Emergency Medicine: Welcome
“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” Isaac Newton
Welcome to the University of Toronto, Emergency Medicine Residency Training Program! This Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) postgraduate program is the largest of its kind in the country, and is situated in a world-class city. With endless arts and music festivals, unparalleled multiculturalism, and mouth-watering culinary delights, Toronto has attracted physicians from across the globe to its eclectic neighborhoods. Whether you’re a fashionista or a foodie, if you’re into sports or spas, if you love reading or rock-climbing, Toronto is the city for you.
Training in a city like Toronto will expose you to people from all walks of life, with a broad range of ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, and medical needs. These diverse experiences will be instrumental in your education as a clinical expert, but will also foster growth as a patient advocate. Our faculty and residents are as diverse as the Canadian population they serve; they bring an exciting pallet of colour to our program with their gamut of interests and expertise. These internationally-known leaders will become your mentors, colleagues and friends when you join our emergency medicine community.
The emergency medicine program is structured in accordance with the Specialty Training Requirements of the RCPSC, with the aim of training high calibre emergency medicine consultants. Over the course of five years, residents experience a full spectrum of clinical rotations across several different teaching hospitals. There is exposure to both large urban “core sites” as well as community hospitals, which are amongst the busiest in Canada.
Residents attend weekly full day “Academic Days,” and are excused from their clinical responsibilities to do so. Activities on this day are led by both faculty and residents and include interactive case-based seminars, formal didactic rounds, procedural workshops, journal clubs, and team-based simulation sessions. Formal courses are also provided in clinical epidemiology (PGY-1), ethics (PGY-2), geriatrics (PGY-3), emergency medicine administration (PGY-5), and quality improvement and patient safety (longitudinal). PGY-1 residents have a dedicated ultrasound rotation that leads to certification, and there is ample opportunity to pursue further ultrasound training in more senior years and with an elective rotation in advanced emergency department ultrasonography.
We encourage you to bring your unique individuality to our program, which we cultivate through the choice of electives (e.g. in ultrasound, global health, EMS etc.) and our PGY-4 subspecialty year. In the PGY-4 year, each resident pursues a personally designed subspecialty curriculum (requires program approval) with the goal of developing expertise in an area relevant to emergency medicine. In the past, areas of focus have included: pediatric emergency medicine; Masters of Clinical Epidemiology; Masters of Medical Education; Masters in Health Administration; inner city health; international health; toxicology; trauma; critical care medicine; sports medicine; prehospital care; medical informatics; research; aeromedical transport; clinician-scientist program; bioethics; international emergency medicine; ultrasound; simulation, and geriatric emergency medicine.
That’s our amazing program in a nutshell! If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact us. If you happen to be in Toronto and want to meet with us, please contact Nima Heirat to attend one of our scheduled meetings, or drop by at our Academic Day.
Nazanin Meshkat, Program Director
Aikta Verma, Assistant Program Director