Queen's University - Family Medicine - Oshawa Lakeridge


Program Director

Dr. Brent Wolfrom


Administrative Coordinator - Residency Program

Jessica Murray

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Queen’s University Family medicine is a highly regarded longstanding program (established in 1972). Our two-year program is based on the College of Family Physicians of Canada competency-based “Triple C” Curriculum (Comprehensive learning; Continuity of patient care, curriculum, and supervision; and family medicine-centred education). The program consists of core family medicine experiences complemented by experiences in other specialties relevant to family medicine.

Queen's-Bowmanville-Oshawa-Lakeridge (QBOL) Program Highlights

  • Our site was designed based on the CFPC's Triple C Competency-based curriculum

  • Academic days have been mapped to cover the 99 Priority Topics during PGY1.

  • A wide variety of specialty and family medicine preceptors experienced in teaching family medicine residents.

  • The first two months of PGY1 are designed to provide you with a basic “tool kit" to increase your confidence and consolidate your skills.

  • Longitudinal availability for your family medicine clinic.

  • One four-week block of inpatient care and one four-week block of elective time during both PGY1 and PGY2.

  • An additional eight- to 12-week block of rural family medicine in PGY2.

Besides the blocks mentioned above, you will learn in a family medicine clinic longitudinally about half the time, with additional integrated learning experiences scheduled alongside. These experiences include about three shifts/month on the labour and delivery ward in the first half of your PGY1 year. Those shifts will switch over to ER shifts midway through your PGY1 year, although you have the option to also continue with OB shifts. Additional clinical experience such as behavioural medicine, outpatient procedural skills, pediatrics, palliative care, long-term care, and dermatology will also be part of your schedule.

We also reassign you to a different family medicine preceptor for your PGY2 year to allow you to see additional practice styles and have opportunity to switch between Oshawa, our more urban site, and Bowmanville, which provides a smaller community flavour of family medicine. In addition, our residents have access (but are not limited) to preferred rural rotations in Port Perry, Haliburton, and Lindsay.

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Your application to the Queen's Family Medicine Residency Program will be centrally processed for all four training sites: Kingston & 1000 Islands, Belleville-Quinte, Peterborough-Kawartha, and Queen's-Bowmanville-Oshawa-Lakeridge. This process means that you will only have one interview, with results communicated to each site you have applied to. You must make a separate application to each site you are interested in. Please include all required documentation in each application and submit the same documentation to each site. You will have the opportunity to individually rank each site you are interested in.

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What makes the Bowmanville-Oshawa-Lakeridge site special?

Beyond our modern curriculum, practising in the Durham Region (which includes Bowmanville and Oshawa) gives you the opportunity to learn and work in both large and small communities. You will serve a broad and diverse patient population of all ages and social and economic backgrounds.

Lakeridge Health Corporation is a large multispecialty hospital with sites in Ajax-Pickering, Bowmanville, Oshawa, Port Perry, and Whitby. Lakeridge Health Oshawa (LHO) features one of the busiest emergency departments in Ontario and is home to the Durham Regional Cancer Centre. Lakeridge Health Bowmanville is a community-based hospital largely run by family physicians. Your family medicine rotations will be at area clinics that have been carefully selected for their size and quality; all also utilize EMR.

The Lakeridge Health Education and Research Network (LHEARN) Centre at LHO offers excellent resources and support for learners in the region. The centre features state-of-the-art simulation labs, a Queen's Family Medicine resident lounge, a library, study rooms, and various classrooms and meeting rooms. You will also have electronic access to all Queen's University library resources.

As of 2019, there are now also Queen’s longitudinal integrated clerks based out of Lakeridge Health, which adds to the richness of the training environment and has provided increased opportunities for residents interested in teaching.

What are we looking for in our residents?

  1. Motived, self-directed, and professional future generalists.

  2. People who are reflective, focused on continual improvement, and open to feedback.

  3. Engagement. We are what we are because of our residents.

  4. Humble confidence. Our specialty requires both these attributes.

  5. Team players. While this sounds obvious, the importance during residency can’t be overstated.