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Program Overview

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 centred in family medicine optimizing the strengths and opportunities of each of our program sites.

At the core of our program is a family practice, with a family physician as the primary preceptor for the full two years of your training that serves as the home base; providing continuity of care, mentorship and education to the resident.

Our residency program is 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.  Our program is a distributed learning network with a choice of sites which represent separate CaRMS options:

 

Regardless of their program site, all residents participate in a common curriculum that includes:

 

Our program has a ‘horizontally integrated’ approach to learning to ensure continuity of care for family medicine patients and Mental Health and Behavioural Science learning at all sites.  This means that every resident returns to their home-base practice/site at least two half days per week for clinical care of their family medicine patients and for Mental Health and Behavioural Science tutorials.

There are some differences across sites in terms of the structure and organization of the rest of the clinical rotations.  Some sites have traditional block rotations with some horizontal experiences and some have adopted an integrated format that weaves together specialties training combined with time in the family medicine clinic.   

Kitchener-Waterloo has incorporated a partial integration into their schedules for certain rotations while Niagara has a fully integrated schedule for their first year.  All residents must complete the same rotations whether they are delivered in a block or integrated format.  Each block is equivalent to four weeks with a total of 13 blocks each year. At all sites, specialty rotations/exposures have been chosen and developed for their relevance to family medicine

PGY1 Core Experiences

PGY2 Core Experiences 

  • 4 blocks
  • 2 blocks
  • 2 blocks
  • 2 blocks
  • 2 blocks
  • 1 block  

Family Medicine 

Emergency Medicine 

Care of Children

Care of the Hospitalized Adult

Women’s Health

Family Medicine/Academic 

  • 4 blocks
  • 2 blocks
  • 2 blocks
  • 1 block  
  • 1 block  

Family Medicine 

Rural Family Medicine 

Core Medicine/Surgery 

Care of the Elderly

Family Medicine/Academic

 

PGY2 Elective/Selective Rotations

 

  • 2 blocks
  • 1 block  

Elective

Selective


All residents who are in the program must be able to travel between preceptor practices and hospital-based rotations easily.  Residents are encouraged to have their own transportation.  For those in the rural program, your own transportation is required.