Scarborough Health Network (SHN) is a community teaching hospital, nestled in one of the most diverse communities in Canada. We are affiliated with the University of Toronto and home to more than 230 Faculty-appointed physician preceptors who teach over 750 of medical students, residents, midwives and physician assistants each year. These trainees are able to engage in one-to-one, preceptor-learner environment while still participating in an interprofessional team environment. In addition, this provides learners with an opportunity to experience a range of programs and services that are as diverse as the community we serve.
SHN offers clinical placements to Medical Trainees in a variety of areas. Preceptors for self-selected and accept trainees based on their availability, time and practice capabilities when contacted by the University.
Please use the University preceptor catalog to find a preceptor. Once your preceptor is obtained and confirmed with our office, we will register you with the hospital. Trainees must register with the hospital prior to starting their rotation.
Non-UofT Medical Students and Residents must all register with UofT before applying for their elective or Residency. Once UofT confirmation is received by the Medical Education office, then the trainee will be registered before starting their rotation at SHN.
SHN supports a number of Midwifery programs along with the UofT/NOMS physician assistant training program. Please contact your school to organize a rotation through SHN.
Observerships are placements where the student ‘shadows or observes’ a physician’s practice with no involvement in care nor direct interaction with patients. Current Medical students (both local and international) who are in good standing with their medical school may apply for an observership opportunity. Students interested in an observership must find, on their own, a physician willing to supervise them. We cannot provide physician names or information. Please do not show up to clinics looking for an observership.
Facts about SRH Observerships
- Maximum of four weeks in a 12 month period is allowed.
- No part of any curriculum and no academic credit will be given
- Observers are not covered by malpractice or Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB)
- There is a fee for processing the observer application
Please direct inquiries to:
Medical Education, Research & Bioethics Associate
Scarborough Health Network
2867 Ellesmere Road
Scarborough, ON M1E 4B9
SHN is a training site for the University of Toronto – Postgraduate Family Medicine Residency Program, which is a learner‐centered program with both urban and rural preceptor experiences available. The program provides community-based experiences with an emphasis on real-world, hands-on clinical training, along with core academic teaching at the Scarborough site.
Each resident is matched with a community-based Family Medicine preceptor to meet their individual learning needs. All preceptors offer opportunities for residents to participate as a member of the primary health care team looking after populations with diverse health care requirements.
Residents receive training in hospital-based settings, including Obstetrics, Paediatrics, Internal Medicine and Subspecialties, General Surgery, Psychiatry, Palliative Care and Emergency Medicine. The two-year program leads to eligibility for certification by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
SHN is a training site for the University of Toronto – Family Medicine Undergraduate Medical Education Program. Medical students in their third and fourth year of study are identified as clerks. The Family Medicine Undergraduate Program provides one-on-one clinical teaching with considerable hands-on opportunities in a community office setting. Students are assigned to a family medicine preceptor within the vicinity of our General and Birchmount hospitals.
All undergraduate students receive exposure to Family Medicine and may go on to choose this as their area of specialty upon graduation from medical school. A seminar series, consisting of three four-hour sessions is taught by family physicians and residents. The series is conducted for the students in cooperation with North York General Hospital, Sunnybrook Hospital and Michael Garron Hospital.
New or prospective learners, please contact:
Program Assistant, Family Medicine Residency Program & Family Medicine Clerkship Program
416-431-8200 ext. 6591