Enhanced Skills Program: 2SLGBTQ Health Program

The 2SLGBTQ enhanced skills program at the University of Toronto is a 6-month program designed to prepare family physicians to provide exemplary care to members of the 2SLGBTQ community and to act as advocates and leaders in promoting 2SLGBTQ health. The program includes a longitudinal core rotation in 2SLGBTQ primary care at Sherbourne Health during which the resident will provide care to patients in their own ‘mini-practice’. While the goals and objectives of the program are established, trainees will play an active role in designing their program and scheduling their rotations, allowing for flexibility in how these objectives are attained.

Program Director: Dr. Amy Bourns

Length of Program: Six months (26 weeks)

This program may be combined with the Low Risk Obstetrics program or other 6-month Enhanced Skills Program. Applications must be submitted separately to both programs.

Program and Application Eligibility

Applicant must be a Canadian citizen. Applicant must be currently enrolled as a PGY2 in a Canadian family medicine residency at the time of application or be a Canadian family physician in clinical practice with Ministry of Health re-entry funding.

For funding eligibility, please see the main Enhanced Skills Program Admissions page.

Curriculum Competencies

In addition to maintaining and fostering all key and enabling competencies in family medicine, as set out by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the completion of the Enhanced Skills Residency Program in 2SLGBTQ Health (Two Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) Primary Care will enable acquisition of the following competencies in each of the following domains:

  • Medical Expert
  • Communicator
  • Collaborator
  • Leader
  • Scholar
  • Health Advocate
  • Professional

For complete details, please read goals and objectives

See program curriculum map

Sample Rotation

  • 2SLGBTQ Primary Care
  • Gender-affirming hormone therapy (endocrine)
  • HIV medicine
  • Gender diverse children and youth
  • Sexual Health/STIs
  • Anal dysplasia
  • Mental health/substance abuse
  • Elective period (up to 2 weeks)
  • Observerships: Gender-affirming surgery, Fertility medicine, DSDs 

Unique Program Requirements

  • Participation in the Trans and Gender Diverse Healthcare ECHO
  • Grand rounds presentation at Sherbourne Health
  • Presentation to Gender Journeys participations (info sessions on gender-affirming hormones and surgeries)

Please refer to the Enhanced Skills Admissions page for more details on the application timeline and requirements.