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Wightman-Berris Academy

Undergraduate Programs

The Wightman-Berris Academy is home to undergraduate medical students of the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine and is the largest of four Academies of the Faculty.

With major training locations at Mount Sinai Hospital, Bridgepoint Healthcare, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, and Toronto East General 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 400 medical students per year to Mount Sinai Hospital to learn under the mentorship and guidance of the Hospital’s physicians.

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Pre-clerkship Years 1 and 2

Students in years 1 and 2 of the Undergraduate Medical Program take part in eight courses over two years. Mentored and taught by our physicians 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 1 and 2.
  • Explore etiology, pathophysiology, diagnostic and management strategies in problem-based learning, case-based learning sessions, and seminars in courses: Structure and Function, Metabolism and Nutrition; Brain and Behaviour; and Mechanisms, Manifestations and Management of Disease.
  • Learn about the four pillars of CIHR research in Health Science Research.
  • Learn about the determinants of individual and population health in Community Population and Public Health.

Physicians of Sinai Health offer students many opportunities for informal learning through shadowing them as part of our Enriching Educational Experiences.

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:

  • During core rotations become key members of the health-care team in Hospital units including Family and Community Medicine, General Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Orthopedics, Urology, Head and Neck Surgery, Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Emergency Medicine, and Anesthesia.
  • Be offered Elective and Selective experiences in Geriatrics, Palliative Care, Diagnostic Radiology, Endocrinology and Metabolism, and many other subspecialties of Medicine.
  • Perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and work “on call”.
  • Hold a graded level of responsibility depending on level of education.
  • Participate in Interprofesional Education activities.

Directions & Contacts

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.

Lucy Perruzza
Office Administrator, Education
416-586-4800 ext. 8389
[email protected]

Lina Turco
Medical Education Coordinator
416-586-4800 ext. 5989
[email protected]

Nanci Somerville
Medical Education Coordinator
416-586-4800 ext. 8389
[email protected]

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