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Academic Half Day

The Academic Half-Day Program is a longitudinal two-year curriculum occurring during your full-time Family Medicine blocks.  The focus is on the 99 priority topics for Family Medicine as defined by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Mental Health and Behavioural Science (MHBS)

Rather than a two-block rotation in Psychiatry, the important concepts and skills are acquired through the core MHBS program.  One half-day each week throughout the two-year program, residents meet in tutorial groups with their home-base peers, facilitated by a family physician, a psychiatrist and a social worker.  These tutorials are orientated to mental health, behavioural and psychosocial issues in family practice and the case material is brought by residents from their clinical experiences.

The common goals are:

  • Develop skills in patient-centered clinical methods
  • Acquire and understand the importance of self-awareness in problem solving
  • Recognize major behavioural and emotional problems in individuals and families
  • Recognize the behavioural components of all health issues
  • Acquire knowledge in major psychiatric illnesses
  • Acquire an appropriate level of knowledge of psychotropic medications


The InQuiry curriculum aims to teach family medicine residents the competencies of the CanMEDS Scholar role, over the two years of Family Medicine training.  By the end of these two years, residents will achieve competency with the primary care knowledge base, both as a knowledge user and a knowledge contributor in the following broad areas (from CanMEDS FM):

  • Maintain and enhance professional activities through ongoing self-directed learning based on reflective practice
  • Critically evaluate medical information, its sources, and its relevance to their practice, and apply this to clinical practice decisions
  • Contribute to the creation, dissemination, application and translation of new knowledge and practices
  • Facilitate the education of patients, families, trainees, and other health professional colleagues, and the public as appropriate

The IQ Curriculum will be completed using a combination of pre-developed core modules, experiential group learning sessions, and individual work sessions for IQ projects. These elements are flexible to be combined and delivered in a manner customized to the specific site, depending on the site’s schedule, number of residents as well as tutor numbers and skills.

Academic Block

There is one block in the thirteen-block calendar that expands over mid-December to mid-January, known as Block 7.  This block will focus on central academic programming including comprehensive practice management training and a wide variety of ‘hands on’ procedural skills training sessions.  Residents will also participate in site-specific programming and Family Medicine clinic work during this block.  Residents will also have a one-week vacation period during this time.

McMaster University Department of Family MedicineMichael G. DeGroote School of Medicine