Enhanced Skills Program: Care of the Elderly

Care of the Elderly  

Overall Program Vision

The Care of the Elderly (COE) Program at the University of Toronto is a twelve month PGY3 program designed to provide family physicians with  comprehensive clinical assessment and management skills related to care of the older adult, including assessment of mental function, atypical presentation of illness and the management of common geriatric and psychogeriatric problems. The goal of the program is to provide trainees with the knowledge and skills to become leaders in the primary care of the elderly within their communities. A variety of sites from across the university are used including Baycrest, NYGH, TRI, Mount Sinai and others.

Program and Application Eligibility

Applicants who are enrolled as a PGY2 in a Canadian Family Medicine Residency at the time of application OR are a Canadian family physician in clinical practice with Ministry of Health Re-entry funding OR IMG residents with independent funding from their country/University.

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

International Sponsored Visa Trainees: This program accepts sponsored trainee applicants* from countries with a training agreement with the University of Toronto Post MD Education Office. The University currently has training agreements in place with: Bahrain, Dominica, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Sponsored Visa Trainees from these countries must apply directly through the Post MD Education Office

Our program is unable to consider applicants from countries where a training agreement is not currently in place.

*Selection determined by application program review and program capacity

Length of Program

One Year (52 weeks) – Full Time

Curriculum Competencies

The COE Residency Program adheres to CanMEDS-FM goals and objectives to achieve the following competencies in the care of the elderly:
  • Medical Expert
  • Communicator
  • Collaborator
  • Manager
  • Scholar
  • Health Advocate
  • Professional

For complete details, please read the goals and objectives.

Sample Rotation

Block rotations include:

Horizontal rotations include: 

Unique Program Requirements

The COE Program provides residents with the opportunity to attend the University of Toronto “Five Weekend Care of the Elderly Certificate Program” – This 5-weekend course provides family physicians and nurse practitioners with practical approaches to elderly patients, such as treatment of dementia, falls and chronic pain.
Seminars include a weekly seminar series held conjointly with U of T PGY4/5 geriatric medicine residents, geriatric journal club, and Baycrest family medicine rounds.

Program Director

Dr. Amy Freedman, MD CCFP, FCFP
Department of Family and Community Medicine, Baycrest Centre
3560 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M6A 2E1
Tel: 416-785-2500 Ext. 2682

To Apply

Complete the application form and include a letter of intent, current CV and a copy of your medical degree.