Enhanced Skills Program: Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine  

Program Description

Training at the University of Toronto involves a number of community and teaching hospitals. Core rotations include emergency medicine (5 months, including 2 months paediatric emergency medicine), trauma at St. Michael's Hospital, anaesthesia, plastics/orthopedics, ICU (2months) CCU (1 month), and elective (6 weeks). Wednesdays are academic days with case based workshops, resident case presentations, and grand rounds. There are monthly journal clubs, an administrative course and a structured mock exam process. Residents have the opportunity to spend time with pre-hospital care: one air and one land ambulance ride out. Residents are expected to design a research project/audit which is due at the end of the year.

A recent addition to the program is a 2 weeks ED ultrasound rotation which will allow each resident to achieve CEUS Independent Practitioner status. A one-day EDE ultrasound bootcamp is also offered to residents.


General Emergency Department: 12 weeks
Paediatric Emergency Department: 8 weeks
Anaesthesia (Adult and Paediatric): 4 weeks
Orthopaedics and Plastics: 4 weeks
Elective: 6 weeks
Intensive Care Unit: 8 weeks
Coronary Care Unit: 4 weeks
Trauma: 4 weeks
ED Ultrasound: 2 weeks

(goals and objectives)

(Other areas such as ENT, ophthalmology, radiology, psychiatry, etc., may be incorporated into these rotations).


General Curriculum Considerations

  • ACLS is a prerequisite but update and reviews should also be included within the program.
  • ATLS must be accomplished prior to the completion of the program.
  • Basic ED ultrasound training is a prerequisite.
  • Involvement in cardiac arrests should be part of each resident's responsibilities during the rotations in the Adult Emergency Department, as well as during the paediatric emergency and CCU rotations.
  • Each resident should be involved in journal reviews, seminar presentations and teaching of interns and medical students.
  • During the year, each resident should attend at least one CME program in emergency medicine (maximum of 5 days).
  • Each resident will be expected to attend weekly core Tuesday morning teaching sessions.
  • Each resident may have a regular half day per week throughout the year during which he/she returns to work in his/her base hospital Family Practice Unit.
  • Each resident should develop an understanding of pre-hospital care and will be assigned time to be spent with the Metro Toronto Ambulance Services (2 days).


Patient simulation laboratory sessions occur monthly on Tuesday afternoons.


POstgraduate Web Evaluation and Registration System (POWER): POWER is an Internet based registration and evaluation service for Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) Trainees enrolled or enrolling for training through the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine and its associated training hospitals.

Residents can log in the system by using their PIN and Password provided by the PGME Office at the time of registration. Residents can also get their PIN and Password by clicking on the Forgot your Password link on the website login page.


For registration purposes, residents are asked to do the following:

  • Complete registration form
  • Resolve outstanding registration requirements (there will be a warning)
  • Make payment(s)
  • Maintain personal data (address and contact information)

Residents' Evaluation of Services

For evaluation purposes, residents are required to login and click on Evaluation Forms and complete the following for each rotation:

  • Outstanding Teacher Evaluation
  • Outstanding Rotation Evaluation
  • Sign off and/or comment on evaluations submitted by rotation supervisor(s)

Residents are also able to view/print their rotation schedule by clicking on Rotation Schedule. If any rotation information is incorrect, for i.e. the rotation name, training site and/or training dates residents should contact the PGY3 enhanced skills administrator at fammed.enhanced@utoronto.ca asap.

Online Electives Catalogue

Residents can log on to POWER click on Search Electives. To arrange for an elective, residents need to contact the elective supervisor as shown in the catalogue and arrange their elective. In order to update their rotation schedule, residents are required to provide their divisional program assistant with the name, training site and dates of their electives at least 1 month prior to the start of their elective rotation. No education system is complete without a commitment to comprehensive evaluation of the trainees, the training program and the teachers. Full participation by residents in the entire evaluation process is necessary to maintain the continued excellence of the teaching program.

Final Assessments

  • Program director will conduct a final assessment with the resident.
  • Certificate of Added Competence in Emergency Medicine via the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Program Contacts & Application Information

Contact Information 

Program Director: Dr. John Foote

Associate Program Director: Dr. Cheryl Hunchak

Program Assistant:
Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM)
University of Toronto – Faculty of Medicine 
500 University Ave. 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M5G 1V7
Phone: (416) 978-1019
Fax: (416) 978-8179
Email: fammed.enhanced@utoronto.ca

  • Applicants must register with the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) in Ottawa.
  • All PGY-3 positions have been assigned to the (CaRMS) matching program.
  • Applications must be submitted directly to CaRMS. (www.carms.ca)

CaRMS Contact Information:
2283 St. Laurent Blvd, Suite 110
Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 5A2
Tel: (613) 237-0075  (613) 237-0075
Fax: (613) 563-2860
Website: www.carms.ca


Supporting Documentation

  • Personal letter in AWS: A personal statement of your reasons for wanting to do an emergency medicine fellowship year (300 words maximum).
  • Reference letters: Three references are required. At least two references must be from an emergency physician.
  • Assessment by program director: One (1) letter from your family medicine program director which must be accompanied by the "Family Medicine Program Director's Assessment of Applicant."
  • Curriculum Vitae (with list of work/research experience, including titles of publications)

Interview Information

Selected applicants will be invited for an interview by October 9, 2020.

 Applicants will be notified by e-mail of the date, time and location of the interview. 

Interviews will be conducted on November 4 & 11, 2020 and will run for 30 minutes.

The interview panel will consist of the program director, two emergency physicians and a resident.

Please note that our program is unable to provide application feedback to applicants.


Successful completion of the program would lead to eligibility to sit the CCFP Certification Examination in Emergency Medicine.


Trainees currently enrolled in a Family Medicine accredited program, who hold a postgraduate education certificate of registration or equivalent in their province are eligible for the Match.

Practicing Family Physicians are not eligible for the PGY3 FM Emergency Medicine Match but may access PGY3 FM Emergency Medicine training via the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's Re-Entry program. Re-Entry Program information is available at the following website: Re-Entry Program Information

Off-cycle applicants:  PGY2 residents with completion dates between July 1 and December 31, 2021 are also eligible but must declare their completion date on the application form and request a late start.  They may only apply to the match one time. Off-cycle applicants will remain eligible to apply to the following year's match recognizing that they may have obtained an independent practice license in the interim period.

Residents currently enrolled in ACGME accredited Family Medicine residency programs in the U.S. who are Canadidan citizens or Permanent Residents may apply to the PGY3 FM Emergency Medicine Match if they meet the CFPC requirements outlined on the College of Family Physicians of Canada website at:  http://www.cfpc.ca/Home/

For further information please contact the program director or program assistant (see contact details listed above).


Credit Valley Hospital: Dr. Eric Letovsky
Mount Sinai Hospital: Dr. John Foote
North York General Hospital: Dr. Dinesh Krishna Admin: Raiza Guerrero


Speciality Hospitals Directors

Toronto Western Hospital
Credit Valley Hospital

Dr. Alberto Goffi
Dr. Sameer Kumar

CORONARY CARE UNIT Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Dr. Jeffrey Pang
ANAESTHESIA Various locations across the GTA n/a

Credit Valley Hospital
St. Joseph’s Health Centre

Dr. Eric Letovsky
Dr. John Sollazzo

ORTHOPEDICS Michael Garron Hospital Dr. George Porfiris

St. Michael's Hospital

Dr. David Mackinnon