Wightman-Berris Academy

Introducing the Wightman-Berris Academy

About the Wightman-Berris Academy

The Wightman-Berris (WB) Academy is comprised of:

  • UHN (University Health Network) – includes Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Rehab
  • Sinai Health System – includes Mount Sinai Hospital and Bridgepoint
  • Michael Garron Hospital, formerly Toronto East General Hospital 

Some students will also attend educational sessions at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, Humber River Regional Hospital, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, The Hospital For Sick Children and other community sites associated with WB Academy.

The hospitals of WB Academy have a proud history of strength in patient care, research and education, and faculty members are highly supportive of innovations in medical education at the University of Toronto.

Currently, WB Academy student enrolment is approximately 91 first-year students. The Academy registers over 700 preclerkship, clerkship and elective students in total every year.

Anchor hospitals

Toronto Western HospitalToronto Western Hospital The anchor hospitals (UHN and Sinai Health System) of WB Academy have very active ambulatory and inpatient services for family and community medicine, general medicine, general surgery, oncology and numerous tertiary specialty programs.

The association of UHN and Mount Sinai goes far beyond undergraduate education into joint clinical services, collaborative research and postgraduate educational programs.

UHN is home to the Wilson Centre for Research in Education and the Centre for Interprofessional Education. With 804 acute care hospital beds, UHN priority programs include organ transplantation, advanced cardiac and neurosurgical care and cancer care. There are 423 rehabilitation beds.

Mount Sinai Hospital is a 442 bed hospital with several priority programs, including perinatal medicine and special pregnancy care, chronic disease management, specialized cancer care and emergency care. Bridgepoint Health is a new state-of-the-art centre which specializes in rehabilitation and management of individuals with complex care needs.

Associate Site

Michael Garron Hospital is the Academy’s urban community teaching facility that serves the diverse population of East Toronto in a 110 bed general hospital, with numerous ambulatory clinics.

Facilities

The WB Academy is home to:

Mount Sinai Hospital Mount Sinai Hospital

Video conferencing is available between the teaching sites. At each site, there are seminar rooms, large classrooms, examination rooms and computing facilities, student lounges and lockers. Students may have some of their educational sessions, seminars and case-based learning at different sites, but clinical skills teaching is usually based at one hospital site for the first two years. A shuttle bus is available to take students from Toronto General to Toronto Western, as required.

History

The Wightman-Berris Academy is named for two distinguished physician educators, Dr. KJR Wightman (1914-1978), who was Physician-in-Chief of the Toronto General and post-graduate Dean at the University of Toronto, and Dr. Barnet Berris (1921-2009) who was the Physician-in-Chief at Mount Sinai and clinical teacher extraordinaire.

Academy Director

Academy Director Dr. Jackie James was a graduate of the class of 8T7 at the University of Toronto and is an endocrinologist at the Mount Sinai Hospital. She was actively involved in teaching and course direction prior to becoming the WB Academy Director in 2006.

At WB, educational administrative staff at each site ensure that students and tutors are brought together in the best possible learning environment, and are always prepared to help students quickly find their way around what initially appear to be very large health complexes. They endeavor to make the learning spaces comfortable and to create an atmosphere conducive to learning as well as socializing. Support services include counseling, information technology support and research support. The teaching faculty is enthusiastic about teaching and being involved in the training of future colleagues.

For more information about the Wightman-Berris Academy, visit the WB website.

Contact Information 

Dr. Jacqueline James, Academy Director
UHN - Toronto General Hospital
200 Elizabeth St. Eaton Wing G-100
Toronto, ON  M5G 2C4
E-mail Dr. Jacqueline James

Anne Marie Holmes, UHN Education Manager
Phone: (416) 340-4832
E-mail Anne Marie Holmes 

For all WB contacts, visit the WB website staff listing.

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