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Program Highlights

The McMaster Rural Stream program is run collaboratively with the McMaster Department of Family Medicine, McMaster Community and Rural Education Program (MacCare) and the Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP). The program is designed to prepare residents for rural practice by providing a combination of core and elective postgraduate training to meet the individual needs of each resident with a recognition of varying patterns of practice in different rural family practice settings. Residency training is structured around core educational objectives with emphasis placed firmly on organized self-learning, with appropriate faculty assistance for guidance and supervision. Sites within the program are of varying size and local resources. This provides residents with the ability to choose a site and develop appropriate skills for the type of community for which they wish to provide care in the future.

Applicants are encouraged to consider the importance of obstetrical and emergency care provision in rural settings as they plan their rural residency and future careers. Inpatient care is a daily part of a rural medicine life and this will be reflected in your residency training. The Rural Stream Program will do everything possible to ensure excellent training for residents committed to comprehensive care provision.

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General Information

Rural Stream training at McMaster provides you with:
  • A choice of six different communities in which you live and learn during your two years of family medicine
  • Excellent specialty rotations in rural/regional hospital
  • Complete academic program delivered, for most sites, by videoconference
    Enhanced emergency room skills-development
  • Opportunity to train in remote area in PGY2 year
  • Experienced rural family physician teachers who are skilled at in-patient care while providing obstetrical, emergency and/or anesthesia care to their communities.
  • Curriculum options available to increase time spent in your community and reduce commuting/travel
  • The training and mentorship to build skills and the clinical courage necessary to pursue a successful career in rural medicine
  • 20 weeks Rural Family Medicine (broad scope exposure in-, out-patient and community rural family medicine)
  • Eight weeks each of Internal Medicine/Hospitalist, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics in-patient and out-patient, and Emergency Medicine
  • 20 weeks of Rural Family Medicine (same practice as PGY1 year improves continuity and building independence across settings)
  • Eight weeks each of Internal Medicine/Surgery, Remote/Rural rotation
  • Four weeks Care of the Elderly
  • 12 weeks Family Medicine Electives

It is a program requirement that residents live in the community for their Family Medicine blocks throughout residency.

All rural applicants are required to submit a rural addendum as part of their CaRMS application. Addendums are scored separately. It will have an adverse effect on your overall rural application score if the addendum is not included in your application.

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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 - Rural Collingwood.
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

Fall landscape of fields and trees
Rural Collingwood
Collingwood is a town in Ontario, Canada, north of Toronto. Its harbour is in Nottawasaga Bay, the southern part of vast Georgian Bay. The city is a gateway to the Blue Mountain ski resort, with its downhill and cross-country trails. The town center is marked by the beaux arts–style Collingwood Federal Building. Nearby, the Collingwood Museum has exhibits on Collingwood Harbour’s shipbuilding history.