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The Kitchener-Waterloo and Area (KW) site incorporates excellent learning opportunities in Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph and Wellesley. Our site has a reputation for being innovative, progressive, and highly supportive. An internal match at this site is designed to assist in matching residents with supervisors that share their same interests.

The Family Medicine program is based at the University of Waterloo Health Sciences Campus in downtown Kitchener, associated with the University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy and School of Optometry. Also housed on campus is the Waterloo Regional Campus of the Michael G. Degroote School of Medicine of McMaster University. This collection of professional schools allows for tremendous opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and the sharing of expertise.

The campus also houses the Centre for Family Medicine FHT and has received wide acclaim for many of its innovations. MINT Memory Clinics, founded by Dr. Linda Lee, has an international reputation for transforming primary care for patients and families suffering from dementia. Some of the other national primary care innovations that our residents are involved with include the Mobility Clinic for persons with severe physical challenges, the Anti-coagulation Clinic, e-Health Centre of Excellence, and the Schlegel Research Institute for Aging.

We are the largest teaching site outside of Hamilton, which allows our academic programming to run locally. KW presenters are chosen carefully by residents for their expertise and engagement.

Our curriculum is set up in block rotations. Unique to our KW site are the Integrated rotations – PGY1 Care of Children and Women’s Health and PGY2 Care of the Elderly/Palliative which optimize learning for residents by Family Medicine physicians. Over twenty clinics have been built specifically to teach the knowledge, skills, and competencies relevant to becoming excellent family physicians in areas including obstetrics, children’s care, sports medicine, refugee health, women’s health, mental health, and many others. Family Medicine rotations are conducted in Family Health Team settings with a 1:1 preceptor/resident ratio.

We have many enhanced skills and research opportunities for interested residents. Many graduates of the site program also come back to give current residents career advice. We are committed to assisting each individual resident in the program!

Site Website: Centre for Family Medicine website

Key Stats

  • Preceptors: 30
  • CMG CaRMS Positions: 16
  • IMG CaRMS Positions: 1
  • MOTP Positions: 1
  • Practice sites: 6
  • Number of patients per practice (approximately): 850 to 2,000
  • Number of patients per Family Health Team (approximately): 20,000 to 100,000


Dr. Marc Sawyer
Site Director

Heidi Hallman
Site Education Associate

Larysa Soroka
Education Associate

Becky Thom
Education Associate

Resident Quote:

“If you want a community medicine practice with an amazing new family to support you in every way…..you’ll be right at home in Kitchener-Waterloo!!” – Jay Varghese, R2

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