Pre-Departure Training (PDT) is mandatory for all University of Toronto MD Program students who are undertaking either clinical (s)electives or CREMS-sponsored research opportunities outside of Canada. There are no exceptions. The Training is delivered by the Office of Global Health and typically takes place in early January (for Transition-to-Residency Selectives students) and late-Spring (for CREMS as well as ELV 410Y students).
The Training covers regionally-specific, as well as medically-specific information, is supplemented by pre-circulated materials and checklists, and is preceded by voluntary, informal mentoring by recent graduates. The Session also includes 'bundled' within it a Safety Abroad Workshop, which is mandatory for all outbound University of Toronto students and which is valid for 1.5 years.
Transition-to-Residency Selectives students undertake a formal Debrief upon their return to Canada as part of their TTR 410Y course requirements. All returning students are encouraged to seek counselling and/or other support from the Office of Health Professionals Student Affairs (OHPSA), or through the student's family physician, Safety Abroad Advisor, Faculty Advisor, Director of Electives, or Office of Global Health team.