Message from:

Dr. Dorothy Bakker
Director, Mac-CARE Program

Welcome to the Mac-CARE website!

McMaster University’s School of Medicine was founded in 1966 with its medical education centred in the Academic Health Sciences Centre in Hamilton. Since 2000, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Medical Education program enrolment has more than doubled, necessitating a network of distributed medical education (DME) opportunities in regions outside of Hamilton.

The distributive learning model is rapidly becoming the norm at medical schools around the world and McMaster is a leader in DME with our undergraduate learners, family medicine residents and specialty residents experiencing the value of medical education in our surrounding communities.

DME at McMaster is organized primarily in two Medical Education Campuses (MECs), providing comprehensive medical education in the Waterloo Regional and Niagara Regional Campuses, as well as clinical rotations in three Clinical Education Campuses (CECs) in the Grand Erie Six Nations, Burlington and Halton regions. This network of DME sites is known collectively as Mac-CARE, McMaster Community and Rural Education.

The Mac-CARE program office provides the expertise and support to facilitate core and elective placements in the Mac-CARE region for learners of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

The aim of the Mac-CARE website is to introduce our staff, explain what the Mac-CARE Program does, answer questions, and to gather feedback.

This Mac-CARE website provides access to Mac-CARE policies and processes. It includes maps, forms and process flow charts to help you navigate through Mac-CARE.

At Mac-CARE, we are working with you to provide quality clinical rotations for McMaster Medical Learners, realizing the vision, “Together, advancing health through learning and discovery”.

Dr. Dorothy J. Bakker




McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine has made the necessary decision that as January 1st, 2016, we will no longer provide housing, travel and preceptor funding for visiting elective placements in the Mac-CARE region. This change includes elective placements that have already been confirmed for a start date after January 1st, 2016.

Information Sessions...

Mac-CARE offers Information Sessions on clinical placement processes, procedures and an opportunity for Q & A. Information sessions are useful for new department or program staff, or as a refresher for existing staff.

These sessions assist individuals that are required to coordinate learners outside the City of Hamilton and in the Mac-CARE region. If you are interested attending or are interested in Mac-CARE providing a session for your department or program, please contact the Mac-CARE office at



Mac-CARE supports high quality educational opportunities in community and rural areas by providing funding to the preceptor and to the learner for accommodations and/or travel in eligible community rotations, during the rotation period. Core and elective rotations are available in the Niagara Regional Campus, Waterloo Regional Campus, Grand Erie Six Nations Clinical Education Campus and Halton Clinical Education Campus.


For McMaster medical students and residents, the overall goal of the Mac-CARE Program is to give learners exposure to community and rural practice outside of Academic Health Science Centres:

  • To enable learners to develop a better understanding of issues related to community and rural practice; and
  • To enable learners to experience community and rural practice as a possible career choice