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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 opportunities will also be 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.

The Region

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.

Watch the video - Renfrew County: An Amazing Place to Live, Work and Play

Resident Testimonial

Dr. Farnaz Babnorouzi, Family Medicine resident in Pembroke

Dr. Farnaz Babanorouzi

"Hi, my name is Farnaz Babanorouzi and I am a family medicine resident at University of Ottawa, at our rural site in Pembroke. My experience in Pembroke has been incredibly rewarding. One of the benefits of residency in a rural setting is that rural residents are usually the only learners with greater access to a mix of hands-on training. This really prepares you to practice in any setting - Whether I choose to continue to practice in a rural setting or not, I am confident in my training either way. Another reason that rural practice has been a great experience, particularly in the Ottawa Valley, is the people. Raised in a big city like Toronto, I could really see how patients in rural areas trust your knowledge and greatly appreciate you caring for them. Doctors are important and valued members of these communities, and are often in short supply. Finally, when you consider a short commute, lower cost of living, lack of traffic and pollution, and so much more, it is easy to see yourself practicing in a rural setting!"

Rotation Outline

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

FM/Geriatrics/ER (6 blocks)

FM/ER (6 blocks)

Hospitalist 

Hospitalist

FM/Psychiatry (2 blocks)

Surgical

Obstetrics

Obstetrics

Elective

Elective (2 blocks)

Pediatric Wards at CHEO

FM Rural

Internal Medicine

Selective: ICU/Med.specialties/ER/ Anesthesia

Note: 1 block = 4 weeks, 13 blocks per year

Sample Family Medicine Monthly Rotation

WEEKDAY

 

SUN

MON

TUES

WED

THUR

FRI

SAT

Week 1

AM

OFF

ER

Geriatrics

FM Clinic

FM Clinic

FM Clinic

OFF

PM

Teaching

Week 2

AM

OFF

FM clinic

Geriatrics

FM Clinic

ER

FM Clinc

OFF

PM

FM Clinic

Teaching

Week 3

AM

OFF

FM Clinic

Geriatrics

Clinic (Zone B)

FM Clinic

Academic Day

ON CALL

PM

FM Clinic

Week 4

AM

ON CALL

FM Clinic

Geriatrics

FM Clinic

ER

FM Clinic

OFF

PM

Lumps and Bumps Clinic

Evening Clinic

Teaching

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