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Mount Forest (Rural Stream)

Mount Forest (Rural Stream) overview

Mount Forest is our smallest teaching site and most “rural.” Located on the beautiful Saugeen River and just south of the Bruce Peninsula, Mount Forest is a small town of 5,000 people. The hospital and clinic serve not only the residents of Mount Forest and its surrounding area but also the nearby Mennonite community. This feature allows physicians and the health care team the opportunity to practice thoughtful clinical medicine, since most Mennonite patients are non-OHIP.

Program Highlights

Louise Marshall Hospital consists of a small ER, 15 hospital beds and two OB rooms. Visiting specialties include general surgery, obstetrics & gynecology, ENT and gastroenterology. With Fergus and Guelph being a short drive away, additional medical resources and support for patients are also available if needed.

In Mount Forest, there are seven family physicians who are incredibly supportive of one another and their medical learners. You have one main preceptor, but there are six others willing to pull you into a room to perform a procedure or observe a unique finding! All preceptors in Mount Forest are excellent and continuously make learning a priority.

Residents are expected to live in Mount Forest during their residency and will attend academic sessions in Owen Sound.

Community website: Township of Wellington North

Key info

CMG CaRMS Positions: 2

Preceptors: 5

15 bed hospital with catchment area of 15,000

80 births per year and 12,000 ER visits per year


Chris Rowley

Assistant Clinical Professor

Mount Forest Site Lead

Lisa Law

Education Associate

Resident Perspective

“Get involved in the community by joining the annual medical curling club, community gym, or by attending its festivals. Once you immerse yourself in the community, going to work, even on your continuity days back when off service, will feel like home.

There is a lot of driving and Mount Forest is situated in Ontario’s snowbelt! Though you are not expected to drive through dangerous conditions, having a safe car with winter tires definitely alleviates some anxiety.

Mount Forest has a solid medical team. You will learn to rely on your clinical skills, utilize resources thoughtfully and work as a team with your colleagues to overcome barriers to patient care.”