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In this issue: Road to accreditation, HSR focus group recruitment, Temerty Medicine Talks, SLI master's degree recruitment and info session, UHN Grand Rounds: Holocaust & Medicine Education for Resilient Professional Identity Formation, Fireside Chats, Education & teaching awards call for nominations, and much more!

October 16, 2020 | Volume 2, Issue 11
Road to Accreditation
Photo by Green Chameleon on Unsplash
Virtual Visit: November 2 – 6, 2020
As a process based on principles of Continuous Quality Improvement, CACMS accreditation requires medical schools to engage in robust program evaluation.  The MD Program Office of Assessment and Evaluation analyzes evaluation data, and the Program Evaluation Committee reviews reports and makes recommendations for action to the MD Curriculum Committee.

The Program Evaluation Framework used to review the MD Program is grounded in the MD Competency Framework. Multiple outcome measures are used to ensure achievement of the program’s learning objectives.  These include student performance in courses, professionalism assessments, graduate performance on the MCCQE Part 1, and student feedback from various sources.

Students are asked to complete evaluations of each course.  Additionally, the program seeks student feedback on individual learning activities, lecturers, and clinical teachers who have significant interactions with students.

Additional student feedback on the program is collected annually through the AFMC Graduation Questionnaire, and through internal surveys conducted by the MD Program.
Student Updates
2T2 Students
The Health Science Research (HSR) program program is recruiting third year U of T medical students to participate in a focus group as part of a study on the effectiveness of the HSR curriculum in teaching evidence-based medicine and critical appraisal skills. For more information, refer to the October 14, 2020 email "Invitation to Participate in Student Focus Groups to Improve HSR" or contact the student leads, Dario Ferri and Clara Moore.

2T1 Students
Thank-you for attending the TED iOSCE overview on October 8, 2020. We have posted revised slides to the iOSCE Elentra tab.

For the interim iOSCE score, please note that we do not provide a percentage grade for overall performance. However, you are provided with a 'Performance Report' on Learner Chart that includes overall station scores out of 5 and competency scores.

For students requiring a quiet space in order to sit the iOSCE, we have been unable to secure rooms at MSB. However, you can request to book private space at 263 McCaul or UTM if needed. If you wish to submit a request for a private space, please wait for your exam schedule to be sent to you and then send an email to Shibu Thomas with your scheduled time and preference of location (McCaul Street/UTM).

Students conducting electives at community clinics (e.g. private doctor's office, community health center) including through ROMP should ensure to obtain PPE from their academy sites as they had during clinical rotations.

Please use the PPE only for the placements for which it was assigned, as you will be given enough for that purpose only. The MD Program cannot guarantee that more PPE can be provided should you run out due to improper allocation of your supplies.
Student Reminders & Deadlines
System Leadership and Innovation Master's Degree Program
The System Leadership and Innovation (SLI) master's degree program is now recruiting for the class of 2T4. The MSc degree in System Leadership and Innovation is intended for students interested in learning about health systems, innovation and physician leadership. Spaces in the MSC SLI program are limited. Program information is available on the IHPME website.

Information Session
November 3, 2020
12 p.m. Via Zoom | Passcode: WC7px3
Kindly email ( by October 30, 2020, to confirm your attendance.   You may also email in advance questions that you would like to discuss at the session.
Upcoming Events
Temerty Medicine Talks
Join The Globe and Mail health columnist André Picard and leading U of T clinicians and researchers as they explore the future of discovery, collaboration and equity in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine.
Thursday, October 22, 2020
12:30 to 1:15 p.m.
Kindly register by October 19. 
Holocaust & Medicine Education for Resilient Professional Identity Formation: “A Holocaust Survivor's Daughter Teaches German Medical Students at Auschwitz”

Department of Medicine, UHN/Sinai Health Medical Grand Rounds
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
12 to 1 p.m. Via Zoom
PGME Fireside Chats (open to all students)
Via YouTube

On Becoming and Being a Leader
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
5:30 to 6 p.m.
Dr. Isaac Bogoch, Infectious Diseases Consultant, UHN

Engaging Others During a Crisis
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
5:15 to 5:45 p.m.
Dr. Eileen de Villa, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Toronto

Advocacy for System Change
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
5:15 to 5:45 p.m.
Dr. Patricia Houston, Vice-Dean Education, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Managing: An Essential Part of Leading
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
6:45 to 7:15 p.m.
Dr. Joshua Tepper, Consultant to Ministry of Education
Tracking COVID-19 on our campuses
In an effort to keep everyone informed, the University of Toronto is posting the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among members of the U of T community. Data is published every Monday (Tuesday after a long weekend) and Thursday. Check out the U of T COVID-19 tracking webpage for more information. As a reminder, all members of our community are asked to monitor their health for COVID-19 symptoms daily and use the UCheck self-assessment web portal before coming to campus or leaving their residence rooms.
Temerty Faculty of Medicine External Education and Teaching Awards Call for Nominations
The Temerty Faculty of Medicine, Education and Teaching Awards Committee has the privilege of recognizing individuals who are making significant contributions to medical education. We are currently calling for nominations for the following local, national and international awards: Please submit the online nomination form and supporting documentation by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9, 2020. For more information, contact the Office of the Education Deans.
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