Program Information - University Information
Updated September 30, 2012
McMaster University is located in Hamilton, Ontario and serves a population of 2.2 million in the Central West health care region. Certification is obtained either through the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada or The College of Family Physicians of Canada. In addition to the affiliated teaching hospitals listed below, McMaster University has wide access to an extensive number of additional training sites, including rural and community settings in both northern and southern Ontario. McMaster University and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) have had a longstanding relationship and are able to facilitate and coordinate training in northern communities if a trainee is interested. Please note that McMaster University welcomes references from community-based physicians.
McMaster University has recently opened two new campuses - the Waterloo Regional Campus and the Niagara Regional Campus.
McMaster's Waterloo Regional Campus is located at the corner of King and Victoria Streets in downtown Kitchener, Ontario within the new University of Waterloo Health Sciences Campus. This new campus includes the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine Waterloo Regional Campus, the new University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy and a primary care teaching clinic which will integrate clinical care and teaching in medicine, pharmacy, optometry and interprofessional activities with Wilfred Laurier students in social work.
This progressive, innovative new campus has been built with the direct intent of providing a milieu of professionals working collaboratively.
Clinical placements take place throughout the Waterloo-Wellington Region. These placements may be conducted within physicians offices, community programs or within local hospitals (Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Groves Community Memorial Hospital in Fergus, Guelph General Hospital, Homewood Health Centre in Guelph, Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, St. Mary's General Hospital in Kitchener, Louise Marshall Hospital in Mount Forest, Palmerston and District Hospital, Freeport [a site of Grand River Hospital] and St. Joseph's Health Centre in Guelph). A PG Family Medicine program is well established with a current annual match of 16-18 residents per year including a rural stream. Direct CaRMS matched specialty PG positions in Internal Medicine, Psychiatry and Paediatrics are offered.
The Niagara Regional Campus is located at 500 Glenridge Avenue at Brock University, St. Catharines in the recently opened Cairns Family Health and Biosciences Research Complex. Clinical placements occur in the seven hospitals in the Niagara region, including St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland, Grimsby, Niagara on the Lake, Fort Erie and Port Colborne, in physician offices or community offices including the McMaster Niagara Family Health Centre, located at 22 Ontario Street. All the hospitals sit within a 30 minute drive of St. Catharines. A PG Family Medicine program was established in 2009 and now has a current match of seven residents per year. One CaRMS matched PG position in General Surgery is available while Internal Medicine, Anesthesia, Orthopedics and Pediatrics are under development.
Construction is also currently underway for the Niagara Health Complex a state of the art hospital which will open in late March 2013. This new hospital will provide additional services to Niagara including comprehensive cancer care, cardiac catheterization services, long term mental health services and ongoing development of regional dialysis services. The hospital is purpose built to support medical education including lounges, on-call rooms, teaching and meeting rooms and a large auditorium.
The Hamilton-Wentworth Region is the third largest urban centre in Ontario. The population of this region is expected to reach 565,000 by the year 2021. The age distribution of the population is similar to that of the Province, with approximately one-half of the population in 1991 over the age of 33. By the year 2021, it is projected that 15 - 20% of the population will be 65 years-of-age or older.
At McMaster University, we believe the best residents are those who have been able to explore the breadth of the medical profession through suitable electives while enrolled in medical school. We do not preferentially rank applicants who have only pursued electives in one discipline or sub-discipline.
All of the hospitals which may be used by McMaster University programs are listed below.
Hamilton Health Sciences
Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) is among Canada's largest teaching hospitals and is comprised
of a family of six unique hospitals and a cancer centre, which serve more than 2.3 million
residents of Hamilton, Central South and Central West Ontario.
Our facilities offer a range of acute and specialized services, catering to health care needs from preconception through to aging adults. Each of our hospitals has specific areas of expertise and together, Hamilton Health Sciences is one of the most comprehensive health care systems in Canada. As a tertiary care centre for the region, some of the highly specialized care and services we provide include burns and trauma, cardiac care, a NeoNatal intensive care Unit and acute care for children.
Through our affiliation with McMaster University 's Faculty of Health Sciences, we are able
to offer an academic environment where patients benefit from some of the most innovative treatments
and are cared for by some of the most talented medical professionals in the country. The Faculty
and University are world-renowned for academic excellence and innovation and together with
HHS, are preparing the next generation caregivers through supporting breakthrough research
into new and more effective ways to treat patients in Hamilton and from around the world. Among
the medical staff conducting groundbreaking research at HHS are Dr. Jack Hirsh (Thrombosis)
and Dr. Salim Yusuf (Cardiovascular Disease). HHS is committed to clinical and academic excellence
and to our values of caring, respect, innovation and accountability.
Hamilton Health Sciences provides very specialized healthcare to the 2.3 million people in the Hamilton and surrounding area. We are the referral hospital for such specialties as Acute Children's services, Cardiology and Cancer Care. These programs provide a critical mass of expertise and a home for other core services such as Orthopedic Surgery, Neurosciences, Emergency Medicine, and Rehabilitation to name just a few.
