Family Medicine


Family medicine’s move to new residency model attracts fresh interest.

There is a lot going on at Memorial University's Discipline of Family Medicine (DFM). We are proud of our program and excited to welcome our new residents for 2019-2020.

Our excellence in training rural family physicians has been well recognized by the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada over many years.

Our Point of Care Ultrasound PoCUS program is a first for family medicine residents in Canada.

We have over 300 of our Family Medicine (FM) graduates practicing in Newfoundland and Labrador and we are keen to recruit more. Our Streams are promoting a hub and spoke model to support more remote communities. As well, we are working on initiatives to improve care and support to family physicians including open access scheduling to improve access. This province needs more family physicians so we have many opportunities to offer post-graduation wonderfully experienced colleagues.

Our medical school has won international recognition for its social accountability with the ASPIRE award and our programs are specifically designed to address existing areas of population need.

Primary care renewal in NL

This is an exciting time for primary care renewal. We are embracing the Patients Medical Home (PMH) and working with partners to create models of primary care that reflect the components of the PMH.
Enhanced skills program

We have an excellent and competitive Enhanced Skills program in Emergency Medicine. A Care of the Elderly program was introduced in 2015 and the new Care of Underserved Populations program was introduced in 2017.


Discipline of Family Medicine
Faculty of Medicine
Memorial University of Newfoundland 
Health Sciences Centre, Room 2743 
St. John's, NL, A1B 3V6, Canada 
Telephone: (709)-864-6493



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The 18th Annual John Ross Commemorative Walk will take place on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 3:30 pm. 

Dr. Kath Stringer Delivers 3rd John Ross Memorial Lecture

Primary Care of Adults with Severe and Profound Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Health and Health Service Use of Very Elderly Newfoundlanders

Effects of Comorbidities on Asthma Hospitalization and Mortality Rates: A Systematic Review

Western Stream Residents Open Sexual Health Clinic in Corner Brook

Watch the new promo video for the Care of Underserved Populations Enhanced Skills program

Evaluation of the Characteristics of a Workplace Assessment Form to Assess Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) in an Undergraduate Surgery Core Clerkship

Awards and Recognitions

Congratulations to Dr. Ean Parsons on being named the 2019 Newfoundland and Labrador recipient of Family Physician of the Year. The Family Physician of the Year awards, named in honour of Dr Reg L. Perkin, recognize outstanding CFPC family physician members who exemplify the best of what being a family doctor is all about, including exceptional care of patients combined with a significant contribution to the health and well being of communities and/or society in general.

Congratulations to Dr. Kath Stringer on being awarded the Bruce Halliday Award for Care of the Disabled. The award is named in memory of Dr. Bruce Halliday, a past president of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Ontario College of Family Physicians, a federal member of Parliament for 20 years, and an advocate for the care of the disabled in Canada. This award recognizes the achievements of a family physician or family medicine resident who is a CFPC member in good standing and is making an exceptional contribution to the welfare of the disabled in their community through practice, teaching, research, or advocacy.

Congratulations to Dr. Susan MacDonald on being awarded Founder’s Status with the Royal College, for the development of Palliative Medicine as a Specialty. The Founder designation is awarded to recognize Fellows who have made significant contributions to the development of a new specialty.