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The Niagara region offers a diversity of family medicine sites, from small town communities to more urban centres. Core speciality training takes place at Niagara Health, St. Catharines Site.

Family medicine training in year one includes integrated blocks for most rotations, providing opportunities for increased continuity of care throughout the year, and for newfound knowledge from specialty rotations to be immediately applied in family practice settings. Integrated block rotations in year one include: Family Medicine + Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine + Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Family Medicine + Pediatrics. Block experiences that are exceptions to the integrated format in year one include the Internal Medicine and Pediatric clinical teaching units.

Family medicine training in year two is block-based, allowing for flexibility in scheduling core medicine surgery options and electives. Core medicine surgery options currently offered in Niagara are: palliative care, oncology, intensive care, surgery, and hospitalist.

Sharing a campus and hospital site with the Niagara Regional Campus of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine provides many teaching opportunities for interested residents, including teaching clinical skills, clerkship orientation, and clinical teaching on specialty rotations.  While residents enjoy a culture of learning, they are also the largest resident group in Niagara, with many hands-on and experiential learning opportunities, in addition to leadership and teaching opportunities, available on rotation.  (During covid, while we do not have access to the campus, we still have access to the hospital for in-person teaching and simulation as required.)

For more information on the unique characteristics of the municipalities within Niagara, see Niagara Region Municipalities and click on the links to view more information. Current municipalities with resident placements in Niagara include: Lincoln, Niagara Falls, Port Colborne, St. Catharines, Thorold, and Welland.

Key Stats

  • Preceptors: 19
  • CMG CaRMS Positions: 7
  • IMG CaRMS Positions: 1
  • Teaching practice sites: 7


Dr. Karl Stobbe
Site Director

Laura Cousineau
Education Associate

Resident Quote
“I am very happy to be training in Niagara. I feel so supported by our administration and my preceptors in both Family Medicine and specialty services. The learning-to-service ratio is ideal, and I have opportunities to teach medical students. Moreover, Niagara is a beautiful area with lots of natural beauty, shops and restaurants to explore.”
-Adriana Cappelletti, Chief Resident

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