The Niagara Regional Campus has been designed for students who wish to learn and to experience medicine in one of the loveliest parts of Canada. Academic components of the program take place at the Niagara Regional Campus located in St. Catharines Ontario within the new Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex. The hospital experience, including clinical skills teaching and clinical rotations occur in one of the seven hospitals in the Niagara region with teaching being done by our highly skilled and motivated group of local physicians. All the hospitals sit within a 30 minute drive of St. Catharines. The curriculum delivered at the Niagara Regional Campus is equivalent at all three of McMaster's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine campuses with the benefit of smaller class sizes in Niagara leading to a more personalized learning experience.
Clinical placements are available in out-patient clinics, private offices in various specialties, our Public Health Unit and in all Niagara Hospitals (St. Catharines General Hospital, Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre in St. Catharines, Greater Niagara General Hospital in Niagara Falls, Welland Hospital, Niagara-on-the-Lake Hospital, Douglas Memorial Hospital in Fort Erie, Port Colborne Hospital, West Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Grimsby).
The Niagara Region has much to offer its residents including those samples found here. To find further helpful information about the Niagara Region, please visit: Tourism Niagara and Niagara Region.ca.
The Niagara Regional Campus admitted its first 15 students, the Class of 2011, in September 2008. The second class of 20 was admitted in Fall 2009. Since 2010, 28 students have been admitted each year to the Niagara Regional Campus.
Niagara Regional Campus Handbook: The handbook attached was developed as a guide for Niagara Regional Campus students and contains useful campus information.
Owning or having access to a vehicle will make your life a lot easier. It is the students' experience at all the McMaster three campus sites that tutorials or clinical skills are often held across the city or even in another town/city. In the earlier Medical Foundations car-pooling is a possibility but once you begin Clerkship (November of year two) you may find yourself in a variety of different locations.
Niagara Regional campus students will complete Medical Foundation 1 (late August through mid-December) in Hamilton. Some students may opt to find temporary accommodations in Hamilton for this period of time and move to the Niagara area at the beginning of Medical Foundation 2. Others may elect to find housing in the Niagara area immediately and commute to Hamilton for Medical Foundation 1 (approximately 45 minutes each way by car).
The following housing sites may be helpful to you:
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Map to Niagara Regional Campus of the McMaster Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine
Niagara Regional Campus Directory
If you would like to know more about the Niagara Regional Campus, we would be happy to hear from you and answer your questions.