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Academics at Niagara Health

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Academics at Niagara Health

At Niagara Health, we work closely with our academic partners in the community to create extraordinary experiences for our learners.

We provide learning opportunities that support the improvement of organizational performance and enhance patient care. Collaborative learning provides our team members with professional development opportunities that effectively improve team performance, while our students benefit from experiential learning opportunities that prepare them for the world of healthcare today and tomorrow.

Quick facts

  • We have more than 90 academic partners, including Brock University, McMaster University and Niagara College.
  • In addition to having medical students in residence, we offer a variety of educational opportunities, including internships for employees looking to enhance their skills, and clinical placements for students during their schooling.
  • Our I-EQUIP program is an extension of the classroom, providing an opportunity for students and front-line staff to work together on a variety of quality initiatives that improve patient care. Since 2012, Brock University and Niagara Health have partnered on healthcare initiatives across Niagara, ranging from acute care to long-term care and rehabilitation.

Resident Awareness Week at Niagara Health:

Every year, a week in February is designated as Resident Awareness Week. This year Niagara Health, in partnership with the Niagara Regional Campus of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, celebrated by sharing the stories of some of our residents.

Dr. Leigh Skelley’s

“Everyone is very welcoming, and there is so much opportunity to learn. You get a very hands-on learning environment, and everyone is willing to have residents.”

Read more about Dr. Leigh Skelley’s experience as a resident at NH


Dr. Katelyn Baker

“I like working with people and really enjoy the privilege of being a physician. I get to know people in different ways and am able to develop really nice relationships with them.”

Read more about why Dr. Katelyn Baker wanted to become a physician

Partnership between Niagara Health and the Niagara Regional Campus of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine

Over the past 10 years, approximately 1,300 resident physicians have helped raise the standard of care in the Niagara region through a partnership between Niagara Health and the Niagara Regional Campus of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.


More than 140 resident doctors received specialty training from Niagara Health physicians over the past year. Since 2012, we have recruited two general surgeons and seven physicians in family/emergency medicine who completed their residencies at NH.

“We’re proud to celebrate our partnership with McMaster,” said Dr. Johan Viljoen, Niagara Health’s Chief of Staff and Executive Vice-President, Medical. “This work is enhancing patient experiences, and attracting and retaining the best and brightest healthcare professionals to work at Niagara Health.”

“Residents provide outstanding patient care, they teach and mentor the next generation of medical students and they bring their energy and enthusiasm to healthcare in Niagara,” said Dr. Amanda Bell, Regional Assistant Dean for the Niagara Regional Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

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