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Department of Family Medicine

McMaster Family Health Team


Residency is an exciting and important time; the final step on your road to independent practice.

We have developed a balanced and innovative program intended to best support you along the way. Our goal is to prepare you, as a residency graduate, to begin comprehensive practice anywhere in Canada.

Your clinical experiences and academic sessions have been specifically designed to ensure the right exposures in a collegial working environment. The resident-preceptor dyad, a foundational component of our program, supports the feedback and opportunities for growth that you’ll require to develop the key competencies of a capable family physician.

We are a dynamic and supportive program – open to feedback and change. As a resident, you will have an important voice in how the program functions. We have taken a careful approach to the expansion and distribution of our program to ensure that regardless of the site you choose, you will experience a consistent approach to a quality education.

We look forward to meeting you!

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Our Family Medicine Residency Program is dedicated to the development of competent family physicians providing comprehensive, continuous care.

At the core of our program is a family practice that serves as your home base, with a family physician as the primary preceptor for the full two years. This model provides continuity of care, mentorship and education to you, as a resident.

Our residency program is designed to provide flexible postgraduate training to meet your individual needs, recognizing the varying patterns of practice in different family practice settings. Our program is a distributed learning network with the choice of multiple sites which represent separate CaRMS options.

Regardless of your program site, all residents participate in a common curriculum that includes:

  • Academic Half-Day
  • Mental Health and Behavioural Science
  • InQuiry
  • Practice Management
  • Procedural Skills
  • Residency Practice Based Small Group (PBSG) Learning Program

Our program has a ‘horizontally integrated’ approach to learning to ensure continuity of care for family medicine patients and mental health and behavioural science learning at all sites. This means that as a resident, you return to your home base practice/site at least two half-days per week for clinical care of family medicine patients and for Mental Health and Behavioural Science tutorials.

There are some differences across sites in terms of the structure and organization of the rest of the clinical rotations. Some sites have traditional block rotations with some horizontal experiences and some have adopted an integrated format that weaves together specialty training combined with time in the family medicine clinic.

All residents complete the same rotations, regardless of whether those rotations are delivered in a block or integrated format.

Each block is equivalent to four weeks with a total of 13 blocks each year. At all sites, specialty rotations and exposures have been chosen and developed for their relevance to family medicine.

All residents who are in the program must be able to travel between preceptor practices and hospital-based rotations easily. All residents are encouraged to have their own transportation. Those residents in the Rural Stream are required to have their own transportation.

As a resident in our program, you will complete the following rotations. These are delivered in different formats across the sites, but all residents experience the same common curriculum though these rotations.

PGY1 Core Experiences

  • Family Medicine (four blocks)
  • Emergency Medicine (two blocks)
  • Care of Children (two blocks)
  • Care of the Hospitalized Adult (two blocks)
  • Women’s Health (two blocks)
  • Family Medicine/Academic (one block)

PGY2 Core Experiences

  • Family Medicine (four blocks)
  • Rural Family Medicine (two blocks)
  • Core Medicine/Surgery (two blocks)
  • Care of the Elderly (one block)
  • Family Medicine/Academic (one block)

PGY2 Electives

  • Elective (three blocks)

One of the major strengths of our program is the diversity of choices in where you learn and practice as a resident. We offer a choice of seven teaching sites, with our Rural Stream offering a further six community options.

Our sites are spread across southern Ontario and offer a wide range of learning environments. Whatever your clinical or academic interests, and the preferred style of community for you and your family, we have a site that will meet your needs.

To see a full list of sites and to learn more about each, visit our Teaching Sites page.