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Enhanced Skills

McMaster University’s Department of Family Medicine offers a robust third-year (PGY3) Enhanced Skills program for residents interested in pursuing additional training after the core two-year Family Medicine Residency.

With a focus on preparing physicians to be responsive to the needs of individual communities, the Enhanced Skills program provides additional experience and/or advanced training in a range of specific areas.

Want to learn more about the Enhanced Skills program with McMaster Family Medicine? Then join Enhanced Skills Program Director Erich Hanel to learn about our Enhanced Skills Category 1 and 2 Programs on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. EST! Register today so you don’t miss out

 

Important Message about Electives:

McMaster DFM acknowledges that clinical rotations, including electives, have been significantly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

We understand there may be concerned that CaRMS applications will also be affected. Please be assured that, in accordance with our Best Practice in Application and Selection (BPAS) statements, electives function to demonstrate your diversity of training and academic excellence.

Given the broad scopes of practice our programs offer, there are many clinical rotation options that are applicable to each practice (Care of the Elderly, Emergency Medicine, Family Practice Anesthesia, Palliative Care, Sports Medicine), and any rotation is an opportunity to demonstrate academic excellence, as reflected in the evaluations, reference letters, or your Program Director’s letter.

Expandable List

Our Enhanced Skills Program offers a wide range of options that give residents the benefit of additional experiences as they prepare for their future practices. Interested residents in their second year will apply to either Category 1 or Category 2 – Self-Designed programs based on their career intentions.

Category 1 programs are those designated by the CFPC as programs leading to a Certificate of Added Competence. The majority of these programs are offered in Hamilton (FPA excepted), but many offer training opportunities in other urban settings and/or rural/regional contexts.

Category 2 – Self-Designed programs are intended for learners to gain additional experiences in research and scholarship or an individual area of interest, or to enhance skills designed to fill the needs of a rural/regional community. Self-Designed and Category 2 programs do not lead to a Certificate of Added Competence at completion.

The Department is committed to preserving the and to promoting flexible specialized training options that community-in-need focus of Enhanced Skills allow graduates to pursue practice opportunities in rural, remote, and regional settings.

Click the name of each program for full details.

CATEGORY PROGRAM CERTIFICATE OF ADDED COMPETENCE MONTHS/POSITIONS AVAILABLE PRIMARY PRACTICE SETTING
CATEGORY 1 Care of Elderly Yes 12 Months Hamilton Area
Palliative Care Yes Four 12-Month Positions Hamilton Area
Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) Yes 12 Months Burlington/Hamilton
Emergency Medicine Yes Ten 12-Month Positions

(nine MOH funded and one Return of Service funded)

Brampton/Osler Return of Service (1)
Hamilton (5)
KW (2)
Niagara (2)
Family Practice Anesthesia (FPA) Yes Two 12-Month Positions Rural/Regional/Brantford/Hamilton
CATEGORY 2 Rural/Regional Self-Designed No 3-6 Months (6 to 8 positions) Rural/Regional
Research & Scholarship No 12 Months Hamilton Area
Family Medicine Obstetrics Program Description No Two Six-Month Positions Hamilton

The Department is able to offer the rural/regional placements through its partnerships with the Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP) and MacCARE. For further information on Rural/Regional program experiences offered, please see our rural/regional information page.

ELIGIBILITY

All Family Medicine PGY2 learners currently training in Canada, independent of residency location, are eligible to apply for any of our Enhanced Skills programs. The Enhanced Skills Program reviews applications from PGY2 residents who are registered in a Canadian Family Medicine Residency Program at the time of their application.

Residents must start their PGY3 year within 12 months of completing their PGY2 year.

Practicing physicians wishing to apply to the Enhanced Skills Program must do so through the Re-Entry Program offered by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; applications made directly to the university will not be accepted. Please view information about the Re-Entry Program here. Different timelines apply to Re-Entry Applicants.

For International Medical Graduate (IMG) applicants, please review information related to eligibility and Return of Service (ROS) here.

