Observerships

Observerships have no University of Toronto status. Medical practitioners who wish to arrange an observership do so by contacting the hospital where they wish to have observer status. The information below pertains to the observership policy of nine major hospitals in the city of Toronto.

Hospital for Sick Children

At the Hospital for Sick Children (www.sickkids.ca), persons interested must apply directly to the departmental office of the specialty in which they wish to have observer status.

If you wish to apply for an observership in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, please follow the requirements below to complete your application. Your application will not be processed unless all of the information has been received. We accept observers for a two (2) week period only throughout the year.

Requirements

Please submit the following:

  1. Observer Application Form
  2. Completed Immunization Form (term > 5 days)
  3. Observer Application Fee Form (term > 2 days)
  4. Confidentiality Agreement signed by the applicant
  5. Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
  6. Copy of degree (officially translated if not in English)
  7. Passport size photo (digital image or good quality photocopy of passport is acceptable)

All of the above requirements must be submitted to eloisa.tobias@sickkids.ca a few months prior to your start date. Once we receive the documentation and proper approval from the Division Head, Department Chief, Occupational Health and Medical Affairs office, a confirmation email will be sent to the applicant.

For applicants wishing to observe for two (2) weeks, a completed immunization form must be forwarded with your application, please allow sufficient time for approval from Occupational Health department. Applicants requesting to observe for five (5) days or less are not required to complete the immunization form.

If you have any questions, please email eloisa.tobias@sickkids.ca

Mount Sinai Hospital

The Medical Education Office at Mount Sinai Hospital (www.mtsinai.on.ca) indicated that observerships there are no longer than one month and must originate with a request from a staff physician. Prospective observers would need to apply directly to the departmental office of the specialty in which they wish to have observer status.

More information:
http://www.uhn.ca/healthcareprofessionals/Observerships

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Persons interested in an observership at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre must apply directly to the departmental office of the specialty in which they wish to have observer status. The Credentials Office issues observer credentials at the request of Sunnybrook’s departmental offices.

More information: http://sunnybrook.ca/education/content/?page=education-observers

St. Michael’s Hospital

At St. Michael’s Hospital (www.stmichaelshospital.com), prospective observers must arrange their observership through a staff physician at the hospital, who will notify the hospital’s Medical Education Office.

More information:
http://www.stmichaelshospital.com/education/fitzgerald-academy/frequently-asked-questions.php

St. Joseph’s Health Centre

If you are seeking a learning, observational and/or service opportunity that is not part of a prescribed curriculum and/or a student placement initiated by an affiliated academic site you must submit an observership application and receive approval to proceed. Please contact the Student Placement Liaison regarding the observership onboarding requirements and application form.

For information on medical education please contact the Department of Medical Education & Scholarship at 416-530-6000 ext. 4269.

Medical Education Coordinator
Tel.: (416) 530-6000 ext. 4597
Fax: (416) 530 6577
Email: unelle@stjoe.on.ca

Toronto East General Hospital

Please contact Joanne Mount via email, J.Mount@utoronto.ca

Trillium Health Centre

At Trillium Health Centre (www.trilliumhealthcentre.org) prospective observers must arrange their observership through a staff physician at the hospital, who will notify the hospital’s Medical Education Office.

Yvonne McVeigh, Scheduling Coordinator & Student Liaison
Surgery, Anaesthesia, Ophthalmology & Otolaryngology
Medical Education Office
Trillium Health Partners
Tel.:  (905) 848-7580 ext. 1750  
Fax:  (905) 804-7960
Email:  Yvonne.McVeigh@trilliumhealthpartners.ca
Website:  http://trilliumhealthpartners.ca

University Health Network

At the University Health Network (www.uhn.ca/index.asp), those who wish to arrange observerships must do so through the appropriate departmental office. The departmental office will inform the University Health Network Medical Affairs Office. The UHN Medical Education Office is not involved with the credentialing of observers.

Adele Pimentel
Observership Coordinator – UHN Education
observerships@uhn.ca
The Toronto General Hospital
200 Elizabeth Street – 6NU-600B
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2C4
Tel.: (416) 340-4800 ext. 2665

More information: http://www.uhn.ca/healthcareprofessionals/Observerships/Pages/default.aspx

Women’s College Hospital

At the new Women’s College Hospital (www.womenscollegehospital.ca), prospective observers must arrange their observership through a staff physician at the hospital, who will notify the hospital’s Medical Education Office.

Medical Affairs
Fran.Jackson@wchospital.ca

WCH Observership Form

More information:
http://www.womenscollegehospital.ca/programs-and-services/dept-of-anesthesia-wf/department-of-anesthesia192/

College of Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario Policy
on Shadowing and Observerships

Please note that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), the self-regulating body for the province’s medical profession, has a stated policy to provide guidance about the appropriate manner in which internationally trained medical graduates (IMGs) can observe patient care in clinical settings (this type of observation is referred to as ‘shadowing’).

Please see the CPSO website for further information:
http://www.cpso.on.ca/Registering-to-Practise-Medicine-in-Ontario/International-Medical-Graduates/Observerships