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SFHC Teaching Site

The Hamilton Site consists of three separate teaching units.  Residents request their unit of preference via an internal match following the CaRMS match.  All Hamilton residents come together for Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM), Academic Half Day (AHD) and Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences (MHBS), located at David Braley Health Sciences Centre (DBHSC).

We are fortunate in Hamilton to be able to offer a diversity of teaching settings to appeal to different learning styles.  McMaster Family Practice (MFP) and Stonechurch Family Health Centre (SFHC) are large academic units with a depth of resources.  Residents in these settings will experience multidisciplinary team-based care, dedicated supervision, and formal teaching sessions on site.

Both of these clinical units use our unique electronic medical record system. OSCAR is an open source web-based electronic patient record system for delivery of evidence-based resources at the point of care.

The Community Based Residency Teaching (CBRT) Unit will appeal to those who prefer a community practice, and 1 to 1 preceptor model.  CBRT practices are located in and around the Hamilton region (30 minute driving radius).  CBRT residents come together for weekly teaching at their academic home base at DBHSC.


Hamilton Program Highlights

  • Diverse patient population from all walks of life
  • Dynamic faculty with interests including HIV, global health, care of the elderly, shelter health, obstetrics and women's health, art in medicine, information technology, palliative care, procedural skills, medical education
  • Maternity Centre - unique teaching site providing FM centered obstetrical care
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine rotation
  • Established McMaster tradition of adult education and innovation
  • Family Health Team model of care in academic and community teaching practices
  • Interprofessional team based care and education
  • Clinical teaching opportunities with undergraduate medical students


Contact Information


Dr. Heather Waters
Site Director, Hamilton


Lina Beltrano
Education Associate

Hamilton - Medportal Information


Community-Based Residency Training (CBRT)


Stats (FHT, patients, sites, etc)

  • Preceptors: 13, situated in practices throughout the community
  • Residents: 12


Dr. Nathalie Desbois
Education Coordinator


Lina Beltrano
Education Associate


McMaster Family Practice (MFP)

David Braley Health Sciences Centre
100 Main Street West, 3rd Floor
Hamilton, ON    L8P 1H6


Stats (FHT, patients, sites, etc)

  • Preceptors: 15
  • Residents: 41
  • Approximate number  of patients: 13,353
  • Part of McMaster Academic Family Health Team


Jan Baxter, NP
Co-Education Coordinator


Dr. Joyce Zazulak
Co-Education Coordinator


Liz Clark
Clinical Education Associate 


Jen MacDonnell
Clinical Education Associate


For more information visit the McMaster Family Practice website


Stonechurch Family Health Centre (SFHC)

1475 Upper Ottawa
Hamilton, On L8W 3J6


Stats (FHT, patients, sites, etc)

  • Preceptors: 18
  • Residents: 40
  • Approximate number  of patients: 17,617 patients
  • Part of McMaster Academic Family Health Team


Dr. Danielle Derrington
Education Coordinator


Wendy Milburn
Clinical Education Associate


Donna Marfisi
Clinical Education Associate


For more information visit the Stonechurch Family Health Centre website.


For more information on our Hamilton sites, click here

For more, check out the Hamilton sites brochure.