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Community Health Centre Education Program for Black Medical Students (CHCE)


The Community Health Centre Education Program for Black Medical Students (CHCE) aims to bridge the gap by increasing the capacity of 1st and 2nd-year Black medical students in Ontario. This 9-week paid summer program seeks to expose Black medical students to Community Health Centers (CHCs) that predominantly serve Black clientele. By participating in this program, students will not only enhance their clinical skills but also develop advocacy and collaborative project skills. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to work on projects that contribute to the betterment of the community while receiving valuable feedback and mentorship. Selected Participants will also recieve a stipend of $5000.

The benefits of having Black physicians in CHCs are numerous, including providing an enhanced patient experience through cultural competency, fostering a return of service to the Black community, and serving as role models for Black children and youth. Throughout the program, participants will delve into educational seminars covering topics such as the Canadian health care system, CHCs, and Black health. By immersing themselves in CHC operations, providing patient care, and engaging in self-directed or collaborative projects, students will not only gain valuable experience but also make a real impact in their community. Stay tuned for the official announcement of the application opening date to be part of this transformative program.

Program Timeline

Call For Application – Feb 19, 2024

Information session – TBC

Application deadline – March 29, 2024

Application Review –  April 1 –  April 11, 2024

Interviews – April 8 – April 19, 2024

Notice of Acceptance – April 22, 2024

Orientation – May, 2024

Program start – June, 2024


During my posting, I had the opportunity to interact with a variety of healthcare professionals and gained insights into their roles. The interdisciplinary structure of the center facilitated comprehensive patient care. I conducted patient history and physical exams, administered immunizations, performed pap smears, and observed procedures like endometrial biopsies. I also witnessed the integration of primary care with allied health services. Patients were referred appropriately, ensuring they received comprehensive care addressing both immediate and long-term health concerns. The multicultural staff enabled effective communication with patients from diverse backgrounds. I learned to understand and address the unique needs of immigrant populations. I actively participated in workshop initiatives addressing issues like female genital mutilation (FGM) and gender based violence (GBV). This experience empowered me to raise awareness and initiate positive change.
2023, Participant

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Trish Tulloch is an Adolescent Medicine Specialist in the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. Dr. Tulloch completed her Paediatric residency training at Nationwide Children’s Hospital/Ohio State University and fellowship training in Adolescent Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children/University of Toronto. She completed a clinical fellowship in Addiction Medicine at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) where she currently provides consultation within the Nicotine Dependence Clinic (Intrepid Lab). She is actively involved in teaching and serves as vice-chair for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Area of Focused Competence in Addiction Medicine.
Dr. Tulloch focuses on enhancing the quality of care for adolescents and young adults with medical complexity due to co-occurring chronic illnesses, substance use, mental health disorders, and psychosocial stressors. Through her clinical practice and academic pursuits she remains deeply committed to addressing the systemic barriers that hinder access to care for marginalized youth and their families.

Trish Tulloch MD, MS, FRCPC, FAAP (she/her)

Participating CHCs


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