-based charting system to one mostly electronic (for now). EMRs are the way of the future, and it is important for all health care professionals to become comfortable with their use, however systems are variable in their interface and functionality, and ours can take a little time to learn well if one is note familiar with it.

The EMR at MFHT is OSCAR supported by our internal I.T. Coordinator Joseph Newing and the software vendor, Provide.com. You will receive a more detailed orientation to OSCAR on your first day here., you should speak with your preceptor.

First things first…


System Requirements

We run a Unix-based server at our clinic that supports our EMR, with a robust security system that exceeds the provincial standards for health care information protection. We have both hardwire and wireless access, depending on needs. We recommend that learners bring their laptop computers for use during their rotation. Both PC and Mac systems will work. At the beginning of your clinical experience, our IT Coordinator (Joseph Newing) will meet with you to ensure that you can access our system.

For those without laptops, we have a limited number of desktop computers from which a learner can access our EMR.


Each user requires a Username and Password, both for access to the server and to access the EMR. On your first day, these will be provided for you and we will also give you brief instructions on how to access the EMR.


MFHT Learner Orientation Package

Introduction for Family Practice Residents and Medical Students

Welcome to Marathon and to Marathon Family Practice. We have prepared this package to help orient you to the practice, the hospital and the town.



Marathon has a population of approximately 3900. We also serve the neighbouring communities of Heron Bay and the two First Nation Reserves at Pic River and Mobert. It is a resource-based community with its biggest employer being the gold mines (Williams Operating Corporation, Teck-Corona/David Bell). The local pulp mill closed in February 2009 and this has had a significant impact on the community. Please see the following websites for more information about the town:

http://www.marathon.ca and http://www.choosemarathon.ca


Marathon Family Health Team (MFHT):

The group practice evolved in August of 1996 and became a Family Health Team in December 2005. Please see our website:

http://www.mfht.org for more information about MFHT.

The family physicians currently in the practice are:

Megen Brunskill, Lily DeMiglio, Nancy Fitch, Sarah Newbery, Elliott Nyguen, Eliseo Orrantia (229-1777), Ryan Patchett-Marble, Sayali Tadwalkar, and Barb Zelek. We all prefer first names be used. Hopefully you will have a chance to meet each of them and discuss their particular interests and roles. As well, let the group know your specific interestsand objectives so that if a case of interest arises they will contact you. Joanne Berube is the Family Health Team Executive Director and works in collaboration with the Board of Directors for the Family Health Team and the Ministry of Health to develop annual operating plans, quality improvement plans, and budgets for the  Family Health Team. One Social Worker, two Registered Nurses, two Registered Practical Nurses, one part-time epidemiologist, one Registered Dietitian, one Physician Assistant and one Nurse Practitioner and several Administrative Support staff are currently working actively on their respective programs.


Services and Providers at MFHT



Our Nurse Practitioner works with the whole clinical group doing some acute care clinics, high school clinics and general appointment clinics. She also works on some chronic care program development including diabetes management.



  • Wound care
  • Travel Medicine and Travel Vaccines
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Reproductive Health Care including pregnancy tests and counseling, prenatal counseling (first visit with RN then sees MD at 10 to 12 weeks gestation), well woman exams, emergency contraception counseling and administration, abortion counseling, hormonal contraception counseling and follow-up
  • INR Monitoring and Warfarin Therapy Program
  • Hypertension Program medication adjustment



  • Compression stocking measurements for fitting for Rx. (for those patients unable to travel to Thunder Bay only)
  • Injections:
    • vaccines, TB skin testing, B12, DepoProvera, Lupron, Zoladex
    • Teaching self administration of injections
    • Allergy serum injections. (emergency epinephrine available on site, & anaphylaxis policy in place)
  • Telephone triage of more complicated patients r
  • Telephone communication of complicated results



  • Hypertension management including monitoring, home monitor verification, counseling and healthy life style counseling
  • Asthma Education and Spirometry
  • Wound Care including staple and suture removal
  • Foot care and wart treatments



  • Injections: Vaccines (all except travel vaccines), TB skin tests, Depo Provera, B12
  • Ear Syringing
  • Phone calls to patients with normal results and uncomplicated abnormal results.



