MD program at the University of Toronto

Starting on September 19, 2022, the University of Toronto will begin the process to receive applications for electives, with placements beginning in January 2023.

Note: Specialties available for placements for visiting electives in January to April, are limited to:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family and Community medicine
  • General Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • General Surgery
  • Psychiatry

Students from Canadian Medical Schools

The visiting electives program for Students from Canadian Medical Schools will re-open on October 3, 2022. Please visit the Canadian Students information tab on the AFMC portal; see Policies and Requirements. To register for an elective, your home school will need to have uploaded their students to the AFMC Portal. For more information on this process and timelines, please contact your home school electives office.  

Students from International Medical Schools

Please visit the International Students information tab on the AFMC portal; see Policies and Requirements.

The University of Toronto’s electives program offers clinical placements (no observerships) to students studying outside of Canada. Students must undergo a random pre-selection and formal application process to participate. Unofficial electives arranged directly with a supervisor outside of our formal applications and vetting process are strictly prohibited and will not be recognized by the University of Toronto.

To be eligible to apply to our program, students must meet two requirements:

  1. They must first be randomly selected in a lottery process.
  2. Their home school must have signed our agreement by July 1st, 2022.

Lotteries: The first lottery will be held in early October
Lottery registration: Registration is through the AFMC Student Portal over a two-week period leading up to the lottery.

  • Register between September 19, 2022, 9am EDT to October 5, 2022, 11:59pm EDT
  • Register here

Lottery registration fee: None

Deadline: Registration for the lottery is required by October 5, 2022, and elective submission by October 30, 2022

Agreement: If your School has not signed an Agreement by July 1st, 2022, then you will not be included in our random selection process for placements in 2023.

Applications: Are accepted by randomly selected students from the lottery only

Requirements: AFMC Student Portal Immunization and Testing Form, as well as other documents

Fees: AFMC Student Portal fee: $650 + University of Toronto fee $800; UHIP and malpractice insurance may also be required.

Process for international students requesting electives:

  1. Confirm your home school has an agreement in place with the University of Toronto. An agreement must already be in place (by July 1, 2022) to participate in the lottery or an elective.
  2. Complete the lottery form by October 5, 2022, at 11:59pm. Register here.
  3. Await lottery selection results. This will be communicated on or before October 12, 2022.
  4. If selected in the random lottery, complete home school verification form by October 26, 2022.
  5. Register for electives by October 30, 2022.

Due to email load, we ask that students NOT contact the Electives Team at this time. Kindly await instructions which will be publicly posted here. Thank you for your understanding and interest.

January 7th, 2022

Portal and Visiting Electives update

The AFMC Student Portal for visiting electives is currently closed. Visiting Electives for the Class of 2022 were suspended during the AFMC Board meeting on April 18, 2021. That includes electives for both Canadian and International students. The Undergraduate Deans of Canada’s medical schools are meeting on a regular basis and the decision to re-open the Portal will be made collaboratively and consistently across the country taking into account learning opportunities, provincial covid restrictions and other public health concerns.

We are working with our new Service Provider to build out the new visiting elective service portal. It will be ready when electives are offered again.

December 21, 2021

Portal Home page Upgrade

The AFMC Student Portal will be offline starting December 23, 2021. The refreshed portal will being rolling out in late February 2022.

For MCAT® Fee Assistance Program Applicants please verify eligibility and submit application through our AFMC website.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

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