Clerkship Site Descriptions

Notes

  • Students will be contacted by their academies directly and provided with information regarding site selection.
  • Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP) placements are available in Barrie, Collingwood, Orillia, and Midland but not all communities are available in all blocks. If you have questions about ROMP sites or matches, please contact: Dr. Christine Stewart, the ROMP clerkship rural liaison.
  • Additional rural and distant placements will be available at Newmarket and Markham
  • For general clerkship questions, contact: the Clerkship Coordinator at the DFCM.


Site Descriptions

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Markham Stouffville Hospital

Type of Practice

Students spend most of their time at the Markham Family Medicine Teaching Unit (FMTU). Our physicians and allied health professionals have diverse interests including palliative care, geriatrics, home visits, low risk obstetrics, and global health.

Location of Practice

The Markham FMTU is located adjacent to the Markham Stouffville Hospital.  The Cornell Community Centre is linked to the hospital and provides access to a library, fitness centre, running track and swimming pool.

 

Special Features of Site

The Markham FMTU provides enhanced curriculum on global health.  The goal of this curriculum is to help students and residents  become caring, culturally-sensitive physicians who understand the determinants of health.  The Markham FMTU hosts weekly global health lunch rounds which address a wide variety of global health, health advocacy and intercultural health topics.  As one of the most multicultural communities in Canada, Markham provides a unique opportunity for clinical clerks to experience family medicine in a culturally diverse setting.

 

Mandatory Experience

Family Medicine, geriatrics, prenatal care, interprofessional learning experiences.

 

Clerkship Electives/Selectives

Palliative Care, geriatric rehabilitation, home visits, low risk obstetrics, diabetes care.


Mount Sinai Hospital

Type of Practice

Community based with the exception of several students who will be placed at the Mount Sinai academic family medicine unit.

 

Location of Practice

The practices are located downtown and in North York or further: along Bathurst Street at Wilson Avenue, Lawrence Avenue, Eglinton Avenue, and Bloor Street. Others are at Dufferin between Wilson and Finch, Yonge and Davisville, Edward Street and University Avenue, and Bay and Bloor Street. We also have a unique opportunity to work at the new Vaughan Mount Sinai Academic Family Practice Team.  Although we cannot guarantee your placement at a specific site for your rotation we will try our best to accommodate special requests either based on your particular interests or location. All practices are TTC accessible, although a car is beneficial for the rotations further out from the core.

Special Features of Site

Mount Sinai Hospital's preceptors have a long history of excellence and experience in teaching.  Each community practice has its own additional specific areas of interest, which will introduce you to a broad spectrum of family medicine (e.g., geriatric care, additions medicine, sports medicine, psychotherapy/counselling, special needs patients, etc.)  Mount Sinai Hospital's family practice also has a very strong family medicine obstetrical program which we will encourage your involvement in. There are also potential opportunities to work with family medicine residents and to do half day of Palliative Care home visits. Emergency medicine shifts can often be arranged.

 

Mandatory Experience

One obstetrics call shift.

One palliative care shift

 

Clerkship Electives/Selectives

·There are no formal electives but we will do our best to match you with preceptors who may share your interests.


North York General Hospital

Type of Practice

Community office - each student will be supervised by 2 preceptors.

Students will spend at least one half-day with the Hospital Program Director (this will take place either in the community or in the Family Medicine Teaching Unit at the Hospital).

Location of Practice

The offices are located within the vicinity of both North York General Hospital (located at Leslie Street and Hwy 401) and the sister site, Branson Hospital (located at Finch and Bathurst). All Locations are TTC accessible.

Special Features of Site

Considerable hands-on opportunities exist in a community office setting. These include the mandatory selectives listed below.

Video cameras are used in some of the community offices and in the Family Medicine Teaching Unit. Students and patients are aware of when video supervision is being used.

 

Mandatory Experience

The clinical experiences are mandatory: Breast Diagnostic Centre, Diabetes Education Program, The Mother and Baby Follow-up Clinic, and Palliative Care home visits.  These additional opportunities provide students with the opportunity to see the diversity within Family Medicine, and increase exposure to common clinical issues.

Clerkship Electives/Selectives

There are many other electives students can choose from, the list of which is provided on the first day of the rotation. Examples include but are not limited to: Surgical Assisting, Sports Medicine and Homeless Shelter experience.


The Scarborough Hospital

Type of Practice

Clerks will be placed in a community based Family Practice office. These offices may have groups of physicians or single physicians acting as preceptor.

Location of Practice

Students will be placed in offices that are commuter-friendly. If students have access to a car, additional office placements are available.  Free parking is available at physician offices.  Low cost parking is available for hospital-based seminars.

