Residency at DFCM


The Department of Family and Community Medicine's (DFCM) Residency Program prepares future family physicians for comprehensive primary care in an evolving health care system. Providing them with the opportunity to practice anywhere in the province, the country or the world. 

Family medicine is the central component of learning at DFCM - residents see themselves as family doctors from their first day in the program. At present, all residents spend at least eight months of the 24-month program in family medicine and continue half-days of family medicine during all rotations to promote continuity of care with patients. 

Our program is recognized nationally and internationally for its excellence. We are the second family medicine residency program in the world, and first in North America, to be accredited by the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA). Read the accreditation report.

Our learning opportunities are superior in breadth and quality - and is flexible to meet your learning needs and expectations. We hope you will join us.

Dr. Stuart Murdoch
Director, Postgraduate Education, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Contact DFCM Admissions for any questions.

Why Apply (Program Overview)

Three Program Streams with Diverse Sites
Learn about our 3 streams, curriculum and program highlights and answer other questions you have. See what DFCM has to offer.

How to Apply

Instructions and FAQ's
Information for Canadian and International Medical Graduates,Sponsored Visa Trainees and transferring residents.

Teaching Sites

From Urban to Rural
Read about each teaching site, find links to site websites and view a sample rotation schedule.

New Residents

What you need to know
More information on residency requirements and what you need to know prior to commencing your training.

Teaching Practices

Expanding your Residency Experience
Provides 25% of core family medicine training for all 2nd year residents and includes the Rural Residency Program for up to eight 2nd residents.

Enhanced Skills

Enhanced Skills Training in Family Medicine
Curriculum based clinical training at 3rd year resident level. We offer one of the largest selection of enhanced skills programs in Canada.

Competency-Based Curriculum in Family Medicine

View DFCM's Competency-Based Curriculum in Family Medicine >

Learning Initiatives

Enhance your residency by taking one of our various programs and courses:Procedural Skills Course, Rural Northern Initiative Program, ALSO Advanced Life Support Obstretics Course, Part-time Training Option and Teaching Residents to Teach Program (TRT).

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Residency Awards

See a list of the awards available to DFCM residents under "Postgraduate Program"

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Family Medicine Residents Association of Toronto

The Family Medicine Residents Association of Toronto (F.R.A.T.) is an organizational council that serves as a link between administrative staff, program directors, and residents. It is comprised of chief residents, PGY1 reps, and committee members from all sites and streams.  Residents also have the opportunity to participate in various committees including the governing committee (FRAT Presidents sit on the Residency Program Committee) and the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario’s (PARO) General Council. The administrative bodies, from a resident perspective, are consistently responsive to resident needs and advocacy.

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