Undergraduate MD Program Details: Rural Ontario Medical Program Sites (ROMP)

Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP) Sites

  • Generalism is a key focus for seminars and education sessions in the community.
  • Rotations are more individualized with respect to clinical content amongst the different sites.
  • There is also a variety of weekly seminars available via the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN).
  • These placements are only suitable for students with access to a car.

ROMP Barrie

  • Family Medicine Teaching Unit, Family Health Team, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre
  • Population: 145,000

Barrie is one of Canada's fastest growing communities and has much to offer both in recreation and profession. Ninety parks are scattered within the city; many follow the shores of Kempenfelt Bay and offer biking, roller blading and walking trails. Georgian College is based in Barrie and has partnered with many universities to expand the programs provided.

The Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre employs 2,500 staff and 400 skilled physicians who work together to provide care for the citizens of Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka. Barrie is also home to the Barrie and Community Family Health Team and the University of Toronto/DFCM Family Medicine Teaching Unit.

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre

  • Level of service: secondary care
  • Number of beds: 319
  • Catchment area: 425,000
  • Learner parking cost: $36 for 6 weeks

Clerkship Electives/Selectives

Anesthesiology (Royal College), community medicine, critical care medicine, dermatology, diagnostic radiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, gastroenterology, general pathology, general surgery, internal medicine, medical oncology, neurology, nuclear medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, paediatrics, plastic surgery, respirology, sports medicine, urology

ROMP Collingwood

  • Family medicine practices, Collingwood General and Marine Hospital.
  • Population: 17,000

At Collingwood, the Niagara Escarpment dips prominently towards Georgian Bay. This formation is known as Blue Mountain and has become one of the most popular ski destinations in Ontario. Wasaga Beach, the world’s largest fresh water beach, is only minutes away. When coupled with the region's unique geography, the picturesque town creates an ideal four-season destination.

Nearly 70 physicians work at the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, which also serves the area surrounding Collingwood and employs 430 people.

Collingwood is home to the Georgian Bay Family Health Team.

Collingwood General and Marine Hospital

  • Level of service: primary care
  • Number of beds: 72
  • Catchment area: 60,000
  • Learner parking cost: $20 deposit

Clerkship Electives/Selectives

Anesthesia (FPA), cardiology, emergency medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedic surgery, sports medicine

ROMP Midland

  • Family medicine practices, Georgian Bay General Hospital
  • Population (Midland): 17,000
  • Population (Penetanguishene): 9,400

Midland is rich in culture and heritage. As the first Canadian settlement of the French Jesuits, Ontario's only Catholic pilgrimage exists at Sainte Marie Among the Hurons, named also for the First Nations people who first lived there. Midland is the urban hub of the Southern Georgian Bay Region.

Penetanguishene is Ontario's oldest community, with a rich heritage stemming from the Aboriginal, French and English settlers who first populated the area. As an active community year round, there are waterfront walking and cycling trails and numerous parks to enjoy in the summer.

Georgian Bay General Hospital operates sites in Midland and Penetanguishene. Approximately 625 staff work between the two hospitals.

Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, located in Penetanguishene, is a fully accredited psychiatry hospital, employing approximately 1,100 staff. The facility provides the province's only maximum secure forensic hospital for clients who are served by both the mental health and justice systems. Internationally recognized for its contributions to scientific knowledge on violence and the assessment and treatment of mental disorders, Waypoint has a clear focus on education and research.

Midland is home to the North Simcoe Family Health Team.

Georgian Bay General Hospital (Midland)

  • Level of service: primary care
  • Number of beds: 80
  • Catchment area: 50,000
  • Learner parking cost: $6.00/day or $32.50/ month

Mandatory Experience

Two core clerkship tutorials for well baby and prenatal care, core educational experiences, clinical evaluation exercises

Clerkship Electives/Selectives

Anesthesia (FPA), community medicine, emergency medicine, general surgery, hospitalist (FM), ophthalmology, psychiatry

ROMP Orangeville

  • Family Medicine Practices, Halton Healthcare Services - Headwaters Health Care Centre
  • Population: 30,730

Orangeville is a vibrant community that is proud of its exceptional lifestyle, amenities and culture. Orangeville offers a safe, welcoming setting for those who value a work/life balance. Orangeville has lots to offer from the downtown core filled with one of a kind shops and restaurants to scenic landscapes from trails or canoeing at Island Lake Conservation Area.

Headwaters Health Care Centre is an acute and complex continuing care facility, offering both inpatient and outpatient services, as well as an Emergency Department with 24/7 coverage. The hospital is home to a wide variety of family practice and medical practitioners, as well as specialists in a range of healthcare disciplines like anesthesiology, diagnostic imaging, general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics and paediatrics.

Halton Healthcare Services – Headwaters Health Care Centre

  • Level of service: secondary care
  • Number of beds: 83
  • Catchment area: 135,000
  • Learner parking cost: FREE

Clerkship Electives/Selectives

Anesthesiology, Diagnostic Radiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics. 

ROMP Orillia

  • Family medicine practices, Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital
  • Population 32,000

Orillia is nestled between Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching and is the business centre for many of the small surrounding communities. The region's largest employer is Casino Rama, located on the nearby First Nations Reserve. Orillia also hosts the headquarters for the Ontario Provincial Police.

Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital recently expanded their hospital to offer many regional services to the surrounding communities. There are 132 active and associate staff physicians.

Orillia is home to the Couchiching Family Health Team as well as the Orillia Family Health Network.

Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital

  • Level of service: primary and secondary care
  • Number of beds: 200
  • Catchment area: 100,000
  • Learner parking cost: $50 per month

Local Electives/Selectives

Anesthesia (FPA), emergency medicine, general medicine, internal medicine, nephrology, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, paediatrics, plastic surgery, psychiatry, urology

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