Clinical Student Placements

Scarborough Health Network (SHN) values the remarkable contributions of students to our health care team. In partnership with academic colleges and universities, we are committed to providing an exceptional teaching and learning environment in which to shape your future career in health care. Under the guidance of our highly experienced, skilled and knowledgeable staff and physicians, we offer a wide range of clinical and practical learning experiences to students, in most clinical programs and services of SHN. We accommodate approximately 750 clinical students each year.

Medical Students, Residents, Midwifery Students & Physician Assistant Students

SHN offers clinical placement to Medical Students in a variety of areas. Clinical supervisors are self-selected and acceptance of students is contingent on individual physician’s interest, time and practice pattern that support the placement.

All Internationally Trained Medical Students and Medical Graduates must register through the University of Toronto Visiting Elective Program prior to applying for their Elective or Residency.

Every trainee must register with the Medical Education Office before starting their rotation at SHN.

Note: All internationally-trained medical students and medical graduates must register through the University of Toronto–Visiting Elective Program prior to applying for their elective or residency.


An Observer is an individuals who shadow a physician to simply observe clinical practice for the purposes of becoming familiar with the context in which medicine is practiced; it is not a training opportunity nor to be considered a credential on any certification application) the opportunity to gain knowledge and exposure about health care.

Shadowing is an informal agreement made between the physician and the observer.

Physician contact information cannot be shared or publicized. It is the responsibility of the Observer to seek out a physician of interest; Medical Administration does not make the connection on behalf of Observer.

No. Observerships cannot be part of any curriculum. Observers must not engage in any patient contact and therefore cannot be evaluated on skills or interactions.

No. Observers are not covered by malpractice or the Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB).

Observership is open to Internationally Trained Medical Graduates (IMGs), physicians, dentists, midwives or extended class nurses.

Please direct inquiries to:

Chantelle Morris
Medical Education, Research & Bioethics Associate
Scarborough Health Network
2867 Ellesmere Road
Scarborough, ON M1E 4B9

College and University Practicum Students

SHN accepts diploma, undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students from a wide range of disciplines who need to complete a supervised practicum as part of their academic requirements.

Student types include, but are not limited to Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Speech Language Pathology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, and Social Work.

Information and Forms for Placement Coordinators

For college/university student placement coordinators, please submit your requests via HSPnet (Health Sciences Placement Network) website. If your academic institution is not a member of HSPnet, please email your request to when applying for student placements, following the same dates as outlined below.

The HSPnet dates of submission are as follows:

Fall Term—Submit requests by June 15th
Winter Term—Submit requests October 15th
Spring/Summer Term—Submit requests February 15th

SHN will respond to your requests within one month of your submission.

Frequently Asked Questions

You must first contact your school’s student placement coordinator, who is on-site at your school. They are responsible for requesting student placements within SHN. If you are not certain who your school’s placement coordinator is, you will need to contact your school administration office directly, so that they can connect you with the appropriate person. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept individual requests from students who do not have a student placement coordinator at their school.

Please direct inquiries to