Are you a new graduate looking for a Family Medicine Residency program located in a growing rural community within a 90-minute drive of a large urban centre? Then look no further.

If rural family medicine is your career plan then we encourage you to visit our teaching unit located at the Pembroke Regional Hospital. We pride ourselves on offering the most in-depth rural family medicine education you will find anywhere.

We welcome the opportunity to tell you more about us and hope you would consider joining our program.

Teaching & Learning Opportunities

Our Family practice teaching clinic is attached to the Pembroke Regional Hospital and becomes the residents’ base throughout the 2 years of training. The Pembroke Regional hospital has 105 beds, access to many specialists including an ICU, imaging including CT, MRI. The size of PRH allows us to do rotations such as obstetrics, ER, Geriatrics, Psychiatry, Hospitalist and Internal medicine within Pembroke, matter of fact the only rotation requiring traveling is Pediatrics wards done at CHEO in Ottawa. No more living out of suitcases!

Our family physician preceptors practice comprehensive family practice. Exposing trainees to full-spectrum cradle to grave care. Residents will get many hands-on opportunities, with both office procedures and hospital procedures.

The curriculum is structured as a half- horizontal curriculum detailed below. This mix maximizes the opportunities for comprehensive care within family medicine, with some block-based rotations that benefit from some from more intensive exposure.

Here you will have the chance to build on your skills and think about creating the type of practice that puts your interests and professional goals first while guaranteeing a lifestyle of your choosing. You will discover that a stimulating team approach to health care is at the forefront of our work within our practice environment.

After graduation, locum and full practice opportunities available and offer an excellent opportunity to learn more about our medical groups and our community at large. By that time, you will be quite familiar with most of the physicians practicing in our area, so the transition should be quite easy.

New for 2021, we are offering increased remote exposure in Barry’s Bay and Deep River. If you match to Pembroke, you can select this to be part of your training and will spend 3 blocks in both first and second year in one of those communities. Their hospitals are run by family doctors in small communities and will provide added remote skills to make you comfortable to serve the needs of Canada’s very underserviced remote communities.

Located in the County of Renfrew along Highway 17, Pembroke-Petawawa is only 140 kms west of Ottawa. Renowned as the Whitewater Capital of Canada, we are cradled between the Ottawa River and Algonquin Provincial Park. Pembroke is a vibrant small city of 16,200 and home to the Pembroke Regional Hospital, a regional centre with a staff of 750 who deliver a broad range of health care to a catchment area of 100,000 people. Petawawa is a friendly town with a dynamic youthful population (mean age is 32), founded on its natural resources and strategic military role.

Our greater community has all the amenities you and your family will need and a wide range of practice options that you will be exposed to during your two years with us.

Rotation Outline

FM/Geriatrics/ER (6 blocks)FM/ER (6 blocks)
Hospitalist Hospitalist
FM/Psychiatry (2 blocks)Surgical
ElectiveElective (2 blocks)
Pediatric Wards at CHEOFM Rural
Internal MedicineSelective: ICU/Med.specialties/ER/ Anesthesia

Longitudinal Remote Pilot

First year curriculum

The rural curriculum is half horizontal curriculum:

  • 3 blocks are done as a mix of family medicine, geriatrics and emergency medicine
  • 3 blocks in a remote area
  • 1 block hospitalist medicine
  • 2 blocks are done as a mix of psychiatry and family medicine
  • 1 block obstetrics
  • 1 block paediatrics (CHEO Ward)
  • 1 internal medicine
  • 1 elective

During the off-service rotations, resident continue to have one half-day of family medicine continuity of care clinics.

Second year curriculum

The second year is structured similarly to the first year except there is more time in the four-week blocks for electives and one month of surgery which will accommodate some exposure to general surgery and orthopedics as well as minor surgery.

Emergency shifts are spaced throughout the six-block horizontal family medicine component so the incorporation of new skills and knowledge is easier to apply.

Rotation Outline For Longitudinal Remote Pilot

FM/LTC/ER/Inpatients (3 blocks) in remote communityFM/ER (3 blocks) in remote community
FM/Geriatrics/ER Zone A (3 blocks)FM/ER Zone A (3 blocks)
FM/Psychiatry (2 blocks)Surgical
ElectiveElective (2 blocks)
Pediatric Wards at CHEOFM Rural
Internal MedicineSelective: ICU/Med.specialties/ER/ Anesthesia
Note: 1 block = 4 weeks, 13 blocks per year

Sample Family Medicine Monthly Rotation

Pembroke site schedule. We acknowledge that this image is not accessible. Please download the PDF linked below for an accessible version.


Chief ResidentUnit Program DirectorUnit Coordinator
Dr. Taylor WIlkinsDr. Richard Johnson
Christine Caron-Goulet
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