Information Technology Resources

The MD Program utilizes a number of different electronic resources to deliver curriculum and services. The MD Program website ( has been designed to meet the needs of several user groups: students, teachers, course directors, applicants, and the general public.  In addition, all MD Program policies are posted to the website, as well as links to other important information maintained by the Faculty of Medicine, the University of Toronto, and outside organizations.

The Student Assistance section can be accessed from any page on the MD Program website. By clicking on the student assistance ‘button’ at the top right of the page, students can: view information and resources to help during urgent or crisis situations; access an incident report form to report distressing events that they experience or witness; and access resources related to absences from the program that they may need to take.

For any questions about any of the technology resources below, the Discovery Commons will be able to assist or to redirect users to the appropriate supporting office.

Discovery Commons

MSB 3172

The Discovery Commons is the Faculty of Medicine’s information technology support unit, and its many activities include audio­visual services, application development, application and computer support, and facilities and infrastructure.

For students, the services offered by the Discovery Commons are most visible in four respects:

  1. Service Desk, which provides direct access to any of our services. Open during regular business hours.
  2. Computer labs featuring a total of 30 laptop workstations plus a foyer with four computers. Open during regular business hours (when not booked for classes). Entry through MSB 3172 (Discovery Commons main entrance)
  3. Meeting rooms and classrooms available for booking by students and other groups in the Faculty of Medicine, including support for videoconference and teleconference as requested.
  4. Videoconferencing and recording of lectures conducted in MSB 3153 and 3154 and the lecture theatres at the Mississauga Academy of Medicine.



All University of Toronto students are assigned a unique UTORid, which provides a centralized login for most of the University’s online services, including student e-mail.  The UTORid is managed by the University of Toronto’s Information Technology Services.

Students are assigned a UTORid when they obtain their “TCard” (University of Toronto identification card).

For assistance regarding your UTORid, start by visiting the Information Commons website at:

For additional assistance, please contact the Information Commons Help Desk at or 416­978­4357.

A note about security: Once you have logged into one UTORid­-based online service (e.g. Elentra), you will remain logged in for all other UTORid-­based services as long as you keep at least one browser window open on your computer. To end your secure session (i.e. to log out), you must close all browser windows.


U of T E­mail Address and ONE­Mail Direct  (login: UTORid and password)

University of Toronto student e­mail addresses (UTMail+) are in the form The University of Toronto e­mail address is the official mode of communication on all matters related to your status as a student. All students are required to use this address and check it regularly, as described in the University’s Policy on Official Correspondence with Students (

Information about UTMail+ is available at:  For additional technical support, contact the University’s Information Commons helpdesk at or 416­ 978­4357.

Note: You must ensure that this e­mail address is recorded in ROSI or ACORN (see below) to ensure that all University services have your correct contact information.

For medical students, an additional e­mail service is available for use in clinical settings. ONE Mail Direct will provide students with secure email for clinical communications with their supervisors, fellow students, and other members of the health care team. It is intended solely for clinical communications; all other academic, course-­related, and personal communication should be done through UTMail+ or a personal email account. ONE Mail Direct is run by eHealth Ontario. Soon after the term begins, each student will receive an invitation email that will be sent to their UTMail+ account – simply follow the instructions in the email to activate your ONE Mail Direct account, which will be yours for as long as you practice medicine in Ontario. The address will be in the form firstname.lastname@one­

If you have questions about your ONE Mail Direct account or haven’t received an invitation for the service, please contact



Students access wireless internet connections using their UTORid and password.

Before you can access UofT WiFi, you will need to register your UTORid by using the verify tool. This must be done even if your UTORid is working for other services. To verify, use this link:

There will be a short delay between verifying and being able to access UofT. Please note that the device will be configured with the UTORid and password that was used to set it up, and it is therefore not recommended for shared computers or devices.

For help with UofT WiFi, call the Information Commons helpdesk at 416­-978-­HELP (4357) or visit:­-access­-utorcwn.html.


Accessible Campus Online Resource Network (ACORN)

ACORN is the University of Toronto’s student interface for data relating to a student’s registration and academic record. For more information about ACORN, please refer to­-qa/

Students can access ACORN using their UTORid and password at:

Students must ensure that all personal information is up-to-date in ACORN, particularly permanent and mailing addresses, banking information (for direct deposit of refunds), and official University of Toronto e­mail address. ACORN also provides one-stop access to financial account details with the University (showing payments received, outstanding balances, etc.), downloadable income tax slips, and links to University-wide services.


Medical Student Information System (MedSIS)

MedSIS is the online system that the MD Program uses to maintain student registration information, record and calculate student assessments by teachers, obtain student evaluations on their teachers and courses, and perform course scheduling. Students can view their course schedules, review and complete evaluations and access grades.

MedSIS is supported by Knowledge4You.  For technical support, e-mail MedSIS at:


Elentra: Integrated Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Mapping Platform   (login: UTORid and password)

Powered by a platform known as Elentra, the MD Program uses a secure pathway to access course websites. Login requires a UTORid and password (see above).

Every MD Program student is enrolled automatically in the Elentra system. Upon logging into the system, you should see all MD Program courses listed for you on the "Courses" page.  Each course website contains essential information for completing the course, including course and component overviews, course learning objectives, learning materials, assessment procedures, and key contacts.

The Elentra platform integrates curriculum delivery with curriculum mapping.  Student and faculty users may utilize the system's comprehensive curriculum search feature at any time.  The search allows users to obtain an overview of the four-year program, and is capable of conducting real-time searches of the current curriculum using a number of taxonomies, e.g. MD Program Key and Enabling Competencies (program objectives), learning modality, MCC presentations, themes and priority topics, and keywords.  Curriculum and associated materials from prior academic years from 2017-2018 onward are also archived within the Elentra platform.


University of Toronto Libraries

The University of Toronto library system has one of the most comprehensive collections of both print and online resources in the world. The Gerstein Science Information Centre is of particular importance in health sciences education. Online resources for Gerstein and the other U of T libraries are accessible to students as well as all other members of the University of Toronto via their UTORid.

For quick access to resources in the biomedical sciences, go to the Gerstein homepage:

Through its website, the library makes available a number of support services, including live chat and instant messaging with librarians who can provide users with research assistance. The library also conducts periodic in-­person group training workshops and offers one­-on-­one research consultation appointments for interested students and faculty. See the Research section of the website for details.