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In this issue: Shift to Virtual OSCEs, Road to Accreditation, Program Updates, Student Reminders & Deadlines, Upcoming Events, Call for Applications, and much more!

October 2, 2020 | Volume 2, Issue 9
Shift to Virtual OSCEs: A Collaborative and Scholarly
Dr. Giovanna Sirianni, Faculty Lead, Workplace Based Assessment, MD Program, Temerty Faculty of Medicine
With Clerkship, in-person, and clinical experiences disrupted from March to June 2020, the MD Program needed to quickly shift both its curricular and assessment approaches to meet its training mandate. The Office of Assessment and Evaluation (OAE) and Clerkship courses pivoted their assessment processes including electronic proctoring of written exams to virtual OSCE implementation. Dr. Mirek Otremba led the way with the first Transition to Clerkship virtual OSCE in September. In October 2020, the 2T1 Clerkship integrated OSCE (iOSCE) will be offered fully virtually. Implementing this assessment for a cohort of approximately 250 students over a 2 day period is a significant undertaking at the best of times, requiring the support of administrators across Clerkship courses and the MD Program, technical support from Discovery Commons,
the recruitment and training of over 90 faculty members and expert involvement from the Standardized Patient Program (SPP). With the switch to a virtual OSCE, the entire team is learning new skills and putting in place new processes to ensure seamless delivery including a mock OSCE with key stakeholders, early orientation of learners, multiple faculty development offerings, critical review of exam metrics and a robust program evaluation. The OAE team plans to take a scholarly approach to this assessment, evaluating the virtual iOSCE user experience from the learner, faculty and program perspectives via both quantitative and qualitative lines of inquiry. In taking-on this new challenge, the collaboration and ingenuity of members of the MD Program, Discovery Commons and the SPP have been evident throughout this process.
Road to Accreditation
Virtual Site Visit: November 2 – 6, 2020
Medical education at U of T is a collaborative effort among the Temerty Faculty of Medicine and its affiliated clinical partners.
Aligned with CACMS accreditation requirements, U of T has signed agreements with a wide variety of clinical sites providing space for MD learners in inpatient and ambulatory settings.  These agreements ensure that students can achieve the physician competencies outlined in the MD Program Competency Framework by providing access to resources and patients in the clinical environment.
Affiliation agreements also ensure that all physicians who supervise, teach, and assess MD learners are members of the faculty, and that they are given appropriate feedback and faculty development opportunities from the University and their home departments.
Through bodies like TAHSN and HUEC, leaders from Temerty Faculty of Medicine and its affiliates engage in the development and evaluation of a clinical learning environment  where all individuals are treated with respect, and that is conducive to the academic and professional development of medical students.
MD Program Updates
Enrolment Services
On September 24, 2020, the Admissions team held the seventh annual MD Admissions Volunteer Information Night. The session was broadcast live over Zoom to nearly 200 faculty, physicians, residents, and community members interested in evaluating written applications and/or participating in video interviews for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. We will hold a special MD Admissions Volunteer Information event for Year 2 and Year 4 MD students on October 15, 2020 – further details to be sent next week. A communication containing a registration link will be shared with Year 2 and Year 4 MD Students, faculty, physicians, residents, and community members on October 16, 2020. We look forward to everyone's participation in selecting the class of 2T5! 
Recruitment: On September 23, 2020, UME ES hosted the second international student transition meetup to connect international students in the 2T4 class with the Office of Health Professions Student Affairs (OHPSA) team. Wishing all 2T4 students, including our international students, a successful first term in the MD Program!
Reminders & Deadlines
1.  MEng in Biomedical Engineering: MD students can concurrently pursue a professional, course-based Master of Engineering (MEng) degree in Biomedical Engineering offered by the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (BME)
  • Information Session: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 from 5 to 6 p.m. on Zoom
  • To attend this information session, please register by filling out this form
  • Deadline to do this is Monday, October 5, 2020. 
2. MD Grant Applications: The Temerty Faculty of Medicine Grant Application deadline has been extended to Tuesday, October 6, 11:59 p.m. For more information, please contact
3. Global Health for 2T3 and 2T4: Inaugural Global Health Education Program (GHEP) application deadline Friday, October 2 at 5 p.m.

4. Invitation to 2T1 and 2T2 Students to Facilitate “Uncloaking the Hidden Curriculum – Navigating Learner Mistreatment” Workshop
  • If you would like to register as a co-facilitator, please kindly complete the registration form by Monday, October 5, 2020.
  • If you have a scheduled clinical/elective session during the workshop, you may request a letter of support from Dr. Reena Pattani, to submit along with your absence request. To request this letter, please email Dr. Reena Pattani.
5. 2T2: Workshop: Treating your discriminatory patient with respect, care, and attention - Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 7 to 8 p.m. Register here
6. 2T4: Western University PGME General Surgery and Family Medicine Information Sessions
  • General Surgery with a focus on women in general Surgery: Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Register here.
  • Family Medicine: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 6 p.m. Register here
7. 2T1: the MCC CDM Practice Test is now available.  Please contact for your code. 
8. Open to all U of T MD Program students: Entrepreneurship in Healthcare - first session, to be held Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from 5 to 7 p.m. Stay tuned for registration details 
Strategies to Support Your Mental Health and Resilience (via Teams)
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
12 to 1 p.m.

Browse other Healthy Workplace Month events
Workshop: “Help! My patient is a jerk. An open discussion on treating your discriminatory patient with respect, care, and attention.”
Thursday, October 8, 2020
7 to 8 p.m.
Register here
U of T students now have a more streamlined way to discover mental health resources and supports. Navi, short for navigator, is a chat-based service that acts as a virtual assistant for students wanting to learn more about the tri-campus mental health supports available to them at U of T.
Call for Applications
Full job description follows, and available online at:

Applications are invited for the position of Faculty Lead, Ethics and Professionalism.

The Medical Education Faculty Lead, Ethics and Professionalism position has as its primary focus the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of composite curricular elements in the MD and Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) Programs to develop competencies in: (1) professionalism; (2) ethics; and, (3) medical jurisprudence. Application deadline: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 by 12 p.m.

Applications are invited for the position of Director, Wightman-Berris Academy.

The Academy Director is the University of Toronto Dean’s representative and is responsible for excellence in the undergraduate MD educational programs at the Wightman-Berris Academy. The Academy Director reports jointly to the Vice Dean, Medical Education, the Executive Vice President Education of UHN and the Senior Director, Clinical Education UHN and the Vice President Education, Sinai Health. The Academy Director provides leadership to the planning, implementation and delivery of undergraduate medical education across the Wightman-Berris Academy. Application deadline: Friday, October 30, 2020 by 12 p.m.
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