The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) has a strong history as a University of Toronto affiliated community teaching hospital for over 40 years, and remains fully committed to teaching future physicians. TSH serves one of the most diverse communities in Canada providing learners with an opportunity to experience a range of programs and services that are as diverse as the community we serve. While many of the rotations are one-to-one teachings between the learner and their preceptor, learners are also able to participate in an interprofessional team environment.


Arranging a Postgraduate Clinical Elective

University of Toronto (U of T) residents who wish to arrange an elective at The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) can contact the specific department/preceptor directly or alternatively, the Medical Education Office.

A non-U of T postgraduate resident from another Canadian medical school wishing to arrange an elective at TSH, should first confirm with the specific TSH department/preceptor, and then contact the particular host U of T residency program department. Click here for the list of U of T Program Directors. This elective request will then be forwarded to the U of T Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) Office for registration purposes.

Arranging an Undergraduate Clinical Elective

All undergraduate elective students, years three and four, are required to register with U of T (for example, three year medical programs, such as McMaster students in years two and three.)

All U of T medical students should organize their electives through the Electives Program Office, Undergraduate Medical Education Office, Faculty of Medicine.

All visiting elective students (those not from U of T) must apply directly through the Visiting Electives Office at the University of Toronto.

All learners must complete a TSH registration form prior to starting their rotation at TSH.  Forms can be filled out online.


Dr. Tom Chan
Chief of Staff

Anne Davies
Medical Education Office/Medical Affairs
416-431-8200, ext. 6007

Dr. Larry Erlick
Chief of Family Practice and Community Medicine
416-431-8224, ext. 6689

Dr. Jennifer McDonald
Program Director, Family Medicine Residency
416-431-8200, ext. 6591

Stacey Milley
Program Assistant, Family Medicine Residency
416-431-8200, ext. 6591

Roya Moshkin
Secretary to Chief of Family Practice and Community Medicine and Family Medicine Program Co-ordinator
416-431-8224, ext. 6689

The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) is a training site for the University of Toronto. Each year, 25 family medicine residents receive core training at our hospital. Family medicine residents are medical school graduates who are training to specialize in family medicine. The two-year program leads to eligibility for certification by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

The Family Medicine Residency program at The Scarborough Hospital is a learner‐centered program, with both urban and rural preceptor experiences available. Our program provides community‐based experiences with an emphasis on real‐world, hands‐on clinical training, along with core academic teaching.

Scarborough is located just east of Toronto, with a population of approximately 600,000 people. Scarborough is one of the most ethnically diverse communities in the world. It has been referred to as the “ideal gateway community” for new Canadian immigrants. The majority of our Family Medicine community‐based preceptors practice here. We also have preceptors in the nearby community of Pickering.

Each resident is matched with a community‐based Family Medicine preceptor to meet their individual learning needs. All preceptors offer opportunities for residents to participate as a member of the primary health care team looking after populations with diverse health care requirements. Residents have mini‐practices under the supervision of their Family Medicine preceptors so that they can begin to experience continuity of care in Family Medicine.

Further, residents receive training in various settings, including Obstetrics, Paediatrics, Internal Medicine and Subspecialties, General Surgery, Psychiatry, Palliative Care, and Emergency Medicine.

Residents from other hospitals and other programs do elective rotations at The Scarborough Hospital.

For more information, contact:

Stacey Milley
Program Assistant
The Scarborough Hospital
University of Toronto, Department of Family & Community Medicine
Family Medicine Residency Program and Family Medicine Clerkship Program
Phone: 416-431-8200, ext. 6591
Fax: 416-439-8052

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In order to qualify for a medical education observership, you must be currently enrolled in medical school. This is not a training opportunity and will not be credentialed or evaluated. You must be accompanied by your supervisor or delegate at all times. You will not be given access to the hospital’s information technology (IT) system, or any restricted areas.

High school students, non-medical university students, and post graduate students do not qualify for The Scarborough Hospital’s (TSH) medical education observership.

Medical Education Observership is available for up to a maximum of four weeks.

To participate in a TSH medical education observership:

  1. You must find a physician who agrees to supervise your observership.
  2. You must contact the Medical Education Office and provide the dates of your observership and the name of the physician who has agreed to supervise you.
  3. You will need to fill in the observership registration form.
  4. You will need to provide:
    • Proof of immunization
    • A letter of good standing from your medical school

Once this has been received by the Medical Education office, you will be informed whether any further paperwork will be required from you.

We strongly recommend you register at least two weeks in advance of your expected start date in order to have time for all the paper work to be completed.

You will not be allowed on-site until the Medical Education Office has provided you approval.

Thank you for choosing The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) as part of your medical education!

Please ensure you have completed the registration form and have been in contact with the Medical Education office prior to starting your rotation.

Contact your preceptor one to two weeks before your rotation to discuss your schedule and where to attend on your first day.

Once you have been approved and registered, you will be provided with a link to the TSH training modules. All TSH mandatory training modules must be completed prior to the first day of your rotation. You will be asked to verify that you have completed the online modules including date of completion as part of your registration process.

University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine Policies and Guidelines Related to Medical Education

University of Toronto – Hospital Health, Safety and Policy e-Learning Modules:

  1. Sharps Safety
  2. Hand Hygiene
  3. WHMIS
  4. Workplace Violence and Harassment
  5. Privacy

What is the “Red Button”?

The Red Button is intended as a quick reference for medical students and residents who find themselves in an emergency or crisis situation of any kind. The major scenarios are listed below.

Note: The Red Button provides information and links to resources, but does not connect you directly to assistance.

If your health or safety, or the health or safety of someone else, is at risk, call 911 or seek medical attention immediately!

PAIRO 24 Hour Helpline: 866-HELP-DOC (1-866-435-7362)

For advice, choose the description below that best fits your situation: