Academic e-Coach: Resources

Students take part in a PREP session
Learner Support Resources

Academic Coaching, OHPSA

This program supports learners who wish to frame new, or to review and adapt current, strategies to optimize learning potential in order to ensure peak academic performance.

  • In individualized collaborative sessions, the learner and the academic coach will work together to:
    • Clarify priorities & set milestones for success
    • Assess the efficacy of current learning strategies
    • Adapt existing, or develop new, approaches to learning
    • Identify & prioritize competing demands
  • Philosophy:
    • Non-evaluative, confidential
    • Success is a shared responsibily
  • Self-referral

PREP (Peer-facilitated Review Enrichment Program), OHPSA

This program offers 1st-year medical students the unique opportunity to participate in small, innovative, interactive and collaborative learning communities.

  • Participation is voluntary
  • Sessions are facilitated by successful 2nd-year medical students
  • Emphasis is on developing new approaches to learning, not on tutoring
  • Sessions are aligned with specific learning objectives of 1st-year courses
  • Emphasis is on self-directed learning & critical inquiry
  • Philosophy:
    • Non-evaluative, confidential
    • Success is a shared responsibily
  • Self-referral

Academic e-Coach, OHPSA

A self-diagnostic online tool to help learners:

  • Recognize obstacles to effective learning
  • Discover & employ new learning strategies
  • Locate & access appropriate resources online, within the Faculty of Medicine, & within the broader University of Toronto community

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

This program provides additional support to learners who are experiencing academic challenges in Years 1 to 4.

  • Faculty or senior residents act as cognitive and clinical skills coaches
  • Involves individualized teaching and coaching sessions that supplement core content
  • Philosophy:
    • Non-evaluative, confidential
    • Success is a shared responsibily
  • By referral only

For more information, please contact the academic coach at OHPSA.

SCORE (Structured Clinical Observation, Reflection and Evaluation)

This program provides learners in the MD/PhD program who are returning to clinical practice and in Years 1 to 4 of the MD program with additional practice and feedback on their skills in the following areas: interviewing, communication, counseling and physical examinations.

  • Faculty or senior residents act as cognitive and clinical skills coaches
  • Involves individualized, and very occasionally small-group, teaching and coaching sessions that supplement core content
  • Philosophy:
    • Non-evaluative, confidential
    • Success is a shared responsibility
  • By referral only

For more information, please contact the academic coach at OHPSA.

Research Liaison Librarians (Medicine)

Dedicated research librarians are available to assist learners with questions or suggestions about library and information technology services.

Elena Springall & Kaitlin Fuller (Gerstein, St. George)
Elaine Goettler (Hazel McCallum Learning Centre, MAM)

Accessibility Services, University of Toronto

This service supports students at the University of Toronto who are managing disabilities and navigating barriers to learning.

Academic Success , University of Toronto

This service offers learning strategy workshops, individual appointments & drop-in sessions, and mentorship opportunities for all University of Toronto students.

Resources for Help with Course Content

Foundations Year 1
Course Directors:

  • Introduction to Medicine: Dr. Anne McLeod
  • Concepts, Patients & Communities 1: Dr. Robert Goldberg
  • Concepts, Patients & Communities 2: Dr. Ashna Bowry

