Dr. Kaif Pardhan

Program Director

Jennifer Robertson

Program Coordinator
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Program Highlights

The City

As Canada’s largest and most diverse city, Toronto, Ontario’s capital city, presents a unique opportunity for residents. Not only is our program now the largest of its kind in the country, but our core sites are among the busiest in the nation. Each site provides residents with valuable exposure to diverse patient populations (including inner city and at-risk patients) as well as to a high variety of pathology. The diversity of its population is also well-reflected in Toronto’s incredible mix of unique cultural, nightlife, dining and shopping options. The city offers many natural escapes, including the Toronto Island, the Harbourfront and numerous parks and recreational facilities.


Mentorship, Support and Wellness

We have a wonderful community of residents and faculty, with a number of social activities organized throughout the year that brings our community together. PGME offers a robust Wellness office for all residents. We take Wellness seriously, and have committed Wellness sessions during our academic session.

All residents will be helped to find a staff mentor. The mentor provides support with both academic and social issues. In addition, all residents become members of a groupknown as “buddy groups” that includes at least one member from each PG year, as well as two or more faculty members, that meet several times during the year.

The PD, APD and Division Director provide overall mentorship and career support to all residents. The PD meets the residents formally twice a year.


Our Curriculum

We offer a robust curriculum during our academic day, and are committed to continue to improve the learning experience for our residents. For details on our Curriculum please refer to the section called “Program Curriculum”. Our training sites offer a diverse range of patient populations, medical conditions and procedures, all under the supervision of expert faculty.


Emergency Medicine Residency Training Committee

The Emergency Medicine Residency Training Committee (EMRTC)is an advisory committee to the Program Director and provides guidance for decision-making and process issues pertaining to the residency program. The Committee has at least one resident representatives from each of the 5 post graduate years.


Competence Committee

The Competence Committee (CC) is a faculty-only committee composed with representation from our core sites, and includes the Program Director. The Assistant Program Director chairs the committee. The committee reviews resident progress on regular intervals and makes recommendations about coaching and remediation. The CC reports to the EMRTC.


Lead Residents

The two lead residents are PGY3 trainees who are selected by the resident body, subject to approval by the Program Director, and serve for a term of 12 months. They are also EMRTC representatives for the PGY3 group, and continue to sit on the EMRTC for their PGY4 and 5 years as the representatives for their cohorts.Lead residents have responsibilities in scheduling of academic activities, and serve as liaisons between the larger group of residents and the faculty and administration. They work closely with the Program Director.

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General Information

Thank you for your interest in the Postgraduate Education program in the division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Our program seeks to train socially conscious practitioners with excellent clinical skills who practice efficient, safe and patient-centered care, while being advocates, leaders and specialists in emergency medicine. Accordingly we are looking for a cohort of residents with strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills, with the ability to self-reflect and exhibit continual growth, with high ethical and professional standards, and who show a track record of equitable, patient-centered approach to care.

The University of Toronto Emergency Medicine residency program offers an exceptional opportunity for residency training. The faculty is diverse and includes well-recognized experts in research, education, administration, and clinical practice. The training hospitals serve the Greater Toronto Area, providing direct care to a local population of over 6 million people, and to a referral population that is much larger. Residents will be exposed to the gamut of medical practice (from inner city primary care to complex quaternary care) and will work and train in state of the art technical facilities. In the PGY5 year (Transition to Practice), residents will have a special opportunity to train in an Area of Advanced Learning (in clinical practice or research).

The University of Toronto program in Emergency Medicine is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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Salary Information

Post graduate salaries and benefits differ by province and are determined by two things: your training year, and the province you work in. See below the salaries and benefits for University of Toronto - Emergency Medicine - Toronto.
Effective October 4th, 2023 
Professional Leave
7 working days/year
Additional time off provided for writing any CND or US certification exam, leave includes the exam date and reasonable travel time to and from the exam site. Additional RCPSC & CFPC Certification Examination
Prep Time
  1. Subject to operational requirements and at the request of a resident, a resident will not be scheduled for call duties for a period up to fourteen days prior to a CFPC or RCPSC certification exam.
  2. Subject to operational requirements and at the request of a resident, a resident *will be granted up to seven consecutive days off during one of the four week*s preceding a CFPC or RCPSC certification exam.
Annual Vacation
4 weeks
Meal Allowance
Frequency of Calls
1 in 4 In-hospital, 1 in 3 home
Pregnancy Leave
17 weeks
Parental Leave
35 weeks, 37 weeks if resident did not take pregnancy leave
Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB) Plan
Top-up to 84% 27 weeks for women who take pregnancy and parental leave; 12 weeks for parents on stand-alone parental leave.
Provincial Health Insurance
Extended Health Insurance
Provincial Dues (% of salary)
Dental Plan
85% paid for eligible expenses
CMPA Dues Paid
Under current arrangements, residents are rebated by Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for dues in excess of $300.
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Yes – 70% of salary, non-taxable.
Statutory and Floating Holidays
2 weeks leave with full pay and benefits;
10 stat days plus 1 personal floater.
Residents are entitled to at least 5 consecutive days off over the Christmas or New Year period, which accounts for 3 statutory holidays (Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day), and 2 weekend days.
Life Insurance
Yes, 2x salary
Salary and Benefit Continuance
A resident that can’t work due to illness or injury will have salary and benefits maintained for 6 months or until end of appointment (whichever occurs first)
Call Stipend
$127.60 in-hospital; $63.80 home call or qualifying shift on shift-based services.
Weekend premium:
$140.36 in-hospital; $70.18 home call or qualifying shift on shift-based services.
Updated October 4, 2023

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Toronto city skyline from the water
Toronto, the capital of the province of Ontario, is a major Canadian city along Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore. It’s a dynamic metropolis with a core of soaring skyscrapers, all dwarfed by the iconic, free-standing CN Tower. Toronto also has many green spaces, from the orderly oval of Queen’s Park to 400-acre High Park and its trails, sports facilities and zoo.

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