McGill Accredited Training Site for Family Medicine


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General Description

The CLSC of Shawville


Shawville is located in the Outaouais region, approximately 75 kilometers west of Gatineau and Ottawa.  The teaching site is part of the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) de l'Outaouais.

It is highly recommended to have a car as this will allow more mobility between clinical sites.


  • 4 trainees per period

Length of Rotation

  • 1 or 2 months
  • Rural stream option (for residents) 3 to 6 months

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  • Spoken: English and French
  • Charting: English and/or French

Clinical Exposure and Learning Experiences

Rotation primarily done in Hospital & Clinic.

Trainees can be exposed to:
• CLSC: Community Program
• ER
• Family Medicine Group (GMF)
• Home care/visits
• Intensive Care Unit
• Minor Procedures
• Pre Natal and Post Natal Care
• On-Call
• Obstetrics
• Teaching Activities
• Visits to other villages
• Other clinical exposures: Anesthesia, Minor Surgery

Other Interesting Information

Hospital provides primary healthcare services.
At the Hospital:

  • 21 doctors work full time
  • 1 669 Admissions/year
  • 165 deliveries/year
  • 39 beds


A furnished room available to leaners in Shawville.

Type of Lodging

Lodging is provided by the establishment and is located adjacent to the hospital.

Trainees are lodged in a private studio apartment or a shared apartment. Depending on availabilities, they will be assigned to one of the 2 options. Regardless of the lodging they are assigned to, trainees have a private room and may share common gender-neutral areas (bathroom, kitchen, living room).

Lodging may be available as of the evening before the rotation.

Trainees are expected at the Hospital at 8:30am on the first day of their rotation.

It is important that everyone does their share to keep all common areas clean and safe at any time.


Accommodation Commodities

All accommodations are non-smoking environments.

Equipment Details
Full kitchen: Refrigerator; Microwave; Stove; Dishes; Utensils; Cookware
Television set, cable:      Provided
Washer and dryer: Provided + iron
Internet Access: Available (wireless): bring your laptop.
Telephone: Long distance calls forbidden
Linens: Supplied
Visitors: Not allowed
Pets: Not allowed
Deposit for keys: None


Other Amenities:

 Gym, Bicycles


Colourful forest on a beautiful autumn day in the Pontiac region.

Trainees can travel to the site by bus, car or train. It is highly recommended to have a car as this will allow more mobility.

Depending on the location of their base teaching site, each trainee receives a stipend to help pay for transportation costs.

Trainees must make their own travel arrangements.

NOTE: For all students making their own arrangements. All students will be required to attend a mandatory Progress Test at the end of each block.

PLEASE do not make any travel arrangements before confirming the exact date of your test.

Traveling by Bus

  • Trainees can travel by bus (Greyhound) to Ottawa. Arrangements are then made for a taxi to drive the trainee to Shawville (please ask the site coordinator for the taxi company information).

Traveling by Car

  • Shawville is less than one hour drive from the Ottawa-Hull area. From Ottawa, take direction Gatineau and cross the Macdonald-Cartier bridge. Take HWY-5 [Autoroute de la Gatineau]. At exit 3, turn LEFT onto Rue de CASINO. Rue du Casino becomes Rue ST- RAYMOND. Continue on St-Raymond street. Just before the Loblaws grocery store, turn left onto HWY 148 West. At the T-intersection (Eardely Street) turn RIGHT and continue on HWY 148 West. Drive about 50 km until Shawville. When you reach Clarendon Street (follow the green H (Hospital) sign) turn right, then drive about ½ km to rue Argue. Finally, turn left and you are at the Hospital.

Traveling by Train

  • Trainees can also travel by train VIA RAIL to Ottawa. Arrangements are then made for a taxi to drive the trainee to Shawville (please ask the site coordinator for the taxi company information).


Read the online information before using your personal vehicle for university related activities.

Important Information

At least 3 weeks prior to rural rotation/elective, email the site contact to confirm your arrival.

What To Bring:

  • Stethoscope
  • McGill ID card
  • Laptop and/or tablet


Site Address Coordinator Supervisor
Pontiac Community Hospital
200 rue Argue
Shawville, QC, J0M 1E0

dromain.gmfpontiac [at] (Danielle Romain)
(819) 279-7575

07_CISSSO_STAGES_EN_MEDECINE [at] (Regional Coordinator)
(819) 966-6100 ext. 352030

Dr. Maha Mikhail Mourad

Dr. Jonah Dabora

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