​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Education and Professional Development

The Pharmacy Department at UHN collaborates with the University of Toronto Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy and other pharmacy schools, as well as pharmacy technician colleges to provide outstanding educational programs for pharmacy students, pharmacy residents and pharmacy technician students.

The Department of Pharmacy is proud of its staff and their commitment to teaching and developing future leaders in hospital pharmacy. Many pharmacists are cross-appointed with the University of Toronto and have extensive teaching experiences. Education is a central pillar of the department and pharmacy staff members participate in a variety of teaching activities including formal in-class teaching, small group and lab facilitations, clinical preceptorship and inter-professional education. The department also maintains a comprehensive continuing education calendar with participation from students, residents, pharmacists, technicians and external guests.

Undergraduate Pharmacy Student Experiences

The UHN Pharmacy Department offers a variety of educational opportunities to students through experiential rotations in clinical units, operational, administrative and research areas. Direct patient care (DPC) rotations are available in a wide range of inpatient and ambulatory areas at each UHN clinical sites. Non-direct patient care (NDPC) rotations are also available and include research, patient safety/quality, drug information, education and administrative projects. Novel teaching models are often used in many rotations.

For University of Toronto students, rotations are organized in conjunction with the Office of Experiential Education (OEE) at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. Affiliation agreements with the University of Waterloo, School of Pharmacy and other pharmacy schools enable the potential for these students to complete rotations at UHN as well.

Pharmacy Technician Student Experiences

The UHN pharmacy department maintains active affiliation agreements with several pharmacy technician colleges within Ontario. Placements are arranged throughout the year between technician supervisors at each UHN site and the experiential coordinators of each college.

Pharmacy Residency Programs 

The UHN Pharmacy Department is proud to offer six residency positions annually for pharmacy graduates. The pharmacy residency program is a 12-month postgraduate experiential experience with opportunities to learn at all UHN sites. Five of these are Year 1 entry programs and one is an advance practice Year 2 program. The Year 1 programs are affiliated with the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto and are accredited by the Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board (CPRB) of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP).

The programs offer an opportunity to gain enriched patient care, teaching and research experiences in an academic health sciences centre. The general residency programs are open to those who have completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy or Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

More information on each of the programs is provided:

Residency applications for these programs are typically due in October for programs starting the following year. Please note that UHN accepts applications ONLY via the CSHP system. Emailed resumes and applications are not accepted. Please visit the CSHP website for more information on application procedures, yearly deadlines and how to apply.

Interested candidates are invited to attend our annual open house to learn more about the residency programs. This event allows you the opportunity to speak with our current and past residents, residency coordinators, preceptors and mentors. The open house is hosted in the fall prior to the application deadline. Contact the pharmacy education coordinators for more information.

An Advanced Practice Pharmacy (Year 2) Residency in the area of HIV is also offered by UHN Pharmacy. This is a joint program between our department and McGill University Health Centre in Montreal in conjunction with the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto. Applicants should possess a pharmacy degree (BScPhm, MScPhm or PharmD) and should have completed a Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board (CPRB) accredited Year 1 residency program (or equivalent). More information is available on the HIV Pharmacy Specialty Residency webpage.

Frequently Asked Questions about UHN Residencies​ »

Graduate Programs

Pharmacy residents at UHN also have the option of completing a combined residency/Masters program. Details on applying for this program can be discussed once you are a successful UHN residency candidate. Staff members in the UHN Pharmacy department supervise students for Masters projects through the University of Toronto. This can either be done as a combined residency/Masters program or a traditional MSc.

Visit the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy for more information on MSc programs.

Interprofessional Education and Collaboration

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are highly integrated and contribute to inter-professional patient care, education and research teams at UHN. Pharmacists actively participate in inter-professional education (IPE) activities in collaboration with all health professions at UHN and the University of Toronto. This includes teaching and learning activities associated with clinical topics such as pain management, medication safety as well as on-site IPE placement facilitation.


Periodically, the Pharmacy Department has volunteer opportunities for pharmacy students who wish to gain hospital pharmacy experience. When available, these volunteer opportunities will be circulated to pharmacy students through their pharmacy school along with application instructions.

International Learners

There are opportunities for individuals who have a passion for health care to learn and share knowledge through direct observation of various health care professionals at UHN. International learners can apply to the International Centre for Education (ICE) to arrange observerships for a predefined period depending on availability of sponsors. For more information on the different types of observerships and how to apply please visit the ICE website. Applications are submitted through ICE and then sent to the education coordinators for their review.

Contact Us

For additional information regarding the Department of Pharmacy and its educational programs please contact:

Dr. Cindy Natsheh, BScPhm, ACPR, PharmD
Education Coordinator
Phone: 416 340 4800 ext. 8519
Fax: 416 340 3685

Claudia Summa-Sorgini, BScPhm, ACPR
Education Coordinator
Phone: 416 340 4800 ext. 6396​​