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:
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.
• Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
• Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
• Confirmation of Permanent Residence in Canada
• Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
• Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides of card)
• Record of Landing, clearly showing the date of landing in Canada
Proof of current citizenship or permanent resident status 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:
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 22, 2016
Supporting documents (excluding letters of reference) that arrive after file review has opened on November 22, 2016
Letters of reference that arrive after the unmasking date on November 29, 2016
Candidates must demonstrate:
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 the Public Health and Preventive Medicine residency program at the University of Toronto.
In addition to completing an elective at a public health organization, we also value diverse clinical elective experiences, including clinical electives with a population health focus (e.g. Aboriginal health, refugee health, homelessness, TB, HIV, etc). 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.
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:
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 services, 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.
*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:
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.