Western University

Updated August 27, 2015

Who We Are

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University has a long tradition of excellence, beginning with founding of the medical school in 1881 and continuing with the formation of the dental school in 1964.

Our reputation has been built by dedicated teachers, breakthrough discoveries, our commitment to social responsibility and our affinity for strategic partnerships.

Today, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry is a leading Canadian centre of outstanding education and research shaping health care for the next generation.

Our Mission

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry provides outstanding education within a research-intensive, distributed learning environment where tomorrow’s physicians, dentists, health researchers and other scholars learn to be socially responsible leaders in the advancement of human health locally, regionally and globally.

Our Values

We embrace the following core values:

  • Social responsibility and accountability
  • Innovation and scientific excellence in all that we do
  • Learning experiences which foster academic leadership, critical inquiry and a passion for life-long learning
  • Compassionate, patient- and family-centred care
  • Diversity
  • Collaboration and partnership


Through its resources as a major academic institution, Western University is committed to providing postgraduate education designed to meet specific Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada/College of Family Physicians of Canada program objectives, as well as requirements of the Medical Council of Canada in a manner applicable to future medical practice.

All of Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s postgraduate medical programs are integrated to ensure each resident a comprehensive educational experience in his/her chosen specialty.

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry provides a formal faculty-wide Academic Half-Day Program for all residents. These sessions address the required generic skills of medical practice and are designed to provide an opportunity to learn about non-specialty specific topics such as biomedical ethics, medical legal issues, management skills, communication skills, quality assurance, health care policy, community health issues, and abuse. A Resident Appreciation Day is also part of the program and sponsored by the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario (PARO). Additional information about each of our residency programs can be found in the CaRMS Program directory online.

About Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

With a rich history of firsts dating back more than 130 years, the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University in London, Canada is a worldwide leader in education, research and the development of unique academic, research and professional partnerships.

It is one of the country’s premier medical schools and ranks as one of Canada’s top five largest. It has an annual operating revenue of $136 million and endowments totaling $126 million.

In addition to its education role, the School boasts a rich and innovative research program spanning across the basic and clinical sciences. The School is also home to the internationally renowned Robarts Research Institute.

The School’s research vision is integrated with the London hospitals’ academic missions and Lawson Health Research Institute, allowing seamless transition in a dynamic environment for faculty members and residents interested in research projects.

Areas of medical and dental research excellence include:

  • biomedical imaging
  • cancer
  • cardiovascular, respiratory health and metabolic diseases
  • maternal, fetal, child and family health
  • neuroscience and mental health

Some emerging areas of strength include:

  • aging and geriatric medicine
  • clinical pharmacology and personalized medicine
  • environment and health
  • genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics
  • health services delivery and policy
  • innovative surgical therapies
  • population health

Western’s Faculty of Medicine was established in 1881; the Faculty of Dentistry was created in 1964. The two faculties merged in 1997. The School was named in honour of Mr. Seymour Schulich in 2004 and is now known as the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. The gift supports annual scholarships for medicine, dentistry and graduate students.

Western University is located in London, Ontario, Canada. Western has grown in reputation and size to become an internationally recognized teaching and research institution. Western has a population of over 32,000 students including approximately 1,600 international students from more than 60 countries.

Western delivers an academic experience second to none, challenging the best and brightest faculty, staff and students to commit to the highest global standards. Western attracts individuals with a broad worldview seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community.

Since 1878, the ‘Western Experience’ has combined academic excellence with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural growth.

Residency Training Program Start Date

All programs at Western commence on July 1, with a mandatory one-day Orientation in London, Ontario.


University registration fees are currently $700.00 (subject to change). There will be no resident tuition fees charged to Canadian graduates at Western University (subject to change).

The London hospitals have credentialing and start up requirements such as a Health Review/ N95 mask fitting, Electronic Patient Record Training /Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification plus the completion of learning modules such as Protecting Patient Privacy, Infection Control, Prevention and Early Identification of Sepsis, Violence in the Workplace and Excelling at Excellent Customer Service. These additional requirements must be completed before July 1st and will be communicated to you in a letter from the hospital. Failure to complete them will impact your ability to start training on time.

ACLS will be provided to those residents who have not previously been certified. Residents must have CMPA coverage. Residents must also register and hold a valid certificate of registration authorizing postgraduate medical education from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

Salary & Benefits

See terms of the contract of the PARO – CAHO Agreement – The Professional Association of Residents of Ontario/The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario.

