Frequently Asked Questions - Alumni
What advantages are there for U of T alumni?
Can alumni get access to medical journals through U of T?
Alumni access to medical journals is unfortunately very limited, due to a publisher business model that would make costs prohibitively expensive.
Some publishers, such as ProQuest and Ebsco, offer packages of online journals specifically for alumni. These contain selected titles intended for a broad audience. The Library has obtained licences for this material and alumni may purchase access, however the general nature of the journals included in these packages mean that there is little medical content.
So, what can Faculty of Medicine alumni do?
- If you are in the Toronto area you can come in to the Library and use all online resources by means of a guest account.
- Read the Library’s research guide for medical graduates created by Gail Nichol, a librarian at the Gerstein Science Information Centre. This guide lists resources offered by various professional associations as well as many open access titles.
- If you are a Canadian Medical Association member, you can get access to a variety of resources at a reasonable cost. Visit the CMA website for more information.
Why don’t alumni have full U of T library access?
The current business model practiced by most publishers makes the cost of providing full access to alumni prohibitively expensive. The cost of many of our online subscriptions is related to the total number of users at the University of Toronto: current students, faculty, and staff. Presently, the University of Toronto has about 90,000 current users, the largest number in Canada. If the University’s approximately 500,000 living alumni, or even just the 50,000+ Medicine graduates were added to that number, the additional cost would be exorbitant. The subscription would have to cover the entire group, not just alumni who actually use the resources.
Access to information is important to the University of Toronto Library, which supports open-access initiatives allowing databases such as PubMed and TRIP to be accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. U of T Library is also actively working with publishers and scholars to develop new business models. For more information about the Library’s Open Access initiatives, please visit their Scholarly Communications and Copyright webpage.
How is the UofTMed alumni office different from the Medical Alumni Association?
The Medical Alumni Association (MAA) and the UofTMed alumni team have similar missions but operate independently.
The UofTMed alumni team is part of the Advancement Office reporting to the Dean of Medicine. We aim to serve all Faculty of Medicine alumni and students, including former residents and fellows, to encourage a community where alumni feel invested in the Faculty as promoters, volunteers, and donors.
The MAA is a separately incorporated, volunteer-run organization that raises funds for medical student support and holds an annual convocation banquet.
Where can I get my transcript, a copy of my diploma or confirmation of my training at U of T?
Transcripts are easy to order online through the University of Toronto Transcript Center.
Replacement diplomas are available through the Office of Convocation.
Official confirmation of degrees are available online through the U of T Confirmation of Degree site.
For an unofficial written confirmation of your U of T training, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I post a job for medical alumni?
While there is no specific forum for posting a job to all Faculty of Medicine alumni, you can take advantage of U of T’s Career Centre, Health Force Ontario and the Canadian Medical Association’s career centre for physicians.
Family medicine practitioners can also contact our Department of Family and Community Medicine to post and view locums online.