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UHN welcomes nearly 900 medical students 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 over 90 institutions, spanning a variety of clinical sub-specialties.

Why UHN

Message from Dr. Katina Tzanetos, Director Wightman-Berris Academy

The University Health Network, together with the Sinai Health System and the Michael Garron Hospital, comprise the Wightman-Berris Academy, one of four academies at the University of Toronto. As the largest hospital within the Wightman-Berris Academy, UHN is a major contributor to medical student education across all four years of the undergraduate MD Program. Approximately 95 first-year medical students are assigned to the WB Academy every September and remain as WB students until graduation.

At The Michener Institute of Education at UHN, you will find a home. As a learner, you will be fully integrated into the healt​h care team, supported in your acquisition of clinical skills, and exposed to a surplus of research opportunities to enhance your education experience. With a recent shift away from large, lecture-based teaching towards small-group, case-based learning, both pre-clinical and clinical education occurs at the hospital. As a student at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN, whether you are participating in a facilitated, interactive session in one of our medical education classrooms, or are involved in direct patient care activities during your clerkship, you will have the benefit of being supervised by excellent teachers who are physicians from every specialty and non-MD health-care professionals from every domain. On behalf of all those involved in teaching and supervising medical students, as well as our team of medical education administrative staff, I welcome you to The Michener Institute of Education at UHN and pledge to work hard to make your time with us exceptional.

A main purpose of the academy structure at the University of Toronto medical school is to provide students with a smaller, more intimate environment of support and nurture. Students will have many sources of assistance and networking options while studying at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The Academy Director: The Academy Director is a faculty member who oversees all of the students assigned to the academy and who can provide guidance on academic and personal manners in a non-evaluative manner. To contact the Academy Director, email Katina Tzanetos.
  • Social Activities: A variety of social activities are planned throughout the academic year, aimed at bringing student together in an informal, casual setting so that they may build a strong learner community.
  • Doc Talks: Medical students will have the opportunity to meet physicians from a variety of clinical disciplines and explore career options through Doc Talks, a series of small-group, interactive sessions with faculty from all of the specialties.
  • WB Mentorship Program: While studying at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN, and starting in Year 1, students may choose to be paired with a faculty physician who volunteers their time and expertise to provide student mentorship. Students have the option of specifying the characteristics of the mentor they feel would be of greatest benefit to their development. To learn more about the WB Mentorship Program, email Jenny Lam.
  • Learner Leadership Advisory Committee (LLAC): UHN’s Clinical Learner Leadership Advisory Committee (LLAC) provides a novel opportunity for learners to contribute their unique perspectives to educational and organizational planning and processes while strengthening their leadership skills in areas such as:
    • Making specific recommendations to improve learners’ experiences
    • Participating in strategic planning and other design sessions
    • Contributing to organization-wide events
    • Participating in committees
    • Adding perspectives in focus groups
    • Participating in learner and staff leadership initiatives across The Michener Institute of Education at UHN campuses, etc.

While studying at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN, medical students will follow the curriculum established by the MD Program. Please visit UofT for full description. In brief, the first two years of study (named Foundations) provide the introductory learning necessary to move on to the clinical portion of the MD Program (called Clerkship).

Much of the learning during Foundations occurs via Case-Based Learning (CBL) sessions, where students are tasked with working through on-line modules depicting typical patient presentations under the guidance of a faculty teacher.

CBL is supplemented by additional small-group sessions on research methodology, lectures, anatomy dissections, clinical skills learning, and experiential experiences where students work with community agencies or shadow practicing physicians in real clinical settings. The Michener Institute of Education at UHN provides excellent teachers for the small-group sessions, and amazing clinical experiences across a large number of specialty programs. Learners will have access to learn from programs unique to UHN, which include Multi-organ Transplantation, Advanced Oncology, and Interventional Cardiology, among others.

Getting Started

For registration instructions on your pre-clerkship, clerkship or electives, please see below

Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals

There are call rooms in the hospital. Check with your department for call room locations and availability. Keys and/or combination codes are distributed by individual departments.

NOTE:
The University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital assume no responsibility for articles lost or stolen from lockers and/or call rooms. Make sure all valuables are securely stored.

