MD program at the University of Toronto

The University of Toronto will be holding a second round of lottery for international students to receive applications for electives, with placements beginning in April 2023.

Note: Specialties available for placements for visiting electives in April to June, 2023 are limited to:

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

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 November 1, 2022.

Lotteries: In 2022, as a result of the pandemic, the University of Toronto will hold a second lottery in November, 2022. In subsequent years, only one lottery will be held in late summer.

Lottery registration: Registration is through the AFMC Student Portal over a two-week period leading up to the lottery.

Deadline: Register between November 2, 2022, 9am EDT to November 16, 2022, 11:59pm EDT

The link for the lottery registration will be posted here under Policies & Requirements for International Students.

Lottery registration fee: None

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

  1. View list of schools with agreements in place here
  2. If an agreement is not already in place, you will not be eligible for the lottery

Applications for electives 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 November 1, 2022) to participate in the lottery or an elective.
  2. Complete the lottery form by November 16, 2022, at 11:59pm EDT. Lottery link can be found here under Policies and Requirements for International Students
  3. Await lottery selection results. This will be communicated on November 24, 2022.
  4. If selected in the random lottery, complete home school verification form by December 3, 2022.
  5. Register for electives by December 15, 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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