The Department of Family Medicine offers a fully accredited two-year postgraduate training program based in a primary care training centre in one of McGill's teaching units. Regardless of location, the program at any particular centre offers three main components: ongoing experience in family practice, coordinated training in the medical specialties, and exposure to rural practice.
In addition to the hospital-based family medicine training sites, the resident is required to rotate through one of the approved rural training sites in Quebec. Elective time may be spent in other rural or urban practices.
Family Medicine residents will rotate through in-hospital services such as Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Psychiatry. They will also develop their own supervised practices during one to two half-days per week which are spent in their Family Medicine Unit. Family medicine supervisors are full-time and part-time practicing physicians who are certified members of the College of Family Physicians.
The Unit programs also include an on-going curriculum, which focuses on management of common patient problems in an ambulatory setting. Principles of family dynamics, utilization of community resources, and optimal cooperation with allied health professionals in providing comprehensive care are also emphasized in the two year curriculum.