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The Michener Institute of Education at UHN welcomes nearly 1,500 residents each year from around the world, through our affiliations with many institutions of higher learning. Our principal affiliation is with University of Toronto; however, we have formal teaching arrangements with more than 90 institutions, spanning a variety of clinical sub-specialties.

Why UHN

Message from Dr. Adrienne Tan, Director Postgraduate Medical Education

On behalf of Medical Education team at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN, we would like to extend a warm welcome to all learners and teachers who use this website as a resource. As an academic health sciences centre affiliated with the University of Toronto, The Michener Institute of Education at UHN welcomes about 2,000 postgraduate medical learners from the University of Toronto and many other universities nationally and internationally to its clinical sites at the Toronto General, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret and Toronto Rehab hospitals.

Postgraduate Medical Education at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN is stewarded by the Director of Postgraduate Medical Education, Dr. Adrienne Tan. For residents and fellows, the postgraduate medical education team provides registration support to ensure that all trainees are ready to work and learn as they begin their rotations with us. Each rotation is stewarded by an education site lead or coordinator, along with administrative support, and we would encourage you to contact these individuals about rotation-specific information. Please do not hesitate to contact the Medical Education office: MedicalEducation@uhn.ca with any questions about your clinical learning experience at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN.

Visit the Post MD Education webpage for more information about Residency Programs.

Getting Started

Trainees are required to register each academic year with the University of Toronto AND each hospital where they do their rotations.

Visit the Post-Graduate Medical Education (PGME) webpage for more information about applying for residency training.

Key resources such as the PGME orientation manual, an overview of PGME and Life at UofT can be at orientation resources for new trainees.

Upon receiving your PGME registration confirmation, please follow the UHN registration instructions to complete your application at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN.

Once you have completed your rotation at UHN, please return the following hospital property:

  • Pager to a UHN Medical Education office
  • Uniform linens (scrubs, lab coat etc.) to Linen Services
  • Photo ID to hospital security

For further inquiries, please contact MedicalEducation@uhn.ca or review our PGME registration FAQs.

In 2015, University Health Network (UHN) launched Caring Safely, an ambitious initiative to reduce preventable harm, in collaboration with the Hospital for Sick Children. Caring Safely represents UHN’s commitment to reduce preventable harm to zero for patients, caregivers, and staff through an organization-wide transformation to become a High Reliability Organization and Learning Health Organization.

Caring Safely is one of the UHN-mandated safety modules that all learners are required to complete prior to commencing clinical duties at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The link for the module will be emailed to you upon successful registration.

Registration with postgraduate medical education requires a full immunization record and mask fit testing to be completed and signed by a clinic, health centre, or health care professional other than yourself. New trainees will have three months to acquire their mask fit test at the hospital of their first rotation.

For further details on UHN mask fit testing and general occupational health queries for while onsite please visit UHN Occupational Health and Safety.

If a workplace injury occurs, please inform your supervisor and contact Occupational Health and Safety at your site.

Scrubs and pager forms must be picked up at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN Medical Education Office:

TGH - 200 Elizabeth Street, Eaton Wing, Ground-001, 0800-1600
TWH - The MedWest Building, 750 Dundas Street West, 3rd floor, Room 305, 0800-1600

Key resources such as the PGME orientation manual, an overview of PGME and Life at UofT can be found at orientation resources for new trainees.

The Michener Institute of Education at UHN encompasses teaching and learning at four hospitals– Princess Margaret, Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals, and the five campuses of Toronto Rehab – as well as 10 full-time programs at the School of Applied Health Sciences at the St. Patrick campus. To learn more about the services, programs and amenities offered at each location please visit UHN locations.

Available resources to help you:

UHN Shuttle Service
A free shuttle service runs between Toronto Western and Toronto General Hospitals Monday through Friday.

Each academic year, all medical learners rotating through The Michener Institute of Education at UHN are required to submit an online placement. Once this placement is approved, your registration with UHN Medical Education is complete and, if applicable, your network access information (tID and EPR) will be available through your learner profile on the site.

