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Our Enhanced Skills (PGY3) Program offers a wide range of options if you are a resident interested in pursuing additional training after your core 2-year Family Medicine Residency.

The Enhanced Skills program is a third year residency program meant to prepare family physicians who are responsive to the needs of their community. The program is designed to provide family medicine residents with training in a specific area they feel they require additional training in or training required to help them service a specific community need.

For more information on which programs offer rural / regional experiences, please see our programs information below.

Admissions Deadlines (2019/2020 Academic year)

  • Application Opens — August 26, 2019
  • Application Deadline — October 4, 2019 – 4:00 pm EST – NO EXCEPTIONS
  • Interview Period — October 5 to December 5, 2019
  • Offer Notification — December 6, 2019
  • Deadline for Acceptance — December 12, 2019
  • Start date – July 1, 2020


The Enhanced Skills Program will review applications from current PGY2 residents who are registered in a Canadian Family Medicine Residency Program at the time of their application.  Residents must start their PGY3 year within 12 months of completing their PGY2 year.

(Practicing physicians must apply separately through the Re-Entry Program of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, and not directly to the university.  Applications from practicing physicians will not be accepted for the Enhanced Skills Program.  Please view the ministry information about the Re-Entry Programs here. Different timelines apply to Re-Entry Applicants.)

The Enhanced Skills Emergency Medicine Program application process is a separate CaRMS based process. Please see the CaRMS website for more information.

Enhanced Skills Contact: fmpgy3@mcmaster.ca

    • McMaster University Department of Family Medicine
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