Mac-CARE facilitates core and elective teaching, in the geographic area surrounding Hamilton.

For clerks and residents, core training is approved by your program administration – the clerkship rotation director or your residency program director. All rotations are designed to meet McMaster’s educational objectives.

Mac-CARE provides the infrastructure to allow this community training to happen: accommodation, hospital privileges, community contacts, and pagers (at some teaching sites).

For clerks, these experiences are built-in to your education and are not optional. Placements are arranged by Mac-CARE as directed by the undergraduate education office. Where options exist, Mac-CARE will contact you to determine which site and preceptor best meet your needs.

For most residency programs, core rotations in the community are available. If you would like to explore community training opportunities, please contact your program director.

FHS Health Screening Information and Hygiene References:

Faculty of Health Sciences Health Screening Information: link

Provinical Infectious Disease Advisory Committee (PIDAC) Best Practices for Hand Hygiene Document

4 Moments for Hand Hygiene Online Learning Module


UGME Placements

NOTE: Halton Healthcare's minimum placement requirements are two weeks in duration.

McMaster UGME students must apply through MedSIS for Mac-CARE rotation requests:

Visiting UGME Medical Students: please visit UGME for information: link

PGME Placements

PGME rotation requests - please complete a
Mac-CARE Rotation Request Form -

Physician Assistant Students

Physician Assistant learners are not eligible for funding through Mac-CARE. To request a placement in the Mac-CARE region please consult the PA Program and medportal references for placement process information.

Mac-CARE Funding Information

For information and eligibility of funding, please read the Travel and Housing Policy.

NEW!! To access the online Travel & Housing Eligibility and Registration tool, please visit:




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