Office of Health Professions Student Affairs

6 Queen's Park Crescent West
C. David Naylor Building, 3rd Floor
(416) 978-­2764
ohpsa.reception@utoronto.ca
 

The Associate Dean and staff of the Office of Health Professions Student Affairs (OHPSA) are dedicated to supporting students in achieving their full academic and personal potential within Faculty of Medicine’s 'programs. They have expertise in a variety of areas, and access to extensive resources and networks within the University and surrounding communities.

Full details on OHPSA services and programming are available at: http://www.md.utoronto.ca/ohpsa/

 

Counselling

The OHPSA is staffed by three types of professional counsellors:

  • Personal Counsellors provide private, confidential, short-­term counselling. They also conduct group sessions on wellness and mindfulness.
  • Career Counsellors provide self-­assessment, medical specialty exploration, CaRMS application assistance, CV and personal statement critique, and Residency interview practice and support. The Career Counsellors also conduct workshops, presentations, and career panels.
  • Academic Counsellors provide individual consultation for any student experiencing academic difficulties, and support tutoring groups, including the Peer­-Facilitated Review Enrichment Program (PREP).

All counselling services are confidential; counsellor offices are privately located on both campuses, separate from the general MD Program and OHPSA offices.  Appointments may be arranged by phone, e-mail, in person, by contacting counsellors directly, or the OHPSA website: http://www.md.utoronto.ca/content/book-appointment

MAM students may also contact the Student Support Administrator, located in the Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex, to arrange appointments at the UTM campus.

Note: Students requesting special accommodation related to a physical or other impairment (e.g. extra time or a separate room for examinations) must have authorization through University of Toronto Accessibility Services and are responsible for bringing their needs to the attention of their course directors or the Associate Dean of OHPSA. The Academic Counsellor also provides consultation and resources to faculty regarding course design, delivery, and remediation.

Note: Students requesting special accommodations related to physical or other impairments to optimize their learning (e.g. extra time or a separate room for examinations) must have authorization through University of Toronto Accessibility Services and are responsible for bringing their needs to the attention of their course directors or the Associate Dean of OHPSA. Please note that students are required to re/register annually with U of T Accessibility Services to ensure uninterrupted implementation of recommended accommodations. The Academic Counsellor also provides consultation and resources to faculty regarding course design, delivery, and remediation.

 

Extracurricular and service-­learning activities

In addition to counselling services, the OHPSA supports student life and community outreach activities. The office recognizes the value of a well­-rounded program for student development, and the role of social responsibility in medicine, and encourages students to participate in Faculty, University, and community activities. A number of social, charitable, and personal development and well­being events are also facilitated by the OHPSA. Awareness of social issues and our professional responsibility to support those in need both locally and globally is encouraged. Collaboration and participation by students from all health professional student groups in the Faculty of Medicine is encouraged wherever possible. In addition, the OHPSA provides assistance with the service-­learning activities in the Community Affairs Portfolio of the students’ Medical Society (MedSoc).