Visiting 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. Clinical teaching is provided by community-based preceptors (doctors), who are affiliated and integrated with the McMaster university.


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. 

Please note, visiting learners are strictly prohibited from contacting preceptors directly to arrange electives.

Undergrad - Electives
Postgrad - Electives


Is there any funding available for learners in the community?
What specialities are available for rotations through Mac-CARE?

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