Queen's University - Family Medicine - Peterborough - Kawartha


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.

Peterborough-Kawartha Site Program Highlights

  • A "horizontal" curriculum with continuous, community-based family medicine experience for three half-days per week throughout most of the PGY1 and PGY2 years.

  • Specialty experiences are completed horizontally three days per week in blocks of four or eight weeks.

  • The opportunity to work within well-developed, interdisciplinary family health teams.

  • Inpatient and emergency rotations in the state-of-the-art Peterborough Regional Health Centre, which opened in 2008.

  • Utilization of strong family physician-led services including palliative care unit and Partners in Pregnancy Clinic.

  • Repetition of experiences in PGY1 and PGY2 years to allow residents to consolidate knowledge and increase confidence.

  • Low ratio of residents to physician preceptors and abundant opportunity for hands-on clinical experience. (FP residents will most often be the only learner on a rotation).

  • An appropriate balance between learning and service.

  • Long-term care horizontal component in PGY1 (four LTC patients followed through PGY1 under the supervision of LTC preceptor).

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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.

Queen's Family Medicine — Peterborough Kawartha

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What makes the Peterborough-Kawartha site special?

Peterborough is an active, thriving city of 84,000 that serves as the gateway to cottage and lake country in the Kawarthas. All family medicine residents in Peterborough-Kawartha work in family health teams with their family medicine preceptor(s) as well as various allied health professionals. Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) is a 494-bed regional health centre that offers almost all medical services. In Peterborough, you will see patients with a diverse mix of ages and presenting problems, and you are guaranteed to see a high volume of patients in all services. Patients tend to be complex with multisystem disease, and they benefit from the well-supported specialist care that is available. As all in-hospital rotations are done at PRHC, residents quickly become familiar with consultants from various specialties and feel comfortable developing working relationships throughout the hospital. Family medicine residents are valued and appreciated in Peterborough, and the feedback from patients, allied health professionals, family physicians, and specialist physicians alike has been excellent.

How can I find out more about the Peterborough-Kawartha program?

For more information about the Peterborough-Kawartha program, please check out our PK site brochure or visit our website.