Undergraduate MD Program Details: Markham-Stouffville

Markham-Stouffville Hospital Family Medicine Teaching Unit

Type of Practice

Students spend most of their time at the Markham Family Medicine Teaching Unit (FMTU). Our physicians and allied health professionals have diverse interests including palliative care, geriatrics, home visits, low-risk obstetrics and global health.

Location of Practice

The Markham FMTU is located adjacent to the Markham Stouffville Hospital. The Cornell Community Centre is linked to the hospital and provides access to a library, fitness centre, running track and swimming pool.

Special Features of Site: Global Health 

The Markham FMTU provides enhanced curriculum on global health. The goal of this curriculum is to help students and residents become caring, culturally-sensitive physicians who understand the determinants of health. The Markham FMTU hosts monthly global health lunch rounds which address a wide variety of global health, health advocacy and intercultural health topics. As one of the most multicultural communities in Canada, Markham provides a unique opportunity for clinical clerks to experience family medicine in a culturally diverse setting.

Mandatory Experience

Family medicine, prenatal care, interprofessional learning experiences.

Clerkship Electives/Selectives

  • Palliative care
  • Rehab
  • Home visits
  • Low-risk obstetrics


Testimonial 1 - "The Markham site was a great location to do Family Medicine. I had the opportunity to work closely with roughly 6 staff and various second year FM residents throughout my time there. Everyone was very welcoming, helpful, and provided excellent teaching about the general practice of Family Medicine. There were also great opportunities to get involved with women's health as many of the physicians specialize in this area (i.e. we got to perform speculum exams, do pap smears, and observe IUD insertions). I was also able to gain plenty of practice administering various injections (IM, subQ, TB skin tests). This clinic is multidisciplinary, so the staff schedule time for students to observe other members of the care team, including nurses and pharmacists, and they encourage students to attend the lunch time rounds for residents as extra teaching. I particularly enjoyed working with the FM residents because they provided great advice and teaching relevant to my level of training and it made my time there all the more enjoyable. Logistics wise, it definitely helps to live in Markham or close by but it is accessible by bus (there are several bus stops that run through the hospital grounds), and staff parking is relatively affordable (~$45 a month). There's a tunnel that connects the clinic to the rest of the hospital where you can find Tim Hortons and a cafeteria. It's also linked to a beautiful community centre (great for going on lunchtime walks). Overall it was a great place to do the family medicine rotation and I would highly recommend it to future students!"