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Clinical placement opportunities

New!  Internal Medicine Clinical Teaching Unit opening July 1, 2015

Grand River Hospital will launch an innovative academic internal medicine program on July 1 2015. We will host a clinical teaching unit (CTU) in close partnership with St. Mary’s General Hospital and McMaster University. Resident trainees who are looking for experience training in an internal medicine or general internal medicine CTU should consider this opportunity.

While the internal medicine programs of both hospitals are affiliated with McMaster University, residents from a variety of CCFP and FRCP/FRCS programs from across Canada are welcome to train in our program.

To learn more about the internal medicine CTU, read our program description or, contact the Medical Education Coordinator by email.
Clinical Placements

All clinical placements at Grand River Hospital and/or St. Mary’s General Hospital must be approved by the Chief of Staff office. All medical learners (medical students, midwifery students, residents, and fellows) must complete a registration form and confidentiality agreement. Learners must also complete the privacy awareness course, and request a letter of good standing from their home university. All four of these documents must be submitted to the Chief of Staff office at least one month prior to the rotation start date. 
Placements for students of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine - Waterloo Regional Campus are arranged through the REL/Administrative Assistants of the Waterloo Region Campus in conjunction with the Chief of Staff Office.
  • Out-of-town learners from McMaster and other Canadian universities must apply through the Mac-Care program for placements within the McMaster University catchment area. For more information please visit http://www.mac-care.ca/.   
Our registration and information forms are as follows:

· Registration form (medical students/residents/midwifery students)
· Confidentiality agreement
· Privacy Awareness Training course instructions

Information for Preceptors

Are you interested in becoming a preceptor to our local medical students and residents at the McMaster University Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine? Do you want to participate in the educational activities of our up-and-coming physicians?
If so, please contact McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine – Waterloo Regional Campus (519-885-5426) for more information about what opportunities are available. Physicians involved in educational activities are encouraged to apply for a faculty appointment with McMaster University.


Observerships provide an educational opportunity to an individual seeking to observe and gain insight into how healthcare is provided in hospitals and/or how various hospital departments function. An observer is not permitted to participate in the treatment of patients in any way, and must be accompanied by their supervising physician at all times.

Observerships are only offered to individuals who are currently studying medicine as an international medical student or those who are international medical graduates (IMGs). Individuals can participate in observerships for a maximum of 30 hospital days.

It is the individual’s responsibility to contact and secure a supervising physician for their observership term. To locate a physician, please use the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s website (http://www.cpso.on.ca/) to conduct a physician search.

Once an individual has secured a supervising physician, they must contact the Chief of Staff Office to receive an application package. The package, along with a CV and detailed explanation of what they hope to gain through observership, are then submitted for review and approval.

Observership requests must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the desired start date.

The Professional Staff Observership Policy can be viewed here.

To inquire about clinical placements or the observership application process, please contact:
Leah Klassen, Medical Education Coordinator
Phone: 519-749-4300 x2525
Email: leah.klassen@grhosp.on.ca  
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