Career exploration: frequently asked questions

Q. How does early career exploration work?
Q. What exactly is an Enriching Educational Experience (EEE) and how does it differ from an elective?

Q. How does early career exploration work?

As you consider your future career identity, early experiences can help you appreciate a wide range of medical specialties and professional identities. One component of this process is shadowing, where you observe a licensed medical practitioner in his or her environment. This non-curricular clinical activity is referred to as an Enriching Educational Experience (EEE). In addition to enhancing learning and providing mentorship opportunities, shadowing can help you identify personally suitable and meaningful specialties for further exploration – and even 'select out' specialties that may no longer be personally relevant. Many of you will use shadowing during preclerkship to identify future electives

Q. What exactly is an EEE and how does it differ from an Elective?

An EEE activity is a non-curricular clinical experience often referred to as shadowing or an observership. The EEE program helps University of Toronto (U of T) medical students organize and carry out non-curricular clinical activities in a manner that is fair, equitable, informed and consistent with the requirements and expectations of U of T's Faculty of Medicine. Most of these activities occur during preclerkship, well before the period when electives occur.  

The use of the EEE program is limited to U of T medical students, and students in all 4 years are required to register all EEE activities. EEE activities are not covered by the Workplace and Safety Insurance Board (WSIB). Different malpractice insurance arrangements may also apply if you are participating in an activity outside of Canada. See the EEE student/supervisor guidelines (PDF) for essential information. 

The new Enriching Educational Experience program is now housed within MedSIS.

Formal electives are only those experiences that are approved as such and occur during the 14-week fourth-year course, ELV 410Y.

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