Dr. Heather Waters

Program Director

Christine Marits

Program Administrator
Application Details

Canadian Medical Graduates

31 Available Spots

International Medical Graduates

8 Available Spots

Events Calendar

Upcoming Events
There are no events at this time.
Upcoming Events From
McMaster University
— Information Session
McMaster General Surgery CaRMS Town Hall - Session #2
— Information Session
McMaster General Surgery Niagara Campus Town Hall Session #2
— Meet & Greet, Program Director or Assistant Program Director
McMaster Internal Medicine PD Meet and Greet
— Information Session
McMaster General Surgery CaRMS Town Hall - Session #3
— Meet & Greet, Social Event
McMaster Neurology Meet & Greet (For Candidates that have been invited to interview)

Program Highlights

  • Diverse patient population from all walks of life
  • Dynamic faculty with interests including HIV, global health, care of the elderly, shelter health, obstetrics and women’s health, art in medicine, information technology, palliative care, procedural skills, medical education
  • Maternity Centre of Hamilton: A unique teaching site providing FM-centered obstetrical care
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine rotation
  • Established McMaster tradition of adult education and innovation
    Family Health Team model of care in academic and community teaching practices
  • Inter-professional team based care and education
  • Clinical teaching opportunities with undergraduate medical students
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General Information

The Hamilton site consists of three separate teaching units: McMaster Family Practice, Stonechurch Family Health Centre, and Community-based Residency Teaching. Residents request their unit of preference via an internal match following a successful CaRMS match.

McMaster Family Practice (MFP) and Stonechurch Family Health Centre (SFHC) are large academic units with a depth of resources. Residents in these settings will experience multidisciplinary team-based care, dedicated supervision, and formal teaching sessions on site. Both units use our unique electronic medical record system, OSCAR, which is an open source web-based electronic patient record system for delivery of evidence-based resources at point of care.

The Community-Based Residency Teaching (CBRT) Unit will appeal to those who prefer a community practice, and a one-to-one preceptor model. CBRT practices are located in and around the Hamilton region (30 minute driving radius).

All Hamilton residents, regardless of teaching unit, come together weekly for InQuiry, Priority Plus Topics academic sessions (PPT) and Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences (MHBS) at the David Braley Health Sciences Centre (DBHSC).

CaRMS Positions
  • CMG CaRMS Positions: 31
  • IMG CaRMS Positions: 8
  • Dr. Judy MacKinnon – Site Director
  • Karen Osorio Arango — Education Associate,
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Salary Information

Post graduate salaries and benefits differ by province and are determined by two things: your training year, and the province you work in. See below the salaries and benefits for McMaster University - Family Medicine - Hamilton.
Effective October 4th, 2023 
Professional Leave
7 working days/year
Additional time off provided for writing any CND or US certification exam, leave includes the exam date and reasonable travel time to and from the exam site. Additional RCPSC & CFPC Certification Examination
Prep Time
  1. Subject to operational requirements and at the request of a resident, a resident will not be scheduled for call duties for a period up to fourteen days prior to a CFPC or RCPSC certification exam.
  2. Subject to operational requirements and at the request of a resident, a resident *will be granted up to seven consecutive days off during one of the four week*s preceding a CFPC or RCPSC certification exam.
Annual Vacation
4 weeks
Meal Allowance
Frequency of Calls
1 in 4 In-hospital, 1 in 3 home
Pregnancy Leave
17 weeks
Parental Leave
35 weeks, 37 weeks if resident did not take pregnancy leave
Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB) Plan
Top-up to 84% 27 weeks for women who take pregnancy and parental leave; 12 weeks for parents on stand-alone parental leave.
Provincial Health Insurance
Extended Health Insurance
Provincial Dues (% of salary)
Dental Plan
85% paid for eligible expenses
CMPA Dues Paid
Under current arrangements, residents are rebated by Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for dues in excess of $300.
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Yes – 70% of salary, non-taxable.
Statutory and Floating Holidays
2 weeks leave with full pay and benefits;
10 stat days plus 1 personal floater.
Residents are entitled to at least 5 consecutive days off over the Christmas or New Year period, which accounts for 3 statutory holidays (Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day), and 2 weekend days.
Life Insurance
Yes, 2x salary
Salary and Benefit Continuance
A resident that can’t work due to illness or injury will have salary and benefits maintained for 6 months or until end of appointment (whichever occurs first)
Call Stipend
$127.60 in-hospital; $63.80 home call or qualifying shift on shift-based services.
Weekend premium:
$140.36 in-hospital; $70.18 home call or qualifying shift on shift-based services.
Updated October 4, 2023

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Explore Location

Hamilton cityscape
Hamilton is a Canadian port city on the western tip of Lake Ontario. The Niagara Escarpment, a huge, forested ridge known locally as “the mountain” and dotted with conservation areas and waterfalls, divides the city. The long-distance Bruce Trail runs along the escarpment. HMCS Haida, a naval warship on the city’s lakefront, and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in the south, trace Canada’s military past.

Resident Experience

Samantha Yang
In my opinion, the highlights of our program include supportive co-residents and staff, Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences (MHBS), and the Pediatric Emergency Rotation. I like how each week, we have the opportunity to share difficult cases with our small group and feel comfortable to do so, because we have the same groups throughout the 2-year training program. I also thought that the Pediatric Emergency Rotation was unique, as not many programs have this, and provided very relevant pediatric experience.