Undergraduate Program

Under the leadership of Dr. Shayna Watson, undergraduate education continues to be a major focus. As part of the revised undergraduate curriculum for the School of Medicine, a new fall term course, Approaches in Family Medicine has been introduced for all first-year medical students. At the end of their first year, students consolidate their learning during "Community Week" where they travel to small communities all over the province to learn first-hand about primary care in a rural setting.

Observerships are offered throughout the year in the After-Hours Clinic. There are also opportunities for longer observerships in the day clinic at certain times during the year. Our faculty members continue to contribute to clinical skills and small group learning and also serve on several committees within the undergraduate program. In addition, we actively support our Family Medicine Interest Group as much as possible. Clerkship in Family Medicine comprises a core 6 week rotation in a small community in Ontario. Rotations are arranged through our partners at the Easter Regional Medical Education Program (ERMEP), the Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP) and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). A few clerks each year travel to the Weeneebayko General Hospital in Moose Factory, Ontario on the shores of James Bay. Clerks receive formative and summative feedback from their preceptors and also complete self-study units while on rotation. At the end of their rotation, clerks complete reflections based on their most interesting cases and on the community they visited.

Please email the Program Assistant, undergraduatefm@dfm.queensu.ca for more information.