Postgraduate Medicine

St. Michael's hospital

Welcome to St. Michael's Hospital!

At St. Michael’s Hospital, we are extremely proud of our commitment to the educational experience of our postgraduate medical trainees. We have established committees of physician education leads from each department, as well as a council of chief and senior residents, both aimed at ensuring that the voice of our postgraduate medical trainees is heard and represented within the hospital. Our Student Centre is truly interprofessional, which allows leadership from all student groups to join together with the common goal of making St. Michael’s Hospital an exceptional place to learn!

We know that postgraduate medical trainees work very hard to learn, and to provide an important service to our hospital. We are proud to say that one of our main goals is to continue to enhance the culture of wellness amongst postgraduate medical trainees.

Director of SMH Postgraduate Education

Dr. Karl Iglar received his MD from the University of Toronto in 1991 and subsequently completed his residency and Academic Fellowship in the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) at the University of Toronto in 1993 and 1994 respectively. He has been a staff physician in DFCM at St. Michael’s since 1994 and is Associate Professor in DFCM at the University of Toronto. Prior to his current role, Dr. Iglar completed two 5-year terms as Director, Postgraduate Education in the DFCM at the University of Toronto where he led the development of a number of innovative educational tools being used in postgraduate family medicine education. These include: 1) competency-based curriculum; 2) progress testing; and 3) a resident practice profile tracking tool.

before you start

Online Registration

Once your placement is confirmed by the UofT, you will be emailed instructions on how to register your placement into our Student Registration System (SRS).

Mandatory Modules

Please ensure you complete all required training modules, including our CPOE training and up-to-date Mask Fit/TB Tests.

Registration Confirmation

Once you have completed steps 1 & 2, you will receive Confirmation Emails that will outline the final steps in your registration.

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Questions about your registration with POWER or the UofT PGME Office? Please click here for more information on how to properly apply for Residency and Fellowship training. Please note that we cannot register you until you have your POWER Reg. Confirmation.

while on placement

ID Badge

Where: ID Badge Station | 10-Peter Gilgan Tower (PGT)

Hours: Open 24/7

You are not permitted to get your ID badge until you have received confirmation from the Student Centre. Without confirmation, you will be turned away.

Bring two pieces of photo identification: One must be a government issued photo ID in order to obtain a hospital badge.

Scrubs

Where: Stores/Linen Department | B2-Cardinal Carter Wing (SOUTH elevators only) 

Hours: M-F, 8:00AM – 4:00PM

Cost: $60 deposit for 2 pairs. You are required to bring your valid ID badge. 

Scrub Machine Locations:

  • B2-Donnelly (press SB in the elevators)        
  • 6-Cardinal Carter (Across from Tim Hortons)

Pagers

Where: The Student Centre | Room 575, LKS Building 

Hours: M-Th, 8:00AM – 4:00PM; F, 8:00AM – 3:30PM

Cost: $50 deposit, payable by debit or credit only. Call Locating at ext. 5431 to register your pager.

You can use a PageNet pager at Unity Health, even if the pager is from a different hospital. If your outside pager is labelled PageNet, you don’t need to get a St. Michael’s pager.

If you don’t have a PageNet pager, the St. Michael’s Student Centre will issue you one.

Dictation Code

Where: Transcription Centre | 1-Donnelly Wing South 

Hours: M-F, 8:00AM – 4:00PM

Please do not use other people’s dictation codes. The sharing of dictation numbers interferes with the Speech Recognition engine which is set up to recognize only the voice belonging to one ID #.

System & Email Access

Using a computer on site (either in your service area or the student centre), log in using the username provided with your ID badge. Change your temporary password – Smhtempxxxx (number on the back of your ID badge).

  • To access your email on site, click here.
  • To access applications, go to St. Michael’s intranet, click here
  • For Clinical Systems e-learning, go to St. Michael’s intranet → My Work → Tools → Clinical systems e-learning

PLEASE NOTE: Your access will expire based on the end date of your rotation(s).

Remote Access

Once you’ve logged into your Unity Health email address, you will find an email from FortiToken. Follow the installation instructions provided to download the FortiToken application.

  • Click here to access your email remotely 
  • Click here for remote Soarian access  

Resident Spaces & Resources

Call Rooms

Dedicated On-Call rooms are available through your service. Please ask your team/department for details on how and where to access these rooms.

For services without a dedicated space: Residents can sign out/reserve an On-Call room through our Security Office, located on the ground floor of the Patient Care Tower. 

Lockers

Lockers are available and can be requested through the Student Centre. Our lockers are located in B2-Donnelly:

Male Lockers: B2-036                                                              Female Lockers: B2-042

For OR lockers please contact Rose Cabacungan at ext. 5901 (Main O.R. Desk / 5 Cardinal Carter NORTH).

