FAQ

How to apply?

Applications are completed through CARMS (Canadian Resident Matching Service). The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) is a national, not-for-profit, fee-for-service organization established in 1969 at the request of medical students seeking an independent entity to provide a fair and transparent application and matching service for entry into postgraduate medical training throughout Canada. More information is available at www.carms.ca

Do you get to choose your site of residency?

No. The CARMS application process allows you to apply to a number of programs, and to “rank” the programs you are applying to. The matching system will determine where you are placed.

How many preceptors are there at the FMTU?

There are 22 preceptors who work with the Family Medicine Teaching Unit.

Where do residents choose to live?

Barrie and surrounding areas.

What is the proximity to Toronto?

Barrie is located 45 minutes north of Toronto.

What is the teaching unit like?

The FMTU is a 12, 000 square foot purpose built, specifically for the Residency Program, onsite at RVH with a view of the Lake.

How often are residents required to travel outside of Barrie (i.e Toronto)?

Residents are required to travel to Toronto 6 times a year for Core Days.

What are the rotation disciplines?

Horizontal Family Medicine (for 24 months) plus: Obstetrics, Paediatrics, Surgery, Internal Medicine, ICU, Emergency Medicine, Mental Health, Hospitalist Medicine, Musculoskeletal, Public Health, Palliative/Oncology, and Geriatrics

What is the call schedule like?

Call is required on most specialty rotations as well as in Family Medicine.

What are the number of electives in PGY1 and PGY2 years?

PGY1 there is 1 elective and in PGY2 year there are 3 electives.

How many patients are we responsible for?

You will manage approximately 200 family medicine patients over the course of your 2 years. This includes managing those patients in the hospital if they are admitted.

What kind of commarodity exists among the residents?

Excellent. Residents organize many social events as well as recreation sports such as soccer, softball, dodge ball and hockey.

What are the living expenses?

The average cost of rent in Barrie is $800-$1200/month. The cost of the parking pass that is required for your residency is $605.80 per year (11.65/week X 52 weeks).

How is the ranking system structured between Newmarket and Barrie?

The ranking system is an internal matching system between Newmarket and Barrie. The matching system is governed by the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM).

How does having your own patients work at the FMTU, how is it different than a typical block family medicine system?

The FMTU is structured on a horizontal model. Residents are assigned a roster of patients for their 2 year residency. The roster each resident is responsible for is approximately 150 patients.