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Rural Stream

459 Hume Street
Collingwood, ON, L9Y 1W8 Directions

Rural Stream training at McMaster provides you with:

  • A choice of six different communities in which you live and learn during your two years of family medicine.
  • Excellent specialty rotations in rural/regional hospitals.
  • Complete academic program and EBM delivered by videoconference.
  • Enhanced emergency room skills-development.
  • Opportunity to train in remote area in PGY2 year.
  • Experienced rural family physician teachers who are skilled at in-patient care while providing obstetrical and/or emergency and/or anaesthesia care to their communities.
  • Curriculum options available to increase time spent in your community and reduce commuting/travel.
  • The training and mentorship to build skills and clinical courage necessary to pursue a successful career in rural medicine.

Typical Rural Training at McMaster

There will be some local variations in rotation organization.

PGY1: Eight weeks each of Internal Medicine/Hospitalist, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics inpatient and outpatient, and Emergency Medicine

  • 20 weeks Rural Family Medicine (broad scope exposure in-, out-patient and community rural family medicine)

PGY2: 20 weeks of Rural Family Medicine (same practice as PGY1 year improves continuity and building independence across settings)

  • Eight week Internal Medicine/Surgery, eight weeks elective, eight week remote/rural rotation
  • Four weeks Care of the Elderly, four weeks Family Medicine Selective (selected from each of the FM-Rural sub-specialty areas)

Across both years: longitudinal exposure to Rural Family Medicine and Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences (MHBS)

Rural Teaching Sites


Dr. Wade Mitchell
Site Director

Michelle Redman
Education Associate

    • McMaster University Department of Family Medicine
    • David Braley Health Sciences Centre
    • 100 Main Street West, 6th Floor
    • Hamilton, ON L8P 1H6
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