Office of the Vice Dean

Cultivating a student-centred environment to ensure patient-centred physicians. 

Dr. patricia houston, Vice Dean, MD Program

Vice Dean's message

Dr. Patricia HoustonWelcome to the University of Toronto MD Program. We are proud to support our students during their journey to becoming future health care leaders. 

Our program prepares students to care for their patients collaboratively and holistically, as part of a health care team. We are continuously innovating, engaging and looking for ways to make our program better to ensure our graduates are responsive to the evolving needs and expectations of Canadians.

2016-2017 marks the launch of our Foundations Curriculum. This is the most significant change to the delivery of undergraduate medical education in over two decades. The new curriculum, which encompasses the first two years of medical school, offers students the flexibility to pursue diverse interests – enabling them to become the physicians and individuals they wish to be and their future patients deserve.

Our students gain a wide breath of clinical experience through our affiliation with a large network of academic and community-based hospitals, and health care sites. Students learn from world-renowned faculty and have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research. Our unique academy structure provides our students with a smaller learning environment within the larger program which gives them a clinical ‘home’ and an understanding of the importance of the health care team.

Working in partnership with our students, we strive to nurture a positive and productive learning environment where students feel supported and well prepared to excel in the changing health care landscape. Medical school can be an overwhelming and stressful time – we are committed to supporting a culture that promotes resiliency and a sense of community amongst our students and teachers. 

Patricia Houston, MD, MEd, FRCPC
Vice Dean, MD Program


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