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Dear colleagues,

We hope that you are keeping well and in good spirits.

As we look toward the new 2020-2021 academic year, we would like to invite you to help us select the next class of MD students, the class of 2025!

We are looking to recruit volunteers from Black communities to support us review 2020-2021 admissions applications, including applications from the Black Student Application Program (BSAP). BSAP is an optional application stream for Black applicants who self-identify as Black African, Black Caribbean, Black North American, multi-racial students who have and identify with their Black ancestry.

Thank you to all of you who supported of the MD admissions process in the recent 2019-2020 academic year as a file reviewer and/or interviewer. With your support, the MD Program welcomed more than 20 students who self-identified as Black to our class of 2024. These students met rigorous admissions requirements for the MD Program and have demonstrated outstanding results during the file review and interview process.

We are also looking to recruit Black physicians, residents, professionals, and community members with an understanding/lived experience of healthcare systems to help update our interview question bank in order to ensure the questions continue to be refreshed and relevant. If you are interested in being involved with this committee please let us know at: md.admissionsoffice@utoronto.ca

A recorded rater Information session is available at this link: https://vimeo.com/461947323/ee405a103c. In the next two weeks, we will also follow up with you again with the new online Registration Form to sign up as a file reviewer or interview reviewer.

If you have any questions about our admissions process, please do not hesitate to contact us at md.admissionsoffice@utoronto.ca at any point in the admissions cycle.

Thank you again. We look forward to your participation in selecting the class of 2T5!


Enrolment Services – Undergraduate Medical Education

Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

1 King’s College Circle, Room 2124, Toronto, ON M5S 1A8

Email: md.admissionsoffice@utoronto.ca

On behalf of the MD Program Teaching Awards Committee



Included below is information about three MD Program teaching awards.
The deadline to submit a completed nomination package for each award is Monday, January 18, 2021.

W. T. Aikins Awards

The W. T. Aikins Awards are named after Dr. W.T. Aikins, the first Dean of the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine after it was reorganized in 1887. These awards are the Faculty’s most prestigious awards for sustained commitment to and excellence in undergraduate teaching. The Award winners are selected from nominees in a Faculty-wide process that requires support from both faculty and students. This teaching award is given serious consideration in the academic promotions process. All faculty members are eligible for nomination for their teaching performance in the undergraduate medical (MD) program. Please note that teaching performance in Arts and Science, graduate, and post-graduate medical programs will not be considered for the Aikins award. Both faculty members and students are welcome to submit nominations.

Miriam Rossi Award for Health Equity in Undergraduate Medical Education

The Miriam Rossi Award for Health Equity in Undergraduate Medical Education aims to recognize University of Toronto MD Program faculty (individual or group) and administrative staff (individual or group) members for their commitment to diversity and health equity in undergraduate medical education. The award is named after Dr. Miriam Rossi, a pediatrician, teaching faculty, and former associate dean of student affairs in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, and a strong advocate and mentor for minorities. It was established in recognition of Dr. Rossi’s outstanding contributions to diversity and health equity in medical education. Nominees should demonstrate outstanding effort in improving the equity environment in the MD Program. Any University of Toronto Temerty Faculty of Medicine faculty member who has taught and/or held a leadership position, or, staff member in the MD Program is eligible for nomination.

Norman Rosenblum Award for Excellence in Mentorship in the MD/PhD Program

The Norman Rosenblum Award for Excellence in Mentorship in the MD/PhD Program was established in 2018 in recognition of Dr. Norman Rosenblum’s tenure as Associate Dean, Physician Scientist Training in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and his outstanding contributions to mentoring of MD/PhD students. The award recognizes faculty members, residents, or members of staff who exhibit an exemplary level of leadership and commitment to mentorship and role modeling for MD/PhD students in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine. Any University of Toronto Temerty Faculty of Medicine faculty member, resident, or staff member is eligible for nomination. Nominees will be identified by colleagues and learners as role models for mentorship and should have shown involvement in activities exhibiting a commitment to the MD/PhD Program.

To find out more click here: https://md.utoronto.ca/teaching-and-education-awards

Please direct any questions to Barbra MacDonald, Administrative Coordinator, MD Program at