McMaster University – Family Medicine – Halton
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Dr. Sarah Kinzie

Program Administrator

Christine Marits

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McMaster University – Family Medicine – Halton

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Hayley Jones & Emily Brubaker-Zehr
R2
-The Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences course is definitely a highlight! Every week I look forward to checking-in with my co-residents and discussing interesting cases! It’s also a great opportunity to develop mentoring relationships with the family physician/psychotherapist/psychiatrist who lead the sessions each week for the two years-block 7 is a highlight, it provided a nice change of pace and is full of good learning -excellent speakers at AHD; the lectures are clinically useful and also geared towards our exam
-very few residents, lots of opportunity for 1:1 time with staff -medium sized site, with access to large academic centers-not relied on for service, preceptors prioritize resident learning -small program, educational is individualized , tailored to my interest and my needs as a learner, since there are so few of us the administration is able to take a personal interest in each resident
The Halton site is a small group which means we all get to know each other well! We have a WhatsApp group that we chat in almost daily
I and many of my co-residents are quite active outside of residency. There is fantastic hiking in the Halton area, and we particularly enjoy the section of the Bruce Trail in Waterdown and the Lakeshore Trail in Burlington. I also enjoy trying local food, and there are dozens of both quaint and formal restaurants in the Halton area. There are lots of local farmer’s markets that put on events for the Fall and for Christmas. Exploring these, often with co-residents, is another favourite extra-curricular activity.
We have four wellness afternoons per year, during which we are granted time away from MHBS and our Academic Afternoons to get together as a cohort. The program is fiercely protective of these afternoons. They are opportunities for discussions about successes and difficulties between close peers. They are also opportunities to engage in activity that supports our well-being. Previous wellness days have involved hiking, going to escape rooms, making food, and making art together. Our program also fosters a culture of wellness by having an incredibly dedicated program director and site education assistant. They are responsive to our needs, protective of our learning interests, and meet with us individually to help with career planning.
I am most looking forward to having the autonomy that accompanies independent practice, and that the residency program at Halton has prepared us for. I am excited to take on some comprehensive care work in the greater Halton area, and to continue developing skills in a few of my interest areas, namely dermatology.
-The Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences course is definitely a highlight! Every week I look forward to checking-in with my co-residents and discussing interesting cases! It’s also a great opportunity to develop mentoring relationships with the family physician/psychotherapist/psychiatrist who lead the sessions each week for the two years-block 7 is a highlight, it provided a nice change of pace and is full of good learning -excellent speakers at AHD; the lectures are clinically useful and also geared towards our exam

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