MD Program funding

U of T’s Faculty of Medicine is at the forefront of life-changing health research and innovation, doing what can’t be done since 1843. With the support of 28 departments and one of the largest academic health science networks in North America, U of T medical students have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with world-renowned faculty and researchers, participate in cutting-edge research, and apply their knowledge in both urban and community-based environments.

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Our areas of greatest need

Donations are designated by the MD Program to fulfill priorities identified in the delivery of medical education, for example:

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MD/PhD Program

Our MD/PhD Program, the largest program of its kind in Canada, trains and mentors the next generation of clinician scientists. Clinician scientists are in the unique position of pursuing both scientific research and clinical practice, translating academic excellence into health care excellence for Canadians every day. Our program attracts the very best researchers into U of T labs and has produced successive generations of innovative health leaders. Through collaborative and interdisciplinary research, we are advancing medicine and improving health around the world.  

It wasn’t long after I completed my own medical training that I felt drawn to research. For me, it wasn’t enough to provide treatments; I wanted to conduct research that could discover or improve those treatments. I completed my PhD through our Institute of Medical Science in 1995 and I firmly believe that I am a better clinician because of the research I do, and I’m a better researcher because of my clinical experience. 

​TREVOR YOUNG, DEAN OF THE FACULTY OF MEDICINE AND VICE-PROVOST, RELATIONS WITH HEALTH CARE INSTITUTIONS

Medical Students Research Day (MSRD)

This annual one-day conference showcases research projects undertaken by U of T medical students, sharing their discoveries with medical students, faculty and the U of T community. The research fields are diverse, ranging from basic and clinical science disciplines to topics related to health care, medical education and international health. Posters are judged by faculty and peers, providing a valuable opportunity for feedback and networking. A select number of students are invited to showcase their research with an oral presentation, representing the best abstracts in their respective categories.  MSRD also invites all first-year students who have performed research in the last 12 months prior to entering medical school to present their work as a poster.

Preclerkship Curriculum Renewal

We are redeveloping the first two years of the MD program.  The new Foundations Curriculum will be launched for students entering the U of T MD program in the 2016/2017 academic year. It will feature a highly integrated program with clinical content from the beginning of medical school, early exposure to patients and the community setting, extensive use of eLearning materials and an assessment program designed to support learning.

Summer Mentorship Program

SMP students in actionSMP gives high school students of Indigenous and African ancestry a chance to explore health sciences at the University of Toronto over four weeks in July. They gain hands-on experience, discover university education, enjoy valuable mentoring experiences, and earn a credit towards their high school diploma. 

The Summer Mentorship Program was an integral part of my development in high school and beyond. I not only aspire to continue in my career as a Medical Doctor, but I also have a goal to provide guidance for youth who wish to explore careers in Medicine.

JABARI JONES MD, SMP ALUMNI 1997

Nishant Fozdar Award

The Nishant Fozdar Award annually supports a U of T medical student who demonstrates dedication to education and community involvement in celebration of the life of Nishant Fozdar. 

Nishant was a wonderfully kind individual and was part of my medical school class from 2010-2012.  He loved to learn and was always keen to teach other students when they needed help. One quality that was always apparent in Nishant was his generosity and compassion towards others.  He constantly sought out opportunities to contribute to our medical class and was greatly missed when he passed away. It was an incredible honor to receive an award in his name. As I grow and develop as a physician, I remain inspired by Nishant's exemplary qualities.

REBECCA RONSLEY, MD, 2015 RECIPIENT

Diana Alli Award

The Diana Alli award is presented annually to the graduating medical student who demonstrates a commitment to enhancing student life and outstanding community service throughout all four years of undergraduate medical education. 

I was delighted to receive the first Diana Alli Medical Student award. I was fortunate enough to know Diana during my time at U of T where she was well known as a pillar of the student community. Her legacy of service locally and abroad is inspiring to all, and a virtue I intend to maintain in my career ahead. I hope that this award continues to recognize the time and effort of medical students in service towards our U of T medicine community and beyond.

SABRINA NURMOHAMED, MD, 2015 RECIPIENT 

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