At UHN, we strive to deliver Compassionate Care & Caring. Learn more about the services and supports that are available to you throughout your journey.
Our UHN programs and services are among the most advanced in the world. We have grouped our physicians,
staff, services and resources into 10 medical programs to meet the needs of our patients and help us make
the most of our resources.
At the heart of everything we do at UHN are our Healthcare Professionals. Refer a patient to one of our 12 medical programs. Learn more about the resources and opportunities available for professional growth.
University Health Network has grown to be one of the largest research and teaching hospital networks in Canada - pioneers in improving the lives of patients. Our long history of health professions education at Toronto General, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret and Toronto Rehab hospitals has consistently advanced the science of education.
University Health Network is a health care and medical research organization in
Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The scope of research and complexity of cases at UHN has made us a national and international
source for discovery, education and patient care.
Being touched by illness affects us in different ways. Many people want to give back to the community
and help others. At UHN, we welcome your contribution and offer different ways you can help so you can find one that suits you.
The Newsroom is the source for media looking for information about UHN or trying to connect with one
of our experts for an interview. It's also the place to find UHN media policies and catch up on our news stories, videos, media releases,
podcasts and more.
UHN is a great place to learn, work, discover and more! Each year, UHN welcomes thousands of learners as team members, some for a few days and others for a year or more. UHN prides itself on being a leader in many areas of patient care, research and learning. And we are looking forward to welcoming you as the newest members of our teams!
Seeking a Placement
Placement requests must be submitted through the placement office of your academic institution. All placement requests are reviewed and considered based on capacity. Please contact UHN Student Services Centre directly for further information. Email: email@example.com
Please visit The Institute for Education Research at UHN and the UHN Office of Research Trainees for further information.
Through an observership (or 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.
Observership visits provide an invaluable learning experience for individuals who have a passion for health care. We are proud to welcome observers from around the world.
Detailed instructions on how to find a sponsor for an observership.
The Personalized Learning Program (PLP) is a fully customizable, observership-based program designed to meet your learning goals and objectives. No two PLPs are exactly the same! Through the PLP, we can leverage various resources and expertise throughout the hospital network and combine multiple programs to align with your professional development goals, if applicable. We work closely with host program(s) and learners to develop an Education Plan, outlining the details and activities of the PLP. Coaching and mentoring time as well as education opportunities (rounds, journal clubs, workshops, etc.) will be scheduled as needed. This opportunity will give you the chance to network with other health care professionals in your field and build relationships.
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. Learn more about how to become a volunteer.
Networking and Support
Once you are part of UHN, you will find many opportunities for networking and support. The conversations you have with other learners, your preceptors/supervisors, your interprofessional team members, patients and their loved ones, and many others can assist you in your learning. Take time to:
The 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:
For further information or to request learner participation, please connect with Student Services.
Once you are registered and approved as a learner at UHN, you will have access to a range of additional learner assistance resources.
Read what some of our learners are saying about learning at UHN:
Absolutely love UHN! One of the best teaching hospital networks I've encountered.
They made the students feel like a part of the team and made time to speak with us every week. This was a life changing experience.
It was a very good learning experience. My preceptors were very helpful in helping me improve my competence. In fact, all team members were helpful. I also found the Interprofessional Education (IPE) program amazing. It is the kind of environment I would like to work in.
Amazing clinical experience, all of the staff provided a comfortable learning environment that greatly improved my clinical knowledge.
We would love to hear from you! Share your experience and photos with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a confirmed placement, register online. Be sure to review this checklist prior to starting your placement at UHN. If you have any questions please contact email@example.com
UHN Health Services (Occupational Health and Safety)
UHN values the health and safety of all workers (including learners) and requires that they report accidents, exposures, injuries, and near misses to Health Services as soon as possible after the incident. Reporting these incidents provides opportunities to improve the performance of safety programs, the quality of the working environment and the safety of staff, patients and visitors, and to ensure compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act.
When an injury occurs in the workplace, the first priority is to ensure prompt medical treatment for the injured worker and to ensure that any risk to other persons from any device, equipment or physical condition of the workplace has been corrected.
During daytime hours, if a workplace injury or accident occurs, you MUST inform your supervisor and go to Health Services or Emergency.
While learning at UHN, please visit the Health and Safety department page on the intranet for more details.
At UHN, we value our relationships with the academic partners as well as the learners. We strive to provide a rich and safe learning environment and part of that process is to ensure that all learners have proper immunization. Please see below the Occupational Health & Safety requirements for all learners prior to placement hours at any of our facilities.
