Undergraduate Medical Education

Message from the Program Director

Dr. Anita Sarmah
Dr. Anita Sarmah

The Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine’s faculty consists of world-renowned leaders in teaching and academics and participates at all levels of the MD Program. Our faculty are involved with core courses during pre-clerkship, mentorship, and many varied educational experiences, including our very popular ACE week, Anesthesia Career Exploration.

During clerkship, University of Toronto medical students complete a two-week anesthesia rotation in their third year. Approximately 280 students rotate through one of six core teaching hospitals or one of seven of our community partner sites. The rotation provides the students with airway management, IV insertion, cardiorespiratory resuscitation, pain management, and pre-operative assessment skills. Knowing the value of simulation in training, we have two days incorporated into the rotation. The two days include "Entry Sim" at the beginning of the rotation, focusing on team skills with an introduction to ACLS and crisis resource management. "Exit Sim" is on the second day and showcases the growth in competencies that clerks have gained over the rotation. The training is team based-at the Sunnybrook Canadian Simulation Center and the simulation days mainly focus on skill development, cardiorespiratory resuscitation, and core aspects of anesthesia. In addition, we have introduced the “flipped classroom” model into the rotation with the development of e-modules. This allows the students to study important topics of anesthesia in their own time and at their own pace.

The Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine offers many electives in anesthesia. Our core electives for University of Toronto students occurs from September to December of the fourth year. We also offer many electives for our Transition to Residency program (TTR) from February to April of the fourth year.

The department also offers opportunities for medical students to shadow a faculty member in the pre-clerkship years. In addition, research opportunities for medical students are available through CREMS, or by contacting research faculty directly.

For more information, please contact us at:

Dr. Anita Sarmah, MBChB, MD, FRCA, FRCPC
Director, Undergraduate Medical Education Program
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Staff Anaesthetist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
E: anita.sarmah@sunnybrook.ca

Ms. Eva Bowman
Undergraduate Program Administrator
E: undergrad.anesthesia@utoronto.ca