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Emergency Medicine Division

A vital link to family medicine

Emergency medicine is a fast-paced specialty that requires a broad base of medical knowledge and a variety of well-honed clinical and technical skills. DFCM's Division of Emergency Medicine curriculum is taught by leaders in emergency medicine in Ontario and Canada who deliver high-quality, innovative educational programs and research. Whether a MD student, resident or a practicing physician looking to upgrade your skills, DFCM offers a variety of opportunities to train in emergency medicine.

Undergraduate Emergency Medicine

Year three clerkship course:
Studying emergency medicine as an undergraduate at the University of Toronto gives you valuable exposure and insights to many common patient problems. You will be placed at one of 10 emergency departments during this four week clerkship course.

Postgraduate Emergency Medicine

Year three Enhanced Skills Program
By training in our third-year postgraduate emergency medicine program, you will gain valuable insight from core rotations in emergency medicine, trauma, anesthesia, orthopedics, ICU, CCU and an elective.

Supplemental Emergency Medicine Experience (SEME)

Three-month remunerated fellowship
Increase your skills and confidence to practice emergency medicine in rural and small community settings through this comprehensive and practical three month fellowship program.

Addis Ababa University Emergency Medicine Residency Program

International Opportunity

Our residency elective is an opportunity to be a part of the development of emergency medicine in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. You will work with local graduates and patients, and gain international exposure to social determinants of health and practices in a low-resource nation. We also encourage residents to participate in research projects where there is mutual interest with local colleagues. Limited spots are available in this elective, so please view the application requirements.

Learn more about TAAAC-EM and DFCM’s wider Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration

Schwartz-Reisman Emergency Medicine Institute (SREMI)

Based at Mount Sinai Hospital, SREMI is Canada's first and only institute of emergency medicine. A partnership of the Sinai Health System and North York General Hospital, SREMI aims to improve patient care through the generation of new knowledge relevant to the care of ED patients, and to translate that knowledge into practice. SREMI is led by Director Dr. Bjug Borgundvaag, Associate Professor in the DFCM, and Research Director Dr. Shelley McLeod, Assistant Professor in the DFCM.

Read the SREMI annual report.

Jan 5, 2022
On May 6, 2022, the virtual DFCM Conference will focus on the theme ‘Better together: Shaping the future of family medicine’. Got a story to tell or a project to share? Consider submitting this in the form of a workshop or poster by February 14, 2022. 
Dec 16, 2021
Throughout the pandemic, you – family doctors, residents, students, primary care providers, researchers, educators, advocates, leaders and support staff – have achieved incredible things. I cannot thank you enough for the ways in which you make our department and our discipline proud, and I know your colleagues, learners and patients would say the same. 
Dec 9, 2021
Authored by nearly 100 family doctors and primary care providers, the 2021 University of Toronto Family Medicine Report features stories, reflections and anecdotes that represent some of the incredible work happening in family medicine and primary care in Toronto and beyond.