History lives brightly in Canada’s very first incorporated city.


Saint John


Saint John is the largest city in New Brunswick, and its old-world charm is on display around every corner. Here, uptown delights (that’s how Saint Johners do “downtown”) like great restaurants, theatre, cafes, museums, and shopping, are balanced with opportunities to get closer to nature. The world’s highest tides, courtesy of the Bay of Fundy, are at the city’s doorstep. This once-industrial city is now a thriving smart city, and entrepreneurs and their families are making it home like never before.

  • Strategic location with low cost of living 

  • Minutes to coastal driving, rivers and lakes

  • Fine restaurants and eateries 

  • Live theatre, trade shows, sporting events, and concerts 

  • UNB campus, Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick campus plus bilingual schools

  • Canada Games Stadium, Aquatic Centre and new YMCA facility

  • Home of one of Canada’s largest municipal parks – Rockwood Park



Population of just under 112,000


A charming urban experience drenched in living history


Saint John facilities


Whether at our uptown (central) Community Health Centre or in a community family practice, each resident gains exposure to comprehensive family medicine. In a busy, stimulating, environment, residents collaborate with key health care providers to optimize patient care—including nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, dieticians, and occupational therapists.

  • Family medicine site based on primary care reform in a preceptor model

  • Large 486 tertiary care centre with 23 teaching departments

  • Other health centres provide services to the more rural populations in Sussex, St. Stephen, and the Fundy Isles

  • Resident experience includes primary care obstetrics, in-hospital care, and house calls

  • The Saint John Regional Hospital houses the Medical Education administration offices and offers a library/study area, computer work area, large resident lounge, numerous teaching rooms, simulation lab and fitness centre on site 


Salary and benefits


When you complete your residency in Saint John, 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 enhanced with programs that have been developed based on needs identified by our residents and faculty. The academic curriculum 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

  • Family medicine evidence-based medicine Rounds

  • Resident-driven specialty seminars

  • Faculty-presented guideline review sessions

  • Practice management curriculum

  • Exam preparation (written and practical) for LMCC Part II and the CFPC Family Medicine certification exams 

Clinical experiences



  • Core family medicine

  • Internal medicine

  • General surgery

  • Orthopedic surgery

  • Pediatrics

  • Obstetrics/gynecology

  • Emergency medicine

  • Selective


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


  • Core family medicine / integrated longitudinal psychiatry 

  • Community family medicine

  • Psychiatry

  • Cardiac care unit

  • Geriatrics

  • Palliative care

  • Electives


Meet one of our passionate Saint John residents

Saint John has a very accessible uptown core with access to high-quality restaurants and shopping. There is minimal traffic so commuting is a breeze - there is even a huge park (Rockwood) on my way home that has swimming, kayaking and a huge area of nature trails. I’m originally from a small town but did medical school in a big city, so I really love that Saint John gives a small-town experience with some of the comforts of a bigger centre. I especially love easy access to outdoor activities.

Having a tertiary care hospital means excellent exposure to a wide-variety of medical presentations. With only a small internal medicine program and my FM colleagues based in Saint John, we often work one-on-one with specialty staff. I am able to contact them on subsequent experiences to help with cases.

The program in Saint John has a super strong core of family medicine preceptors that love teaching. They are also super responsive to resident feedback and I’ve seen changes based on feedback I’ve provided in under a year. Our program administrator is just amazing as well!

- Dr. Milan Aspe, PGY2, program chief resident


Sound like a good fit?

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


Joan Wilkins
Site administrator 
(506) 649 - 2582 

Dr. Sasha Sealy
Site director 
(506) 649 - 2582 


Dr. Milan Aspe, associate chief resident