McMaster University – Internal Medicine – Waterloo
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Dr. Leslie Martin (PD) Dr. Rebecca Kruisselbrink (WRC REL)

Program Administrator

Michelle Lamontagne

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McMaster University – Internal Medicine – Waterloo

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Jaymee Shell
PGY3
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
I am constantly pushed beyond my level of training, in a good way. I feel like I can handle busy service rotations because of my training in a community medicine program. We have a very professional but collegial and casual environment. The admin and REL are very approachable if you have concerns and because we are such a small program, feedback is integrated quickly. My favourite part is how many procedures I get to do on a regular basis.
The community is great. We are only 9 residents, so we are very close and have a supportive group amongst ourselves. Because we are primarily based in the community, the staff who take on learners and teach do so on a volunteer basis. They are keen and eager to teach and it shows in how they interact with us and the teaching we get.
I still have time to play hockey weekly in a local women’s league. I workout most mornings on my Peloton. Kitchener is well situated if you have family or friends in Hamilton or Toronto. It’s an hour away!
We have additional funds for wellness activities, in addition to being included in all Hamilton-based wellness events.
Getting through CaRMS 2.0 and knowing where I will be spending the next two years
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

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