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Our Enhanced Skills Programs can be divided into two categories, Category 1 and Self-Designed:

Category 1 programs are those designated by the CFPC as programs leading to a Certificate of Added Competence. The majority of these programs are offered in Hamilton (FPA excepted), but many offer elective opportunities in other urban settings and/or rural/regional contexts. For sample schedules, please see our program descriptions below.

Self-Designed are intended to help the resident gain additional experiences in an area of interest, or enhance learn skills designed to fill the needs of a rural / regional community. The department is committed to preserving the community-in-need focus of Enhanced Skills and to promote flexible specialized training options to allow our interested graduates to pursue practice opportunities in rural, remote and regional settings. NO Certificate of Added Competence at completion. All PGY2s are eligible to apply, independent of residency home-base.

Any Family Medicine PGY2 currently training in Canada, independent of residency location, is eligible to apply for any of our Enhanced Skills programs. For sample schedules, please see our program descriptions below.

The Department is able to offer the rural / regional placements through its partnership with ROMP. For further information on Rural/Regional program experiences offered, please see our rural/regional information page.


CATEGORY 1 Care of the Elderly Yes 12 Months Hamilton Area Care of the Elderly Program Information
Palliative Care Yes 12 Months Hamilton Area Palliative Care Program Information
Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) Yes 12 Months Burlington / Hamilton Sports Medicine Program Page
Emergency Medicine Yes Five 12-Month Positions Hamilton Area Link to Website
Anesthesia (FPA) Yes Two 12-Month Positions Rural / Regional / Brantford / Hamilton Anesthesia Program Information
SELF-DESIGNED Rural/Regional


No Six to Eight 3 – 6 Month Positions Rural / Regional Rural Self Designed Program Information
Research/Scholarship Development No 12 Months N/A Research/Scholarship Program Information
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