GMF-U de Gatineau


Please take note this is a FRANCOPHONE teaching site: French is mandatory



The city of Gatineau is the 4th largest city in Quebec. It is located in western Quebec, across from Ottawa, on the banks of the Ottawa River. The teaching site is an integral part of the CISSS de l'Outaouais.

Websites: The Family Medicine Unit 



• Spoken: French
• Teaching: French
• Patient files: French


Our history and 30 years of teaching!

In January 1988, the Gatineau Hospital Centre affiliated with McGill University to inaugurate the Family Medicine Unit (FMU). Since then, we have proudly participated in the McGill University program for postgraduate training in family medicine. The Gatineau Family Medicine Unit emerged out of a need for expansion of education in family medicine and the willingness to train family physicians in the region. The unit saw its role as a rural site, which hosted two residents for a six-month period, evolve to a broader vocation and become a University FMG in 2016. A real core of McGill University's Outaouais campus, the Gatineau FMG-U continues to evolve and develop.

Customized training

Offering a horizontalized program, residents can experience real immersion in family medicine with training environments representing actual practice conditions. Set in modern and functional premises, the GMFU clinic serves more than 24,000 patients with a variety of clinical cases in a friendly and fully computerized environment. With more than a dozen exam rooms, a surgery room, specialized dermatology, gynecology, child care, and psychiatry clinics, two multimedia rooms, everything is implemented. Supported by a multidisciplinary team comprising 25 supervising physicians, nurses, psychologist, specialized nurse practitioner, residents of the GMFU operate in an environment where collaboration of doctors and other professionals is acquired, providing quality supervision.

With its seven hospital centers, 15 CHSLDs, 20 CLSCs, 6 rehabilitation centers for intellectual disabilities and ASDs, 6 rehabilitation centers for physical disabilities, 6 rehabilitation centers for dependency and three palliative care homes, the CISSS de l'Outaouais has dozens of teaching sites available to medical residents. These sites offer quality clinical exposure that allows for the exploration of the various facets of family medicine. In this respect, the CISSS de l'Outaouais stands out as an organization that is firmly rooted in its community.

A booming teaching environment

With the establishment of a McGill University clinical medical education campus, the teaching mission is experiencing unprecedented development. With the creation of the integrated clerkship program,  regional elective experiences will accommodate a growing number of students in the coming years. To coordinate this development through its university affiliation, the CSSS de Gatineau has created DEMO, the direction de l'enseignement médical en Outaouais.


Gatineau, 4th largest city in Quebec!

The city of Gatineau, with a population of nearly 237,000, plays the role of socio-economic hub in a region that includes four more regional county municipalities: Gatineau Valley, the Ottawa Hills, Papineau and Pontiac. While Gatineau may stand out as the Francophone core of the national capital region, 64% of its inhabitants speak both official languages, making it the most bilingual city in Canada.

The city of Gatineau, with a population of nearly 284,557 (ISQ, 2017), plays the role of socio-economic hub of the Outaouais region, which includes four regional county municipalities: Gatineau Valley, the Ottawa Hills, Papineau and Pontiac. While Gatineau may stand out as the Francophone core of the national capital region, 64% (2016) of its inhabitants speak both official languages, making it the most bilingual city in Canada.


7 hospital centres :

  • Gatineau Hospital
  • Hull Hospital
  • Maniwaki Hospital
  • Papineau Hospital
  • Pontiac HospitaL
  • Wakefield Memorial Hospital
  • Pierre-Janet Mental Health Hospital

15 Long-term care facilities (CHSLD)
20 Local Community Service Centres (CLSC)
6 Developmental and ASD Rehabilitation Centres
6 Rehabilitation centres for physical disabilities
6 Addiction rehabilitation centres
3 palliative care homes
1 Birthing center

Postgraduate Teaching



• 34 residents (17 R1 and 17 R2)


• Horizontal  

To learn more about the residency program, click here

Year 1

Year 2


A region...not too far

Located 2 hours from Montreal, but 10 minutes from the national capital Ottawa, Gatineau's GMF-U offers an exceptional living environment. An enchanting setting that allows for outdoor activities in the heart of the city, first-rate educational and sports facilities, and a lively cultural life.

The CISSS de l'Outaouais pursues its mission of teaching and training for various health professionals likely to work in an integrated health and social services center. In this context, it maintains university and college affiliations, notably with McGill University, the Université de Montréal, the Université du Québec en Outaouais, the University of Ottawa and the Collège de l'Outaouais.

The CISSS de l'Outaouais has a wide variety of specialists who are interested in teaching. Because of the small number of residents, teaching can be much more individualized and tailored to the needs of a family physician.

During training, the resident follows his or her own patients at the GMF-U. There is a weekly return to the clinic for their patients and theoretical teaching. Each resident is accompanied by an academic advisor who discusses the direction of the residency, evaluations, etc.

Contact us


CSSS Gatineau


Civic Address Postal Address

909, boulevard de La Vérendrye Ouest, porte 525

Gatineau (Québec) J8P 7H2

909, boulevard de La Vérendrye Ouest, c.p. 49

Gatineau (Québec) J8P 7H2

WebsiteThe Family Medicine Unit

GMF-U Medical Director Dr. Catherine Savard Woods
ext. 351110
Postgraduate Director Dr. Lily Han
ext. 351110
 Administrative Agent

07.residence_medecine_familiale [at] (Mme. Marie-France Richard)

ext. 352128

Telephone: 819-966-6171
Fax: 819-966-6389


For any questions regarding curriculum, contact:

Undergraduate Program Administrative Coordinator TBC
Postgraduate Program Administrator julie.lane [at] (Julie Lane)







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