Supplemental Readings/Reference Books

  • Genetics (Week 1 & 2)
  • Biochemistry (Week 3) 
    •  basic physiology or biochemistry textbook is recommended for those that may not have adequate training in these disciplines.
  • Cell, Tissues (Week 4 & 5)
    • Robbins’ Pathologic Basis of Disease (9th edition). V Kumar, A Abbas, J Aster. Elsevier Saunders, 2015.
  • Embryology (Week 6)
    • The Developing Human. Clinically Oriented Embryology. Moore KL, Persaud TVN , Saunders.
    • Langman’s Medical Embryology, Sadler TW. Williams and Wilkins.
  • Growing up (Week 7)
    • Nelson’s Essentials of Pediatrics (5th edition). RM Kliegman et al. Elsevier Saunders, 2011.
  • Lifestyle Medicine (Week 8)
    • ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescriptio (9th edition). American College of Sports medicine.
  • Pharmacology  (Week 9)
    • Principles of medical pharmacology. Edited by Harold Kalant, Denis M. Grant, Jane Mitchell. imprint. Toronto: Saunders Elsevier, 2007.
  • Society and Community (Week 10 & 11), ICE: CPPH
    • The required text the Community, Population and Public Health (including week 10 & 11) is the PHEN Primer on Population Health The PHEN Primer on Population Health is a resource created under the sponsorship of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) by the Public Health Educator’s Network (PHEN), and made possible through funds provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The PHEN includes representatives from 17 Medical Faculties in Canada who have worked collaboratively with experts, students, teachers and other stakeholders to review the Primer on Population Health. This text covers the objectives of population health from the Medical Council of Canada, it presents a perspective on population-health and it demonstrates the relevance of concepts of population health to health professionals engaged in clinical care. Additional readings may come from variety of sources including selected journal articles, reports, websites and other online sources.
  • Microbiology (Week 12 & 13)
    • Schaechter's Mechanisms of Microbial Disease, Engleberg, Carly, Dermody Terence., DiRita, Victor. 2012. .
  • Immunology (Week 14 & 15) 
    • Case Studies in Immunology – A Clinical Companion (5th edition). F Rosen, R Geha. Garland Publishing Inc., 2007.
    • Janeway's Immunobiology, Ken Murphy, Paul Travers , Mark Walpor., 2007.
  • Dermatology (Week 16)
    • Fitzpatrick's Color Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology (7th edition) (Color Atlas & Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology (Fitzpatrick)) 7th edition.
  • Hematology (Week 17 & 18)
    • N/A
  • Cardiovascular (Week 19-22)
    • Lilly- Pathophysiology of Heart Disease: a collaborative project of medical students and faculty as a text reference.
    • The Merck Manual   No more print copy editions but the digital edition is available online and has audio clips of heart sounds, etc.
    • Park's The Pediatric Cardiology Handbook (4th edition). Saunders.
  • Respirology (Week 23-25)
    • N/A
  • Endo (Week 26-29)
    • Textbook of Endocrinology (13th edition), Shlomo Melmed, Polonsky Kennth, P. Reed Larsen, Henry M. Kronenberg. Williams.
    • Greenspan's Basic and Clinical Endocrinology (9th edition) David Gardner, Dorlores Shoback. Lange Clinical Medicine.
    •  Andreoli and Carpenter’s Cecil Essentials of Medicine (9th edition), Benjamin, Ivor and Griggs, RC.
  • GI (Week 30-33)
    • The Digestive System:  Basic Science and Clinical Conditions (2nd edition), Smith, M. and Morton, D.
    • First Principles of Gastroenterology: The Basis of Disease and an Approach to Management, Thomson and Shaffer.
  • Nephrology & Urology (Week 34, 35 & 36)
    • Andreoli and Carpenter’s Cecil Essentials of Medicine (9th edition), Benjamin, I. and Griggs, RC
    • Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine (18th edition), Longo, D.,Fauci, A., et al.
  • ICE: Clinical Skills
    • Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking (11th edition), Bickley, L., R. Hoekelman.  Lippincott, Philadelphia, 2013.
    • Clinical Examination: A Systematic Guide to Physical Diagnosis (6th edition), Talley, N., O’Conner, S. Elsevier, Australia, 2010.
    • The Ultimate Guide and Review for the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Exam (1st edition), Swartz, Mark. Saunders.
  • Communication
    • Skills for Communicating with Patients (3rd edition). CRC Press, 2013.
  • Anatomy
  • Gray’s Anatomy for Students (3rd edition) (Edited by Drake, Vogl & Mitchell), Silverman, J., Kurtz, S., and Draper, J. Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier, 2015.
  • Essential Anatomy (an app created by 3D4Medical which can be purchased for Apple and for PC devices.
    • If you own the app Essential Anatomy, you can use the EA bookmarks which are referred to throughout the eModule.
  • Junqueira's Basic Histology: Text and Atlas (4th edition), Mescher, Anthony.

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