- Cardiac & Vascular
- Neurosciences & Trauma
- Digestive Diseases, Women's Health
- Rehabilitation & Orthopedics
- Children's Hospital & Children's Mental Health
- Complex Continuing Care
- Diagnostic Imaging
The staff of Hamilton Health Sciences share a commitment to providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. Guided by our values of respect, caring, innovation and accountability, Hamilton Health Sciences is focused on uniting the best that health care has to offer and ensuring our patients have access to the type of care they need when they need it most.
The breadth and scope of services offered by HHS, in combination with the hospital's focus on academics and research, make it an employer of choice for many people. Named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers two years running, physicians, nurses and clinicians find it attractive to work in HHS' diverse environment where they can be part of a health care team focused on providing the best possible care to patients and their families. Non-medical professionals also enjoy bringing their varied talents and skills to a field where priorities are driven by care, not profit.
Our facilities include: Chedoke Hospital, Hamilton General Hospital, Juravinski Hospital, Juravinski Cancer Centre, McMaster Children's Hospital, McMaster University Medical Centre, St. Peter's Hospital.
- Number of Beds
- Hamilton Health Sciences operates nearly 1,200 beds
- About 3,000 births per year
- (70 bassinettes)
- Staff and Volunteers
- Hamilton Health Sciences is the largest employer in Hamilton with more than 10,000 employees
- There are 850 physicians with primary appointments working at HHS
- HHS has approximately 1,400 volunteers, 450 of whom are students
- Volunteers give more than 130,000 hours of service each year
- Service Levels 2010/11
- 420,000 inpatient days
- Approximately 115,000 emergency visits a year
- More than 42,000 inpatient admissions a year including acute, rehabilitation and chronic care cases
- More than 23,000 inpatient and outpatient OR cases each year
- About 665,000 outpatient clinic visits per year
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH)
- 744 beds including acute (medical, surgical, ICU and obstetric), mental health, continuing care, rehabilitation beds and newborn bassinets.
- Over 4248 staff and annual operating budget of $453 million
- 105,000 Emergency visits
- 24,000 Inpatient separations (discharges and deaths) annually
- 348,000 annual outpatient visits
Owned and operated by the Sister of St. Joseph of Hamilton, SJHH is a multi-site teaching facility in the Hamilton-Wentworth region providing a range of comprehensive clinical services.
Expansion at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton focuses on making room for better patient care, new high profile research programs, and high quality education opportunities for health care professionals. Redevelopment touches all sites: Charlton Campus, West 5th Campus, King Campus as well as the St. Joseph's Lifecare Centre in Brantford. Opened in September 2011 the new Peri-Operative Surgical Centre is a state-of-the art operating and patient care centre which is one of the largest and most technologically advanced surgical facilities in the country.
Day by day, we are building an innovative and technologically advanced approach to clinical care, academics and diagnostics. St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton is home to the world-renowned Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health, the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery with its new Bariatric Surgery Centre of Excellence, the much respected Father Sean O'Sullivan Research Centre, the Centre for the Evaluation of Medicine, The Brain Body Institute, The McMaster Institute of Urology and the Regional Eye Institute. Locating research facilities inside the hospital's front doors reflects our drive to integrate basic and clinical research. Bringing research to the bedside also strengthens our partnerships with McMaster University's Faculty of Health Sciences and Mohawk College.
In 2000, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton became the regional centre for specialized mental health services with the transfer of Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital (HPH) to the St. Joseph's family. The former HPH is now St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton's West 5th Campus. St. Joseph's Mental Health and Addiction Program provides a full continuum of care, locally and regionally. Services cover the spectrum from prevention, primary care, crisis and emergency care to intensive and specialized services for individuals who experience complex and rare mental illnesses.
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton's King Campus brings health care into the community with a variety of services and programs from sports medicine and eye care to pain management. The Urgent Care Centre, for non-life threatening emergencies, is the region's busiest emergency service next to the Emergency Department at the Charlton Campus. The King Campus also offers health education ranging from asthma management to nutrition for diabetes. The Regional Eye Institute provides a broad spectrum of surgical and medical ophthalmology services.
The St. Joseph's Lifecare Centre in Brantford is a new concept of health care, one that combines Long-Term Care with Brant County's first Hospice, a Family Practice Unit, Child Daycare Centre, as well as a centre for Research and Academics.
Identified Centres of Excellence include:
- Regional clinical and academic leader for respirology and thoracic surgery
- Major research focus in asthma and COPD
- HNHB LHIN Regional Thoracic Centre
- Regional lead in joint preservation procedures for young and middle aged adults
- Major research focus for rheumatology and osteoporosis
Kidney and Urinary
- Regional and international leader in clinical care, education and research of kidney and urinary disease management
- Regional centre for hemodialysis, nephrology and renal transplantation
- One of Canada's largest programs, with the busiest renal laparoscopic surgery centre and one of the country's top live-organ kidney transplant facilities.
Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Family-centred birthing area
- Level II neo-natal intensive care
- Focus on minimal access gynecological surgery
- 3500 deliveries per year, CS rate lower than the provincial average
- Regional leader for mental health services
- In-patient acute
- Emergency crisis intervention
- Community outreach and specialty clinics
- Psychiatric rehabilitation
- Regional specialized mental health service provider for Central South Ontario
General Internal Medicine
- Largest Clinical Teaching Unit in the region
- Medical Assessment Clinic for polypharmacy
- Centre for Minimal Access Surgery
- Bariatric Surgery
- Gastro-intestinal motility clinic
- Significant share of region's cancer surgeries in the areas of Head & Neck, ENT, Thoracic, Urology, Breast, Colorectal, and Hepatobiliary
- 3T multi-nuclear MRI system
- Regional centre for the surgical treatment of complex retinal conditions
The BCT program is a unique first year of training that is common to nine different McMaster specialty programs (Anatomical Pathology, Anaesthesia, Diagnostic Radiology, Dermatology, General Pathology, Medical Biochemistry, Medical Microbiology, Neurology, and Psychiatry). It conforms to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada requirements that these programs have a general experience in their first year of training to maximize their exposure to many different disciplines. Program Directors from the above training programs have designed the BCT year to consist of specific mandatory and elective rotations relevant to the particular training program. The BCT year provides trainees with the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and gain expertise in many different areas before advancing to specialty training; this broad knowledge base supports the resident's participation in Part II of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (LMCC Part II). The BCT year has been widely regarded by trainees as invaluable for their future training.
The BCT half-days are set up with the purpose of giving you academic time away from the service that you are rotating through. A broad range of topics will be presented throughout the course of the year as our residents prepare for the LMCC's. These sessions will help residents develop a stronger knowledge base as they rotate through the various rotations of their PGY1 year. The half-days residents attend with their home-core program are designed to develop their knowledge base within their own specialty and career path.
While the BCT program is in some respects freestanding from the specialties, there are close lines of communication between the trainees and their core program during their first year. In the course of the year, residents not only learn a lot, but become very close and collegial in their professional collaborations! They not only learn about their own specialty but gain insights into other specialties with which they will work and have professional associations throughout their careers in medicine.
The goal of the McMaster Clinician Investigator Program (CI Program or CIP) is to provide structured training for future academic clinicians that plan to do research as a key component of their medical career. The CI Program at McMaster University is one of the largest Clinician Investigator Training Programs in Canada. The Program is supported by a CIP Training Faculty Committee with broad representation, the McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences, Post Graduate Medical Education and its Specialty and Subspecialty Programs, and the Graduate Programs in Health Sciences (which include the Medical Sciences Program and the Health Research Methodology Program). McMaster University is proud of its CIP trainees and CIP graduates who are pursuing research training in many different disciplines.
CIP training involves a minimum 2 years of intense research, in the form of graduate or postdoctoral research studies, that must be coordinated with specialty or subspecialty training plans to fulfill McMaster CIP and RCPSC training objectives. CIP training provides individualized mentorship in research and promotes the development of broad and specialized research knowledge, skills and attitudes that are important for future clinician investigators. Academic sessions for McMaster CIP trainees cover a broad range of topics relevant to developing clinician investigators, presented by a large number of role model clinician investigators.
Residents training in Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) specialty or subspecialty programs are eligible to apply. Entry is possible at a number of phases during and after clinical residency training. Eligible trainees are encouraged to contact the CI Program early, and well in advance of their anticipated research years, to ensure optimal guidance and mentorship in integrating their clinical and research training plans. Please consult the Program Handbook, and the RCPSC CIP training documents for additional information about CIP training at McMaster University. The program received "full approval status" with no weaknesses identified in the 2003 RCPSC external review. The program received "full approval status" with no weaknesses identified in the 2009 RCPSC external review.
For complete details regarding the CIP Program at McMaster, please view our website: http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/cip/
University registration fees for 2013 will be $600.00 (rates are subject to change).
There are currently no tuition fees charged at McMaster for 2012-2013.
See terms of the contract of the Professional Association of Internes and Residents of Ontario (PAIRO).
Canadian Medical Graduates - ACLS/ATLS courses will be provided ONLY through Continuing Medical Education (CME), McMaster University. ACLS/ATLS may be taken prior to the July 1st start or during the first year. This applies to programs that require ACLS or ATLS and is for initial certification only.
International Medical Graduates - ACLS will be provided by CEHPEA.
All McMaster programs commence July 1, 2013, unless otherwise negotiated. There is a University / Hospital Orientation held on Friday, June 28. Your program will advise you of the date of your program-specific orientation.