The Centre for Family Medicine houses the McMaster Family Medicine Kitchener-Waterloo (KW) and Area Residency Program. This teaching program contributes to the quality of care provided to patients of the Family Health Team, and provides training and learning opportunities, based on a collaborative care model to new family physicians in Ontario. For prospective Family Medicine residents, see below for more information about the KW and Area Residency Program.
Residents complete an internal match to determine their Family Medicine home base. Family Medicine rotations are conducted in Family Health Team settings with opportunities to work in inter-professional healthcare environments. Each year, residents conduct sixteen weeks of full-time family medicine at their home base site (click on the links beside the picture below for information about each site) and return for weekly continuity clinics the rest of their two years of residency.
Faculty are dedicated to providing excellent clinical experiences to residents within a new curriculum that emphasizes an integrated focus on primary care. In first year, there is an eight week integrated Care of Children and Women’s Health rotation with horizontal experiences in newborn care, gyne procedures, maternal and newborn health.
The second year eight week rotation focuses on Care of Elderly and Chronic Disease Prevention and Management with horizontal experiences such as longterm care, geriatrics, neurology, cardiology, pain management, allergy/immunology.
In both years, there is opportunity to build in additional resident-driven experiences such as anticoagulation clinic, supportive care, travel medicine, pediatric and adult psychiatry, sports medicine, procedure clinics, refugee health, circumcision clinic, endocrinology, etc.
All hospital-based experiences take place at Grand River and St. Mary’s Hospitals in Kitchener; Guelph General Hospital, Guelph; and Cambridge Memorial Hospital in Cambridge. All rotations are conducted within the Waterloo Regional Campus area which incorporates Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Wellesley and surrounding communities. Second year electives and core two block rural rotations may be conducted further afield if desired.
Local block and horizontal electives are available in a wide range of areas including Sports Medicine, Public Health, Student Health, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesia, Orthopedics, Refugee Health Clinic, Psychiatric Outreach, Memory Clinic, Anticoagulation Clinic, and Medical Student Clinical Skills Teaching. Each block is approximately four weeks in length. PGY1/PGY2 Sample Schedule
Faculty are dedicated to providing excellent clinical experiences to residents within a new curriculum that emphasizes an integrated focus on primary care. In first year, there is an eight week integrated Care of Children and Women’s Health rotation with horizontal experiences in newborn care, gynecological procedures, maternal health, refugee health and pediatric psychiatry. PGY1/PGY2 Weekly Integrated Schedules Sample
The second year eight week integrated rotation focuses on Care of Elderly and Chronic Disease Prevention and Management with horizontal experiences such as longterm care, geriatrics, neurology, cardiology, allergy/immunology.
In both years, there is opportunity to build in additional resident-driven experiences such as anticoagulation clinic, supportive care, pain management, travel medicine, psychiatry, GP-anesthesia.
All academic sessions are conducted at the Integrated Health Building, home of the Centre for Family Medicine, a satellite clinic for University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry, and the Waterloo Regional Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy completes this Health Sciences Campus situated in downtown Kitchener.
On Wednesday mornings during full-time family medicine blocks, residents attend small group academic sessions in Evidence Based Medicine, Practice Based Small Group learning, and have protected time for Quality Assurance project work. Year-round, all residents attend Wednesday Resident Rounds, Academic Rounds, and Mental Health Behavioural Science. KW & Area Family Medicine Conference Days are held semi-annually, and are part of the core program. Transdisciplinary Rounds and Family Medicine Rounds are additional opportunities for learning. These sessions are conducted live, with occasional videoconferenced sessions with the various McMaster residency sites.
The KW & Area Family Medicine residency program offers a balance of hands-on community experience and an exciting interprofessional academic setting in a friendly, welcoming environment.
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Site Director: Dr. Joe Lee
Assistant Site Director: Dr. Marc Sawyer
519-783-0024 Ext 1
If you would like more information about the KW and Area Program or would like to contact a KW resident, please contact Glenda Gilliland.
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