News and Events

Funding FAQ for MD/PhD Program

September 14, 2015

On June 18, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research announced it was ceasing funding to MD/PhD programs in Canada after the current (2015-16) academic year. This decision has led to an understandable variety of questions from current and prospective students about the future of this program. Below we respond to some of the most frequent and pressing questions.

1. Will the University of Toronto continue to admit students to the MD/PhD program after the current academic year?
Absolutely. The University of Toronto remains committed to this important program, which has trained generations of leaders in the field of medical research.

2.Will you continue to admit the same number of students?
The number of students admitted to the MD/PhD program has always varied depending on the quality of applicants. However, we don’t foresee the withdrawal of financial support by CIHR as an impediment to admitting qualified students into this program.

3.How might the MD/PhD program change as a result of CIHR’s decision?
Not at all. The University of Toronto has always determined the design and delivery of this program. While the funding provided by CIHR supported students financially, the CIHR has had no role in curriculum.

 4. How will the University of Toronto make up for the loss of funding?
We are exploring a number of options to continue to finance this program.

 5. How do I learn more? Visit the MD/PhD program website, including it’s FAQ for prospective students.

Do you still have questions? Contact the MD/PhD program via email.

You can support continued funding for the MD/PhD programs by CIHR by signing the CITAC petition.

Pair O Docs – Spring 2015

September 14, 2015

Click here to view our Spring 2015 MD/PhD newsletter.

MD/PhD Longitudinal Mentorship Program Launch

September 03, 2013

We are pleased to announce the launch of the MD/PhD Longitudinal Mentorship Program this Spring 2013.  This is an annual program designed to connect students with alumni and established physician scientists.  Mentors can provide advice on career choices, professional development and opportunities.  Students are encouraged to set goals and meet regularly with their mentors to establish a lasting connection.


On June 13, 2013, we held a kick-off event to introduce the program to the enrollees.  Dr. Norm Rosenblum, MD/PhD Program Director, and Dr. Robert Jankov, Senior Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children, spoke about the benefits of mentorship and how to form an effective mentor-mentee relationship.  Morgan Tilley, Office of Advancement and Program Development/Administration, outlined the structure of the program.  Feedback and inquiries about the program can be directed to Morgan (

October 22, 2012

 Task Force on Physician Scientist Education approved by Faculty Council

On June 7, 2012, a Task Force on Physician Scientist Education, chaired by Norman Rosenblum, Associate Dean, Physician Scientist Training, and constituted by education leaders and physician scientists at the University of Toronto, submitted its report to Dr. Catharine Whiteside, Dean of Medicine. The Task Force was convened in the fall of 2012. The overall goal of the Task Force was to examine the approach to educating and supporting the physician scientist at the University of Toronto.  I am excited to share the DRAFT report with the University of Toronto community. The SWOT analysis, contained within, highlights co-existing realities that shaped the Task Force recommendations. On the one hand, physician scientists are critical to the health system. Yet, in the face of dynamic changes in the health system and in medical education, the model for physician scientist training has been essentially static for decades. Based on the SWOT analysis, the Task Force makes 7 major recommendations with far-reaching consequences for the identity of physician scientists in the health system and the nature of physician scientist education.

The final report was widely circulated across the Faculty and amongst all stakeholder groups, and has now received approval at the level of Faculty Council.  Over the next few months, working groups will be convened whose terms of reference will focus on the steps and timelines required to pursue the newly articulated vision for Physician Scientist Training Programs at the University of Toronto.