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Queen’s-Lakeridge Health MD Family Medicine Program

Queen’s-Lakeridge Health MD Family Medicine Program

News & Notices

  • June 27, 2023: Queen’s Medicine Class of 2027 has now been filled and we are no longer presenting offers to candidates remaining on our waitlist. If you wish to reapply for admission in 2024, applications will be available online July 6, 2023, at
  • June 9, 2023: The next application cycle opens on July 6, 2023. An application guide will be available at that time through OMSAS. As we prepare for the next cycle, we will also continue to update our Admissions site.


The Queen’s-Lakeridge Health MD Family Medicine Program is a new, first-in-Canada medical education model specifically designed to address the shortage of family doctors. It aims to graduate practice-ready, community-focused physicians able to provide comprehensive care to patients in southeastern Ontario. The program will be based at the Queen’s regional campus at Lakeridge Health in Durham Region and launched with 20 new medical school seats in Fall 2023. 

Queen’s University’s School of Medicine has partnered with Lakeridge Health for many years, creating a satellite campus to train future physicians. Building on this long-standing partnership, Queen’s University and Lakeridge Health will help address the primary care physician shortage in southeastern Ontario by taking a novel approach to medical education through the Queen’s-Lakeridge Health MD Family Medicine Program.

The Queen’s-Lakeridge Health MD Family Medicine Program is a new, first-in-Canada medical education model specifically designed to address the shortage of family doctors. It aims to graduate practice-ready, community-focused physicians able to provide comprehensive care to patients in southeastern Ontario. This program will be based at the Queen’s regional campus at Lakeridge Health in Durham Region.

Queen’s University students will undergo classroom training at Lakeridge Health and engage in workplace experiences embedded in communities across the region. This area stretches from Oshawa to Peterborough to Perth, Smiths Falls and Brockville.

This new, concentrated-training model will develop community-focused family doctors who are specialized in offering comprehensive care to a wide variety of patients. This program differs substantially from the standard MD program in design, curricular delivery, purpose of electives, and freedom from the need for postgraduate residency matching. For these reasons, transfers to other programs, including the standard Queen’s MD Program at the Kingston site, will not be feasible.  

The Queen’s-Lakeridge Health MD Family Medicine Program is designed for students who know they want to become family physicians.

Training to purpose, this program will seamlessly integrate the training of medical students through to practice readiness.

Directed toward training in community-based Family Medicine, the program will have several unique features, including:

  • A deliberate Family Medicine focus guiding the overall curricular design and delivery.
  • Small class size, allowing for individual attention and close connections with faculty and student colleagues.
  • A prominent presence of practicing Family Physicians as teachers, curricular leads and student mentors.
  • Early and frequent clinical placements intended to introduce students to the practice of Family Medicine in parallel and integrated with their didactic learning and skill development.
  • Emphasis on the unique role of Family Physicians in our communities, including professional roles, social accountability, social determinants of health and health care advocacy.
  • Orientation to the various clinical profiles available within Family Medicine, including enhanced skill development in topics such as: Addictions, anaesthesia, care of the elderly, emergency medicine, palliative care, sports medicine and women’s health, including intrapartum obstetrics.

Graduates of the MD portion of this program will be well prepared to enter Family Medicine Residency. Transition to Family Medicine training occurs under the authority and recommendation of the Queen’s Family Medicine Residency Program Committee once postgraduate entry requirements are met, including being eligible for educational license as per the CPSO.

Students will receive an offer from the Post Graduate Family Medicine Training program in year 3, conditional on successfully completing the MD program. Once that offer is accepted students will be able to transition into Queen’s Family Medicine Residency without entering the CaRMS matching process.

Durham region is home to The Queen’s-Bowmanville–Oshawa-Lakeridge (QBOL) Family Medicine Residency, which is 1 of the 4 highly acclaimed Queen’s University Family Medicine Postgraduate Programs sites (the others being Kingston and the Thousand Islands, Belleville- Quinte, Peterborough-Kawartha).


Queen's - Lakeridge Health Family Medicine Program pathway

This pathway is the first-of-its-kind-in-Canada education and training approach that will help to address the ongoing physician shortage in many southeastern Ontario communities.

This program will help address the chronic physician shortage experienced in many Durham Region communities, while creating healthier populations. For residents, this collaboration means greater peace of mind knowing that increased access to community-based care is closer to home.

Cynthia Davis, President and CEO, Lakeridge Health

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20 seats available 

The program prioritizes candidates with qualities that show their commitment to community and who want to establish a comprehensive family medicine practice.

Customized curriculum

To ensure that future physicians develop the competencies and skills that are most needed in the region’s communities. 

Integrated, hands-on learning

Allowing students to make a real difference in the lives of people and communities.

Comprehensive, family medicine focus

To prepare learners to serve their communities and create positive social change. 

No Canadian Resident Matching Service

Instead of using CaRMS, learners will bridge into residency and stay in the same cohort until they graduate as family medicine physicians.

The Queen’s University – Lakeridge Health partnership