All Family Medicine PGY2 learners currently training in Canada, independent of residency location, are eligible to apply for any of our Enhanced Skills programs. The Enhanced Skills Program reviews applications from PGY2 residents who are registered in a Canadian Family Medicine Residency Program at the time of their application.

Residents must start their PGY3 year within 12 months of completing their PGY2 year.

Practicing physicians wishing to apply to the Enhanced Skills Program must do so through the Re-Entry Program offered by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; applications made directly to the university will not be accepted. Please view information about the Re-Entry Program here. Different timelines apply to Re-Entry Applicants.

For International Medical Graduate (IMG) applicants, please review information related to eligibility and Return of Service (ROS) here.

2022-2023 Family Medicine/Enhanced Skills Match Timeline (Category 1 & 2 Programs)
August 2, 2022 at 12:00 (noon) ET Application Opens
September 13, 2022 at 12:00 (noon) ET Applicant document submission deadline
October 6, 2022 Interview status for Category 1 applicants will be updated through CaRMS Online
October 14, 2022 – December 2, 2022 National interview period (Category 1 interview dates published on CaRMS Online, exact interview days by Category 2 program TBD)
December 14, 2022 at 12:00 (noon) ET
TBD
MATCH DAY – Category 1 Programs
Category 2 offer letters
For more details, please refer to https://www.carms.ca/match/family-medicine-enhanced-skills-match/applicatnts/timeline-fmes/

Category 1: Applications must be made through CaRMS. Please see the CaRMS website for more information.

Category 2 – Self-Designed:

  1. Save and fill out the Category 2 Enhanced Skills Application Form (Note: The PDF form is not fully interactive when opened in your web browser).
  2. Submit your completed application, along with your CV and letter of intent to fmpgy3@mcmaster.ca
  3. Ensure that the subject line of your application email follows this format: “Last name, First name – 20XX/20XX Application” (please indicate the academic year you are applying for).
  4. Request that your Program/Site Director and two referees send their letters directly to us at fmpgy3@mcmaster.ca. If you have any questions, please contact the Education Team

Checklist:

  • Updated curriculum vitae – including any advanced life support courses and electives
  • Completed application form
  • Letter of intent, including the following:
    • Your goals and objectives for the program
    • The ways you might be better enabled to contribute to the community, the Department of Family Medicine, or the discipline of Family Medicine in general
    • For applicants to Research/Scholarship only, please describe your experience with research/scholarship thus far; an area of inquiry that interests you; and how developed your scholarly project(s) idea is at this point.
  • Letter of Support from your Program Director, which speaks to your academic performance and professionalism*
  • Two letters of reference from supervisor(s)*

*Please have reference letters sent directly to the following via mail or email (email preferred):

Department of Family Medicine
c/o Shauna Ferguson – Enhanced Skills Application
David Braley Health Sciences Centre
100 Main Street West, 2nd Floor
Hamilton, ON L8P 1H6

OR

Email: fmpgy3@mcmaster.ca

Do I need to have an elective in the field I wish to apply for?

Electives are not required but are strongly encouraged, where possible, to gain exposure and test your interests in a certain area of focus.

I am a practicing physician outside of Canada. Can I apply?

The Ministry of Health and Long Term care will only provide funding for residents and physicians who are either practicing in Canada or completing their residency in Canada

What is the difference between Category 1 and Category 2 – Self-Designed programs?

Category 1 programs lead to a Certificate of Added Competence, as recognized by the CFPC.

If I want to practice in a rural setting afterwards, which programs will support that goal?

Our Self-Designed programs are designed to provide a resident with the skills and experience to support a rural/regional practice. Discussions with your Program Director will help determine which experience will best suit your interests and the needs of the community in which you hope to practice.

For more information, please see our programs page or contact Fmpgy3@mcmaster.ca

We are here to support you through every step of your ongoing skills enhancement. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you have.

For the Emergency Medicine Program, contact Maleigh Walsh maleigh.walsh@medportal.ca
For all other programs, contact us at fmpgy3@mcmaster.ca