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Congratulations on your journey so far toward your career in medicine – we know you have put in a lot of hard work to get here and we wish you all the best as you move forward.

Why Choose Family Medicine?

Did you know that Family Medicine offers a broad scope, diverse options for practice settings, and greater opportunities for connected relationships with patients than other medical specialties? As you consider your career choices, please feel free to browse our resources below and reach out to us with any questions you have about Family Medicine: [email protected]

Family Medicine Summit - Knowledge for the Now

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Family Medicine Summit 2022 will be fully virtual!

  • Live-stream days: January 28 and 29, 2022
  • Conference content available on demand until July 31, 2022
  • Special panel discussion for family medicine residents and medical students: “What We Wish We’d Known – Early Career in Family Medicine” 

Why FMS 2022?

  • Social and networking activities
  • Get practical tools and resources you can apply right away in practice
  • Hear from thought leaders and clinical experts on the topics that matter most
  • Learn together with your colleagues in a variety of formats, including keynotes, talks and panel discussions.
  • Special rates for residents and medical students

Learn more and register at OCFPSummit.ca.

Choose Family Medicine Discussion Panel  

On Wednesday January 13, 2021, the Ontario College of Family Physicians and OMA’s Section on General and Family Practice hosted a Choose Family Medicine virtual panel discussion to highlight what a career in Family Medicine is really like. 

Below you can view the recording of the event and additional testimonials from family physicians sharing their passion for family medicine. We hope these resources are inspiring and helpful as you take the next steps toward your area of specialty.


Hosted by Dr. Clare Liddy, Chair of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and moderated by our special guest, CBC News Ottawa anchor, Adrian Harewood, four distinguished family physicians shared stories about their diverse career journeys and unique insights: 

Dr. Elizabeth Muggah, President of Ontario College of Family Physicians

Dr. Aly Abdulla, Chair of the Ontario Medical Association's Section on General and Family Practice

Dr. Heather Galbraith, Lieutenant Commander with the Canadian Armed Force

Dr. Jillie Retson, Rural Family Physician, Indigenous Primary Care Advisor

 Thanks to the This is Family Medicine Campaign, led by the university’s medical students, in collaboration with the University of Ottawa Family Medicine Interest Group, for their inspiration and significant support.  

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Why these Family Physicians Chose Family Medicine

Browse through additional testimonials from family physicians speaking about their unique journeys and experiences. 


Family Medicine Interest Groups

Family Medicine Interest Groups (FMIG) are led by medical students for medical students, and aim to raise awareness and engage students, residents and staff in the field of family medicine.

Every medical school in Ontario has an FMIG, which offers an excellent way for you to explore the specialty of family medicine and meet other students like you.   

FMIG-hosted activities throughout the year are designed to familiarize students with the many aspects of family medicine. Events may include, for example, talks, panel discussions, and clinical activities through which students can meet family physicians and residents, and explore diverse family practice interests – such as research, rural medicine, obstetrics, emergency medicine and public health.

More about FMIGs

Funding for Medical Student Initiatives

Did you know the OCFP makes funding available for selected special initiatives and events by family medicine residents and medical students at each of the six medical schools across the province?

  Learn more