Please feel free to review the RN /RPN policy and procedure manual for specifics regarding these duties.

Please note that wart treatments, other than feet and genitals, skin tags and non-medically necessary skin treatments are not covered by OHIP and patients will be charged $20 per visit.

Also travel consults ($30 single and $60 family) and travel vaccine administration ($15) are not covered by OHIP.




  • Smoking Cessation Group Therapy
  • General Social Work including access and referral to all community social service programs
  • CBT for Mood Disorders
  • Urgent Care Program for urgent same day referrals – booked daily 2-3pm
  • Hospital visitation
  • Geriatric programming including performing the MMSE
  • Coordination of tele-psychiatry referrals, sitting in on appointments and follow- ups

You can refer by using the EMR. Please ask patients to book their appointment before

before they leave the clinic.



The Registered Dietitian’s role is to provide nutrition assessments, counselling and care plans in collaboration with individuals and families referred for dietitian services. Referrals to the Registered Dietitian are made by all health care providers for a variety of conditions and diseases, including but not limited to:

  • Diabetes (includes management and prevention strategy)
  • Cardiovascular Disease (includes heart disease and stroke)
  • Hypertension
  • Anemia
  • Celiac Disease
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  • High Risk Pregnancy
  • Eating Disorders
  • Weight Management


Clinic phone numbers:

Main Clinic Line: #229-3243

Clinic Fax: #229-2672

Clinic Line for Hospital use: #229-1246

Clinic Line for Personal use: #229-1541, plus your extension number.


Wilson Memorial General Hospital

Some phone numbers for the Hospital:

Main Phone Line: #229-1740

Administration Office Fax: #229-1721

Medical Records Fax: #229-3242

See the following page for a checklist for your hospital orientation. Please review it and sign it with your preceptor. There is a separate information package for the hospital.

Sarah Newbery is coordinating the teaching locally. Each learner will have one or two major preceptors for their entire rotation that will, in addition to doing part (or all, in some cases) of the teaching/supervision, will be responsible for seeing that evaluations,are done. In addition you may have a “minor” preceptor: someone who accepts the teaching/supervision responsibility for part of the time you are here.

Clinical issues should be discussed with the preceptor who is currently taking responsibility for teaching/supervision. Concerns/issues relating to your rotation in a non-clinical area should be taken first to your primary preceptor or, if for some reason you feel this is not possible to do, to Sarah.

You are invited to join our group at our CME functions (we are taking part in a Practice-Based Small Group Program as well as others) and our MAC and medical staff meetings.


Teaching Plan and Expectations

In order to make your rotation here a positive one we will outline our plan for the structure of your stay here and our expectations.

First, some “golden rules”:

  1. Patient care comes first, teaching/learning comes second. Especially for medical students and first year residents this may be a bit of change–this is a practice-based learning opportunity with on-going and continual patient care responsibility. This is not to say that the emphasis here will be on “service” rather than “learning”. Rather, your and our primary responsibility will be to provide high quality patient care, and from that learning opportunities will follow.
  2. There will always be someone easily accessible to you to ask for help. Always ask for help when you need it and never do anything that you feel uncomfortable doing. If your need is urgent or if you are kept waiting a long time while your preceptor is seeing a patient of their own, feel free to interrupt them. If your preceptor is away for any reason you will have a specifically designated substitute preceptor.
  3. Communicate. Let your preceptor, other physicians and staff know if things are going well or if they aren’t. We will provide you with lots of opportunities to provide us with feedback about your experience and we encourage you to use this time well.


Preparing for your time in Marathon

Before your arrival

  • Connect with our Cmmunity Liaison, Brett Redden at 807-228-0406, or email [email protected]. He will be pleased to answer any Community related questions.

