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Family Medicine Teaching Unit

Family Medicine Teaching Unit

Established in 2009 in partnership with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, Southlake’s Family Medicine Teaching Unit enrolls nine family medicine physician trainees (seven Canadian and two international medicine graduates) every year for a two-year program.

These residents spend three half-days every week working alongside family physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, and other healthcare professionals in the Southlake Academic Family Health Team. Each resident has a mini-practice, providing ongoing care for approximately 150 patients each, under the direct supervision of the staff physicians. In an underserviced community, this provides care to patients who might not otherwise have a family physician.

The Family Medicine Teaching Unit has 11 teachers providing training for the residents, who are family physicians that also have their own practices at the Southlake Academic Family Health Team.

During their two year training, the residents also spend one to two months at a time working alongside Southlake physicians and staff in Hospital departments including emergency medicine, internal medicine, mental health, musculoskeletal diseases, obstetrics, paediatrics, palliative medicine and surgery, and complex medical rehabilitation.  Learning of these specialty competencies is a requirement in order to practice comprehensive Family Medicine.

Since the inception of the program, Southlake and The University of Toronto have recognized residents and teaching physicians for several Achievement Awards in academics, teaching, and leadership.

Please click here for more information on the University of Toronto’s Family Medicine Residency Program at Southlake.

Click here for more information on the Southlake Academic Family Health Team.