Enhanced Skills Program

Enhanced Skills in Family Medicine

The Enhanced Skills program offers curriculum-based clinical teaching at the third-year resident level focused on the needs of patient populations. The University of Toronto is one of the Enhanced Skills programs in the country offering Category 1 and Category 2 programs accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Graduates from the Enhanced Skills program practice comprehensive family medicine and act as a resource to their patients and colleagues in their area of enhanced training.

Enhanced Skills Training in Family Medicine


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Enhanced Skills Programs

Explore the wide variety of specialized training programs below that our Enhanced Skills Program for third-year residents and physicians. Get a quick view and compare program details such as the number of positions, funding and program length in our program chart below.








Addiction Medicine Aimed at providing the family physician with skills
to treat addiction medicine patients in both
an urban setting or a rural setting
October 5, 2018 1-2 Varies 1 year

Dr. Nikki Bozinoff

AIDS/HIV Designed to provide family physicians with the
knowledge and the skills to provide HIV primary care
October 5, 2018 2 Varies 6 months Dr. Gordon Arbess
Anesthesia Comprehensive training program in anaesthesia October 5, 2018 2 Varies 1 year Dr. Henderson Lee
Breast Diseases To provide the skill set to diagnose and manage
benign diseases of the breast
October 5, 2018 1-2 Varies 6 months Dr. Melinda Wu
Care of the Elderly To provide family physicians with comprehensive
clinical assessment and management skills related
to care for the older adult
October 5, 2018 3 Varies 1 year Dr. Amy Freedman
Clinical Palliative Care 
6 Month Program
Comprehensive training program in palliative care October 5, 2018 1 Varies 6 months Dr. Niren Shetty


Clinician Scholar


Research Stream

To provide adequate knowledge, training, and
experience to enable residents to pursue careers
as clinician investigators 

Education Stream

To build education scholarship capacity among comprehensive family medicine graduates

October 5, 2018 1-2 Varies 1 year

Dr. Paul Krueger


Dr. Cynthia Whitehead

Academic Palliative Care
12 Month Program
Comprehensive training program in palliative care                                                                                                                                   October 5, 2018 2 Varies 1 year   
Emergency Medicine To provide training to residents in family medicine
which will prepare them for a career in both family
and emergency medicine
Through CaRMS 7 PGY3 1 year Dr. John Foote
Clinical Environmental

To develop diagnostic skills that prepare physicians to manage patients with chronic, complex, environment-related conditions. 

Accepting Applications N/A Varies 1 year

Dr. Lynn Marshall

Global Health in
Vulnerable Populations
To provide family physicians with the knowledge
and the skills to address global health issues both
locally and abroad
October 5, 2018 1 Varies 1 year Dr. Praseedha Janakiram
Dr. Eileen Nicolle
Hospital Medicine To prepare family medicine graduates with the
clinical skills required for inpatient medicine and
prepare them for leadership roles in education and
research in hospital medicine
October 5, 2018 3 PGY3 1 year Dr. Benjamin Kaasa
Indigenous Health To enhance the ability of Canadian family physicians
to provide comprehensive care to and be advocates
for improved health in indigenous populations in Ontario
and other regions of Canada in accordance with the first
nations, Inuit and Metis (indigenous) health core
competencies for postgraduate medical education
TBD 1-2 Varies 6 months Dr. Difat Jakubovicz
Low-Risk Obstetrics Aimed at providing additional experience to trainees
committed to including obstetrics in their future practices
October 5, 2018 4 PGY3 
3 months Dr. Kitshan Lee
Medical Oncology

The Medical Oncology Program curriculum is currently under revision. The program will be accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year. Please email fammed.enhanced@utoronto.ca for further information.

TBD 1 Varies 1 year

Dr. Alanna Golden

Sports and Exercise
Dealing with the musculoskeletal system, nutrition,
general medicine, pediatrics, women's health,
exercise medicine, sporting event coverage,
and athletic emergencies
October 5, 2018 2 Varies 1 year Dr. Mark Leung
Women's Health To provide philosophical and practical enrichment
in women's health based on a whole person approach
in order to foster advocacy and develop leaders in the
healthcare of women
October 5, 2018 1-2 Varies 1 year

Dr. Kymm Feldman

Self-directed PGY3

The development of skills and experiences to meet 
the needs of populations where there is a gap in
medical care

TBD 1 PGY3 6 or 12 months Dr. Julia Alleyne

Continuing Education and Masters Students

In past years, many DFCM Enhanced Skills fellows have successfully incorporated a DFCM continuing education (CE) or Masters Degree program alongside their clinical fellowship program. Such an arrangement requires a separate application into an academic fellowship or graduate studies program as well as approval of the Enhanced Skills Clinical Program Director. 

Visit our Academic Fellowships and Graduate Studies programs 

Supplemental Emergency Medicine Experience (SEME)

SEME is an innovative program funded through the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to provide family physicians practicing in smaller and rural communities with a three-month, full time, remunerated fellowship in Emergency Medicine. 

For more information, visit SEME


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