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Preclerkship Curriculum Renewal is underway at the University of Toronto with the first year class starting the new Foundations Curriculum in July 2016. The Foundations Curriculum will prepare students to practice medicine within the current and ever-evolving health-care environment. It strives to meet these challenges through the following major elements:

  • Application of knowledge to virtual patients demonstrating real-life clinical problems.
  • Clinical medicine content, delivered via lectures, small groups seminars, online cases, small group discussions, that is integrated with relevant clinical skills, basic and social sciences, as well as community and public health.
  • Carefully selected eLearning materials to allow students to learn at their own pace and provides   flexibility to pursue interests that complement their medical education.
  • The new assessment model will involve frequent lower-stakes assessments with feedback and individualized coaching designed to support learning.

For more information see  http://foundations.md.utoronto.ca/

Students will be introduced to paediatrics early on in their training, with an emphasis on normal childhood, development, growth, nutrition, and health supervision.  Some subspecialty paediatrics will be covered alongside the adult system-based weeks. Later on in their second year, students will have three weeks dedicated to paediatrics that will cover clinical problems from neonates to the adolescents. In the final few weeks, care of the child with multiple medical problems that needs transition to adult care will also be taught.   

The ASCM and MMMD courses (see below) as they exist are in their final year in 2016-2017.  The content in these courses have been incorporated into the new curriculum in an integrated manner.  This year will be one of exciting change as we have year 1 students in the new curriculum, and year 2 students in the old curriculum.  

Preclerkship curriculum in paediatrics includes the following courses:

Art and Science of Clinical Medicine (ASCMII) Course 

This course provides an introduction to paediatrics. Small groups of students are assigned to one clinical preceptor for hands on clinical teaching.

Mechanisms, Manifestations & Management of Disease (MMMD) Course

In this course during the second year, medical students learn the basis of clinical paediatric medicine with 3 weeks devoted to core paediatrics.  Subspecialty paediatric topics are covered within the subspecialty weeks.  Division members are involved as problem-based learning (PBL) tutors, seminar leaders and lecturers.

Pediatric Longitudinal Experience (PedLE) Program

This is a four half-day paediatric experience for first year medical students to get a glimpse of the day to day functions of a practicing paediatrician or subspecialty pediatrician in both a community and/or hospital setting.

Pediatric Research and Clinical Summer (PeRCS) Program

This is an 8 week experience for first and second year University of Toronto undergraduate medical students with flexibility to structure their experience with the assigned supervisor. During their summer experience students will be expected to be involved in an original research project. Students will also have the opportunity to attend clinical activities organized by the supervisor. A lecture series will be organized by the program committee on career opportunities in paediatrics and various research topics. With the exception of those who participated the previous year, all first and second year undergraduate medical students with an interest in paediatrics are eligible.

Social Pediatrics Research Summer Studentship (SPReSS) Program

This is an 8 week program that provides University of Toronto first and second year undergraduate medical students exposure to a research experience in the broad field of social paediatrics, in order to study the importance of the social determinants of health (in health, disease management and outcomes, resource utilization) and encourage the role of child health advocacy. During their summer experience students will have the opportunity to engage in an original research endeavour related to the field of social paediatrics. Students will also be given opportunities to participate in clinical activities.  The clinical component will be organized at the discretion of the supervisor. Finally, a lecture series will be organized by the program committee running once weekly. Lecture content will cover key content areas in the field of social paediatrics and include discussion of career and research opportunities in this field. With the exception of those who participated in the previous year, all first and second year undergraduate medical students with an interest in paediatrics are eligible.

For more information regarding the above courses and programs please contact:

Undergraduate  Medical Education 
The Hospital for Sick Children
Telephone: 416-813-6664
Fax: 416-813-5230
Email: preclerkship.peds@sickkids.ca