For more details on this process, please refer to the PGME UHN registration instructions and the registration FAQs.

Mandatory UHN Online Modules

The Michener Institute of Education at UHN requires that all postgraduate learners complete the e-learning safety modules. The link for the module will be emailed to you upon successful registration.

Your completion date should be logged in your UMLearns learner profile. You can do this by selecting the “Basic Information” tab and updating the Online Learning Modules Completed Date using the available calendar.

Visit the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada webpage for more details on required competencies.

Please contact your postgraduate education site lead/director for further information.

Resident Life

Providing inclusive and safe spaces for learners throughout their education is of the utmost importance. Learn more about the safe space resources available to you at UofT and at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN.

The Michener Institute of Education at UHN is committed to learner and educator wellness at both an individual and at an organizational level. Workplace wellness at UHN is a comprehensive approach to improving the health and wellbeing of employees, trainees and the organization. A healthy organization translates into a more productive and resilient workforce.

You can visit our Oasis Wellness Centre - Main Office at Toronto General Hospital – 1NU168.

The Office of Resident Wellness at the University of Toronto also offers support to all currently registered Residents.

Post-Graduate Medical Education offers urgent advice for PGME Trainees.

Any learner requiring assistance across The Michener Institute of Education at UHN can find related resources on our Learner Assistance page.

Mack Foundation Bursary

Through a generous donation by the Mack Family Foundation, Post-Graduate Medical Education offers bursaries to junior residents who presented UHN-supervised research at an approved medical conference during the previous calendar year.

Funding of up to $2,500 will be awarded to reimburse the cost of travel, hotel/accommodations, conference registration and posters. Successful applicants will be notified via e-mail and recognized at the annual awards reception. To apply please click on Mack Foundation Bursary document.

Please contact your program director for more information on financial aid.

Wightman-Berris Academy Awards

The Michener Institute of Education at UHN and Mount Sinai Hospital offer the Wightman-Berris Academy Awards that recognize the outstanding teachers and educators who have made significant contributions to health professional education on staff at the hospitals associated with the Wightman-Berris Academy.

Awards open to PGME Trainees

Visit the Post-Graduate Medical Education webpage for more information about awards open to PGME trainees.

Learner Resources

We know you need space to study, eat and relax while learning with us. Most spaces that are open to staff are also open to learners.

Libraries

The UHN Library Network is one of the largest in Canada and includes health sciences academic libraries across all five campuses (including the hospital-based libraries and the School of Applied Health Sciences Learning Resource Centre at the St. Patrick campus), providing expert information leadership across UHN and beyond.

Student Centres

The Paul B. Helliwell Centre for Medical Education
The Paul B. Helliwell Centre for Medical Education is the home base for Wightman-Berris Academy students at Toronto General Hospital. The centre was made possible through a generous donation from the Paul B. Helliwell Foundation. The Helliwell Centre includes:

  • Large classrooms and smaller seminar rooms
  • A computer lab available to medical students that includes access to internet and printing. The computers in the lab give students access to the UHN Intranet site
  • A spacious student lounge with additional computers, phones and a fully functional kitchenette
  • Harvey Simulator

Helliwell-CentreAn observation corridor between examination rooms can be used to view the interactions through one-way glass windows and sets of headphones allow observers to listen to interactions.

Toronto General Hospital (Helliwell Centre)
200 Elizabeth Street, Eaton North, Ground Floor, Room 001
Phone: 416 340 4846

Student Services Centre

StudentCentreOpened in June 2014, The Michener Institute of Education at UHN Student Services Centre is a welcoming environment that provides a central location for students from all health care professions to access placement services, resources and support. Our staff are committed to ensuring students have a positive learning experience and are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to guide students to the rich learning opportunities available throughout the hospital network.

Our Services

The Michener Institute of Education at UHN Student Services Centre is available to support students with all things related to clinical placements. These services include, but are not limited to, registration, orientation, preceptor information, locker location, help for dealing with challenging situations, job search, seeking mentors/peer support and evaluations.

