University of Toronto

Updated October 1, 2015

Faculty Mission Statement

We fulfill our 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 University of Toronto provides two streams of training leading to certification in either a Family Medicine or Royal College Training Program. Entry to the primary specialty programs directly from medical school, which is offered through the CaRMS match, subsequently provides opportunity for selected trainees to enter the wide range of subspecialty programs which encompass nearly all the Royal College specialties and subspecialties. The academic standards in Family Medicine, the Royal College specialties and the subspecialties at the University of Toronto are well recognized and many of these programs provide a starting point for a future career in academic medicine. The wide variety of resources available in Toronto enable the training environment to be tailored to individual needs. Educational opportunities for specific programs are available in academic, community, rural and/or urban settings.

Effective July 1, 2008 all University of Toronto Residents entering PGY1 will be required to complete the web based PGCorEd core competency modules as part of their residency program certification. These modules provide the foundation for the non-Medical Expert roles for the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada Specialty Programs and the 4-Principles for The College of Family Physicians of Canada Family Medicine program.

These modules will be required for completion before the end of the PGY2 year. Failure to complete the modules required by their program will delay processing of their completion or FITERs and may constitute professional misconduct.

PGY-1 year

The format of the PGY-1 year will be based on educational objectives determined by the individual programs and overseen by the Faculty Postgraduate Medical Education Advisory Committee. This Committee will ensure that individual programs and hospitals provide an appropriate educational program for PGY-1 trainees.

Hospital selection will be determined by the program director and will be program specific. Depending on the needs of the trainee and the nature of the program, more than one hospital setting may be used. See Faculty of Medicine for a list and links to the Faculty’s fully-affiliated, community affiliated and specialty teaching sites.

Clinician Investigator Program

The Clinician Investigator Program (CIP) received Royal College approval in January 1996. This program does not imply the creation of a new Royal College specialty or subspecialty but rather identifies a training stream with specific objectives and requirements leading to Royal College recognition on satisfactory completion of both the clinical and research components of the program. The program is available to residents enrolled in Royal College specialty or subspecialty residency programs who have demonstrated an interest in and potential for a career as clinician investigators. Individuals who complete the CIP will have acquired the knowledge, skills, and attitudes fundamental to embarking on a career in health research. The areas of research available for study include not only the traditional areas of laboratory and clinical biomedical research, but also such fields as economics and management, social behavioural and information sciences as they apply to health and disease.

For more information on the Clinician Investigator Programs at U of T, see Clinical Investigator Program

Salary and benefits

See terms of the contract of the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario (PARO)

University registration fees

University registration fees are currently $700.00 (rate are subject to change).

Tuition fees

There are no tuition fees for postgraduate medical trainees at the present time.

Program start date

All University of Toronto programs commence July 1.

Further information

For general enquiries or more details regarding any of the postgraduate programs at The University of Toronto, please visit the Faculty website:

E-mail enquiries may be directed to:

Please read the Ontario provincial criteria: