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The Halton site offers the opportunity to learn comprehensive family medicine in a suburban setting with preceptors who work in diverse settings that may include hospital care. Each resident is in a close one-to-one relationship with a primary preceptor over the two years of residency.  

Our preceptors are located either in the Halton McMaster Family Health Centre in Burlington, which faces the lake and waterfront trail, or within community practices in Burlington, Waterdown, Milton, or Oakville. Many of our practices are within Family Health Teams, and all of our residents have the opportunity to work with hospital-based teams at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital in Oakville, and Milton District Hospital in Milton.

Our site focuses on comprehensive family medicine in various venues including inpatient care, emergency shifts, coroner work, long term care, low-risk obstetrics and surgical assist, which help train residents to be a resource to their future communities. Our residents graduate with the confidence to practice in multiple settings and offer a wide scope of care.

On off-service rotations, learning is prioritized over service. Our off-service preceptors are enthusiastic about teaching and cater learning to residents’ interests. We offer a wide repertoire of electives in second year, and are situated well geographically to allow our residents to travel to Hamilton and Toronto for elective experiences if they so choose. Our Site Director and Education Associate work closely with each resident to help plan a residency that will achieve their future career goals. 

Halton residents connect weekly as a group for academic sessions. Resident wellness is emphasized with three organized wellness afternoons per year. Our smaller program size allows residents to form a cohesive and supportive community, which many say is a highlight of their residency experience. We hope to welcome you to our unique Halton family!

Key Stats

  • CMG CaRMS Positions: 7
  • IMG CaRMS Positions: 1
  • Preceptors: 17
  • Each teaching practice cares for approximately 1,500 to 2,000 patients
  • Clinical preceptor special interests include obstetrics, women’s health, mental health, chronic disease management, LGBTQ2S+ health, palliative care, long-term care, procedural skills, medical leadership, medical education and quality improvement


Dr. Susan Borden
Site Director

Catherine Arruda
Education Associate

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