Family Medicine Residency Program

The Family Medicine Residency Program is a two-year program that provides training in family medicine in Prince Edward Island to medical students who have completed their four-year medical degree. Once students enter the program, they are referred to as medical residents.

What can medical residents expect from the program?

Medical residents will play a vital role in caring for patients of all ages. They will receive in-depth clinical experience, weekly academic teaching, explore areas of personal interest, and gain the skills of an exemplary physician.

In the first year, residents will train under the guidance of practicing, credentialed physicians, also known as preceptors. In the first two months of the program, medical residents will complete core family training at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown. Later in the academic year, they transfer to Prince County Hospital in Summerside to complete community family medicine and some specialty rotations.

In the second year, residents can work as qualified physicians under the supervision of licensed physicians, as well as help with patient workload.

How can I apply?

All medical students in their final year of study who are interested in the Dalhousie Family Medicine Residency Program must apply directly to the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) website. The PEI Family Medicine Residency Program is a training site under Dalhousie University and follows the Dalhousie teaching curriculum. The PEI program funds four residency training seats for graduates from Canadian medical schools, and one residency seat for a graduate from a recognized medical school outside the country.

For more information on the PEI Family Medicine Residency Program, entrance requirements and application, visit the CaRMS website at and the Dalhousie Department of Family Medicine website at

Is there any financial assistance available?

The Family Medicine Sponsorship Program provides funding for selected medical students pursuing a career in Family Medicine. If you are currently completing your third year in a recognized Canadian Medical School, you can apply to the program. A return-in-service commitment to Prince Edward Island to work in the area of greatest need at the completion of your training is required. For more information, call (902) 368-6302.

The Medical Residency Interest Relief Program provides financial assistance to students completing a residency program. If you are an Island student and have a PEI student loan, you may be eligible to apply. For more information, call (902) 368-4640.

How do I contact the Family Medicine Residency Program?

Family Medicine Residency Program
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Telephone:  (902) 894-2536
Fax:  (902) 620-3896


Published date: 
October 26, 2021
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