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Dr. Leslie Martin (PD) Dr. Rebecca Kruisselbrink (WRC REL)

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Michelle Lamontagne

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Program Highlights

Small, close-knit program

With just 3 residents per year, our faculty to learner ratio and hands on opportunities for patient care and procedural skills are highly conducive to development of strong mentorships and clinical confidence


We are committed to involving residents in all major decisions affecting the nature of the program. We seek and act upon resident feedback in planning and enacting the educational growth and development of our campus.
Strong relationship with McMaster University’s Hamilton Campus
Waterloo Regional Campus residents have access to and participate in each and every highlight of the Hamilton campus, including our highly acclaimed annual international health elective in Uganda; numerous academic retreats and social events, and access to mentorship from world class research and academic faculty. WRC residents also participate in McMaster’s well-developed academic curriculum through a combination of video conferencing and locally hosted sessions.

Clinical placements at a variety of hospital and clinic sites

Our residents have access to clinical training at a host of hospital sites, including four teaching hospitals in Hamilton, and multiple community hospital sites across the Waterloo-Wellington Region. Because of the regional nature of many of our clinical programs, residents are exposed to a wide variety of pathology from peripheral communities and a multitude of procedural opportunities. Consistently integrated ambulatory care experiences are also a key feature the Community Based Program.


Our residents have the opportunity to take three external electives anywhere in Canada during their core training years, approved by the program director. At least two occur before the start of PGY3; all occur before the PGY4 CaRMS match.

Royal College Examination Preparation

The McMaster Internal Medicine Program has taken proactive steps to prepare residents for the advancement of the Royal College Examination from the PGY4 to the PGY3 year. A few of the changes include reduction in call duties for PGY3’s without imposing a call penalty on PGY2 residents; study group time built into the weekly PGY3 Academic Half Day (AHD) session with avoidance of call the night before AHD; a 14-week exam prep lecture series delivered by recently credentialed FRCPC subspecialty residents; program-paid subscription to NEJM Knowledge Plus, an extensive online question bank with adaptive learning for each resident; front-loading of the heaviest clinical blocks in the first two years of training; research curriculum and project timelines shifted forward to reduce demands during the home stretch. Written practice exams occur annually. The program organizes annual practice OSCEs for all core trainees.
It should be noted that Waterloo-based campus residents participate in each and every one of the preparation steps for the Royal College Examination with the Hamilton campus. Additionally, consistent examination preparation is conducted at the Waterloo campus with local faculty throughout PGY2 and PGY3.

Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME)

After several years of preparation including field testing and a soft launch, a full transition to CBME has occurred as of July 1, 2019. Resident representatives on CBME planning committees at both the program and postgraduate levels are champions who continue to partner with faculty educators in the process of change management. We are off to a good start!

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General Information

Applicants should carefully follow all CaRMS application guidelines and deadlines.

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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 - Internal Medicine - Waterloo.
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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Resident Experience

Jaymee Shell
1. Dr. Kruisselbrink 2. Low faculty: learner ratio. You are often alone on service while on subspecialty rotations, so you get to see all the interesting patients, do the procedures and get a lot of teaching 3. Having staff in-house for ICU call. It is a very supportive environment