The Department of Social Work at Mount Sinai Hospital offers internships to first and second year Master of Social Work (MSW) students. Students have the opportunity to experience different areas of the Hospital, and learn how to provide the Best Medicine to Mount Sinai’s patients.
Year 1 MSW students complete required practicum placements from January to May, for three days weekly. Students may work in one department of the Hospital, or follow a rotational model.
Year 2 MSW students complete required practicum placements from September to April, and become immersed in a specific department of the Hospital.
All of Mount Sinai’s Social Work students have the opportunity to
Become part of an interdisciplinary team
Observe and work with Mount Sinai’s Bright Minds and Big Hearts
Work directly with patients to provide interventions, family counseling, couples counseling, group work and discharge planning
Contribute to group projects and community development
Examples of Past Social Work Practicum Placements
- Students cared for antepartum (pregnant) and post-partum (newly-delivered) mothers dealing with a domestic violence, child protection, mental health, poverty and the impact of illnesses such as HIV. Other issues included maternal diseases in pregnancy, pregnancy loss and bereavement. Students were responsible for providing psychosocial assessment and counselling, discharge planning, referrals and liaising with community agencies.
- With a multidisciplinary team in the Departments of General Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery, Social Work students focused on patients admitted from the Emergency Department or ICU who were suffering from fracture (unclear), mental illness, as well as both chronic and terminal diagnoses. Students provided psychosocial assessments, crisis intervention, advocacy and counselling to both patients and their families.
- Working in Mount Sinai’s Sarcoma Clinic, students cared for patients who have been diagnosed with Osteosarcoma – the type of bone cancer that Terry Fox had. The Clinic is the only one of its kind in Canada, and students had the opportunity to counsel patients and families through diagnosis, surgery and chemotherapy. They also worked with a multidisciplinary team of Medical, Nursing and Allied Health colleagues while collaborating with community partners such as Community Care Access Centres and rehabilitation facilities.
- In the Reconstructive Orthopaedic Service, Social Work students helped patients that would soon be admitted for a hip or knee Replacement or revision. Students had the opportunity to assess patients prior to admittance, and monitor them throughout their stay at Mount Sinai. Dealing with a variety of psychosocial needs, students provided Social Work assessments, brief therapeutic counselling, referrals to inpatient Ortho-Rehabilitation and community resources, and facilitated safe discharges.
How to Apply
If you are a University of Toronto student, please follow the University’s application guidelines. Find more information on the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto.
If you are enrolled in another Master of Social Work program, please contact:
Mary-Katherine Lowes MSW, RSW
Department of Social Work
Mount Sinai Hospital
Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Health Complex
600 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 1X5
t 416 586 4800 x5207
f 416 586 8791