Transition to Clerkship and Orientation Info

Clerkship comprises the last two years of the four-year MD Program. Clerkship is an integrated learning experience that enables you to further develop the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes introduced in preclerkship, as you learn to care for patients effectively, efficiently and humanely. This is achieved through practical application in clinical settings as part of a health care team. As clerks, you learn to master patient care, both in hospital and at community-based clinics and doctors’ offices.
The Faculty’s goals are to facilitate learning, to stimulate curiosity, to promote independent thinking, to encourage compassionate, excellent care, and to equip students for a lifetime of education.


The summer before 3rd year, you will receive an email outlining all of the necessary steps for registration and orientation as a medical clerk.

Student Life

Call Room Etiquette

***TBD PLACEHOLDER – PDF describing what call room etiquette and rules, location and access info.***


Clothing Guidelines

Policy Statement:

St. Michael’s Hospital has an expectation that all employees, volunteers, students and physicians will maintain a professional, well groomed appearance at work in accordance with safety standards and a professional image. There is a business casual dress code in the Hospital; however, all clothing and grooming should contribute to a positive impression of the Hospital. Professional conduct, in accordance with the Code of Conduct, is required at all times in the Hospital. This includes treating patients and co-workers with respect and professionalism.


If employees are not suitably dressed, an employee’s manager may ask the employee to go home to change clothing and return to work with loss of pay for time absent from work.


Safe footwear in Clinical Areas

Safe footwear for clinical areas must fasten securely to the front and back of the foot and have a wide-based low-profile heel and non-slip sole.  Safe footwear will offer protection from the potential risk of biological or chemical hazards through closed toes and heels and have no holes or perforations.  Shoes must be able to be disinfected, e.g. shoes made from leather or rubber materials etc.  Shoes containing mesh material is not considered to offer sufficient protection from blood or bodily fluid or chemical exposures therefore they cannot be worn.


Travel Stipends

As part of the Faculty of Medicine’s ongoing commitment to improving learner experience, and in recognition of student concerns over time and cost involved in travel to more remote community sites, University of Toronto offers a travel stipend. The stipend is based on financial need.
The subsidy is applicable for:


  • second-year Family Medicine Longitudinal Experience (FMLE) placements which would typically require more than one hour of travel on public transit or more than two transit systems to get there
  • third-year core clerkship rotations **
  • fourth-year selectives


** For clerks, eligible placements have been determined based on a calculation of travel time required from your base hospital to the community site using standard references, Google Maps/Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Trip Planner.
To apply, please use the Travel Stipend Application Form PDF


Betty Ann Lemieux

Education Coordinator, Department of Medicine

(416) 864-6060 x 4176

Julia Chapman

Education Coordinator, Department of Otolaryngology

(416) 864-6060 x 5276

Haleh Rahimi

Education Coordinator, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

(416) 867-7421

Kathleen Hollamby

Education Coordinator, Department of Paediatrics

(416) 864-6060 x 3163

Jeff Loudermilk

Education Coordinator, Department of Psychiatry

(416) 864-6060 x 6481

Dr. Carol Loffelmann

Department of Anesthesia

Marvin Lalog

Education Coordinator, Department of Emergency Medicine

(416) 864-6060 x 5094

Michelle Dominey

Education Coordinator, Surgery Department

(416) 864-6060 x 3949

Helen Son

Education Coordinator, Department of Ophthalmology

(416) 867-3708

Fitzgerald Events

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Fitz Student Blog

Welcome to Fitz blog! We encourage all Fitzies to participate in reading and creating entries for the blog! Your entries can be anything from cheap food recommendations, reflections on medical school, to course information tips, a place to post pictures from events, and anything else!

Common Problems

ID Badge Access stopped working

If you are no longer able to gain entry to spaces you had before, check the expiry date on your badge. If your ID badge is still valid, it could be that your white security access card has gone dormant or been expired by the system. Please call the Student Centre reception at ext. 5700 and make sure you have your white access card number handy (you will be asked to give the first 5 digits on the white card, not your picture ID).


Locker Access

All Fitzgerald Academy students are given access to a locker on the second floor of the LKS for use from Year 1 until the end of 3rd year. If you have forgotten your locker number or locker combination, please contact Sonya Surbek or Lars Fonteyne and we will look it up for you. Please remember that at the end of your 3rd year you will be asked to clear out of your locker

Student Wellness

Student Wellness

At the FitzGerald Academy, we believe that in order to provide excellent patient care, you must first take care of yourself. Please use these resources to practice self-care techniques. There are many available resources at St. Michael’s Hospital and University of Toronto available to you.


Crisis Text Line

  • Text 686868
  • Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 686868 from anywhere in Canada to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis.
2-1-1 Toronto

Free and confidential service that provides 24/7 access to a variety of resources including support services for medical crisis, mental health and addictions among others.

Gerstein Crisis Centre

A 24 hour community based mental health crisis service centre.


The FeelingBetterNow® website is a collaborative mental health care program designed to help individuals identify emotional and mental health issues as early as possible. This Website is completely confidential and anonymous.

Free Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Sites Offering Interactive Sessions
Free Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbooks

Go to and click on Self Care.

Workbooks include:

  • Positive Coping with Health Conditions
  • Antidepressant Skills
  • Coping with Suicidal Thoughts
  • Hope and Healing: A Practical Guide for Survivors of Suicide
Resources from University of Toronto:

Mentorship Career Advice Initiatives and FitzTalks

Academy Director – Molly Zirkle

Dr. Zirkle’s office door is always open. She is willing to give advice and guidance for any situation you may be facing. If you would like to set up a meeting with her you can contact Sonya Surbek or Dr. Zirkle directly.


Fitz Talks

Every Wednesday Night in October we offer events called “Fitz Talks”. We invite hospital staff and residents from all specialties to come and talk about how they were led to choose which discipline they are currently in and share inside tips for making the most of your electives.


Mentorship Program

We believe at the Fitz Academy that mentorship can have a powerful influence in a student’s life. If you are interested in being paired with a St. Michael’s staff or resident tutor to meet with 1-3 per year please contact Sonya Surbek or Lars Fonteyne.