Program application language: English
Thank you for your interest in the Postgraduate Medical Education program in Public Health and Preventive Medicine (PHPM) at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, at the University of Toronto. We are the largest PHPM program in Canada and are accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
University of Toronto PHPM Residency Program Goals:
Our program graduates Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialists with the knowledge and skills needed to assess and manage health issues faced by communities and populations. The program will ensure that all graduates can make independent, evidence informed, community responsive, accountable and ethical decisions that maintain and improve health overall and reduce health inequities.
The program will prepare all trainees to be able to serve as local medical officers of health. However, recognizing the need for Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialists in many roles and the variety of career paths graduates may choose, the program will support trainees to gain clinical certification in Family Medicine and to have opportunities to enhance knowledge and skills in focus areas of research, education, environmental health, public health administration and global health.
The program will ensure that residents are provided with learning and assessment opportunities that meet Royal College, program and personal objectives. We support residents' self-direction and self-assessment as well as provide some flexibility in the demonstration of achievement of competency.
- At minimum, two letters of reference must be submitted. A maximum of 3 letters will be read. Referees are asked to specifically address the candidate's:
1. Understanding of the specialty and field of public health and preventive medicine.
2. Motivation and preparation to train and practice in this field.
3. Intellectual capacity, problem solving ability, quantitative ability and academic achievement.
4. Communication and interpersonal skills.
5. Professionalism including maturity, conscientiousness, altruism, respect.
6. Leadership capability.
7. Self-directed learning skills and insight.
Note: Applicants should choose referees who can adequately describe their suitability for the program, as outlined above. Letters from public health practitioners/specialists are preferred.
[Document must be notarized/certified]
Submit one of the following documents to verify your citizenship.
• Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
- Proof of citizenship must be provided by submitting one of the following verifications to CaRMS by the Rank Order List deadline (photocopies acceptable). No other forms of verification are acceptable. Please submit one of the following:
1. Notarized/certified photocopy of Birth Certificate issued by an authority in Canada with any photo ID, or
2. Notarized/certified photocopy of Canadian Passport, or
3. Notarized/certified photocopy of Canadian citizenship certificate, Record of Landing; or
4. Notarized/certified photocopy of Permanent Resident Card/Canadian Citizen Card - copies of both sides of card must be provided and legible.
Medical Student Performance Record
- Order from your Dean's office
[Note: Photograph is used as memory aid only]
Medical School Transcript
- Order from your Registrar
- A personal letter is required (maximum word count of 1000) describing the reasons for pursuing a career in public health and preventive medicine and future contributions to the field. Candidates must address their preparation for graduate education in epidemiology and biostatistics, and address the minimum selection criteria listed below (please refer to the seletion criteria section).
Custom Résumé / CV
- Curriculum Vitae (please include activities, work, research, accomplishments and awards relevant to the selection criteria).
- Transcripts for ALL postsecondary education
- Transcripts for ALL postsecondary education (including medical school) should be sent directly to CaRMS by the deadline. A completed application requires a personal letter, at least two reference letters but no more than three, a CV and transcripts covering ALL post-secondary education.
PLEASE NOTE: copies of all transcripts including medical school should be sent directly to CaRMS by the submission deadline.
Applications submitted after file review has opened on November 24, 2015
Supporting documents (excluding letters of reference) that arrive after file review has opened on November 24, 2015
Letters of reference that arrive after the unmasking date on December 1, 2015
Candidates must demonstrate:
- Excellent clinical skills to be admitted to, and successfully complete, the two year residency program in the Department of Family and Community Medicine* (DFCM) at the University of Toronto.
- Excellent quantitative skills and academic achievement to be admitted to and successfully complete a Master's program involving community health, epidemiology, and biostatistics.
- An understanding of the field of public health and preventive medicine, motivation to train and pursue a career in this field.
- Potential to contribute to the program and to have a future impact on the field.
- Very strong oral and written communications skills.
*Please note that the DFCM residency program is involved in our selection process, as the first two years of training in family medicine largely occur under the supervision of the DFCM, in partnership with Public Health and Preventive Medicine residency program at the University of Toronto.
Canadian medical students who are interested in electives, please contact the Program Coordinator, Ms. Ezi Odozor. International medical graduates are not eligible for electives and, if interested, must individually arrange observerships, not through the program.