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.

Medical students at the University of Toronto are taught the principles of Caring Safely through a four-year longitudinal curriculum that focuses on Patient Safety. For more information on Caring Safely, you can also visit the UHN intranet site. (Note: you will need to be connected to the UHN network to access this page)

During daytime hours, if a workplace injury or accident occurs, please inform your supervisor and go to Occupational Health and Safety at your site.

Toronto General Hospital
Eaton 2nd Fl, 2-260
Tel: External 416 340 3267, Internal 14-3267
Fax: 416 340 3463

Toronto Western Hospital
Main Pavilion, 9th floor, Rm. 309
Tel: External 416 603 5121, Internal 13-5121

Princess Margaret Hospital
620 University Avenue
7th Floor Rm. 820
Tel: External 416 946 2090, Internal 16-2090
Clinic hours: 7:30am – 3:30pm (M-F)

After hours (TGH, TWH, PMH):
Safety Manager - 416 790 6066
Occupational Health - 647 204 2379
For urgent, after-hours consult with an off-site nurse.

Toronto Rehab - Occupational Health Nurse
For all TR sites during regular business hours:
University Centre Room 5-145 (416 597 3422 ext. 3051)
Admin Asst: 416 597 3422 ext. 3775
Fax for all TR sites: 416 597 3026

After hours go to First Aid stations
Lyndhurst/Rumsey– Lyndhurst Centre Unit 2B
Bickle – Special Care Unit
University – 6 South

Mask Fit Testing
Mask fit testing must be completed every 2 years. Arrangements will be made for Wightman-Berris students to complete their training at the start of first and third year. It can also be completed through Occupational Health. Monthly mask fit testing schedules can be accessed at via the UHN intranet

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 please visit programs and amenities offered at each location.

Available resources to help you:

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

As a student enrolled in the MD Program at the University of Toronto you must register with the MD Program. Information on registration, including relevant immunization and e-learning requirements.

As a University of Toronto medical students assigned to the Wightman-Berris Academy you must also register yearly with The Michener Institute of Education at UHN and the Sinai Health System. The UHN registration is accomplished by submitting 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.

UHN is committed to identifying, removing and preventing barriers to care, services, work and learning.

Medical students placed at the WB Academy can access information regarding accommodations for their learning by contacting the MD Program’s Office of Health Professions Student Affairs (OHPSA).

OHPSA works closely with both Accessibility Services at UofT’s Student Life and the Academy Director as required, to support students in both the classroom and clinical environments.

For additional information about accessibility please visit UHN Accessibility page.

Should you require accommodations, please contact your school prior to your clinical placement.

Medical students at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN are invited to take part in Structured Interprofessional Clinical Experiences throughout the year.

The University of Toronto provides interprofessional education opportunities to pre-licensure students and practice-based health professionals at our affiliated hospitals.

Interprofessional education (IPE) is defined as: Occasions when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care. (CAIPE: 1997 rev. 2001).

For an overview of the curriculum and learning activities at UT, visit IPE we​bsite.

Student 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 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.

For further wellness resources and supports you can visit student life at the University of Toronto or personal counselling.

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

If you are experiencing an urgent or emergency situation, there are multiple avenues available to you for support. Additional options include the following:

If your own or someone else’s health or safety is at risk, please call 911 or seek medical attention right away.

A variety of scholarships and bursaries are available to you as a medical student through the MD Program.

Students who have worked with a supervisor from UHN to complete research may be eligible to have costs associated with the presentation of their work reimbursed through UHN’s MACK Foundation Bursary.

Mack Foundation Bursary

Through a generous donation by the Mack Family Foundation, Undergraduate Medical Education offers bursaries to medical students 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.

Bursary criteria and application form

To participate in student groups and discussion group, visit student life at the University of Toronto.

Golden Stethoscope Awards

The Golden Stethoscope award recognizes Year 3 Wightman-Berris students who have demonstrated the following characteristics during their 3rd year rotations:

  • compassion, caring, altruism
  • academic excellence
  • the ability to go “above and beyond”

In short, this award is for clerks who “you would most want to walk into your room if you were a patient.”
These awards are distributed annually and medical students are nominated by their rotation supervisors.

