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Fergus (Rural Stream)

The academic hub for Fergus is the Waterloo Regional Campus in Kitchener, Ontario.

The town of Fergus, with a population of 10,000 is a lovely community in which to live and learn rural medicine.  Rural family physicians provide the bulk of the care to this community with support from local internists, general surgeons and obstetricians.  The academic hub for this program is the Kitchener-Waterloo site.

Community website:  Township of Centre Wellington

Key Stats

  • CMG CaRMS Positions: 2
  • Preceptors: 21
  • 55 bed hospital with catchment area of 35,000
  • 350 births per year and 25,000 ER visits per year


Dr. Mark Easterbrook
Site Lead

Heidi Hallman


Resident Perspective

Hospital: Grove’s Memorial Community Hospital

  • Regional population of over 34,500
  • Approximately 26,000 patients seen in ER on annual basis


  • Fergus and Elora are about 20-30 minutes north of Guelph
  • Lots of small town charm, many community events
  • Hiking, kayaking, swimming and tubing at the Elora Gorge

Strengths of the site:

Large scope of practice:

  • All family physicians provide hospitalist inpatient care, many do emergency medicine and obstetrics
  • Will prepare you well for different contexts you may work in as a rural family physician

Strong family practice obstetrics group:

  • Weekly OB rounds, prenatal clinics and many deliveries


  • Can pick up extra ER shifts, OB call, surgical assist etc. to tailor your learning to your interests

Very engaged preceptors:

  • All family physicians are happy to work with learners and teach, even if they are not primary preceptors for residents

Academic days with the KW campus:

  • Strong home base for academic teaching days, all in-person with excellent presenters and small groups discussions (no videoconference to other sites)
  • Connected with a larger groups of supportive residents and administrative staff

Potential drawbacks:

Can be very busy

But lots of learning



    • 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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