The Peters-Boyd (PB) Academy is comprised of three hospitals:
- Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
- Women’s College Hospital
- North York General Hospital
Students may be based at any one of these sites during the foundations years. During clerkship, students from all academies will attend rotations at many different sites, including The Hospital for Sick Children, St. Joseph’s Hospital and other sites around the GTA.
Currently, the PB Academy enrollment is 63 students for first year and registers over 400 medical students in total every year.
One of the PB Academy’s strongest assets is its teaching faculty, who are committed to small group, case-based learning models, and providing a quality learning experience. Clinics and acute care settings provide a breadth of clinical learning opportunities that uphold the tenets of best-practice patient-centered care and medical education.
The academy’s director, Dr. Eugenia Piliotis, has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from McMaster University and completed her Medical Degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1997. She went on to complete her core training in Internal Medicine at the University of Western Ontario and moved to Toronto in 2000 to start her haematology specialty training. Dr. Piliotis completed her fellowship in lymphoma at the Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre in 2003, and a Masters in Medical Education through OISE at the University of Toronto in 2004. Dr Piliotis joined the oncology staff at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in January 2004 as part of the Haematology Site Group and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. In addition to her clinical duties Dr. Piliotis is also the Vice Chair of the Royal College Hematology Specialty Committee and is the coordinator of the University of Toronto Department of Medicine collaboration with Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. Dr. Piliotis currently has a part-time position at the College of Physician and Surgeons of Ontario as a Medical Advisor. Dr. Piliotis has also held additional leadership positions at the University of Toronto Department of Medicine as the Program Director for the Adult Hematology Training Program and the co-coordinator of the annual Canadian Hematology Trainee Retreat.
For more information about the Peters-Boyd Academy, visit the Sunnybrook website.
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
The primary site of the PB Academy, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre has over 9000 staff and physicians, and over 5000 students, residents, fellows and observers working together to provide excellence in patient care. With 1355 hospital beds, Sunnybrook provides nearly one million out-patient clinic visits per year. Students are exposed to a broad-based learning experience, including tertiary care, acute in-patient and ambulatory care and community-based experiences.
Priority programs include cancer care, cardiovascular, muscular-skeletal, perinatal and gynecology services, neurosciences, aging and population health, trauma and critical care.
At each site of the PB Academy, educational facilities provide students with seminar rooms, computers, a student lounge and access to libraries. Video-conferencing capability connects joint seminars occurring at Sunnybrook, North York and Women’s College.
Sunnybrook is located in uptown Toronto. A free shuttle bus runs continuously between Sunnybrook, the Holland Orthopaedic and Arthritic Centre and Women’s College Hospital. For the fitness-minded, there is a beautiful bike trail, extending from the lake to Sunnybrook Park, which is part of the hospital property. Women’s College Hospital is a short walking distance from the University of Toronto Medical Sciences Building. North York General Hospital is located in northern Toronto and accessible by subway.
The PB Academy is named after Dr. Vera Peters (1911-1993) and Dr. William Boyd (1885-1979). Dr. Peters was a professor of radiology at the University of Toronto and a pioneer in the radiation treatment of cancer, acclaimed for her contributions to the treatment of Hodgkin’s disease. Dr. Boyd was an award-winning teacher and professor of pathology at the University of Toronto who authored several internationally renowned textbooks.