Women’s College Hospital

The Women’s College Hospital (WCH) Family Practice Health Centre provides care for patients of all genders and age groups — from newborns to the elderly. We are one of the largest clinics in Ontario, providing more than 54,000 visits per year to our patients. We are a Family Health Team and are fortunate to work together with nurses, an advanced practice nurse, nurse practitioners, social workers, dietitians, a pharmacist, an occupational therapist, and a physiotherapist.  The family physicians at our site have comprehensive general family practices with wide and varied focused clinical interests including MSK care, women's health, low-risk obstetrics, GP-oncology, refugee care, addictions medicine, procedures, home-visiting program and more.  Many of our physicians are involved in primary-care research and administrative leadership.  Selective experiences are available in many of our affiliated specialised clinical experiences.  As a site, we have a particular focus on low-risk obstetrical care, with approximately 600 deliveries per year.   We are a small, friendly, and close-knit department though we are one of the busiest family medicine training units within the University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine.  In addition, rotating through the WCH family medicine site will expose you to both academic and community-based physicians for your clinical experience.

A bit of history: Women’s College Hospital was founded in 1883 by a group of women who, having fought for the right for admission into medical school, were still unable to obtain hospital privileges. Determined to practice medicine, they decided to open a hospital and medical school where women could practice and teach medicine while maintaining their mission to provide quality holistic care to women. The hospital is now staffed by physicians of all genders. The hospital mandate has expanded since those early days and continues to strive to meet the needs of all patients and their families.

Teaching site facilities:

  • Fully equipped clinical examination rooms with computers, printers, and audio-visual technology for supervision
  • Consult room on each pod with computers, printers, white-boards for clinical review and teaching
  • Resident/trainee room with lockers, a lounge area, and computer workstations
  • Lunch room with fridge, microwave, and coffee/tea!


77 Grenville Street, Suite 252
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1B3

Chief of Family Medicine

Dr. Ruth Heisey

The Area:

WCH is located downtown and easily accessible by public transit and car.