- There are approximately 20-25 residents in our program at any given time and approximately 200 field and university-based faculty associated with the program. This is the largest Public Health and Preventive Medicine residency program in Canada, offering a rich and varied range of training opportunities.
- Graduates from this program have the opportunity to earn CCFP, MPH and FRCPC qualifications.
- Graduates from this program are in public health positions at local, provincial, federal and international public health agencies, in academic and research positions. Some residents choose to work in focused clinical areas such as addictions, immigrant health, global health and HIV.
- Residents discuss their training with the Program Directors and the Residency Program Committee to tailor it to meet their personal learning objectives within the Royal College and program objectives framework.
- Residents have done rotations in other accredited Public Health and Preventive Medicine residency programs as well as elective rotations in a variety of settings both within Canada and across the world.
This residency program is for 5 year(s)
Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.
The program is designed to prepare Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialists with a comprehensive knowledge of the basic and applied academic disciplines of public health and preventive medicine and the skills to apply this knowledge to a broad range of community health settings such as public health practice, health services planning and administration, teaching and research, environmental health, and community-oriented clinical practice.
The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) requires 5 years of post-MD training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. This includes:
- 1 to 2 years of clinical training.
- A minimum of 1 academic year of course work in Public Health and Preventive Medicine.
- A minimum of 1 year of Public Health and Preventive Medicine field placements.
The PHPM residency program at the University of Toronto is a 5-year program that includes the following:
PGY 1 & 2: Residents must complete 24 months of training within the Family Medicine Residency Program and are expected to obtain certification in family medicine (CCFP). This training provides residents with diverse clinical exposures to a variety of health problems and health system organizations relevant to the study of public health and preventive medicine, while at the same time preparing trainees for the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examinations, Part II.
PGY-3: The majority of Toronto residents complete an MPH during the PGY-3 year. Residents interested in pursuing graduate opportunities outside of the University of Toronto are required to meet the 12 months expectation and ensure that the core of epidemiology, biostatistics, health system, health promotion and research methods are included at an appropriate level of depth and breadth. This must be approved by the Program Director.
Residents with prior graduate training in relevant fields have options to complete additional graduate work, additional field rotation electives or request credit through the Royal College to shorten training.
PGY 4 & 5: The 18 months of field training include: 3 months of communicable disease control; 3 months of environmental health; 3 months of health policy, systems and planning; 3 months of chronic disease, health promotion and injury prevention; a 6-month senior management & administration rotation and, at least 3 months of electives. Many residents have 18-24 months or more for field rotations depending on the length of their graduate training and previous experience.
- Although there is no requirement to do rural rotations, for residents wishing to pursue rotations outside of Toronto, certain public health units are able to provide travel and housing stipends.
- Access to a vehicle may be required for some rotations.
*IMPORTANT INFORMATION: 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. Completion of these modules will be required before the end of the PGY2 year. Failure to complete the modules will delay processing of CCFP certification and may constitute professional misconduct.
All residents are expected to gain a reasonable understanding of research, including biostatistics and various research methodologies especially as they pertain to gaining sufficient skills in critical appraisal of the health/medical literature. In addition, residents who wish to gain further hands-on experience and expertise in the conduct of research will have a variety of opportunities to do so while in the program.
Those with a special interest in research are encouraged to further their research expertise by completing the research focus of the MPH in epidemiology or other related disciplines, or through elective opportunities.
During clinical training, residents are encouraged to attend the program's academic half-days (Friday mornings) during family medicine block or as negotiated through longitudinal family medicine. Residents can attend in person or via teleconference.
In the senior years (PGY3-5), residents spend one half-day per week participating in the program's educational academic half-day. They are expected to play an active role as presenters and discussants. In addition to the academic program, residents are encouraged to attend conferences and seminars organized by public health organizations.
The Public Health and Preventive Medicine program of the University of Toronto provides a diverse range of public health and preventive medicine practical placement and academic experiences. These include:
- Several affiliated urban, suburban and rural public health units (for example Toronto Public Health, Peel Public Health, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, Halton Regional Health Department and Durham Region Health Department).
- Affiliated provincial sites such as Public Health Ontario.
- Formal links with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine program sites.
All residents receive full access to the University of Toronto library holdings. This includes access to electronic search engines, electronic indexes, as well as the several hundred electronic medical/health journals to which the university subscribes.
Applicants who are interested in attending a Friday morning rounds (a standard part of the academic half-day) can contact the Program Coordinator.