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Our Family Health Team is in partnership with the University of Toronto and the Family Medicine Teaching Unit (FMTU).

Established in 2009 in partnership with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, Southlake's Family Medicine Teaching Unit enrolls 9 family medicine physician trainees (seven Canadian and two international medical graduates) every year for a two-year program.

The Family Medicine Teaching Unit (FMTU) is a medical setting where first and second year medical resident physicians will receive their specialty training as a Family Physician.  Each resident will manage his/her own practice of patients, under the supervision of our experienced family physicians. With a shortage of health professionals in the community, this program provides healthcare to patients who might not otherwise have a family physician.

The Southlake Academic Family Health Team warmly welcomes this year's new residents physicians to our team.

The FMTU has 11 teachers providing training for the residents, who are family physicians that also have their own practices at the Southlake Family Health Team. In addition to this, the residents work alongside nurse practitioners, social workers, pharmacist, caseworkers and other healthcare professionals in the Southlake Family Health Team.


The physicians at the Southlake Family Health Team have been recognized by the University of Toronto's Department of Family and Community Medicine for their achievements in the resident's educational program:

  • Dr. Paul Cantarutti, Excellence for New Teachers Award, 2011

  • Dr. Paul Cantarutti, Faculty and Staff Achievement Award in Educational Achievement Innovation in Education, 2012

  • Dr. Gurpreet Mand, Award for Excellence in Faculty Development, 2012

  • Dr. Robert Doherty, Award for Educational Achievement in Program Leadership, 2013

  • Dr. David Makary, Department of Family and Community Medicine Undergraduate Education Program "Teaching in the Family Medicine Clerkship (Hospital-Based)" Award, 2014

  • Dr. Paul Cantarutti, Excellence in Community-Based Teaching Award from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto , 2014 

  • Dr. Paul Cantarutti, Excellence in Education Award from the Southlake Regional Health Centre, 2017

  • Dr. Navsheer Toor, Excellence in Teaching Award (Early Career) in the Community Affiliated category, 2018

  • Dr. Gurpreet Mand, Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching in the Community Affiliated category, 2018

  • Dr. Lana Kiehn, Annual Postgraduate Teaching Award, 2018

  • Dr. Karim Abdel Shahid,  Postgraduate Award of Excellence, 2018

  • Dr. Monica Nijhawan, Faculty Development Program Award, 2018. 

  • Allied  Health Professionals, Recognition of Excellence Interprofessional Care Award, 2018. 

Our Partners
  • Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto
  • La Leche League Canada
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Central Regional Cancer Program
  • Thrombosis Canada
  • Southlake Regional Health Centre
  • Heart & Stroke Foundation
  • Osteoporosis Canada