Want to apply for an elective in Toronto?

All Medical Students

Please note that we will only start the process of booking medical student electives 32 weeks prior to the start of the proposed elective. Here’s a step-wise guide to the electives process:
  1. Complete this survey form. We will use this to help determine which field site can best support your learning objectives.
  2. Once completed you will receive an email from our program coordinator confirming receipt of your request (
  3. We will contact our partner field sites to see if they can accommodate your elective request.
  4. Once confirmed, we will inform you of any elective opportunity that suits your educational goals.
  5. We will then direct you to either MEDSIS (U of T Students) or AFMC (Visiting Medical Students) to formally request your elective with the assigned preceptor and field site.

University of Toronto Medical Students

Students may start booking electives at UofT using the registration system ROUTE on MedSIS. This system is made available to students in September of the third year of the UME curriculum. Electives may be 2-4 weeks in duration.

Visiting Medical Students

Visiting Canadian medical students should visit the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) Student Portal to learn more about the University of Toronto's elective programs.  All information can be found on its institution profile and includes the following:
  • How to apply
  • Eligibility
  • Application deadlines
  • Registration requirements

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U of T Residents

U of T residents should arrange their electives through their home department. If you have questions about elective sites, please feel free to contact us.

Visiting Residents

As a postgraduate medical resident, you may register for an elective rotation at the University of Toronto in order to satisfy a specified part of the requirements of the ongoing residency training program in which you are enrolled at your home institution. Please visit the U of T 's Resident Electives Site for detailed information.

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