Learning programs prepare physicians to further their training in Ontario

The Pre-Residency Programs (PRP and PRP-FM) are mandatory for all IMGs who have been accepted into residency positions in the province. Ontario specific programming ensures that learners are provided the foundational experience, exposure and opportunity to practise the competencies necessary to continue their training in Ontario.

The Canadian Medicine Primer (CMP) includes additional content curated for internationally trained visa trainees entering Ontario residency programs, and internationally sponsored fellows pursuing specialty education.

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Learners participated in the Touchstone Institute Learning Programs in 2019-2020.

Global Classrooms

The classroom was comprised of medical graduates from 20 different countries

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Learning Programs

The core Pre-Residency Program (PRP) is mandatory for all International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who have been accepted into a residency program in Ontario. The PRP takes up to three weeks to complete and includes interactive classroom sessions, online modules and simulated client encounters.
Lectures cover key competency areas, and there are sessions that have been designed on communication, indigenous health, law and ethics, privacy, confidentiality, and challenging situations.

The PRP – Family Medicine program is comprised of two phases. Phase one is completed on site at Touchstone Institute and is a three week session that includes the PRP core programming, and one additional week of Family Medicine specific programming. The second phase is completed at the learner’s university and coordinated by their specific Family Medicine Program.

The Canadian Medicine Primer has been developed to address the needs of visa trainees and clinical fellows who are working in Ontario. The program’s population is made up of referrals from medical schools. The program follows a similar curriculum to the PRP with several courses focused on issues only affecting visa trainees. The CMP was designed in collaboration with Ontario medical schools to support successful integration to safe practice in the Canadian context.

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