UHN requires that learners meet the following requirements.
Students will be asked to provide Mask Fit information to the placement office but no additional information regarding immunization will be collected as it is the academic partner's responsibility to ensure compliance
A free shuttle service runs between Toronto Western and Toronto General Hospitals Monday through Friday.
Who is my Supervisor?
Please connect with your school to determine who the appropriate lead is at UHN. The clinical education leader at UHN can let you know who your supervisor is and address further questions you may have.
Please refer to the nursing student handbook for important details
Clinical Placement Accommodation
UHN is committed to identifying, removing and preventing barriers to care, services, work and learning. For additional information about accessibility please visit accessibility at UHN.
Should you require accommodations, please contact your school prior to your placement at UHN.
We have many different health care professionals working and learning at UHN.
Learn more about Nursing placements at UHN.
Interprofessional and Team-Based Learning
UHN is a leader in providing innovative interprofessional education (IPE) for students and staff to learn about, from and with each other. IPE learning opportunities occur through partnerships with students and staff across professions, enhancing our ability to provide excellent patient care through collaborative learning.
Visit Interprofessional Education for more information about interprofessional learning opportunities.
Assistance - Learner in Distress
Any learner requiring assistance across UHN can find related resources on our Learner Assistance page.
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 well-being 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.
As a learner, you are eligible for the following awards:
The Sopman Humanitarian Awards are held each year in recognition of exemplary humanitarian care. These awards were funded by the late Archie Sopman in memory of his wife Belle. They were established in recognition of the humanitarian care given by a student nurse while Belle was a patient at Toronto General Hospital. There are a maximum of nine winners awarded each year: three from the department of Nursing, three from the department of Surgery, and three from the department of Medicine.
The key selection criteria for these prestigious awards are:
Student services will put out a call for nominations. This typically occurs in March. For more information please contact the student centre. You can also nominate those extraordinary teachers who have contributed to your success as a learner.
Annually, through our Education Excellence awards, outstanding teachers are recognized at Toronto Rehab. For more information and nomination forms please visit celebrating our staff page.
The Centre for Advancing Collaborative Healthcare & Education has established annual Awards of Merit for Excellence in Interprofessional Education. To learn more, please visit The Centre for Advancing Collaborative Healthcare & Education.
The Cancer Education Award recognizes Princess Margaret health care workers who go above and beyond every day in many ways; by giving education regarding patient cancer care, creating or supporting innovative treatments and programs; and displaying exemplary compassion, advocacy and patient care.
UHN and Sinai Health 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.
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 across UHN), providing expert information leadership across UHN and beyond.
The 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.
The 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, assistance with dealing with challenging situations, job search, seeking mentors/peer support and evaluations.
The 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.
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
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:
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.
200 Elizabeth Street, Eaton North, Ground Floor, Room 001 Toronto, ON M5G 2C4Phone: 416 340 4846Email:
Toronto Western Hospital Education Centre 399 Bathurst Street, 3rd Floor, West Wing Toronto, ON M5T 2S6 Phone: 416 603 5924 Email:
Princess Margaret Education CentreThe Princess Margaret Education Centre is anticipated to open in early 2023. You will need to use the 620 University Avenue Elevators to get to the space, located on the 6th floor.
Here at UHN, we take great pride in equipping our learners with the knowledge and skills needed to provide the highest quality of health care while becoming best prepared for the patient needs of tomorrow. Each semester, the Student Services Centre hosts a variety of in-service workshops and seminars that focus on areas of professional and personal development. These sessions are only one hour long and are led by experts in a variety of fields. Workshops are open to all learners.
For current workshop offerings please contact the Student Centre.
Please speak to your preceptor for education opportunities specific to your site and clinical program.
The Temerty Centre proudly boasts the future of innovative surgical training. Officially opening it's doors in Spring 2022 it will become known as a hub of advanced surgical simulation-based education and training for surgeons and healthcare professionals. With the completion of Phase I, we offer a state-of-the-art high-fidelity OR simulation lab, a 10 bay self-directed skills lab and an innovation hub for research cultivation in the areas of robotics and artificial intelligence in surgery. In honouring our roots, we are an official testing centre for the Fundamentals in Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS), and continue to support remote training of international surgeons around the world. The Centre has dedicated telesimulation/telementoring rooms to support the important work that has been done and to plan for the future of telesimulation. Upon completion of Phase II in Spring 2024 an additional 10 mini-OR bays will be added to the roster allowing for larger wet-lab simulation courses. Please visit us at www.temertysimcentre.com to see the wide range of offerings and services our Centre has available.
