McMaster Learners

The Distributed Medical Education (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 four Clinical Education Campuses (CECs) in the Burlington, Grand Erie Six Nations, Halton and Osler sites. The network of DME sites is known collectively as Mac-CARE, McMaster Community and Rural Education.

The Mac-CARE program provides the expertise and support to facilitate core and elective placements in Mac-CARE regions for learners of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. Mac-CARE provides the infrastructure to allow this community training to happen: temporary housing, hospital privileges, community contacts, and pagers (at some teaching sites). Clinical teaching is provided by community-based preceptors (doctors), who are affiliated and integrated with the university. Students are provided with living and travel allowances in eligible communities.

For medical students and residents, Mac-CARE rotations provide opportunities for real, “hands-on” learning with engaged physician teachers. You’ll see first-hand how scope of practice can vary within a specialty area, how physicians work together and with other health professionals in diverse practice settings, how patients navigate the care system, and you’ll start developing critical practice skills while building professional relationships in communities where physicians are needed. All rotations are designed to meet McMaster’s educational objectives. 

Undergrad - Core and Elective
Postgrad - Core and Elective

The Mac-CARE Program is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) to support medical students and residents from the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. Mac-CARE encourages McMaster medical learners and residents to travel away from their Academic Home Base and live temporarily in the community in which they are undertaking a clinical rotation.

Mac-CARE funding is intended to offset the cost of a second residence or a daily commute to support clinical learning in a Mac-CARE community.

  • Mac-CARE provides housing reimbursement up to $800.00 per 4 weeks/block, plus one return trip from your academic home base. A receipt must be provided noting payment in full.
  • Mac-CARE provides travel reimbursement up to $450.00 per 4 weeks/block, inclusive of all travel related expenses (any form of transportation, e.g. public transit, carpool or use your own vehicle). No receipts are required.

Please use the Eligibility Tool to determine your eligibility.

For more information, please visit the Mac-CARE Travel & Housing website.

UGME Learners
PGME Learners


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