Special Features of Site

Clerks will have the opportunity to participate in a learning experience where they will be the primary learner.

 

Mandatory Experience

· In addition to the mandatory sessions downtown during the first week of rotation, there are mandatory seminars held in conjunction with clerks from other hospital sites.

Clerkship Electives/Selectives

· Accommodations can be made for a variety of selectives including family medicine obstetrics/gynecology on-call, palliative care, pain medicine, sports medicine, diabetic clinics and home visits.


Southlake Regional Health Centre

Type of Practice

High volume, office based outpatient Family Health Team and Family Medicine Teaching Unit

Location  of Practice

Located in the city of Newmarket, across the street from Southlake Regional Health Centre, the Southlake Academic Family Health Team and the Family Medicine Teaching Unit in total, take care of approx. 20, 000 patients .  Southlake’s catchment area includes multiple small and medium sized communities with a total population of approximately 250, 000 people.  Communities are varied across all socio-economic classes including rural and aboriginal communities with a wide ranging cultural base.  

Special Features of Site

* Small city community office with direct access to Regional Hospital

* 1:1 preceptor:learner

* Interprofessional model of care learning

* Health equity across a diverse population residing within the region 

* Able to participate in resident clinics and academic seminars




Mandatory Experience

Experience will coincide directly with preceptor’s type of clinical practice

Clerkship Electives/Selectives

Clerks with a keen interest in other family medicine areas – i.e. emerg, palliative, family medicine inpatient, etc., half days can be arranged to enhance family medicine experience



St. Joseph’s Health Centre

Type of Practice

St. Joe's is a community-based teaching hospital with a clearly stated vision to be the “best community-based teaching hospital in Canada”.  Clerks will work both in the hospital based Family Medicine Clinic as well as in a community office.  Clerks will get exposure to a diverse population of patients from all walks of life, including many new immigrants and vulnerable populations.

Location of Practice

St Joe’s is located in the west end of Toronto between the neighbourhoods of High Park and Parkdale. Clerks will· work both at St. Joseph’s Health Centre which is located on The Queensway and in the community - all offices are TTC accessible.

Special Features of Site

Video cameras in hospital-based clinic for observation and feedback.  EMR.  Possibility of participating in care of the elderly at home.

 

Mandatory Experience

Exposure to addictions clinic, exposure to hospital based palliative care, nutrition clinic.

 

Clerkship Electives/Selectives

Low risk obstetrical calls.


St. Michael’s Hospital

Type of Practice

Academic Family Practice associated with St. Michael’s Hospital.

Location of Practice

· The St. Michael’s Hospital Department of Family and Community Medicine operates from six sites as a Family Health Team: 

* 61 Queen Street East
* 80 Bond Street
* Health Centre at 410 (410 Sherbourne St., 4th Floor)
* St. Jamestown Health Centre (410 Sherbourne St., Ground Floor)
* St. Lawrence Health Centre (140 The Esplanade)
* Sumac Creek Health Centre (73 Regent Park Blvd)

 All of the sites are accessible by TTC and are within walking distance of St. Michael’s Hospital.

Special Features of Site

* Large interprofessional team environment with diversity of learning experiences

* Inner City Health Exposure (marginalized populations, addictions, homelessness, LGBT, HIV/AIDS), with half-day seminar in HIV primary care and addictions


Mandatory Experiences

* Primary clinical placement in one of the teaching units

* 2 half days in a shelter/homeless health care experience

* One half day at the St Michael’s Hospital Cardiac Rehab Follow-up Clinic run by family physicians and an interprofessional health care team

* One half day unique MSK interdisciplinary professional education program taught by a physician, chiropractor, nurse practitioner and pharmacist with students from other health professions

 

Clerkship Electives/Selectives

The following are optional family medicine experiences, subject to preceptor availability:

* Family medicine obstetrics evening call

Community family medicine clinic experience (up to two half-days)

Evening or weekend walk-in/urgent care clinics

Home visits

Smoking cessation clinic (MD- and pharmacist-led)

Primary care Diabetes Education Program (RN- and RD-led)



Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Type of Practice

Hospital-based.

Location of Practice

Family Practice Unit inside the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, located at 2075 Bayview Ave.

Special Features of Site

Our site is an academic facility, and it is therefore set up for teaching.  We have video cameras in each of the clinical teaching rooms.

We have a full academic family health team and the students have access to clinical learning experiences from a wide range of allied health professions.

 

Mandatory Experience

Students spend one day at St John’s Rehabilitation Centre, where they are exposed to a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals.

