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CCFP (EM) - Overview

College of Family Physicians

Training Program in Emergency Medicine


General Information

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The Family Medicine/Emergency Medicine Residency Program is administered by the Department of Family Medicine. It is designed to provide physicians, who have completed a family medicine residency, with the specific competence to practice Emergency Medicine and the leadership skills to assess, promote, and integrate emergency health services in the community.

Both Urban and Rural streams of training are available depending on the future career goals of physicians. The Rural Ontario Medical Program’s (ROMP) funded positions are based in, and administered by McMaster University. They consist of a minimum of six months of core rotations in the communities of Collingwood, Barrie, and Newmarket. ROMP funded positions are not return-of-service. Candidates will be interviewed and selected via the regular CaRMS process.

Both programs involve the teaching hospitals of the Hamilton Health Region. The hospitals are organized by specialty. For example, Burn/Trauma at the Hamilton General, Pediatric Trauma at McMaster Hospital, Oncology at Henderson Hospital, and Emergency Psychiatry at St. Joseph's Hospital. Community based rotations are located at St. Catharines General Hospital, Brantford General Hospital and Grand River Hospital. These institutions offer Emergency Departments with a good patient volume supported by comprehensive Medical and Surgical services. These sites will expose the resident to a wide range of patient problems, as well as specific focus in different rotations.


As of 2011, Health Canada has introduced 2 new positions based in St. Catharines and Kitchener-Waterloo.  These positions hold a 2 year return of service (ROS) requirement.  For more information please visit the CaRMS website at