Established in 2009 in partnership with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, Southlake’s Family Medicine Teaching Unit enrolls 9 family medicine physician trainees (seven Canadian and two international medicine graduates) every year for a two-year program.
These residents spend three half-days every week working alongside family physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, and other healthcare professionals in the Southlake Family Health Team. Each resident has a mini-practice, providing ongoing care for a roster of about 150 patients each, under the direct supervision of the staff physicians. In an under-serviced community, this provides care to patients who might not otherwise have a family physician.
The residents also spend one to two months working alongside Southlake physicians and staff in Hospital departments including emergency medicine, internal medicine, mental health, musculoskeletal diseases, obstetrics, paediatrics, palliative medicine and surgery, and complex medical rehabilitation.
Classroom work is also part of the curriculum.
“As a regional and community hospital, Southlake is a wonderful training ground for residents offering real world experiences and comprehensive exposure to clinical challenges.”
– Dr. Paul Cantarutti, Medical Director, Family Medicine Teaching Unit
The Family Medicine Teaching Unit has 11 teachers providing training for the residents, who are family physicians that also have their own practices at the Southlake Family Health Team.
The University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine has recognized several of these physicians, as well as the program’s resident, with awards:
- Dr. Paul Cantarutti, Faculty and Staff Achievement Award in Educational Achievement Innovation in Education, 2012
- Dr. Gurpreet Mand, Award for Excellence in Faculty Development, 2012
- Dr. Wesley Clayden, chief resident, Resident Achievement Award in Leadership, 2012
Dr. Paul Cantarutti, Excellence for New Teachers Award, 2011
Dr. Robert Doherty, Award for Educational Achievement in Program Leadership, 2013
Dr Evan Head, Resident, Award for Resident Teaching Excellence
For more information about Southlake’s Family Health Team, contact the administrative director at 905-853-3103, ext. 2020.
For more information about Southlake’s Family Medicine Teaching Unit, contact the family residency program administrative assistant at 905-895-4521, ext. 2115.