Additional Educational Opportunities

Ontario’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. Changes will likely occur as the province and its municipalities adjust to new data about the virus. In these circumstances, please be advised that changes to the delivery of courses, co-curricular opportunities, programs (including clinical programs or opportunities) and services, may become necessary during the academic year. The University thanks its students, faculty, and staff for their flexibility during these challenging times as we work together to maintain the standards of excellence that are the hallmark of the MD Program, Temerty Medicine, and the University.

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MD - Master of Business Administration Combined Degree Program

The MD-MBA (Full-Time) Combined Degree Program (MD-MBA FT CDP) is offered jointly by the Faculty of Medicine and the Rotman School of Management. The MD-MBA FT CDP is intended for a small number of medical students who have an interest in becoming health sector leaders with management competencies. Graduates of the combined degree program will be well positioned to act as the health-care executives of tomorrow, in both the public and private sectors. The MBA FT coursework, combined with the MD Program curriculum, will prepare students for significant leadership opportunities throughout their career.

Applicants to MD-MBA FT CDP must be enrolled, and in good academic standing, in Year 3 of the MD Program, and must meet the MBA admission requirements for the MD-MBA FT CDP. Medical students registered in the MD-MBA FT CDP must maintain good academic standing in the MD Program to continue in the CDP.

Students who successfully complete the MD-MBA FT CDP will be awarded both the MD and MBA degrees.

The MD-MBA FT CPD is designed such that the requirements can be completed in five years rather than the six years it would take to acquire the degrees independently, as follows:





Year 1 MD Program

Year 1 MD Program requirements


Year 2 MD Program

Year 2 MD Program requirements


Year 3 MD Program;

Apply to MD-MBA FT CPD

Year 3 MD Program requirements



Year 1 MBA

Year 1 MBA FT course requirements (Students in the MD-MBA FT CPD granted credit for RSM 1165H Leveraging Diverse Teams; RSM 1380H Applied Management: Placement; one MBA Year 2 0.5 FCE elective)


Year 4 MD Program

Year 2 MBA

Year 4 MD Program requirements

Year 2 MBA FT course requirements (Students in the MD-MBA FT CPD granted credit for RSM 1160H Business Ethics)

The MD-MBA FT CPD path to completion summarized above requires completion of MBA courses in the summer of Year 4.

Further details about the MD-MBA Combined Degree Program is available on the Rotman School of Management website and in the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Calendar.


Master of Science (MSc) in Health Policy Management and Evaluation - System Leadership and Innovation

The Master of Science (MSc) concentration in System Leadership and Innovation (SLI) has been developed and approved by the Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation (IHPME), the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies.  The degree is available to both medical students and residents. The degree details can be found on the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation website

The SLI concentration allows medical students and residents to obtain a non-thesis MSc with a focus on the key aspects of physician leadership for system innovation, including leadership and motivation, strategic thinking and planning, research methods for evaluating health system innovation and policy analysis, and techniques for system change. The part-time format allows MD students to complete the program and receive a separate MSc credential without having to step away from the MD Program.

The scheduling for the SLI courses and practicums is designed to fit the demands and workflow of medical school and will allow medical students to complete the MSc SLI the same year that they complete their MD Program.  In order to complete the MSc SLI degree in four years students must pay MSc. tuition and complete degree credits in years 1, 2 and 4 of medical school and complete practica and courses in the summer between first and second year, the summer between second and third year, and during the selective block at the end of fourth year.  


Master of Engineering (MEng) in Biomedical Engineering

Offered by the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME), the MEng in Biomedical Engineering is a professional graduate degree program that focuses on the design, development and commercialization of biomedical devices. It is most suitable for students interested in an industry-based career. Students may also enrol in an MD-oriented version of this program, which can be completed on a part-time basis. MD students can apply to this part time option in the fall term of Year 1 of the MD Program, with the MEng course work starting in the winter term of Year 1.

The MEng curriculum consists of courses structured into three pillars (biomedical engineering technology, biomedical sciences, and commercialization & entrepreneurship) and an internship. All students in the MEng have the opportunity to take on design challenges and meet the growing demands of this industry through the internship.


Graduate Diploma in Health Research (GDipHR)

First-year medical students have the opportunity to conduct a research project mentored by a University of Toronto faculty member through the Graduate Diploma in Health Research (GDipHR), which is offered by the Institute of Medical Science in the Faculty of Medicine. The Diploma is designed for future physicians who are interested in contributing to health-related studies in their careers and those wanting to pursue leadership roles in health research. For medical students who have not had any previous research experience, the Diploma provides graduate-level training and an additional University credential without prolonging the time required to receive the MD degree. For medical students who completed graduate research training before starting the MD program, the GDipHR enables them to remain current in research and explore new areas and approaches while completing their MD in the standard four academic years.


Computing for Medicine Certificate Program

The MD Program is pleased to offer incoming students the opportunity to participate in a three-phased not-for-credit Certificate Program, Computing for Medicine (C4M), coordinated jointly between the Faculty of Medicine (Dr. Marcus Law) and the Department of Computer Science (Professor Marzyeh Ghassemi). This program is a 20-month-long commitment offered to first year medical students at the University of Toronto. Students must be in good academic standing throughout the duration of the program. A one-time fee is required for this certificate, to be paid in full upon acceptance to the program.  In January 2018, C4M was formally classified as a Category 3 not-for-credit certificate, which enables medical students to include it on their CVs as a University approved extra-curricular experience.


Service-Learning Opportunities

The Community Affairs portfolio of the Medical Society organizes medical student involvement in 26 programs in the community, most of which are focused on providing assistance to marginalized and disadvantaged populations, children, and the elderly.


Community of Support (COS)

The Community of Support (COS) is a collaborative and longitudinal initiative that support students face systemic barriers on their journey to medical school, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy or graduate life science programs. Being a mentor in the Community of Support provides mentors with opportunities to interact directly with prospective students and provide support in the following areas:

  • Speaking to groups of prospective students about your journey to your profession
  • Providing experiential opportunities (enrichment courses, shadowing, leadership, research and volunteer opportunities)
  • Support at each stage of the application process – i) MCAT preparation, ii) 1-1 support with program application, and iii) school-specific interview preparation



FRANCO Doc Shadowing Experiences

Office of Learner Affairs, along with the U of T Medicine Communauté Francaise / French club (student group) and Réseau franco­santé du Sud de l’Ontario, are working together on the AFMC Franco Doc initiative to increase French usage amongst future physicians by organizing and supporting clinical and experiential activities in French and Bilingual environments.

In addition, on occasion, the committee may be able to help learners who wish to take part in clinical placement in francophone and Bilingual clinical settings. Interested students should contact Ike Okafor Senior Officer, Service Learning and Diversity Outreach at