Wightman-Berris is an undergraduate institution, and the largest of three Faculty Academies in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
With locations at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital, the Academy offers educational opportunities for students in each of the four years of undergraduate training — Pre-clerkship Years 1 and 2 and Clerkship Years 3 and 4 — as well as registration and administrative services for postgraduate students.
Wightman-Berris brings over 500 medical students per year to Mount Sinai Hospital to learn under the mentorship of the Hospital’s physicians.
Opportunities at Wightman-Berris are also available for students from other faculty disciplines of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, and Speech Language Pathology.
Pre-clerkship Years 1 and 2
Students in years 1 and 2 of the Undergraduate Medical Program take part in nine courses. Mentored by a physician and other health-care professionals, students have the opportunity to:
- Learn the clinical skills of history taking and physical examination in a course called the Art and Science of Clinical Medicine;
- Explore etiology, pathophysiology, diagnostic and management strategies in problem-based learning sessions;
- Attend seminars in Metabolism and Nutrition, Brain and Behaviour, Pathobiology of Disease and Foundations of Medical Practice;
- Perform research in the Determinants of Community Health.
Clerkship Years 3 and 4
Students in years 3 and 4 are full participants on the Hospital’s patient care units and clinics. Students rotate through major departments and are given considerable choice in the type of clinical exposure they feel would benefit them. Students have the opportunity to:
- Become key members of the health-care team in Hospital units including Family and Community Medicine, General Medicine and Surgery, Ear Nose Throat and Ophthalmology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Emergency Medicine, Palliative care and Diagnostic Imaging.
- Perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and work “on call”
- Rotate through major departments and care for patients under the guidance of residents
- Hold a graded level of responsibility depending on level of education
The Sydney and Florence Cooper Family Education Centre
The Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Centre
60 Murray Street, 3rd floor, room 300, Box #36
Toronto, Ontario, M5T 3L9
Shamim Ladak, Medical Education Coordinator
416-586-4800 ext. 5989
Lina Turco, Medical Education Secretary
416-586-4800 ext. 8389
Lucy Perruzza, Medical Education Receptionist
416-586-4800 ext. 8389