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The McMaster University Family Medicine Residency Training Program, is a two-year program, designed to provide flexible postgraduate training to meet the individual needs of each resident, recognizing the varying patterns of practice in different family practice settings.

The Family Medicine program is dedicated to the development of competent family physicians providing comprehensive, continuous care. We are actively working towards a curriculum that is centered in Family Medicine optimizing the strengths and opportunities of each of our program sites.

Each resident has a home base that serves as a foundation for their entire residency. Within this unit/practice, residents are assigned a family physician supervisor who functions as their primary clinical teacher and advisor throughout the two-year program. There is a spectrum of “horizontal integration” to “traditional block rotation” at each site. Because our program seeks out the best education opportunities for residents, local travel within your site is a necessity. It is essential that all residents have access to a car. All residents will be scheduled for home call during their family medicine rotations, therefore, it is strongly recommended that residents live within 30 minutes of their home base.

In your first year, you will complete the following rotations:

  • Four blocks of Family Medicine
  • Two blocks of Care of the Hospitalized Adult
  • Two blocks of Emergency Medicine
  • Two blocks of Women’s Health and Obstetrics
  • Two blocks of Care of Children
  • One block of Family Medicine/Academic Programming
  • Horizontal Academic Programming throughout the year

In your second year, you will complete the following rotations:

  • Four blocks of Family Medicine
  • Two blocks of rural Family Medicine
  • Two blocks of core Medicine/Surgical options
  • One block of Care of the Elderly
  • Three blocks of Electives
  • One block of Family Medicine/Academic Programming
  • Horizontal Academic Programming throughout the year

All residents participate in common academic curriculum that includes:

  • Academic Half-Day
  • Mental Health and Behavioural Science
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Quality Improvement
  • Resident Practice-Based, Small Group (PBSG) learning program
  • Practice Management
  • Procedural Skills
McMaster University Department of Family MedicineMichael G. DeGroote School of Medicine