Family Medicine training in the Niagara region offers a diversity of sites from small town/ rural communities (Beamsville and Port Colborne) to more urban centres (St. Catharines, Welland and Niagara Falls). Over the past few years, partnerships have developed between specialists and our training program with a “culture of learning” being well established. Moreover, being a fully Integrated Program, opportunities for immediate application in Family Practice settings of new found knowledge and experience from specialty rotations and electives is optimized while maximizing continuity of patient care.
Being a smaller site, experiential learning in Niagara offers many direct hands-on opportunities. The new St. Catharines Site of the Niagara Health System opened in spring 2013, further enhancing the resident’s learning experience. Core Rotations in Palliative Care, Oncology, Intensive Care, Surgery, Hospitalist Medicine and Geriatrics are available in the Niagara region.
The program emphasizes comprehensive training in Family Medicine throughout the Niagara region with a central academic home base at the McMaster Niagara Family Health Centre located in St. Catharines where all residents participate in the Mental Health and Behavioural Science, Quality Improvement, and Evidence Based Medicine programs. With a Regional Campus of McMaster University’s Michael DeGroote School of Medicine in St. Catharines, undergraduate teaching opportunities are also available to interested residents. Special interests of the Niagara faculty include In-Hospital & Emergency Work, Obstetrics, Palliative Care, Sports Medicine, and Women’s Health.
“I was thrilled to match to the Niagara site of McMaster’s family medicine program and, so far, the experience has exceeded my expectations. I wanted an integrated program so that I could spend time every week in my family medicine clinic and be able to provide continuity of care to my patients, and a community-based site where I would have more direct time with staff preceptors on my in-hospital rotations. In one week, I can learn from an obstetrician how to do a perineal repair, provide diabetes counselling to my patient in my family medicine clinic, and, on the weekend, take my family on a hike along the Bruce Trail.” Amanda Lepp, PGY1
Stats (FHT, patients, sites, etc)
- McMaster Niagara Family Health Centre: 6
- Garden City Family Health Team: 3
- Beamsville Medical Centre Family Health Team: 3
- Welland McMaster Family Health Team: 3
- Lincoln Medical Centre: 1
- Mapleview Medical Clinic: 1
- Portage Family Health Team: 2
- Residents: 16 (7 Canadian Medical Graduates; 1 International Medical Graduate)
- Practice Sites: 7
Dr. Reg Quart
Site Director, Niagara