History

Students looking a photos of past graduating classes

The University of Toronto (U of T) has been educating physicians since 1843. You need only to walk down our historic hallway in the Medical Sciences Building on campus to see our rich history and evolution of each year's graduating class.  

The U of T School of Medicine was founded in 1843 and in 1910 was cited as one of the excellent medical schools in North America by American educator Abraham Flexner, known for the 20th century reform of medical and higher education in America and Canada.   

World-class talent, interdisciplinary excellence, and collaboration have kept the Faculty of Medicine at the forefront of life-changing health research and innovation for more than a century.   

By 2011, U of T Medicine was ranked fourth globally by the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan in the category of Clinical Medicine, reflecting our research-intensive academic enterprise. U of T has the only Faculty of Medicine in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) – a region with a population of approximately six million people – placing us in a unique position within one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world.

The Faculty of Medicine is committed to a mission of fulfilling its social responsibility by developing leaders, contributing to our communities, and improving the health of individuals and populations through the discovery, application, and communication of knowledge. The Faculty of Medicine’s vision is to achieve international leadership in improving health through innovation in research and education.

In support of this mission and vision, the MD Program prepares physician leaders who will contribute to the transformation of health care globally by applying the CanMEDS principles throughout their career. The success of the MD Program has been achieved through a long-standing collaboration with nine academic hospitals that are fully affiliated with U of T and an increasing number of community-affiliated hospitals and clinical care sites in the GTA, all dedicated to a shared academic mission.

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