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Message from the Chair

Welcome to our McMaster University Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Website! 

The McMaster University Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is a large multi-site department with over 100 Geographic full time, part time clinical and adjunct faculty located at two fully-affiliated teaching hospitals, community teaching hospitals and other distributed education sites. In addition to the McMaster University training sites, we have two satellite medical schools; one in Kitchener-Waterloo affiliated with the Grand River Regional Hospital and a second in St. Catharines, affiliated with the Niagara Health System. We are involved in teaching over 200 undergraduate medical students each year during their clinical clerkship, 40 residents in obstetrics and gynecology and many clinical and research fellows in a number of different subspecialty areas.

McMaster University has always been innovative in all aspects of medical and inter-professional education; this is no less true for our undergraduate and postgraduate training. We utilize our renowned small group problem based learning and state of the art simulation techniques to impart the knowledge, skills and competencies required for future providers of care to women and their families.

In addition to our fully accredited residency training program, our Department offers two Royal College accredited subspecialty programs in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI)  and Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM); as well as a two year research and clinical fellowship in Minimally-Invasive Surgery. Additionally, there are research faculty who supervise MSc and PhD research students.

We are the only department in Canada to have an academic Department of Midwifery under our umbrella and are proud to have Indigenous Health leaders as partners on our Department Executive Council.  Our close relationships with this department, the Physician Assistant program, the School of Nursing and other allied health programs helps to impart a truly inter-professional experience for learners at all levels of training.

We are committed to excellence in all of our educational, basic science and clinical research programs. We are leaders in evidence-based care for women and their families that is of the highest quality.

Our shared vision for the McMaster program is “to continue to be a leading Academic Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Canada”.

We welcome any enquiries regarding any aspect of our academic mandate.

Jon Barrett, MBBch, FRCOG, MD, FRCSC
Professor and Chair,
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
The Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine,
McMaster University.


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