Internal Medicine Residency

Core Training

Our goal is to train residents who can deal effectively with the full range of medical patients, from chronic multi-system disease to the critically ill. Aside from the necessary clinical experience, the program offers a well-developed academic and research curriculum which allows residents to obtain the skills necessary for a successful career. The program attracts applicants who are dedicated to delivering high quality care and who are enthusiastic about the discipline of internal medicine; who demonstrat intelligence, dedication, efficiency and commitment to patient care; who wish to learn the skills of evidence-based medicine so that they can ultimately practice medicine in accord with its tenets.

The unique features of the McMaster University clinical curriculum include early responsibility. One of the strengths of the McMaster program is the early development of clinical and technical skills. Residents spend two months of the PGY-1 year in an intensive care unit rotation in which they are responsible directly to the ICU attending physician. At the beginning of their second year residents take call as senior medical residents, responsible for the emergency room and emergency situations arising in the hospital. This critical care experience in the first year allows for a smooth transition into a senior role. The Program has a strong commitment to provide extensive experience in the ambulatory care setting. The PGY1 year includes a mandatory two-month rotation in ambulatory care. The ambulatory care clinic rotation allows the Resident to select 8 half-day clinics per week in subspecialties of their choice. There is a large variety of general medicine and subspecialty clinic opportunities within and outside Hamilton. Residents in either the PGY2 or PGY3 have the opportunity for an additional two months in ambulatory care, focusing on subspecialty areas of their choice. In addition to these dedicated ambulatory care rotations, each subspecialty rotation must provide clinic experience. Many rotations such endocrinology, rheumatology and allergy/immunology are primarily outpatient rotations.