Workshops and In-Services

The Michener Institute of Education at UHN Student Services Centre is excited to offer a myriad of professional development workshops for students, staff and visitors. Workshops include resume writing, tips and tricks for successful interviewing, enhancing the student/preceptorship relationship, and career planning/coaching. In-services such as respiratory therapy, pain management, palliative care and many more are available based on demand every semester.

Location

The Student Services Centre is located on the ground floor of Toronto General Hospital beside the food court, along the north-south corridor connecting the Gerrard Street entrance and the MaRS building.

Regular Student Drop-In Hours: Open 8:00am – 4:00pm
Email: studentcentre@uhn.ca

There are many spaces across the hospital network that can serve as learning spaces.

​Learning Spaces and Computer Labs

Both Medical Education departments at Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospital are equipped with bookable seminar rooms, exam rooms and computer facilities along with drop-in spaces for learners.

If you are interested in using a learning space, please drop in or if you would like to book a space please contact the centres:

Toronto General Hospital (Helliwell Centre)LearningSpace-HelliwellCentre
200 Elizabeth Street, Eaton North, Ground Floor, Room 001
Toronto, ON M5G 2C4
Phone: 416 340 4846
Email: medicaleducation@uhn.ca


 

ComputerLab-MedWestToronto Western Hospital (MedEd West)
750 Dundas Street West, The Med-West Building, 3rd Floor, Suite 305
Toronto, ON M5T 2S8
Phone: 416 603 5924
Email: medicaleducation@uhn.ca

MedEd West is located in the Med West Building, immediately across the street from the Bathurst Street entrance to Toronto Western Hospital. The Med West Building sits on the north-west corner of Bathurst Street and Dundas Street West.

MedEd West is home for Wightman-Berris students at the Toronto Western Hospital. The Centre is just across the street from the Bathurst Street entrance to the Hospital.

Rooms
  • Seminar rooms (five total)
    • Equipped with conference tables and large TV screens that can be used as projection screens
    • Rooms 1, 2, 3, 4: accommodate 10 to 12 people
    • Room 5: accommodates up to 25 people
Educational and Conferencing EquipmentMedWest-SeminarRoom                             
  • All seminar rooms contain TV screens that can be linked to any computer and used as a large display screen. Additional audio-visual equipment is available through the hospital’s audio-visual department.
Additional Features
  • MedEd West has a student lounge and computer lab with two computer stations.
  • MedEd West has full wireless service.

Temerty / Chang Telesimulation Centre

Responding to the critical need for change, the Temerty-Chang International Centre for Telesimulation and Innovation in Medical Education at UHN, Toronto Western Hospital, is bridging a crucial gap in health care in developing countries. Using the latest telecommunications and simulation technology, the Centre provides training in Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) over the Internet for doctors around the world. Surgeons who complete the Centre's program will improve the skills necessary to perform safer, less invasive procedures. The Centre is the first of its kind in the world and will play a pivotal role in achieving the following goals:

  1. Increase the number of surgeons certified in Fundamentals of laparoscopic Surgery
  2. Evaluate new technology, equipment and methods to advance telesimulation training programs
  3. Conduct ongoing research on the impact of telesimulation on patient safety
  4. Expand telesimulation training models to other medical disciplines and health care professions such as nursing and biomedical engineering

Ho Ping Kong Centre for Excellence in Education and Practice

The HoPingKong Centre for Excellence in Education and Practice (CEEP) is dedicated to improving medical education at the bedside through innovation and scholarship. The Centre’s purpose is to educate physicians for scholarly careers in General Internal Medicine and train the next generations of doctors who teach. Our group is committed to pioneering new ways of using high fidelity simulation for teaching clinical skills and in emphasizing the importance of the art of medicine.

With a primary purpose that is unique worldwide, the HoPingKong Centre has developed an international following, attracting specialists in training from Canada and abroad. Partnerships with other education centres and a strong emphasis on scholarship ensure that the cutting-edge work done at the HoPingKong Centre benefits learners from across the globe.

Anesthesia Simulation Centre

The Anesthesia Assistants group at UHN manage the Anesthesia High Fidelity Simulation Centre which is used to:

  • Training and maintenance of AA staff competency
  • Providing ACLS reviews for nurses
  • Reviewing crisis management scenarios with anesthesia residents and medical students
  • Training MSICU nurses in extracorporeal life support
  • Reviewing interprofessional team communication

The simulation program coordinator works collaboratively with clinical educators from various disciplines to create unique scenarios that are tailored to the specific educational and training needs of the group utilizing the centre. The scenarios provide formative and summative assessments with structured feedback for the participants.

Case

With 20,000 square feet of simulation space, the Centre for the Advancement of Simulation and Education (CASE), located at the St. Patrick Campus of The Michener Institute of Education at UHN, is one of the largest simulation-based learning centres in Canada and will serve our larger community as an innovative space where interprofessional, simulation-based learning and evaluation can occur. Our expertise in curriculum design and delivery makes our centre the perfect partner in your organization’s learning and education plans. You can address complex team training or high-stakes assessment of clinical skills at CASE.

Emergency Medicine Simulation

Research Simulation Labs – Toronto Rehab KITE

To learn more about the simulation labs at Toronto Rehab used for research and innovation please visit Toronto Rehab KITE website

Resident Lounges at UHN
Toronto General Campus (badge access)
GNU 122 - Ground Floor Norman Urquhart Wing, Room G-122 (badge access)

Toronto Western Campus
8MCL 419 – 8th floor McLaughlin Pavilion, Room 8-419 (punch code; contact program administrative for door code)

Princess Margaret Campus
14th floor, Room 14-619 (punch code; contact program administrative for door code

Toronto Rehab Campus
University Campus: 4th floor, Room 4-131 (badge access)
Lyndhurst: Learner Lounge - TLC Room 206

For specific call room information, please contact your postgraduate education site lead/director or administrative coordinator.

UHN is Canada’s leading research hospital network, so you may have the opportunity to engage in clinical or educational research.

For more information about research at UHN, and to ensure you have completed all necessary requirements to conduct research, please explore these resources:

The UHN International Centre for Education (UHN ICE) offers a wide variety of Continuing Education and Professional Development opportunities such as observership-based personalized programs, Continuing Education online courses and in-person workshops.

Observerships/Authorized Guest visits provide an invaluable learning experience for individuals who have a passion for health care. UHN is committed to fostering an environment for academic learning and sharing knowledge. We are proud to welcome observers from around the world.

Through an observership/authorized guest visit, health care professionals and students have an opportunity to learn by observing examinations and other procedures performed by our physicians, surgeons, nurses, and other staff in our hospitals.

Detailed instructions on how to find a sponsor for an Observership can be found at the International Centre for Edcuation website.

At The Michener Institute of Education at UHN, you cannot help but be involved in interprofessional education. That could mean taking part in a structured student IPE placement, or engaging in other IPE activities such as attending team rounds and family meetings, shadowing a team member from another profession, or reviewing a patient chart.

Staff opportunities for interprofessional education at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN are also critical. IPE activities are open to all team members as part of our culture of lifelong learning. Interprofessional care and collaborative practice have many champions at both the professional and program levels across the hospital campuses. These champions host interprofessional care and education rounds and workshops, train and develop IPC/E facilitators, and model interprofessional patient-centered care.

Please contact your postgraduate education site lead or director for more information.

POWER is the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine’s Postgraduate Medical Education Evaluation and Registration system available to postgraduate trainees, teachers, administrators and program directors.

Visit the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada for resources to help you transition from residency into practice.

For information on Continuing Education opportunities, please visit the Michener Institute of Education at UHN Continuing Education website.

For a complete list please visit Continuing Professional Development and Continuing Medical Education opportunities at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN.

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