Wightman-Berris Academy Awards

The University Health Network (Toronto General, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret Hospitals and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute) 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. To read more about the categories of awards and learn how to nominate a health professional please visit Wightman-Berris Academy Awards page.

University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine Award

Learning Resources

All educational facilities for the Wightman-Berris Academy are there for student use. In the event that the space is booked and unavailable for students, or if students just want another place to study, there are a number of other spots available.

Both Medical Education sites at TGH and TWH are equipped with seminar and exam rooms that are accessible to students 24 hours a day.

Toronto General Hospital

  • Use of study space at TGH Medical Education is first-come, first-served.
  • The food courts are accessible 24 hours a day. Keep in mind, from Monday to Friday, there is a lot of activity during working hours.
  • The TGH Library (Eaton Wing, 1st Floor) is available for quiet study
  • The DeGasperis Patient and Family Conservatory, Munk Building (formerly Clinical Services Building), 4th floor, is open daily from 6am-11pm.

Toronto Western Hospital

  • Use of study space at TWH Medical Education is first-come, first-served.
  • The food court is accessible 24 hours a day. NOTE: during business hours, the food court is busy and noisy.
  • The TWH Library (Fell Pavillion, 5th floor) is available for quiet study.

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 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

An 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

Opened 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 8am – 4pm
Email: studentcentre@uhn.ca 


MedEd West

MedEd West also has space available for learners. 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.

Rooms at MedEd West:

  • 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 Equipment
    • 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.

In addition, all Wightman-Berris students can access study space at the Medical Education Centre of the Mount Sinai Hospital (Cooper Centre), located on the third floor of 60 Murray Street. After-hours access to the Cooper Centre requires a separate access card that all WB students are eligible for and can be arranged through the administrative staff at the Cooper Centre.

There are many spaces across the hospital network that can serve as learning spaces. 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)
200 Elizabeth Street, Eaton North, Ground Floor, Room 001
Toronto, ON M5G 2C4
Phone: 416 340 4846
Email: medicaleducation@uhn.ca

 


 Toronto 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

Invitations to various learning events are circulated to students regularly by email and posted to the notice boards at our Medical Education sites.

Doc Talks and Resident Talks

Every year, the Wightman-Berris academy hosts a series of career exploration sessions allowing medical students to have an interactive discussion with faculty, staff physicians and residents from the various medical disciplines. Topics of discussion include training, career choice, work/life balance, electives, shadowing opportunities, CaRMS applications and much more.

Event invitations are sent out to Wightman-Berris students by email. You can also contact your undergraduate Medical Education coordinator to find out more about when these sessions will be held.

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:

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.

WB Mentorship Program

Faculty from The Michener Institute of Education at UHN and Mount Sinai Hospital are recruited to participate as mentors for students during pre-clerkship. Students are matched with a faculty member and given the opportunity to meet with them in an informal setting to discuss individual goals, observership opportunities, and career counselling.

Peer-to-Peer Mentorship

The Peer-to-Peer Mentorship program links a small group of eight students from all four years together electronically. It is hoped that this will foster easier interaction, communication, guidance and advice between senior and junior medical students.

Academy Scholars

During clerkship, Academy Scholars are faculty chosen to serve as mentors and facilitators in the Portfolio Program. This program promotes self-assessment and peer-assessment as students build their portfolios and understanding of the non-medical expert CanMEDs roles.

Volunteer resources span four hospitals (across seven sites) and provide our patients, families, visitors and staff with assistance and services to help augment the efforts of caring and busy professional staff. To learn more about how to become a volunteer, please visit Volunteer Resources.

A variety of opportunities are available to you as students at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN to shadow physicians from a variety of specialties. Students assigned to the Wightman-Berris Academy are already registered at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN and do not need to do anything further to register at the hospital for the observerships. Wightman-Berris students can access the observerships with their Wightman-Berris student identification badge. Students from other academies who are undertaking an observership at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN must register at Medical Education and obtain a UHN badge before attending their clinical site.

Students who are from institutions other than the University of Toronto can obtain oberverships by contacting the Observership Office. please visit ICE website for more information.