FitzGerald Academy

Welcome home, Fitzies!

Welcome to the FitzGerald Academy! We provide an outstanding learning environment for medical students of the University of Toronto. St. Michael’s is the anchor hospital of the FitzGerald Academy and we also have preclinical and clinical opportunities at St. Joseph’s Health Centre. It is our priority to support student clinical education by offering a diversity of experiences. We bring together amazing students and dedicated, compassionate teachers in a setting that is focused on providing the best clinical care to our patients. We believe that treating students with respect results in students learning how to treat patients well – with expertise, dignity and compassion.

Academy Director

Dr. Jeremy Edwards has been a cardiologist, echocardiographer and educator in the Division of Cardiology at St. Michael’s Hospital (SMH), Unity Health and at the University of Toronto since 2011. Dr. Edwards’ clinical interests include valvular heart disease, interventional echocardiography and general cardiology. 

Dr. Edwards has been honoured to be a past recipient of the Robert H Hyland Teacher of the Year Award, Gerald Wong Undergraduate Teaching Award, Dr. Luigi Casella Award, and the Outstanding Postgraduate Teaching Award. As an educator, Dr. Edwards has been involved in teaching, curriculum development and education administration at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. At the undergraduate level, he has co-led the 4-week cardiovascular block of the Foundations curriculum since its inception. He has also served as site co-lead for the Internal Medicine Clerkship rotation at the FitzGerald Academy. In postgraduate education, Dr. Edwards has served as rotation coordinator for the cardiology ward rotation at SMH. In addition, he has been a member of the Internal Medicine (IM) academic half day planning (AHD) committee, previously organizing the PGY2 AHD curriculum as well as coordinating the cardiology AHD curriculum for the IM program. For the cardiology training program, Dr. Edwards has served as rotation coordinator for the echocardiography rotation at SMH and more recently has become a member of the Cardiology Training program Competence Committee. As an administrator, Dr. Edwards has been the Director of the Cardiology Inpatient Ward at SMH. He also works as an assessor for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

FitzGerald Events

Fitz Reps

We have 2-3 student representatives from each class. Throughout the year the reps meet 3-4 times with the Academy Director and the Education Coordinators. Reps act as a liaison between the class and the Academy. Reps provide the Academy with feedback and help organize events for students. If you are passionate about the Fitz Academy this is a great role for you!

Fitz Talks

The Fitz Career Talk sessions were created to help pre-clerkship medical students with career exploration. The goal for this one-hour session is to have a staff physicians and trainees from each specialty provide insight into their specialty and discuss what their career path was like. Please check your email inbox for details about upcoming Fitz Talks. 

Clerk Connections

Clerk Connections is an informal opportunity for you to see and catch up with your colleagues who you may not get a chance to see on a regular basis.

Calendar invites will be sent in advance with the date, time and room location. 

Interprofessional Education (IPE) sessions

Click here for a list of upcoming Interprofessional Education (IPE)/Collaborative Learning sessions.

Guidelines/Resources

The FitzGerald Teaching classrooms (Rooms 221-224, 229-232) are available for use on a first-come first-served basis for Fitzies when not being used for curricular activities. 

Other seminar/meeting rooms in the Li Ka Shing building are not bookable by students. However, if they are not booked by hospital staff, they are free to be used by Fitzies. 

This form can be used to apply for the travel stipend for one rotation or one Family and Medicine Longitudinal Experience (FMLE)
placement.

Eligible placements are those which require travel for more than one hour as calculated using a standard public transit
calculation aid (e.g. Google Maps / TTC Trip Planner) OR requires the use of more than one public transit system (e.g. TTC
and GO Transit). Other modes of transportation will be considered on a case-by-case basis at the same rate listed below.

Call room information is specific to your rotation. You will be given information about call at your rotation orientation. 

All Fitzgerald Academy students are given access to a locker on the second floor of the Li Ka Shing for use from Year 1 until the end of 3rd year. If you have forgotten your locker number or locker combination, please contact an Education Coordinator. Please remember that at the end of your 3rd year you will be asked to clear out of your locker

At the end of the academic year, you will be contacted to submit your nominations for the FitzGerald teaching awards. 

Award categories:

  • Clinical skills teacher Award
  • CBL teacher Award
  • HSR teacher Award
  • HC teacher Award
  • Resident Teacher Award
  • Clerkship Teacher Award
  • Friends of the Academy Award
  • Master Teacher award

Fitzies are welcome to arrange shadowing experiences with physicians across Unity Health. All shadowing experiences must be logged in MedSIS – more info here. 

In addition, it is mandatory that EEEs are logged in the Unity Health system. Please contact your Education Coordinator for further details. 

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