Teaching Hospitals

There are two main teaching centers situated on five sites that are affiliated with Western University postgraduate training programs. These include the London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London.

In addition to the affiliated tertiary care teaching hospitals, Schulich provides training in an extensive number of sites throughout Southwestern Ontario, including Windsor, St. Thomas, Chatham, Sarnia, and Stratford. These community rotations meet the Royal College training objectives and residents from a variety of specialties participate in the Southwestern Ontario Medical Education Network (SWOMEN) program. SWOMEN is a partnership of more than 45 communities providing Rural Regional medical education and exceptional clinical experience to Schulich undergraduate and postgraduate trainees. SWOMEN community rotations are fully funded to include accommodation and travel reimbursement.

The community orientation of SWOMEN has had a great deal of appeal for many residents. This spectrum of resources, along with the size of the programs at Western, offers many opportunities to structure the residency program to meet personal career needs. More information about SWOMEN can be found at http://www.schulich.uwo.ca/swomen

London Health Sciences Centre


London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), one of Canada’s largest acute-care teaching hospitals, is dedicated to excellence in patient care, teaching and research. For more than 138 years, we have provided patient care for the people of London, the region, and beyond. Many national and international medical breakthroughs have been pioneered at LHSC, to the benefit of patients at home and around the world. Through our affiliation with Western University and more than 30 other educational institutions, we train more than 1,800 medical and health care professionals annually.

Today, LHSC is home to:

Our physicians, residents and staff number nearly 15,000 and together they provided care for more than one million patient visits each year.

The generosity and vision of the people we serve is a cornerstone for our progress—yesterday, today and tomorrow. They give selflessly through the Children’s Health Foundation and London Health Sciences Foundation to strengthen and enhance our resources, building the future of health care.

London Health Sciences Centre is affiliated with Western University and the two share not only staff and students but also a commitment to high quality education and research. Teaching and research spires include:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiac Care
  • Medical Imaging
  • Multi Organ Transplantation
  • Neurosciences
  • Oncology
  • Orthopaedics / Sports Medicine
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Robotic Assisted Surgery
  • 3D Ultrasound, Surgical Visual System

Spread over three million square feet of property, London Health Sciences Centre is comprised of three sites. Restructuring has led to many building projects and the second phase is now complete. London Health Sciences Centre also includes several community health centers, the Byron Family Medical Centre and the Victoria Family Medical Centre, and the London Regional Cancer Program.

London Health Sciences Centre works with area hospitals in providing outreach programs and has a great number of collaborative partners and affiliations across the city and province including:

  • Canadian National Institute for the Blind
  • Child Health Research Institute
  • Coordinated Stroke Strategy
  • Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic
  • John P. Robarts Research Institute
  • Kidney Foundation
  • London Regional Cancer Centre
  • Provincial Cardiac Care Network
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Joseph’s Health Care London
  • Siebens Drake Research Institute
  • Thames Valley Children’s Centre

St. Joseph’s Health Care London


St. Joseph’s Health Care London is one of Ontario’s leading teaching hospitals, contributing to the advancement of health care, education and research. We are a partner in London’s academic health sciences community.

St. Joseph’s is a Catholic health care organization, owned by the St. Joseph’s Health Care Society of the Roman Catholic Diocese of London and governed by a volunteer board of directors representing the community. Our services are publicly funded.

With Western University, St. Joseph’s faciliates training for medical students, residents and fellows. There are 650 residents who train and work at St. Joseph’s and London Health Sciences Centre to become fully licensed physicians.

Residents and fellows deliver front line medical care in care units, urgent care, surgical and medical wards, outpatient clinics, family doctors’ offices and other hospital facilities. Residents assess patients, order tests, perform procedures, write prescriptions and make treatment decisions. They also help train future doctors by teaching medical students and other residents.

In November 2014, two of Ontario’s longstanding health care facilities— Regional Mental Health Care London and Parkwood Hospital—came together in one location under a new name: Parkwood Institute.

As part of the St. Joseph’s Health Care London family of services, Parkwood Institute is a vibrant academic health care community that is collaborating in physical and mental health care, teaching and research and advancing the understanding that conditions of the body and mind go hand-in-hand.

The St. Joseph’s Health Care London website at www.sjhc.london.on.ca has links to all of the affiliated facilities and partners, including Parkwood Hospital, Lawson Health Research Institute, Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care, and St. Joseph’s Family Medical and Dental Centre.

Additional Information

London, Ontario – further information

Western and Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry – general enquiries
Tel. 519-661-2019
Email: postgraduate.medicine@schulich.uwo.ca

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