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 FAQs
Information for Canadian and International Medical Graduates,Sponsored Visa Trainees and transferring residents.

Teaching Sites

From Urban to Mid-Ontario Communities
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.

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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Karina PrucnalDr. Karina Prucnal appointed as DFCM's new Associate Program Director – Admissions, Awards and Recruitment

The University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) is pleased to announce Dr. Karina Prucnal as Associate Program Director – Admissions, Awards and Recruitment.

The Associate Program Director is responsible for managing all aspects of recruiting and selecting candidates for admission to DFCM’s residency program.

Dr. Prucnal, who is covering for Dr. Vanessa Rambihar, is a recent graduate from the DFCM’s residency program where she was the recipient of the 2020 DFCM Clinical Excellence Award. Having completed an Enhanced Skills PGY-3 year in Education Scholarship at DFCM, she is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Community Health: Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Prucnal recently joined the North York Family Health Team as a staff family physician and locums in the emergency department in Parry Sound. Dr. Prucnal is actively involved in several medical education research projects, clinical skills training and resident teaching/supervision.

Dr. Prucnal began her one year term on July 1, 2021.

Residency Awards

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

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