MD Program funding

U of T’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine is at the forefront of life-changing health research and innovation, doing what can’t be done since 1843. With the support of 26 departments and one of the largest academic health science networks in North America, U of T medical students have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with world-renowned faculty and researchers, participate in cutting-edge research, and apply their knowledge in both urban and community-based environments.

Please consider investing in the next generation of physicians, donate to the MD Program.

Our areas of greatest need

Donations are designated by the MD Program to fulfill priorities identified in the delivery of medical education, for example:

MD/PhD Program

Our MD/PhD Program, the largest program of its kind in Canada, trains and mentors the next generation of clinician scientists. Clinician scientists are in the unique position of pursuing both scientific research and clinical practice, translating academic excellence into health care excellence for Canadians every day. Our program attracts the very best researchers into U of T labs and has produced successive generations of innovative health leaders. Through collaborative and interdisciplinary research, we are advancing medicine and improving health around the world.  

It wasn’t long after I completed my own medical training that I felt drawn to research. For me, it wasn’t enough to provide treatments; I wanted to conduct research that could discover or improve those treatments. I completed my PhD through our Institute of Medical Science in 1995 and I firmly believe that I am a better clinician because of the research I do, and I’m a better researcher because of my clinical experience. 


Medical Students Research Day (MSRD)

This annual one-day conference showcases research projects undertaken by U of T medical students, sharing their discoveries with medical students, faculty and the U of T community. The research fields are diverse, ranging from basic and clinical science disciplines to topics related to health care, medical education and international health. Posters are judged by faculty and peers, providing a valuable opportunity for feedback and networking. A select number of students are invited to showcase their research with an oral presentation, representing the best abstracts in their respective categories.  MSRD also invites all first-year students who have performed research in the last 12 months prior to entering medical school to present their work as a poster.


Summer Mentorship Program

SMP gives high school students of Indigenous and African ancestry a chance to explore health sciences at the University of Toronto over four weeks in July. They gain hands-on experience, discover university education, enjoy valuable mentoring experiences, and earn a credit towards their high school diploma. 

The Summer Mentorship Program was an integral part of my development in high school and beyond. I not only aspire to continue in my career as a Medical Doctor, but I also have a goal to provide guidance for youth who wish to explore careers in Medicine.


Nishant Fozdar Award

The Nishant Fozdar Award annually supports a U of T medical student who demonstrates dedication to education and community involvement in celebration of the life of Nishant Fozdar. 

Nishant was a wonderfully kind individual and was part of my medical school class from 2010-2012.  He loved to learn and was always keen to teach other students when they needed help. One quality that was always apparent in Nishant was his generosity and compassion towards others.  He constantly sought out opportunities to contribute to our medical class and was greatly missed when he passed away. It was an incredible honor to receive an award in his name. As I grow and develop as a physician, I remain inspired by Nishant's exemplary qualities.


Diana Alli Award

The Diana Alli award is presented annually to the graduating medical student who demonstrates a commitment to enhancing student life and outstanding community service throughout all four years of undergraduate medical education. 

I was delighted to receive the first Diana Alli Medical Student award. I was fortunate enough to know Diana during my time at U of T where she was well known as a pillar of the student community. Her legacy of service locally and abroad is inspiring to all, and a virtue I intend to maintain in my career ahead. I hope that this award continues to recognize the time and effort of medical students in service towards our U of T medicine community and beyond.