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Rural Stream

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 R2 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
  • build the skills and clinical courage necessary to pursue a successful career in rural medicine

 

Typical Rural Training at McMaster (with some local variations in rotation organization)

  • R1:  8 weeks each of Internal Medicine/Hospitalist, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics in & outpatient, Emergency Medicine
    • 20 weeks Rural Family Medicine (broad scope exposure in-, out-patient and community rural family medicine)

 

  • R2: 20 weeks of Rural Family Medicine (same practice as R1 year improves continuity and building independence across settings)
    • 8 week Internal Med/Surgery (selective), 8 weeks elective, 8 week remote/rural rotation
    • 4 weeks Care of the Elderly, 4 weeks Family Medicine Selective (selected from each of the FM-Rural subspecialty areas)

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Across both years: longitudinal exposure to Rural Family Medicine and MHBS

 

Fergus

Located on the fantastic Grand River and near picturesque Elora

  • 55 bed hospital with catchment area of 35,000
  • 21 family physicians, GP anaesthesia
  • 350 births per year and 25,000 ER visits per year

Mount Forest
Located on the beautiful Saugeen River in Ontario’s ‘snow belt’
  • 28 bed hospital with catchment area of 15,000
  • 5 family physicians, GP anaesthesia
  • 80 births per year and 12,000 ER visits per year

Grimsby
Located between the magnificent Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario
  • 60 bed hospital with catchment area of 50,000
  • 39 family physicians, GP anaesthesia
  • 650 births per year and 25,000 ER visits per year

Collingwood

Located on the shores of Georgian Bay in one of Ontario’s premier tourist areas

  • 72 bed hospital with catchment area of 45,000
  • 35 family physicians, GP anaesthesia
  • 325 births per year and 30,000 ER visits per year

Owen Sound

Located on the southern shores of Georgian Bay

  • 160 bed hospital with catchment area of 160,000
  • 23 family physicians
  • 700 births per year and 36,000 ER visits per year

Simcoe

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Located on Ontario’s southern “gold” coast

  • 106 bed hospital with catchment area of 60,000
  • 24 family physicians, GP Anesthesia
  • 350 births per year and 30,000 ER visits per year