The Waterloo Regional Campus is located in the new University of Waterloo Health Sciences Campus at the corner of King and Victoria Streets in downtown Kitchener Ontario within the new University of Waterloo Health Sciences Campus. This new campus includes the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine Waterloo Regional Campus, the new University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy and a primary care teaching clinic which will integrate clinical care and teaching in medicine, pharmacy, optometry and interprofessional activities with Wilfrid Laurier students in social work.
This progressive, innovative new campus has been built with the direct intent of providing a milieu of professionals working collaboratively side-by-side.
Clinical placements take place throughout the Waterloo-Wellington Region. These placements may be conducted within physicians offices or within local hospitals (Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Groves Community Memorial Hospital in Fergus, Guelph General Hospital, Homewood Health Centre in Guelph, Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, St. Mary's General Hospital in Kitchener, Louise Marshall Hospital in Mount Forest, Palmerston and District Hospital, Freeport [a site of Grand River Hospital] and St. Joseph's Health Centre in Guelph).
The Waterloo-Wellington Region has much to offer its citizens, including those samples found here.
The Waterloo Regional Campus admitted its first 15 students, the Class of 2010 in 2007, and it's second class of 21, the Class of 2011 in 2008. Twenty-eight students were admitted in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. A further 28 students will be admitted in 2013.
Owning or having access to a vehicle will make your life a lot easier. It is the students' experience at all the McMaster three campuses 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.
For those who do not have access to a vehicle, a bus pass may be obtained through the University of Waterloo Federation of Students (FEDS) office.
Waterloo 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 Kitchener-Waterloo area at the beginning of Medical Foundation 2. Others may elect to find housing in the Kitchener-Waterloo 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:
If you would like to know more about the Waterloo Regional Campus, we would be happy to hear from you and answer your questions.