The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage is mandatory for all new Learners arriving to Ontario from another country. Learners must apply
for OHIP as soon as possible once they have arrived in Ontario. Learners should also apply for OHIP insurance coverage for any family members who
have travelled with them. Go to the Service Ontario website to apply for OHIP.
• As part of the OHIP application learners may be asked to submit a letter from their employer confirming their training details and new Ontario address, please contact the PGME office to request an OHIP letter.
• Currently, the directive from OHIP is that there is no longer a waiting period for OHIP coverage. If you are eligible, you will have immediate health insurance coverage. Go to the Service Ontario website to find out if you qualify.
• If the waiting period returns, learners must then apply for the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) to provide coverage during the OHIP waiting period. Review the OHIP-UHIP Information Form for more details. Learners who have travel insurance may be eligible to have the UHIP coverage waived, as long as the travel insurance coverage matches the UHIP coverage. To find out if you qualify for a waiver, please contact the UHIP Office.
It is your responsibility to review all PGME Policies before you begin your training.
All PGME Policies are posted on our PGME website.
PEAP (Pre-entry Assessment Program) Policy
The PEAP provides an assessment of the candidate’s general knowledge and competency in the specialty and at the level in which she/he is certified, and appropriate for practice in the discipline in which the candidate is entering resident or fellowship training.
Program Directors must ensure that candidates are assessed and given written feedback on a regular basis during the PEAP. The PEAP must be a minimum of four and a maximum of twelve weeks in duration (dependent on progress made and at the program directors discretion).
The PEAP is a high stakes assessment over a short timeframe. As such, candidates are discouraged from taking vacation during the PEAP, as it may put their assessment in jeopardy.
If you are a resident (this includes subspecialty PGY4-8) starting on July 1st, you must book a PGME Registration Appointment using the appointment booking system. You will need your Medportal email address to access the registration appointment system. You will be able to change your appointment up until June 7. After that your appointment cannot be changed.
If you are a clinical or research fellow, please DO NOT use the appointment booking system. You must contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your registration appointment.
Learners who are starting before or after July 1st, please contact the PGME office to schedule your appointment prior to your training start date.
NOTE: Learners who start in May and June, the above information does not apply.
Resident Affairs provides confidential support for all residents and fellows, and assists learners as they manage issues with or within their program, hospital, university or home. They will act as an advocate, and will support or represent the learner requiring work place accommodations or further support.
The Resident Affairs Office is an inclusive and confidential office within Postgraduate Medical Education which supports, educates and advocates for residents and fellows and their well-being on their personal, academic and professional journeys through training. Resident Affairs cares about and is here to help every resident and fellow at McMaster.
You can contact the Resident Affairs Office any time, or make an appointment through the online booking site.
The McMaster Health Sciences Library (HSL) is located on the 2nd Floor, purple section, of the McMaster Children’s Hospital (Health Sciences Centre). Besides a large collection of information resources, they offer many services to make it easier for trainees to
access the literature needed for learning and research. Trainees must have an active MacID account/email that allows access to e-books, e- journals and databases. When accessing services in person the McMaster Student card is mandatory (not to be confused with the McMaster PGME Photo ID card).
The McMaster Office for the Development of English Language Learners (MODEL) is a freeservice designed to help both undergraduate and graduate students who may be struggling with the English Language.
MODEL offers English-language training, workshops, and support, developed by certified ESL and EAP experts, to meet the needs of McMaster students of all academic backgrounds and levels of English language proficiency.
MODEL also has an on-site student advisor with experience in both ESL and counselling who is available to meet with students to discuss personal, social, and academic concerns.
Hamilton, the summers are warm; the winters are very cold, snowy, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 18°F to 79°F and is rarely below 2°F or above 88°F
Preparing for the Canadian Winter Season
A Good Winter Coat—well padded, long in length with a large hood is best.
Good Quality Winter Boots—warm boots with a good grip is best.
Winter Hat or ‘Toque’ – A fleeced interior is best.
Warm Gloves—fleeced interior with water resistance on the outside is best.
The Hamilton Childcare Registry makes finding licensed childcare providers simple. You can browse childcare options by location and age group. You can also view details about a childcare program, hours and type of care being offered.
The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) only provides coverage for necessary medical health services. Extended health coverage such as dental and vision coverage is not included.
If you are not eligible for extended health insurance benefits through your employment contract, there are many Institutions offering private extended health insurance plans including SunLife, Manulife, CanadaLife, & Desjardins.
From the Airport
The most popular international airport is Toronto Pearson Int’l Airport (YYZ)
There are plenty of Car Hire options available at Pearson Airport.
Aeroport taxi service offers a flat rate $88 (CAD) for a single trip between Toronto Pearson Airport and Hamilton Downtown.
Hamilton Cab (taxi service) offers a flat rate of $95 (CAD) for a single trip between Toronto Pearson Airport and Hamilton Downtown.
Around Hamilton City
Travel within downtown Hamilton is easy with the use of the Hamilton Street Railway (Bus) service for a flat rate of $3.25 per direction. For information on all routes, please visit the Hamilton Street Railway website. Uber and Lyft ride-share programs are also available, and Hamilton Cab taxi Service.
Around the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Go Transit offers train and bus services which cover the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton.
Around Canada Via Rail is Canada’s National Railway Service; connecting City-to-City and Coast-to-Coast.
John C. Munro International Airport (Hamilton)
Region of Waterloo International Airport (Waterloo)
The YMCA (often referred to as “the Y”) offers multiple
Programs and Services, for Adults & Children including, but not limited to Health & Fitness classes, swimming lessons, day camps for children, adult learning, outdoor education.