Students spend one half day with each of the following: diabetes education team, team nurse, and dietitian.

When available, the student will also spend one half day in our procedures clinic, a half day doing home visits  and also one half day in our IMPACT (complex chronic care) clinic

 

Clerkship Electives/Selectives

Students interested in obstetrics can request to spend time with one ofour family practice OB specialists

 


Toronto East General Hospital

Type of Practice

Community health centre (CHC) or community family health team (FHT).

Location of Practice

2 sites: 

* Flemington Health Centre (CHC) at Don Mills/Eglinton

* SETFHT (TEGH family practice) at 840 Coxwell, with satellite at 1871 Danforth.

Special Features of Site

Flemingdon – newcomer health.

 

Mandatory Experience

Nutrition half day seminar.

 

Clerkship Electives/Selectives

Emergency medicine - 2 shifts at TEGH.  Palliative care – inpatient half day, Family Practice Obstetrics, Seniors’ Outreach Clinic half day.

 


Toronto Western Hospital

Type of Practice

The majority of time is spent in Family Medicine teaching unit with 1/2 - 1 day a week in community office.

Location of Practice

Downtown (Dundas and Bathurst) - all community offices are TTC accessible but some require up to 30 mins travel.

Special Features of Site

* Video cameras in hospital-based clinic for observation and feedback.
* Ability to work with staff physicians, residents and fellows.

 

Mandatory Experience

Comprehensive family medicine, 2 x 1/2 days on OB interprofessional team.  There are no on call requirements

 

Clerkship Electives/Selectives

Labour and delivery, prenatal care, inpatient service, home-based care of the elderly, vasectomies, circumcisions, etc.  We will endeavour to work with you if you have particular interests.


Trillium Health Partners - Credit Valley Hospital

Type of Practice

Clerks at Credit Valley Hospital will work with preceptors in the Family Medicine Teaching Unit and in the community. Each clerk is exposed to approximately 3 different practices with all practices having a wide range of patients.

Location of Practice

The Family Medicine Teaching Unit is located near the hospital. The community placements are in the vicinity of the hospital. Some placements are available in neighbouring communities for those interested and those with access to a car.

 

Special Features of Site

Video cameras are available at the Teaching Unit for observation and feedback.

The Credit Valley Family Health Team has a bilingual site. There are opportunities for clerks fluent in French to be placed at this site. Clerks will have the opportunity to work with Family Medicine Residents at the Teaching Unit

 

Mandatory Experience

The clerks will attend any locally delivered relevant resident academic half days in addition to the clerk core content seminars.

Clerks will attend a COPD/Asthma Clinic and a Diabetes Clinic.

 

Clerkship Electives/Selectives

All clerks are welcome to join their preceptors during their hospital duties. While there are noon-call requirements, opportunities such as an obstetrical delivery, hospital rounds or home visits may arise. There are many different educational opportunities available. Clerks are welcome to express their particular areas of interest and attempts will be made to provide some learning opportunities which match their interests.


Trillium Health Partners - Mississauga Hospital

Type of Practice

Community practice office or Family Medicine teaching unit.

Location of Practice

FMTU is located at 101 Queensway West (Hurontario and Queensway), 7th Floor, Mississauga, Ontario, L5B 2P7.

All community offices are within walking distance from the hospital or accessible by public transport.

 

Special Features of Site

Many of our community offices are Family Health Teams (FHTs) where you may have an opportunity to work with or learn from a pharmacist, social worker, dietician, psychologist, nurse practitioner or health promotion specialist.

 

Mandatory Experience

As per Clerkship Handbook.

 

Clerkship Electives/Selectives

2 half days per rotation.

All students will participate in selectives at the Diabetes Education Centre at the Mississauga Hospital and the COPD clinic at the CVH.


Women’s College Hospital

Type of Practice

Hospital-based and community office (but majority of time in hospital-based clinic).

Location of Practice

Students spent most of their time at the Women's College Hospital family practice unit, with approximately one half to full day per week at an affiliated community based clinic.  All community offices are TTC accessible and most are in the downtown core (e.g., Bay and College, Bloor and Christie).

Special Features of Site

Video cameras in hospital-based clinic for observation and feedback.

 

Mandatory Experience

Weekly family practice interprofessional rounds.

 

Clerkship Electives/Selectives

Typically 1-2 clinics per: Bay Centre for Birth Control, Crossroads Refugee Health Clinic, Christine Shelter, HIV care, Environmental Health Clinic, Home Visits.


Rural Ontario Medical Program Sites

  • Generalism is a key focus for seminars and education sessions in the community. Rotations are more individualized with respect to clinical content amongst the different sites
  • There is also a variety of weekly seminars available via the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN).


