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McMaster University - Public Health and Preventive Medicine including Family Medicine - Hamilton

2022 R-1 Main Residency Match - first iteration
CMG Stream for CMG

Last approved on October 04, 2021

Approximate Quota:

 1 

Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria


Dr. Julie-Anne Emili
Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact 
David Braley Health Sciences Centre 
MHC 2006 - 100 Main St W
Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 1H6
905-525-9140, ext. 22356
Public Health & Preventive Medicine
Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI)

Program Contacts

Hilary Nolan Haupt
Program Coordinator
nolanh@mcmaster.ca
905-525-9140 ext 22356


Important Information

Please refer to the CaRMS website for provincial eligibility information CaRMS Ontario Provincial Criteria.  It is important to review the requirements carefully.

To learn more about the program, upcoming informational events and the McMaster PGME community please visit: https://pgme.mcmaster.ca/carms_r1_match_program_information/


General Instructions

Program application language: English

The McMaster Public Health & Preventive Medicine program has forged training partnerships with public health services in Hamilton, Waterloo, and Niagara, as well as with Public Health Ontario. Residents also have the opportunity to complete rotations in governmental health agencies and other organizations in the province. These placements offer a wide variety of experiences at different levels of government and in different sized communities, all with unique population health issues. Our residents have followed varied and challenging paths to reach their career objectives.

Residents will apply to a graduate program relevant to PHPM, such as the Master of Public Health or Health Research Methodology program at McMaster, and must meet the requirements of the program. Candidates entering the program with academic training or a graduate degree relevant to public health may receive some credit from the Royal College.


Supporting Documentation

Canadian citizenship
CaRMS partners with third-party organizations to verify your citizenship or permanent resident status. If your status is verified by one of these organizations, you will not need to provide citizenship documents in your application. If your citizenship status is not verified, you must provide one of the documents listed below.
Document must be notarized/certified
Required
Submit one of the following documents to verify your Canadian citizenship:
• Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
• Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
• Confirmation of Permanent Residence in Canada
• Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
• Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides of card)
• Canadian Citizenship Card (both sides of card)

Proof of valid current citizenship or permanent resident status must be provided by submitting one of the following verifications to CaRMS by the File Review Opening deadline. Failure to provide valid proof will result in your application being removed. No other forms of verification are acceptable:

  1. Notarized/certified photocopy of Birth Certificate/Act of Birth issued by an authority in Canada accompanied by photo ID (must be valid Canadian government-issued photo ID).
  2. Documents must be notarized/certified photocopies. Notarized/certified copies must not be older than two years from the application submission deadline; otherwise, a new notarized/certified copy is required.
  3. Confirmation of permanent residence must be accompanied by a photo ID (must be a valid Canadian government-issued photo ID).
Reference documents
Required
Number requested: 3

Reference letters from the institution/discipline will not be required for consideration of interview.

Additional documents
Required
Medical School Transcript 

Order from your Registrar. Medical school transcripts submitted by the applicant do not need to be notarized/certified; however, documents that are not in English must be accompanied by translation. 

Medical Student Performance Record 

Order from your Dean's office.

Custom Résumé / CV 

Personal Letter 

The personal letter (maximum 1,000 words and in paragraph format) must answer each of the following questions:

  • Tell us about the journey that led you to choose a career in Public Health?
  • Why are you applying to the program at McMaster? 
  • Which personal qualities do you think are critical to a public health physician and how do you measure up?
  • What are your personal and professional goals for the future?
  • Please speak to any significant gaps in training or program extensions.
  • Please tell us anything else that you feel is important to your application to our program.

Graduate Transcript (Master/PhD Degree) 

Undergraduate Transcript (Bachelor's Degree) 

Photo 
[Note: Photograph is used as memory aid only]

Medical School Diploma 

Please note: Required if Medical school has been completed.


Review Process

Applications submitted after file review has opened on January 31, 2022


Supporting documents (excluding letters of reference) that arrive after file review has opened  on  January 31, 2022


Letters of reference that arrive after the unmasking date on January 31, 2022


The program director will review applications with the Selection Committee and candidates who have submitted a complete application and meet our program criteria will be selected for an interview.