Using simulation equipment from a patient donation, the Anesthesia Assistants at UHN developed the Anesthesia Simulation Centre. To assist healthcare professionals to maintain and enhance patient safety practices through ongoing learning, the Anesthesia Simulation Centre created the UHN Continuing Education Simulation Program (CESP). This simulation program is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Royal College accredited simulation programs are internationally recognized and must undergo a rigorous peer review process.
The Anesthesia Simulation Centre presents a creative venue for endless clinical situations from unit specific to interprofessional scenarios for both novice and experienced healthcare professionals. Participants can work individually or in teams to practice routine procedures, manage crisis situations, rehearse treatment protocols, and reflect on teamwork skills in a safe learning environment without any risk to real patients.
The Anesthesia Simulation Centre offers several simulation modalities including:
For each simulation session, 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. The scenarios provide formative and summative assessments with structured feedback for the participants. During the debriefing of the scenarios, in-depth discussions take place about ways to optimize current clinical practices.
By bringing the acquisition and implementation of knowledge, skills, and decision-making into clinical practice, in a safe environment, the Anesthesia Simulation Centre creates a continuous learning environment for healthcare professionals. This leads to increased patient safety, better interprofessional communication, and identification of learning gaps for improvement.
The mandate for the Centre for Learning, Innovation and Simulation (CLIS) is to support the vision and strategic direction of Michener's academic programs. CLIS instructional designers, learning specialists and support staff work with stakeholders to develop curriculum and deliver best practice simulation methodology in order to maximize student learning. CLIS coordinates curriculum, faculty and organizational development activities. In concert with interprofessional collaboration and education initiatives (IPC and IPE) at Michener, CLIS provides expertise in competency-based, simulation-enhanced curriculum design and evaluation.
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, please explore these resources as well as the office of the research trainee (ORT) to ensure you have completed all necessary requirements to conduct research.
Open communication and learning from each other is highly encouraged in the clinical teacher-learner partnership at UHN. Discuss with your clinical teacher how feedback (formal/informal) will occur throughout your clinical placement/internship.
For Clinical Teaching Resources please visit Resources for Teaching and Learning at UHN.
For an online modular program to help health care learners and clinical teachers (preceptors) prepare for clinical placements, please visit University of Western Ontario Preceptor Education Program (PEP).
Observerships and Customized Learning
The UHN International Centre for Education (UHN ICE) offers a wide variety of professional development opportunities such as observership-based personalized programs, online courses and in-person workshops.
Clinical Observership Program
Through a clinical observership/authorized guest visit, health care professionals and learners 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.
Building your Career
UHN is a preferred place to work and learn. We focus on creating a workplace where people enjoy the challenge of their career, create and engage in best practices and are treated with respect. For information on a career at UHN, please visit: UHN Careers page.
While logged onto the intranet at UHN, you can also access our Human Resources - Career Hub Development Opportunities Page.
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 Volunteering at UHN.
Continuing Professional Development
Learners wishing to advance their learning skills may be interested in pursuing professional development programs available through this Centre. CACHE is a strategic partnership between the University of Toronto and the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network, with the University Health Network as lead hospital.
Whether you are looking for growth within your profession, an opportunity to build or refresh your skills, or new career possibilities, Continuing Education at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN is here to support your lifelong learning goals.
Continuing Education at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN offers a wide selection of courses and certificate programs that will enhance your professional qualifications.
de Souza Institute offers health care professionals online courses to enhance expertise to provide the best possible cancer and palliative care. Through de Souza Institute, health care professionals obtain the specialized skills to guide and help cancer patients throughout their journey (prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and palliation). de Souza Institute courses are offered primarily online.
Visit de Souza Institute offerings to learn more.
The Conference and Educational Technology Services (CETS) department is a one-stop-shop for all of your event and education needs.
Building Teaching Skills
For more information on developing your teaching skills, please visit Clinical Educators.
Interprofessional facilitators are always needed for various interprofessional sessions. To get involved in IPE facilitation, please contact us.
Interprofessional and Team-Based Learning Opportunities
UHN is the lead hospital in the strategic partnership between the University of Toronto, the Centre for Advancing Collaborative Healthcare & Education and the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network (TAHSN). For more information about team-based learning, please visit the CACHE webpage.
Please join us Fall, Winter & Spring - IPE opportunities for staff and students occur throughout the year! Check your inbox for current clinical Interprofessional Education & Care (IPEC) event announcements.
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