  • If all goes as planned you are reading this before you arrive in town. If so, we would like you to spend some time thinking about and listing any specific learning objectives you may have during your stay. Examples include practice management or group practice issues, procedural or obstetric experience, specific exposure to First Nations clinics and any special topics you may have a particular interest in.
  • Let us know ahead of time if there will be any vacations or special leaves during your stay here.
  • Try and familiarize yourself with this package.


Your first day

  • On your arrival you will be met, likely by Brett, who will provide you with opportunity to tour the town and come to learn where you can get the important things for a comfortable stay, including basics like groceries!
  • On your first clinic day, you and your preceptor will meet and do an orientation tour of the hospital and the clinic.
  • You and your preceptor will discuss and plan how to meet any specific objectives you may have.
  • You and your preceptor will review your schedule.
  • You and your preceptor will draft an educational plan/learning contract.


Your weekly schedule

You and your preceptor will be following a weekly schedule pattern that should have some or all of the following elements:

  1. You and your preceptor will be seeing patients in the office a variable number of shifts per week.
  2. The last 20 minutes of every day is scheduled for review of the patients you have seen that day, and to ensure that there is some “take away” learning from that day.
  3. At the end of every week there will be an opportunity for feedback and review of how your objectives are being met.
  4. Each morning will usually begin with hospital rounds.
  5. On-call will be with your preceptor and the frequency will vary depending on your schedule. Should you want to do extra call shifts that can be arranged. Our goal is to meet your learning goals while providing you with a balanced experience of the breadth of rural generalist practice.
  6. At the end of each 24 hour call shift, when you and your preceptor are completing a call shift, you are expected to contact the incoming on-call physician and inform him or her about any active inpatients or patients requiring their care in handover.
  7. Outpatient procedures (lumps and bumps, cast rechecks, joint injections) will be booked for the morning of call days.
  8. The day after on call will be booked off except for a morning hospital round and review of any cases from the call shift.
  9. Residents will be seeing their own booked patients. They will be scheduled at 20-40 minute intervals depending on the complexity of the presenting problem. This booking frequency will be reviewed after your first couple of weeks. On a regular basis, your preceptor will be sitting in with you to enable direct observation of your patient contact and clinical skills. You are encouraged to ask for observation of specific areas of your learning goals.
  10. Medical students will, at least initially, be seeing patients with the preceptor. The degree of independence will be decided upon individually.

Feedback and Evaluation

Your evaluations will be in four parts:

  1. daily sessions after the end of seeing patients: this is a semi-structured evaluation and opportunity for reflection. Field notes can be discussed and completed at this time as necessary.
  2. weekly sessions on the last day of the week: a structured evaluation with review of the week and specific reference to objectives and your progress in meeting them
  3. interim evaluation: approximately halfway through your rotation you will have a structured review of all objectives and completion of evaluation forms required by your program
  4. final evaluation: a structured review of your success in meeting objectives and completion of evaluation forms.

Resident feedback tool for reference.

Expectations of Residents & Medical Students

Finally, we would like to tell you what expectations we have of you.

  1. We expect that you will prioritize your patient care responsibilities, be punctual, communicate about any issues arising that might affect your ability to care for patients, and trust that in prioritizing patient care you will learn a LOT about rural generalist practice and patient care.
  2. Take an active part in CME, group meetings etc. We believe that observing and participating in the group process is one of the most valuable components of the learning experience that we offer in Marathon. In addition, you will be expected to present one CME topic to the physicians at the Wednesday morning session during your stay.
  3. Residents only – be “first on call”: You will be called first for any patients presenting during your on call days. You will be expected to make your assessment, determine your differential and initiate a management plan and contact your preceptor. If you (or the nurses) are uncomfortable with this approach in a particular case please contact your preceptor as soon as possible. Once we have experience with each other you may not need to contact your preceptor with simpler cases but will always be expected to review the case the following morning.