ROMP Barrie

Family Medicine Teaching Unit, Family Health Team, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre

Population 145,000

Barrie is one of Canada's fastest growing communities and has much to offer both in recreation and profession. Ninety parks are scattered within the city; many follow the shores of Kempenfelt Bay and offer biking, roller blading and walking trails. Georgian College is based in Barrie and has partnered with many universities to expand the programs provided. 3 different Ski hills are within a 5-15 minute drives from city limits.

The Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre employs 2500 staff and 400 skilled physicians who work together to provide care for the citizens of Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka. Barrie is also home to the Barrie and Community Family Health Team and the University of Toronto/DFCM Family Medicine Teaching Unit.

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre

Level of Service

Number of Beds

Catchment Area

Learner Parking Cost

Secondary Care

319

425,000

$34.20 for 6 weeks

Clerkship Electives/Selectives

Anesthesiology (Royal College), Community Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Dermatology, Diagnostic Radiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, General Pathology, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Neurology, Nuclear Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Pediatrics, Plastic Surgery, Respirology, Sports Medicine, Urology

ROMP Collingwood

Family Medicine Practices, Collingwood General and Marine Hospital

Population 17,000


At Collingwood, the Niagara Escarpment dips prominently towards Georgian Bay. This formation is known as Blue Mountain and has become one of the most popular ski destinations in Ontario. Wasaga Beach, the worlds largest fresh water beach, is only minutes away. The wide, decorative main street is lined with specialty shops and boutiques. When coupled with the region's unique geography, the picturesque town creates an ideal four season destination.

Nearly seventy physicians work at the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, which also serves the area surrounding Collingwood and employs four hundred and thirty people.

Collingwood is home to the Georgian Bay Family Health Team.

Collingwood General and Marine Hospital

Level of Service

Number of Beds

Catchment Area

Learner Parking Cost

Primary Care

72

60,000

$20 deposit



Clerkship Electives/Selectives

Anesthesia (FPA), Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine


ROMP Midland

Family Medicine Practices, Georgian Bay General Hospital

Population (Midland) 17,000

Population (Penetanguishene) 9,400

Midland is rich in culture and heritage. As the first Canadian settlement of the French Jesuits, Ontario's only Catholic pilgrimage exists at Saint Marie Among the Hurons, named also for the First Nations people who first lived there. Midland is the urban hub of the Southern Georgian Bay Region.

Penetanguishene is Ontario's oldest community, with a rich heritage stemming from the Aboriginal, French and English settlers who first populated the area. Penetanguishene hosts French and English Catholic, public and secondary schools and has the only protestant separate school in Ontario. As an active community year round, there are waterfront walking and cycling trails and numerous parks to enjoy in the summer.

Georgian Bay General Hospital operates sites in Midland and Penetanguishene. Approximately six hundred and twenty-five staff work between the two hospitals.

Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, located in Penetanguishene, is a fully accredited psychiatry hospital, employing approximately 1,100 staff. The facility provides the province's only maximum secure forensic hospital for clients who are served by both the mental health and justice systems. Internationally recognized for its contributions to scientific knowledge on violence and the assessment and treatment of mental disorders, Waypoint has a clear focus on education and research.

Midland is home to the North Simcoe Family Health Team.

Georgian Bay General Hospital (Midland)

Level of Service

Number of Beds

Catchment Area

Learner Parking Cost

Primary Care

80

50,000

$6.00/day or $32.50/ month

Mandatory Experience

2 Core Clerkship Tutorials for Well Baby and Prenatal Care, Core Educational Experiences, Clinical Evaluation Exercises

Clerkship Electives/Selectives

Anesthesia (FPA), Community Medicine, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Hospitalist (FM), Ophthalmology, Psychiatry


ROMP Orillia

Family Medicine Practices, Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital

Population 32,000

Orillia is nestled between Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching and is the business centre for many of the small surrounding communities. The region's largest employer is Casino Rama, located on the nearby First Nations Reserve. Orillia also hosts the headquarters for the Ontario Provincial Police.

Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital recently expanded their hospital to offer many regional services to the surrounding communities. One-hundred and thirty two active and associate staff physicians work to create a caring hospital environment.

Orillia is home to the Couchiching Family Health Team as well as the Orillia Family Health Network.

Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital

 

Level of Service

Number of Beds

Catchment Area

Learner Parking Cost

Primary and Secondary Care

200

100,000

$50 per month

Local Electives/Selectives

Anesthesia (FPA), Emergency Medicine, General Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Pediatrics, Plastic Surgery, Psychiatry, Urology