McGill University - Family Medicine - Montreal


Program Director

Dr. Fanny Hersson-Edery


Postgraduate Administrative Officer

Ms. Julie Lane

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The Department of Family Medicine at McGill offers a fully accredited two-year postgraduate training program based in a university family medicine group practice (GMF-U or groupe de médecine familiale universitaire).

At all nine GMF-U locations, the program offers three main components: comprehensive and longitudinal family medicine practice, coordinated training in the medical specialties, and exposure to rural medicine practice.

The programs in our GMF-Us include a comprehensive curriculum, which focuses on management of common patient problems in an ambulatory setting. Principles of family dynamics, utilization of community resources, and optimal cooperation with allied health professionals in providing continuity of care are also emphasized in the two-year curriculum.

At McGill, we have systematically aligned both our clinical and academic curriculum with the College of Family Physician's Evaluation Objectives (105 Priority topics). Our ultimate goal is to prepare our residents to become competent family physicians for the practice of medicine as lifelong learners.

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Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the GMF-Us in Montreal (CLSC Côte-des-Neiges, CLSC Métro, CLSC Parc-Extension, Herzl Family Practice Centre at the Jewish General Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex, and St Mary's Hospital Family Medicine Centre). Spoken and written French sufficient to evaluate a patient is also required at these sites.

Fluency in spoken and written French is required for applicants applying to our francophone units located in Châteaguay (GMF-U de Jardins Roussillon, GMF-U de Gatineau and GMF-U de la Vallée de l'Or). Spoken and written English is considered to be an asset for these sites.

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Do I have to be able to speak French/English if I come to McGill?

This is the question we get asked most often! The language of instruction at the three units in Montreal is English. Being able to communicate in French is essential in order to assess francophone patients. For residents coming from other provinces, high-school French is a good basis to work from. Your two years in Montreal will be a great opportunity to improve your French language skills. McGill does offer French courses for medical students and residents. Montreal has a very culturally diverse population, and the more languages you can speak, the more it will help you in communicating with patients. Francophone residents will also fit in easily into our Montreal sites if they have enough English-language skills to follow the lectures and to speak to anglophone patients. You will find a mixture of English and French spoken regularly at our Montreal sites, with the goal being to communicate! The sites off the Island of Montreal have instruction in French. Fluency in written and spoken French is essential. At these sites, some knowledge of English is helpful.

Will I feel confident to practice independently after 2 years of residency?

Our goal is to provide you with an excellent education and the tools for life long learning. No residency program, no matter how long it is, can teach you all you need to know. What is important is to know where to get further information or support when needed as you embark on the path of lifelong learning associated with practice after residency.

What are the research opportunities in Family Medicine at McGill University?

The Department of Family Medicine at McGill University has a very active research division. There are many research opportunities available to interested residents. Furthermore, there are multiple resources to assist the residents in either embarking on a new research project or joining an already existing one. A critical appraisal/quality assurance project is required of every resident, and we make every effort to help the resident find the time to pursue a research project if they so desire.

What is the difference between the different Family Medicine Units?

The main division between our sites is between urban (bilingual): CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l'ile-de-Montreal (CLSC Côte-des-Neiges, CLSC Métro and CLSC Parc- Extension), Herzl (JGH) and St Mary's Family Medicine Center (SMH and Queen Elizabeth Health Complex); and regional (francophone): Châteauguay, Gatineau and Val d'Or. Our goal is to train all residents to be competent Family Physicians. The curriculum that is delivered to all sites is uniform and monitored by the Postgraduate Education Committee of the Department of Family Medicine. All units offer exposure to a diverse patient population with a wide range of illnesses.

How do I get assigned to a unit?

If you are applying to the Châteauguay, Gatineau, or Val d'Or matches, you will have the chance to visit those units when you interview there. These are separate matches within CaRMS and you are welcome to apply to these sites as well as to McGill’s Montreal units if you are interested in all of the McGill possibilities. For those applying to McGill’s Montreal sites, you will have the opportunity to learn about the teaching units in Montreal on the day of your interview, and staff and residents from all six of the Montreal sites will be there to answer your questions. Those interviewing in Montreal will be asked to rank their top four site preferences and to submit their rank list before the end of March. Once CaRMS results are released and you are matched to McGill Family Medicine in Montreal, we will then run a mini-match to assign you to one of your choices of Montreal sites. We make every effort to give residents their first choice. Site decisions are FINAL. We also ask you to mention your interest in the six-month rural stream on the mini-match form.