Any urgent or critical cases should have a simultaneous call to you as first on call and to your preceptor so that your preceptor can work as a team in these more acute and challenging situations.

  1. Within your comfort level try and make your own decisions first. It is our belief and experience that the learning from a particular event is only crystallized when you have to reach your own conclusions and decisions first before seeking help or feedback. With this in mind we would like you to think a particular situation through before discussing it with your preceptor. If you are at all uncertain please do seek help or feedback–it’s the thinking and decision we are looking for, not necessarily the action.
  2. Try and develop as much continuity as possible with patients. Try and follow-up, when appropriate, patients you see in the office and in outpatients. The clinic staff are aware of the importance of this to your learning experience and will be assisting you in this.
  3. For second year residents: We will help to get you thinking about the practice management elements of practice including billing. While we are no longer, for the majority of our patient contacts, a fee for service practice, we are still required to “shadow bill”. In addition, the “ins and outs” of billing are one very useful practical skill you can work on during your stay. You will be encouraged to complete the office day sheets, outpatient sheets and hospital in-patient sheets with diagnostic and billing codes to facilitate this.
  4. Be prompt. You will be expected to show up on time and if delayed (e.g. held up at the hospital when you’re due at the office) to notify staff of your delay and anticipated arrival time.


One final comment.

As a medical community we are always looking to our future needs. To avoid conflicts of interest, however, your preceptor will not explicitly be talking to you about any future recruitment possibility or locum interest, although your future career path as it pertains to your learning may be an important area of discussion.


Some resources to review in your first week

We have compiled (and are continuing to do so) some resources that may be helpful for you in your role as a learner in Marathon.

The following 3 modules from the Canadian Medical Protective Association will serve you well in your role as both learner and teacher:


Delegation of tasks and supervision: https://www.cmpa-acpm.ca/serve/docs/ela/goodpracticesguide/pages/teams/Delegationandsupervision/delegating_tasks-e.html


Communication: https://www.cmpa-acpm.ca/serve/docs/ela/goodpracticesguide/pages/communication/communication-e.html

While the whole communication section is very good, for the purposes of your learning, focussing on documentation, handover, consent and patient centred communication will be most helpful.


Making the diagnosis: https://www.cmpa-acpm.ca/serve/docs/ela/goodpracticesguide/pages/managerisk/Diagnostictips/thecmpasexperience-e.html


Human factors in error: https://www.cmpa-acpm.ca/serve/docs/ela/goodpracticesguide/pages/humanfactors/humanfactors-e.html

While you are with us, you will be working with First Nations patients from our communities. The following may be helpful resources for you:


Professionalism and cultural safety: https://www.cmpa-acpm.ca/serve/docs/ela/goodpracticesguide/pages/professionalism/Culturalsafety/avoidingdiscrimination-e.html


SOGC guideline on work ing with First Nations, Inuit and Metis: http://sogc.org/guidelines/health-professionals-working-with-first-nations-inuit-and-metis-consensus-guideline/


Helpful phone numbers that will help you access health and social services:


2-1-1 Information & referral helpline to community, social, and health services in Ontario


The Access Network: 1-855-486-5037 Specific to Children’s Services & Supports for families in the Thunder Bay District Single point of access to voluntary children’s services in the area: Children’s Mental Health, Autism Services, Respite Services, Infant/Child Development, Communication, Physical & Development Needs, and Parent/Caregiver Support


CMH Crisis Response: 1-888-269-3100 For Mental Health Crisis (all ages) Anyone experiencing a mental health crisis can self-refer to the program 24h/day, 7 days/week, 365 days/yr


ConnexOntario: Operate 3 Helplines 24/7 Drug & Alcohol Helpline: 1-800-565-8603 Mental Health Helpline: 1-866-531-2600 Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-888-230-3505


Enjoy your stay!!!!!

Sarah Newbery, M.D. CCFP FCFP

Learner Coordinator