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.
- Preceptors: 19
- CMG CaRMS Positions: 7
- IMG CaRMS Positions: 1
- Teaching practice sites: 7
Dr. Karl Stobbe
“I love being a family medicine resident in Niagara. The preceptors and administration really work with you in order to ensure that your residency is tailored to your career goals. In addition, because we are a community site, the specialists that we can work with have all volunteered to be a preceptor to residents which ensures they are interested in teaching”
–Lauren Wilson, Chief Resident