CANCELLATION OF ELECTIVES: Coronavirus and Visiting Electives from all Canadian schools

March 13, 5:24pm 


Dear Colleagues, 

We are very sorry to inform you that given the evolving situation with the COVID-19 outbreak, the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine has decided to cancel all visiting student, resident and fellow elective activity as of Monday March 16, 2020.  

For Students 

This will include all visiting Canadian and international students already here at U of T on elective, as well as those who were to start electives between March 16th to June 28th 2020. 

At this time we are unable to reschedule any cancelled electives, but will provide a full refund of incurred elective fees. 

For Residents & Fellows 

All residents and fellows currently here for electives originally scheduled to start prior to March 16, 2020, either under the two-week quarantine or engaged in clinical activity, may complete their elective.  Electives that have been scheduled to start between March 16 to June 30, 2020 will be cancelled.   

We very much regret the inconvenience this cancellation will cause, but hope you will understand our need to prioritize public safety in the face of this outbreak. We will be informing affected students, residents and fellows shortly and hope you all will able to support them through this time. 



Patricia Houston 
Vice Dean, MD Program 

Glen Bandiera 
Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education   

Seetha Radhakrishnan 
Director, Electives / Co-director Transition to Residency