Academic Coaching, PREP, AACE-IT & SCORE

Student attends an academic coaching session

As a Faculty of Medicine student (MD, MD/PhD, Medical Radiation Sciences and Physician’s Assistant), you have access to an academic coach who will work with you to develop individualized study plans and to frame new, or to review and adapt current, strategies to optimize learning potential in order to ensure peak academic performance. The academic coach is available for one-on-one coaching and to assist with workshop development and facilitation.

Peer-facilitated Review Enrichment Program (PREP)

The Faculty of Medicine’s PREP offers first-year medical students the unique opportunity to participate in small, innovative, interactive and collaborative learning communities. Sessions are facilitated by successful second-year medical students.

Participants may come to as many, or as few, sessions as they like. There is no commitment, other than the commitment to achieving your full academic potential.

For more information about this program, please contact the academic coach.

Achieving Academic & Clinical Excellence in Training (AACE-IT)

Learners in years 1-4 of the MD Program (MD, MD/PhD) who are experiencing academic challenges may be referred to the AACE-IT program for additional support.  AACE-IT coaches are faculty or senior residents who will provide individualized coaching sessions that support core content.

For more information about this program, please contact the academic coach.

Structured Clinical Observation, Reflection and Evaluation (SCORE)

This program provides learners in years 1-4 of the MD Program (PhD who are returning to clinical practice and MD) with additional practice and feedback on their skills in the following areas: interviewing, communication, counseling and physical examinations.  Coaching, which is provided by faculty or senior residents, involves individualized, and very occasionally smal-group, sessions that supplement core content. Participation in the program is by referral only.

For more information about this program, please contact the academic coach.

Academic coaching and learner support programs are available at both St. George and UTM.

This online self-diagnostic tool allows you to assess how you might adjust your current learning strategies and make the best use of resources that are available online, within the Faculty of Medicine, and within the broader University of Toronto community, to enhance your academic performance.

Nellie Perret, BA (Toronto), MA (Toronto), RSW
I’ve been supporting student learning at the University of Toronto for over thirty years. In my work as an academic coach within OHPSA, I draw on this experience with the certainty that all students are capable of achieving academic excellence: the 'trick' is to adapt current learning strategies — and, where appropriate, to devise new ones — to meet the challenges of a dynamic academic environment. I work collaboratively with students, then, to help you develop and implement individualized learning plans that best serve your unique, and at times protean, needs as learners in the health professions.

Frequently asked questions

You may have questions about what we can offer you, so we have answers to frequently asked questions to help you out.


All sessions are confidential. Our office does not share information with the Faculty of Medicine or anyone else except by written request of the student, or as required by law. 

Contact us

You can book an appointment with our counsellors, or if you wish to speak to a counsellor, you can email or our office at 416.978.2764.

Academic coaching resources

Students are invited to explore the Academic e-Coach to discover a number of relevant online tools and resources to support learning in the health professions.  The following represent just a few of the growing number of useful online academic skills development resources for medical students:

Academic accommodation

Students with an identified need for an accommodation, or students who wish to meet with a counsellor to determine whether or not they have a learning disability or ADHD, should contact the University of Toronto's Accessibility Services at St George or UTM campuses.