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As an academic health centre, developing the next generation of future leaders is a priority for the HRLMP.  Many of our staff members have faculty appointments at McMaster University and are involved in teaching and training of undergraduate and graduate students, residents and fellows. The HRLMP has affiliation agreements with several Medical Laboratory Science training programs and provides clinical placements for more than 20 MLT and MLA students each year.


The Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine's mandate encompasses its role in education, research and clinical services. Our role is to:

  • Educate in both basic and clinical areas of pathology and laboratory medicine

  • Conduct research on the pathogenesis and mechanisms of disease

  • Provide Clinical Service in all disciplines of laboratory medicine

Approximately sixty percent of our faculty are involved in providing clinical services, through the Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program (HRLMP), for two hospital corporations and four acute care sites. The remaining members are primarily involved in research and education. The Chair of Pathology and Molecular Medicine is responsible for providing leadership in all areas of departmental activity. A close link is maintained between the Department Chair and the Chief of Laboratory Medicine at HRLMP.The department has a large and diverse laboratory and research staff who look assist our faculty in a wide variety of clinical and research functions. We also have administrative staff who provide assistance to our faculty members.

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The Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG) post-graduate fellowship training program provides clinical and laboratory training in genetics. McMaster University offers a full range of two or three year subspecialty genetics programs that follow the guidelines established and published by the CCMG.

The clinical training path includes programs in either clinical genetics or  metabolic genetics (clinical biochemical genetics). This path is for trainees with a medical doctor (MD) degree and at least three years of residency training in a program accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and/or Collège des Médecins du Québec (CMQ).


The post-doctoral training program in Clinical Biochemistry is accredited by the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry.

This program involves the University and the academic hospitals of the Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program; St. Josephs’ Healthcare Hamilton (St. Joseph’s Hospital, Centre for Ambulatory Health Services), Hamilton Health Sciences (McMaster University Medical Centre, Hamilton General Hospital, Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre).


The Transfusion Medicine Residency Program is committed to producing high caliber academic and clinical Transfusion Medicine specialists.


We offer a diverse Royal College accredited training program that is designed to cover all aspects of Transfusion Medicine from vein (donor) to vein (recipient). Our faculty derives from the divisions of Pathology and Molecular Medicine and Hematology and includes clinicians, laboratory physicians, research scientists and technical specialists. 

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