Interviews

Dates:

  • March 10, 2022
Virtual interviews will be conducted on Thursday, March 10, 2022.

Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.
Our virtual interview process involves a set of formal interviews with teams of faculty and residents.

Adjustments may be made to assist a candidate who has a serious conflict with this schedule. These will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

 


Selection Criteria

The Public Health & Preventive Medicine program at McMaster assesses candidates on the following criteria:

1. Interest in, and understanding of, Public Health & Preventive Medicine;

2. Academic performance to date;

3. Sufficient academic ability to be admitted to and be successful in Master's level training relevant to PH±

4. Suitability for clinical practice or Family Medicine;

5. Oral and written communication skills;

6. Potential contribution to McMaster's program; and

7. Potential impact as a Public Health & Preventive Medicine practitioner.

Program goals

This academic and community-based program is built on the principles of population health, all levels of disease prevention, health promotion and protection. It prepares physicians to function flexibly and effectively in leadership roles in a wide variety of public health and academic/research settings with special emphasis on:

  • Health needs assessment
  • Evidence-based community health practice
  • Applied research and program evaluation
  • Economic evaluation and health policy analysis
  • Occupational and environmental health

Selection process goals

The Public Health & Preventive Medicine program at McMaster assesses candidates on the following criteria:

1. Interest in, and understanding of, Public Health & Preventive Medicine;

2. Academic performance to date;

3. Sufficient academic ability to be admitted to and be successful in Master's level training relevant to PH±

4. Suitability for clinical practice or Family Medicine;

5. Oral and written communication skills;

6. Potential contribution to McMaster's program; and

7. Potential impact as a Public Health & Preventive Medicine practitioner.

File review process

Review team composition : Each team consists of one faculty member and one resident.

Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 0 - 50

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 76 - 100 %

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV Selection Criteria: 1,4,6,7
Electives Selection Criteria: 1,4
Examinations We do not evaluate this file component.
Extra-curricular Selection Criteria: 6,7
Leadership skills Selection Criteria: 6,7
MSPRs Selection Criteria: 2,3,4
Personal letters Selection Criteria: 1,4,5,6
Reference documents Selection Criteria: 1,4,7
Research/Publications Selection Criteria: 2,3
Transcripts Selection Criteria: 2,3,4

Elective criteria

We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted candidates' opportunities to arrange and complete electives and would like to reassure you that a lack of elective activity this year will not negatively impact your application to our program. A learning experience in the specialty is preferred but not required.
We do not require applicants to have done onsite electives.

Interview process

Interview format :



We do not re-schedule interviews for applicants after we have completed the scheduling process.

Interview evaluation criteria :
Interview components Criteria
Collaboration skills Selection Criteria: 4,6,7
Collegiality Selection Criteria: 4,6,7
Communication skills Selection Criteria: 5
Health advocacy Selection Criteria: 4,6,7
Interest in the discipline Selection Criteria: 1,4,6
Interest in the program Selection Criteria: 1,4,6
Leadership skills Selection Criteria: 4,6,7
Professionalism Selection Criteria: 4,6,7
Scholarly activities Selection Criteria: 2,3,4,6

Information gathered outside of CaRMS application

We do not consider any information gathered outside of the CaRMS application and local interview processes.

Ranking process

The behavior(s) exhibited below during the interview process may prevent an applicant from being ranked by our program :
   
   
   


Program Curriculum

This residency program is for 5 years.

Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.

