McMaster Family Medicine has a centralized admissions process. This means that your file will only be reviewed once and you will only be interviewed once. Therefore, only three reference letters and one personal letter are required regardless of the number of sites to which you apply (Brampton, Grand Erie Six Nations, Halton, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Niagara or one of our rural sites). The same package should be uploaded for each site.
McMaster University is dedicated to selecting the best and brightest medical school graduates. As such, we will only be inviting those applicants who have a high score in the file review, personal letter and reference letter scoring process.
Family physicians, working together, provide a system of front-line health care that is accessible, high-quality, comprehensive and continuous. Given that this is achieved through relational continuity and a commitment to a broad scope of practice, our program welcomes and encourages a diversity of elective experiences during undergraduate training that are FM relevant or generalist in nature; on-site electives not expected.
To support our residents’ development of a variety of FM skills and clinical practice styles that meet the needs of diverse Ontario communities, including rural and underserved populations, our program seeks residents who:
- Recognize the importance and value of primary care
- Are self-directed learners
- Have demonstrated strong clinical performance to date
- Are skilled at self-assessment
- Have strong interpersonal skills
- Give and receive constructive feedback
- Have developed life skills for personal and professional resilience
To support our residents’ development of scholarship as teachers, researchers and leaders, our program seeks residents who demonstrate:
- Clinical curiosity
- Social accountability
Successful applicants will embody and contribute to our core DFM values of:
Honour, Respect, Creativity and Generosity.
Reference letters Three Family Medicine Structured Reference Letters (SRL) are required from health care professionals who can speak to your clinical and professional capabilities. If applying to more than one site, the same letters should be uploaded to each site. Citizenship
- Canadian birth certificate or act of birth
- Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
- Confirmation of permanent residence in Canada
- Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
- Record of Landing, clearly showing the date of landing in Canada
Custom Resume or CV Please upload your complete CV Photo These are unmasked after the file review period and are used as a memory aid only. Medical Student Performance Record Order from your Dean’s office Medical School Transcript Medical school transcripts that are sent directly from the applicant’s University (Registrar) to CaRMS do not need to be notarized/certified. However, medical transcripts sent by the applicant will need to be notarized/certified. Personal Letter McMaster Family Medicine has a centralized admissions process requiring only one personal letter regardless of the number of applications you submit to the various streams/sites in our program. The personal letter (maximum of 1000 words and in paragraph format) must answer each of the following questions:
- How do you envision your future as a family doctor? How have your clinical and non-clinical experiences contributed to this vision?
- Why do you feel McMaster Family Medicine is the right choice for you?
- Clinical curiosity, social accountability, and advocacy are critical to the future of family medicine. Share an example when you demonstrated one of these qualities in a clinical or non-clinical setting.
- We recognize that some applicants have taken non-traditional routes toward a career in Family Medicine, or have experienced life circumstances that may appear as gaps in their resumes. Both non-traditional routes and life-circumstances should not disadvantage excellent candidates. If relevant, you are invited to discuss any gaps in training, program extensions, or other areas of your application you feel deserve further explanation. If not applicable, please simply indicate N/A, for which you will not be disadvantaged.
In the first iteration
If you are selected for an interview, you will be notified and provided with a link to the centralized scheduling software program. (If you are not selected, you will not receive a notification) You will be asked to pick a date and either the morning or afternoon session. You will only be able to select the date and time if spots are available. Once a date/time is selected, you will then be sent a confirmation email.
If you wish to change your date, you can do so at any time. If your preferred date is not available, we encourage you to keep checking back as others make changes and your preferred date may become available.
Once the scheduler closes, no other changes can be made and we do not offer waiting lists.
In the First Iteration
All interviews will be virtual. We will provide you with a brief information session about our program with representatives from all sites including faculty, staff and residents. It is important that you attend the information session before your interview as we will provide details regarding the interview structure.
Interviews will be conducted as a modified personal interview (MPI). The MPI is conversational in nature and is designed to allow you more time to express yourself with a wider range of interviewers. You will have four, 10-minute, one-on-one interviews with a combination of residents and staff as opposed to our previous format of one 20-minute interview with a resident and a staff member. Each question will be scored separately and the total score will be used for the ranking process. This method has been shown to increase reliability and validity standards during the scoring process.
The dress code for the interview is business attire.