Update to phone lines at our Birchmount and General Hospitals: If calling through Birchmount main line (416-495-2400), add “7” when dialing an extension. If calling through General main line (416-438-2911), add “8” when dialing an extension.

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.

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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 s.clinstplacements@shn.ca 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 s.clinstplacements@shn.ca

Once you have a confirmed placement, visit our Clinical Student and Instructor Orientation page to complete your mandatory onboarding.