The Mission of McMaster's Program is found below:

McMaster's Public Health & Preventive Medicine Residency Program aspires to improve and safeguard the health of the public. The Residency Program will promote, attract and support trainees in their pursuit of the highest quality education based on the principles of population health, all levels of disease prevention, health promotion and protection. This academic and community-based program will prepare physicians to function flexibly and effectively in leadership roles in a wide variety of public health and/or academic/research settings with special emphasis on:

  • Health needs assessment
  • Evidence-based community health practice
  • Applied research and program evaluation
  • Economic evaluation and health policy analysis
  • Occupational and environmental health

McMaster's Program is an integrated approach to training which includes a minimum of:

1 year of clinical training

1 year of academic work in public health

18 months of public health field placements 

Residents may complete Family Medicine certification as part of their training.

All residents must fulfill the requirement for 12 months of academic work. Two options include: 

  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Masters program in Health Research Methodology (HRM) 

1) The MPH program is a course-based masters that offers the option of completing a practicum- or thesis-based MPH. Area of focus include policy and management, public health research and environmental health;

2) The HRM program offers both thesis and non-thesis streams; the non-thesis approach is recommended by the program in order to facilitate meeting core Royal College objectives. Courses are available in biostatistics, research and epidemiologic methods, health policy, and economic evaluation, among others.

 

Typical course of training

McMaster's integrated approach to training is designed to accommodate the components of Family Medicine, the MPH or HRM masters programs, and PHPM field placements. 

Residents who choose not to pursue Family Medicine will complete a basic clinical training (BCT) year, with additional field placements in PHPM or academic course work related to their field of interest, while meeting Royal College objectives.



PGY-1

This year focuses on the basic clinical rotations required by both the Royal College and Family Medicine, and is largely hospital-based. One month of the PGY 1 year is spent on an Introduction to Public Health in order to orient residents to the available PHPM resources in the community and to begin preparations for their academic work.

PGY-2 and 3

Residents begin both Family Medicine as well as the coursework required for their masters (MPH/HRM). Residents opting not to do Family Medicine will instead begin junior placements in PHPM. McMaster University offers options for additional training in occupational medicine and other areas of expertise.

PGY-4 and 5

By this time, residents will have completed training in Family Medicine as well as their Masters (MPH/HRM) and will now apply the knowledge gained towards the more senior rotations in PHPM, culminating in the Royal College exams at the end of year five. 

Academic Half Days

Residents spend one half-day per week participating in the program's educational half-day back, which consists of guest speakers, resident-led rounds, and journal club. For those pursuing Family Medicine certification, during PGY-2 and 3 the residents attend the Family Medicine Academic Half Days in lieu of the PHPM Half Days. Also available to residents are a wealth of rounds and seminars in other departments within the Faculty of Health Sciences which are relevant to future PHPM Specialists. The Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, which houses and sponsors the program, hosts an annual research day for the benefit of students and faculty.

Research

All residents are expected to gain a reasonable understanding of the principles of research, through both coursework and field placements. Residents who pursue the HRM program will be required to complete a Research Internship of 100 hours. Those who pursue the thesis option must fulfill the research requirements set out by the HRM program. Residents who pursue the MPH program can choose between writing a thesis or completing a four month practicum (which includes a capstone paper). Residents who wish to have more hands-on experience with research will find numerous opportunities throughout their training.




Training Sites

Resources (both urban and rural) 

The Public Health & Preventive Medicine residents at McMaster are able to access a diverse range of sites for clinical and field placements during their training, including:

Hamilton Public Health Services

Niagara Region Public Health

Region of Waterloo Public Health

Halton Region Public Health

Public Health Ontario

Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, McMaster University

Master of Public Health Graduate Program affiliated with the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, McMaster University

HRM Graduate Program affiliated with the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, McMaster University

Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University

Family Medicine Teaching Sites

McMaster's Institute for Healthier Environments (MIHE)

McMaster's Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis

Ontario Health Clinic for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) 

 


Additional Information

McMaster University's Public Health & Preventive Medicine residency program is a growing program consisting of a vibrant resident community, and supported by dedicated public health specialists. We offer a unique combination of urban and rural rotation sites within driving distance of Hamilton. As adult-learners, we strive to foster life-long learning through active participation in academic half days. While meeting Royal College objectives, the program is flexible to meet the learning objectives of individual residents, and is responsive to residents' needs.