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​​​​What is a Personalized Learning Program™?

The Personalized Learning Program (PLP™) at UHN is a customized curriculum designed to adPhoto of studentsdress the specific needs of an individual learner that cannot be met by an observership, formal clinical placement/fellowship or other continuing education opportunity. The PLP is tailored to the needs of each participant and may include educational courses, observation, hands-on training, job shadowing, mentoring and coaching. Each PLP participant may have access to a number of UHN learning resources including, but not limited to, eLearning courses, simulation-based training, library services, and/or a network of staff from across professions as appropriate.


The PLP is open to any health care professional and program at UHN. The duration of the program can vary from one week to a maximum of three months. Potential candidates are required to clearly articulate their learning objectives and pass an English assessment interview. A non-refundable $100 application fee will be required in addition to the formal application and supporting documentation.

The table below compares the potential learning opportunities offered through an observership vs. a PLP.

Learning OpportunityObservershipPersonalized Learning Program
Observership Experience
Educational Course Offerings
Job Shadowing
Mentoring and Coaching
Simulation-Based Training (if applicable)
Access to Library
Specific Learning Plan
UHN Certificate Completion

Application Process & Requirements

Potential candidates are requested to apply 3 months before their desired start date. The following information must be submitted to

  • Online Application
  • Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • 2 Reference Letters – One from current/most recent employer and one from another (non-family member) source
  • A Non-Refundable Application Fee of $100 
  • Applicants must be available for an in-person or Skype interview (with video)

PLPs are delivered in English only. All applicants must demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English. Interpreters cannot be used for educational purposes during a PLP™.


The PLP is a fee-based experience. The following are the base weekly fees for both National and International learners in Canadian Dollars.

National Learners (Canadian/Permanent Residents)

International Learners 



* Please note that fees are subject to change depending on program specifications.


Timelines and Post-Acceptance Requirements

Potential candidates should allow approximately 3 weeks for processing from the time they submit their application. Once the application has been reviewed by UHN ICE™, the candidate will be contacted for an interview and with further information such as additional documentation and the cost of the PLP. Please note, you will be responsible for your own transportation and accommodation while participating in the PLP.

All successful candidates will be expected to be vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella, and varicella (chickenpox). Candidates will be asked to complete a Self Screen Health Evaluation Form.

For more information about the PLP, or if you have any questions about the application requirements, please email

Hear from our Learners

"I learned a lot of new skills and got a chance to observe alongside surgeons with great expertise.  In addition to the clinical learning and advanced technology, I was amazed at the Urology teams' hospitality and dedication to education. I look forward to visiting UHN again in the future and would definitely recommend the PLP+ in Urology to my colleagues at home." - PLP™+ Urology 

"I was given a glimpse into the educational framework of the Canadian Physiotherapy profession.  Very effective and efficient." - PLP™ Physiotherapy

"The experience with UHN ICE was extraordinary, all the processes were smooth. The staff are very cooperative and approachable. They asked for my feedback on a weekly basis." - PLP™ Rheumatology

"This was a great experience to understand Respirology in the Canadian context.  It is a team approach with many professions and disciplines engaging in the care of the patient." - PLP™ Respirology

"This experience was essential for me to familiarize myself with the Canadian health care system, and allowed me to meet key individuals who are involved in the decision making process for formal clinical opportunities." - PLP™ Vascular Surgery