Practicing Medicine in Minto-Mapleton

A typical day in the life for a Minto-Mapleton family physician starts in Palmerston and District Hospital with inpatient rounds and the occasional procedure or surgical assist. Following inpatient rounds, Physicians travel to their offices located an easy 5 to 20 minute drive from the hospital. Physicians can expect to see a wide variety of patient types during their day - young, old, professionals, farmers and Mennonites. Physicians in the Minto-Mapleton area are able to get home at a reasonable time, with no after hour call and enjoy a good quality of life.

Palmerston and District Hospital (PDH) runs an Emergency Department providing 24/7 coverage and is staffed by the local group of Family Physicians under the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) Alternate Funding Program. PDH Family Physicians work on average 4-6 Emergency shifts, 24 hours in length, per month. Approximately 10,000 patients are seen in the PDH Emergency Department on an annual basis.

Palmerston and District Hospital team consists of:
  • 7 Family Physicians
  • 1 GP/Anesthetist
  • Radiologist team shared with Grand River Hospital
  • Visiting Specialists to PDH include; OB-GYN, Neurology, Urology, Geriatric Psychiatry, Endocrinologist, Pain Management, G.I. Medicine, General Surgery, Rheumatology and ENT.
Palmerston and District Hospital has a satellite Dialysis Unit. This unit is a partnership with the Grand River Hospital in Kitchener. Additional services within the hospital include palliative and supportive care, a diabetes education centre, rehabilitation services, which include speech pathology and wound care clinic.

The Town of Minto is designated as an underserviced area by the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. Physicians locating to Minto will have access to the benefits of the Ministry of Health’s Underserviced Area Program such as a $15,000 incentive grant, site visit reimbursement and $40,000 tuition reimbursement grant with a 4-year return of service agreement. Visit for detailed information. The low-cost of living and Ontario government financial incentives makes Minto a great career choice for the new medical graduate.

Palmerston and District Hospital (PDH) has a Medical Student and Resident training program. PDH is a medical education training site for students and residents coming from the:
  • Rural Ontario Medical Program
  • McMaster University’s, Michael G DeGroote School of Medicine
  • South Western Ontario Medical Education Network