Atlantic Canada’s biggest city is the regional centre for health care.




Longest urban waterfront boardwalk. Canada’s oldest public park. Most pubs per capita. Halifax is rife with superlatives. Here, historic buildings and cobblestone streets contrast with modern glass towers and a burgeoning tech industry. A creative waterfront city, Halifax is as beautiful as it is dynamic, with shopping, dining, theatre, galleries, farmers’ markets and more. Multiple universities and colleges imbue the city with a youthful energy, and the countless festivals, events, and nightlife of Halifax take full advantage of the spirit.

  • An historic waterfront city rich in history and culture 

  • Galleries, museums, markets, shopping, live theatre, and sports 

  • Vibrant downtown with many restaurants, pubs, and festivals 

  • Affordable housing in and around the city

  • Quality daycare, preschool, and schooling



Population of about 414,000


Small city charm with big city lifestyle


Halifax facilities


With two academic teaching units and two community-based clinical practices, our Halifax site provides a variety of learning experience. Residents will develop expertise under the guidance of family physicians, family practice nurses, clinic aides and support staff, pharmacists, and mental health professionals. As well, residents have numerous opportunities to pursue areas of interest during elective rotations, take part in research projects, and teach undergraduate medical students. 

  • Explore the Maritimes during your residency

  • During the PGY1, residents may spend three to four months in Saint John, Fredericton or Moncton for specialty rotations

  • Halifax hospital: sites include QEII Health Science Centre, IWK Health Centre, and Dartmouth General Hospital

  • The IWK delivers more primary obstetrical care than anywhere else in the country

  • Participate in team-based family medicine care, with site based prenatal clinics, procedural and IUD clinics


Salary and benefits


During your residency in Halifax, as with all our residency sites, your salary will be very competitive.


$64,852 – $70,103

2019 PGY1 - PGY2 salary amounts

The Curriculum


Our core curriculum is based on recommendations from the curriculum committee of the Dalhousie Family Medicine program and is enhanced with programs that have been developed based on needs identified by our residents and faculty.  It consists of:

  • Practice-based small group learning sessions (case-based common family medicine problems)

  • Evidence-based medicine curriculum

  • Resident-presented common problem seminars

  • Core faculty-presented seminars

  • Journal club

  • Grand rounds

  • Practice management curriculum

  • Exam preparation (written and practical) for the CFPC Family Medicine certification exam 

Clinical experiences



  • Core family medicine

  • Internal medicine

  • General surgery

  • Selective (orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, sports medicine)

  • Pediatrics

  • Obstetrics / gynecology

  • Emergency medicine

  • Family medicine orientation block

  • Hospitalist medicine unit


To cross reference and compare the sites in our program, find more information by clicking below.


  • Core family medicine / psychiatry

  • Community family medicine

  • Geriatrics

  • IMCU or hospitalist

  • Palliative care

  • Electives


Meet one of our passionate Halifax residents

The Family Medicine program in Halifax offers a a well rounded clinical experience with opportunities to gain extra training in special areas of interest for learners. The supervisors and admin are supportive and approachable. Halifax is the perfect place for learners to have the best of city life with a true community feel.

- Jyoti Garewal, PGY2 resident


Sound like a good fit?

If you want to learn more about a residency in the community of Halifax, get in touch. Our Halifax staff would be happy to answer all of your questions.


Mandy Morgan
Site administrator 
(902) 473 - 4744 

Dr. David Gass
Interim site director 
(902) 473 - 4728 


Dr. Stephanie Fong, associate chief resident
Dr. Andrew Mikhail, associate chief resident