About the Mississauga Academy of Medicine

Introducing the Mississauga Academy of Medicine

The Mississauga Academy of Medicine (MAM) is located at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) in the City of Mississauga and reflects a pivotal partnership between the Faculty of Medicine at University of Toronto (U of T), UTM and Trillium Health Partners (THP).

MAM’s goal is to deliver an excellent student, faculty and staff experience within Peel Region and across the Greater Toronto Area.

Partners

MAM links Peel Region’s vibrant community health care network with excellence in teaching and research. The academy partners with THP to offer students clinical experiences in a wide range of health care settings.

THP encompasses three main sites — Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga Hospital, and Queensway Health Centre — offering the full range of acute care hospital services, as well as a variety of community-based, specialized programs.

A rich and diverse community, Peel region continues to grow and age, and as more people are living with chronic diseases. To continue to deliver exceptional patient care, THP recognizes the need to think and act differently, and take a new and innovative approach to the delivery of health care. They envision a new kind of health care for a healthier community — an interconnected system of care that is organized around the patient, both inside the hospital and beyond its walls.

History

In 2011, we admitted our first class of 54 U of T MD students to the four-year program. MAM currently has a total of 216 students — or 'MAMers', as they call themselves.

MAM student at a lecture

Our leadership and support teams

Leadership, administrative and technical teams proactively provide support, information and guidance. To facilitate meaningful dialogue and mutual feedback, leadership meets regularly student leaders. All MAM students are encouraged to approach staff in the administration office should they require assistance.

This approach ensures a close-knit community where people at all levels are included in important discussions and feel a sense of belonging.

Associate Dean, Medical Education (Regional) 

Dr. Alison Freeland joined the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto in June 2015. Prior to this role, she held academic positions at the University of Ottawa and served as the Associate Chief of Psychiatry for the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. Dr. Freeland currently holds the position of Vice President of Education at Trillium Health Partners, a large community hospital that offers acute care and specialized regional services to people living in Mississauga. As Associate Dean, Medical Education (Regional), she works with the medical education team at the Mississauga Academy of Medicine, where 216 medical students from U of T are based. She is  an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto.

Academy Director

Dr. Sarah McClennan completed her Master's of Health Science in Community Health and Epidemiology from the University of Toronto in 1999 and received her Medical Degree from McMaster University in 2003. From 2008 to 2013, she was Staff Emergency Physician and Assistant Clinical Professor, Director of the Undergraduate Emergency Medicine Program at the Hamilton Health Sciences.

Since 2008, Dr. McClennan has been a Staff Emergency Physician with Trillium Health Partners and lecturer with the University of Toronto, she has also held the role of Emergency Clerkship Lead since 2013.

With a passion for developing and encouraging teaching abilities in others, Dr. McClennan has been Mississauga Hospital Faculty Development Lead since 2013. She has been involved with teaching in various capacities, including as Case-Based Learning Lead and championing the Foundations.

Dr. McClennan is a Mississauga resident who is active in organized hockey and has a passion for cycling.

Administration

Tamara Breukelman is the inaugural Operations Manager at the Mississauga Academy of Medicine. Within this capacity she oversees finance, human resources, technology, security, health and safety, operations and communication resources and requirements for the academy. She manages a robust team of administrators and technicians who support the academy. A significant portion of Tamara’s time is devoted to building and maintaining strong relationships with stakeholders across the university campuses and Mississauga community hospitals.

A graduate of Wilfred Laurier University, she was previously the acting Director of Governance at the University of Toronto Mississauga and has held various positions at both Microsoft Canada and Trillium Health Partners. Tamara was the University of Toronto Mississauga United Way campaign staff chair for 2012 and 2013, is a mentor in the UofT Leadership Partnership Program and a member of various tri-campus committees.

UTM Campus & the Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex

Deer on Campus at UTMCurrent MAM students have exclusive 24/7 access to the MAM space within the Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex (HSC) at the UTM campus.

Completed in 2011, this four-storey, health sciences complex houses MAM as well as U of T’s internationally renowned biomedical communications program, and several other UTM departments.

The HSC is equipped with state of the art videoconferencing technology. Lectures are delivered across a multi-site environment. Most rooms are available for student use when not being used for curriculum – this enables participation in club events held at the St. George campus without travel. To support our students academically, lectures that are video-conferenced are available online within 24 hours of delivery.

Our students have free access to the U of T shuttle that runs between the UTM and St. George campus.

MAM learning, study and social spaces within the HSC include:

  • Prosections lab
  • 12 small group Learning rooms – each room is equipped with a laptop, monitor, mobile tables and seats 10 comfortably
  • Student lounge for eating, socializing and perhaps a game of foosball
  • Six 30-person capacity classrooms, should these be not being used for curriculum, students have the ability to use them for study/group learning space.
  • Beautiful outdoor terrace

Additionally, on the UTM campus there are several additional options for study space:

UTM Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre (HMALC)

UTM Instructional Centre

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