Family Medicine

At the Discipline of Family Medicine, we strive to advance health through leadership in socially accountable education, research, and patient-centred care.

We have a clear strategic mission to improve the lives of the diverse people and communities we serve.


We offer an award-winning Family Medicine residency program and enhanced skills programs in Emergency MedicineCare of the Elderly, Care of Underserved Populations. Clinical training in primary and interdisciplinary care is at the heart of what we do.

Our programs focus on robust rural and remote experiences specific to the communities we serve. Our resident and undergraduate medical learners gain experience in the full scope of their practice in exciting and unique locations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, and Nunavut, and international locations such as Nepal.

Prospective residents have the ability to apply to specific Streams through CaRMs and have input into their own experiences. We have a strong relationship with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Society of Rural Physicians Canada (SRPC) to offer the best in accredited rural family medicine education.


Family Medicine at Memorial University is home to the Primary Health Care Unit (PHRU), Centre for Rural Health Studies (CRHS), and E-Health Research Unit (eHRU).

Our research groups conduct evidence-based research in a variety of areas including primary care, rural health, and academic excellence while offering opportunities for graduate studies in Medicine and Rural Family Medicine Research.

Patient-Centred Care and Clinics

At the Discipline of Family Medicine, we operate three Family Medicine Clinics in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador: 

Family Medicine Clinic, Janeway Hostel, Health Sciences Centre
John A. Ross Family Medicine Clinic
Shea Heights Community Health Clinic

Our clinics provide high-caliber care to our patients, while exposing our undergraduate and postgraduate medical learners to best practices in interdisciplinary primary care. For more information about our clinics or to become a patient, click on the name of the clinic above.

Our faculty, nurses, and residents also provide clinical coverage in our communities for obstetrics and prenatal care, refugee health, palliative care, long term care, and prison health.

Community Focus

Our Discipline has strong connections to our community, Regional Health Authorities (RHAs), and provincial governments to advance primary health care in the areas we serve.

Our faculty and staff frequently collaborate with health authority and community partners to identify areas of need and develop strategies to advance health care. Our Discipline has collaborated on or developed many initiatives that have directly impacted our community. Examples include:

Our Annual Report shows everything we have achieved this past academic year.

Family Medicine in Newfoundland and Labrador: A 10 Year Vision – a collaboration with the CFPC and Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NLMA) to improve Family Medicine in the province.

Creation of Refugee Health Intake Clinic and Ongoing Health Clinic for Refugees

Please reach out if you would like to learn more about our Discipline! Contact Us.

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