Health Workforce Planning Branch

Medical Education

Ontario is working to ensure the right number and mix of doctors are in the right places across the province. This involves working with Ontario's medical schools, physicians, communities and other partners to improve access to health care. Medical education in Ontario includes undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development.

Undergraduate Medical Education

Undergraduate medical education is a three- or four-year program of classroom learning and clinical training (clerkship). Graduates receive a Medical Doctor, or MD, degree.

The following universities offer undergraduate medical education in Ontario :


Postgraduate Medical Education

Postgraduate residency programs provide clinical training in an area of specialization (for example, family medicine, surgery or psychiatry). Residents work and are paid during their training. Those who successfully complete their residency become eligible to take the national certification exams which are necessary to enter practice.

The following universities offer postgraduate medical education in Ontario :

Continuing Professional Development

In Ontario, there is a wide range of continuing medical education and professional development programs. These are offered through universities, hospitals, associations, and provincial and national colleges. Some of these include :



SIM-one provides value-added services in healthcare simulation, including education, events (such as the Ontario Simulation Exposition) and consulting services—which draw upon the network's resource-rich pool of interprofessional simulation experts—as well as interactive member services.

For More Information

Call ServiceOntario, Infoline at :
1-866-532-3161 (Toll-free in Ontario only)
In Toronto, 416-314-5518
TTY 1-800-387-5559.
In Toronto, TTY 416-327-4282
Hours of operation : 8:30am - 5:00pm


Health Workforce Planning Branch
56 Wellesley Street West,
12th Floor
Toronto ON M5S 2S3

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