Over 400 medical students enrolled in the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine call the Wightman-Berris Academy home for the academic year. The Academy aims to deliver the undergraduate curriculum in a student focused manner whether in a small group setting or at the clinical bedside, and to provide its students with outstanding informal learning.
As a result of the deep ongoing commitment of our anchor hospitals to undergraduate medical education, the Wightman-Berris Academy has the necessary teaching and clinical resources in place to support students in all aspects of learning as they progress through medical school.
The Wightman-Berris Academy is committed to supporting students as they progress through their University of Toronto undergraduate medical core curriculum and to help them develop a strong foundation in the practice of medicine, learn essential skills and build a professional portfolio of excellence in patient-centred care.
Wightman-Berris undergraduate pre-clerkship students spend a portion of their time in lectures, labs and seminars at the Medical Sciences Building at the University of Toronto St. George Campus and the other substantial portion of their time in the hospitals and sites associated with the Wightman-Berris Academy. Once clerkship begins in the third year of the MD program, students spend the majority of their time learning in the clinical settings associated with the Academy. In their fourth year, students do electives and selectives which will take them to other sites associated with the University, across the country, or internationally.
Why choose the Wightman-Berris Academy?
The Wightman-Berris Academy offers students a unique network of clinical sites with a broad range of patient populations and models of care. The anchor hospitals associated with the Wightman-Berris Academy are world leaders in their respective fields, given students the chance to learn from and alongside experts in internal medicine and its specialities, surgery and the full range of its sub-specialties, oncology, multi-organ transplantation, high-risk pregnancy management, neurological sciences, rehabilitation and laboratory medicine, and beyond. Students have the opportunity to spend time learning from academic clinicians who care for patients with highly complex clinical problems as well as outstanding physicians and role models who serve their local communities doing primary and generalist care. In clerkship, students have an opportunity to select a combination of clinical experiences to support career sampling, planning and development.
With state-of-the-art facilities and teaching innovations, dedicated enthusiastic faculty and staff always willing to help, students are highly satisfied with their learning experiences at the Academy. The Academy Director and Staff are very proud to be part of the life long journey physicians must take to become and remain caring competent clinicians.
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