Alexa Battler (University of Toronto Scarborough)

When medical students complete their residencies, they’re not just getting real-world experience — they’re helping keep doctors on their toes. 

“Students ask great questions. They push us to know the evidence and remember things that perhaps we have long forgotten or took for granted,” says Dr. Sacha Bhinder, interim corporate chief of medicine at Scarborough Health Network and lecturer in U of T’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine.

“When we see that across the entire spectrum of health disciplines, it improves the knowledge base of the staff, physicians and allied health colleagues.”

Relationships between universities and health-care providers can strengthen medical research and training, and have a widespread positive impact on community health. It’s why U of T Scarborough and SHN, a network of three hospitals and several health-care sites across the eastern GTA, are collaborating on projects to revitalize health-care in Scarborough. 

Later this fall, SHN and U of T Scarborough will co-host Shaping the Future of Care (or SFC 2022) a conference bringing together academics, health-care professionals and community members in the eastern GTA. The two-day conference will cover information on the Scarborough Academy of Medicine and Integrated Health (SAMIH), ideas and innovations in health-care, and updates on work to establish Scarborough as a leader in health-care research and education.