Parking

The parking lot is located at 209 Victoria St. on the west side of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute.

There are also Green P lots across from the hospital’s Queen St. entrance and behind Metropolitan United Church on the east side of Bond St.

You can also park at the Eaton Centre, located one block west on Yonge St. at Shuter St.

Safe Walk

The Hospital provides students with a Security escort to/from their vehicle or the nearest transit stop 24 hours per day.

It is recommended that you call the Security Office at minimum 15 minutes before your departure at extension #5323 or 416-864-5323.

Bike Cage

Bike cage is located at the Queen St, entrance. All students are given access automatically with their SMH ID badge.

Student Centre Lounge

Located on the 2nd floor of the Bond Wing (Room 2-335). The resource centre is equipped with a microwave, fridge, computers and television and is open 24/7.

Policies & Guidelines

To obtain an unrestricted postgraduate medical education certificate of registration (educational license) from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), international medical graduates (IMGs) must successfully complete the Pre-Entry Assessment Program (PEAP).

Please make sure you re-register with the Student Centre at least 3-5 business days before your registration expires to make sure there is a seamless transition between your verification period and the rest of your residency/fellowship year. If you do not re-register, your system/security access will expire. 

All SMH trainees are entitled to travel/parking reimbursements (up to $70.00 per month), as outlined by your PARO contract:

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a) It is agreed that when, in the course of their clinical duties, residents are required to travel between sites or to return to a site, then the resident will be reimbursed for the cost of parking associated with the time spent at the second or subsequent sites, provided that the distance travelled between sites exceeds one (1) kilometre.
b) In circumstances where:

  1. a resident is on Out of Hospital Call and can respond within the hospital’s Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) approved rules and regulations regarding specified response time,
  2. the resident does not have a parking pass, and
  3. the requirement to attend for clinical duties occurs after 6 pm and before 6 am

the Hospital will pay taxi charges to a maximum of $70.00 per month on presentation of appropriate receipts.

Please fill out our Travel Reimbursement form along with all receipts and submit to Aaron Calano (Aaron.calano@unityhealth.to).

The Toronto Hospital Postgraduate Payroll Association is responsible for covering costs of salaries, benefits and On-Call stipends for all trainees at SMH. For more information, please review the following documents:

ABOUT DOSIMETERS

The Ministry of Labour requires that all healthcare workers including residents who are in an area where x-ray and/or nuclear equipment is utilized must wear TLD (Thermoluminescent Dosimeter) badges (dosimeter badges) to measure radiation exposure.

A dosimeter will be ordered on your behalf, and we want to have your dosimeter ready for you on the first day of your rotation. In order to support your health and safety, please read the following carefully.

HOW TO OBTAIN A DOSIMETER BADGE

The St. Michael’s Student Centre will contact you for any information needed to complete the application for a dosimeter badge on your behalf. PARO supports the hospital in this endeavor, and accordingly asks its members to reply in a timely fashion. If you are rotating at St. Michael’s and have not received an email requiring you to provide this information, please email markovicd@smh.ca

MANDATORY X-RAY SAFETY COURSE

Residents and fellows must complete education to enhance knowledge and competence on the use of dosimeters. The following link is to a X-Ray safety course (please select user type as MEDICAL and then BASIC OH&S) http://www.xrayfocus.info/

HOW TO USE A DOSIMETER BADGE

Dosimeter Usage PDF

DOSIMETER PICK-UP AND RETURN

Pick-up, use and return of the TLD devices is the responsibility of the resident. The hospital has established convenient locations for the devices, which are near the area in which you will be using them. You will be contacted prior to your start date with this information. Devices must be returned to the designated location at the end of your rotation, and/or at the designated quarterly exchange date, whichever comes first.

FOR RESIDENTS WHO ARE PREGNANT

The acceptable limit of radiation exposure during pregnancy is lower, and different dosimeters must be worn. Please let the Student Centre know if you are pregnant in order to ensure that the correct device is ordered on your behalf.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE NATIONAL DOSE REGISTRY PLEASE SEE:

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/occup-travail/radiation/regist/index-eng.php

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before you leave

Pager Reimbursement

Return to The Student Centre. Room 575, Li Ka Shing building. Please bring the same credit/debit used to put down the deposit. Hours: open Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Fridays 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Scrubs Reimbursement

Return to the Stores/Linen department, Cardinal Carter Wing (take the south elevators) to B2.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. If you get a new badge, your credits will need to be transferred onto the new badge.

Learner Experience Survey

Every November and April, medical students, residents, and clinical fellows will receive an email with a link to the survey. Please complete this short survey that will be critical in helping us improve the learner experience for future students. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

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