All IMGs successfully matched to a Family Medicine program in Ontario are required to complete the Pre-Residency Program – Family Medicine (PRP-FM).
The PRP is intentionally designed to address key competency areas required of all IMGs entering residency training, regardless of specialty or country of study.
Completed through Touchstone Institute, this phase includes:
Two weeks of programming that include didactic sessions, online modules and the opportunity to participate in online clinical simulation.
Phase 2 is completed at the university where the successful learner has been matched through CaRMS. Phase 2 is scheduled and coordinated by each Ontario Family Medicine Program.
2021 Program Dates
This year’s education programming will be delivered remotely given COVID-19 physical distancing guidelines.
All learners are required to attend one of the below orientation sessions:
|April 27 or 28||9 am EST|
|12 pm EST|
|3 pm EST|
Learners of all programs will attend a Foundations Module and an Advanced Module in sequential fashion.
|Foundations||May 3 – May 7|
|June 7 – June 11
|Advanced||May 10 – May 14|
|May 17 – May 21|
|June 14 – June 18|
To ensure all learners are fully oriented on the details of the Pre-Residency Program, Pre-Residency Program – FM, and the Canadian Medicine Primer, a program orientation will be provided.
Upon a successful match to a training position, Touchstone Institute staff will connect with you to register for the program and to sign up for an orientation date.
A Zoom link will be provided for the orientation upon registration to the program.
All learners are required to attend one of the below orientation sessions:
9 am EST
12 pm EST
3 pm EST
9 am EST
12 pm EST
3 pm EST
Interactive Sessions are held Monday to Friday during business hours.
Specific timing, syllabi and schedules will be shared upon enrollment.
Sessions utilize simulated patient encounters and facilitated discussions to enhance learning.
Clinical simulation provides learners with the opportunity to apply course content in a formative and interactive environment. Simulated clinical encounters ensure that learners are able to put theory into practice while receiving feedback and direction.
The Online Learning System includes all session slides, tip-sheets, and session specific resources.
The Online Learning System also includes mandatory interactive modules which compliment didactic sessions to provide orientation to foundational topics.
Weekly Multiple Choice Quizzes (MCQs) are conducted on the Online Learning System to ensure learners are able to identify the key session objections from each week of programming.
To help support a learner’s transition into training, our programs offer individualized mentorship upon request. Confidential consultations with mentors may include generalized discussion on practice in Ontario, recommendations, and supports that will assist learners in future training.
Virtual Programming Expectations
Virtual Programming Expectations & Technology Requirements
All 2021 programming will be delivered virtually. All learners attending the programming are expected to:
- Attend all live sessions as scheduled
- Participate in virtual simulations as required
- Complete all asynchronous sessions and activities as specified in Virtual Learning System
To participate in 2021 programming, learners are required to have:
- A stable and secure internet connection
- Attend on a device that supports a camera and microphone (Computer or tablet recommended; phones will not be supported for live sessions)
- Zoom installed and up to date on your supported device
To optimize the experience of the program, learners are recommended to have:
- A private and quiet space to attend programming
- A separate headset (wired or wireless)
Learners who match through the CaRMS process will be allocated to a session and notified after the CaRMS match date. Your dates will be determined in discussion between you and your program. Upon confirmation from your program, we will connect with you with further detail about the Pre-Residency Program.
Please note: While we strive to ensure your transition to residency training is smooth and meets your needs, we are not able to accommodate every date request. It is important that before matching, you are aware and prepared to be available for all potential program dates as you could be assigned to any available iteration. Touchstone Institute is committed to ensuring you have as much notice as possible to arrange pertinent life matters accordingly.
PRP includes optional BLS & ACLS certification held over one weekend at the Michener Institute in Toronto.
Learners will receive a registration form from Touchstone Institute on confirmation of their attendance in PRP. It is the responsibility of each learner to complete the registration form and send it directly to the Michener Institute before the deadline of their preferred session.
Touchstone Institute will provide those learners who elect to certify through the Michener Institute with a link to purchase materials and will reimburse learners for these materials with proof of purchase and attendance confirmation provided by the Michener Institute.
More about this program
Learners who match through the CaRMS process will be contacted by Touchstone Institute within one week of the CaRMS match date.
Family Medicine Matches:
If you are matched to a Family Medicine residency program in Ontario, your dates will be determined in discussion between you and your program. Upon confirmation from your program, we will connect with you with further detail about the Pre-Residency Program (PRP).
All other specialties:
If you are successful in matching, your post graduate office will forward us your information and we will subsequently contact you with pertinent program information. Your programming dates will be assigned to you by Touchstone Institute.
Please note: While we strive to ensure your transition to residency training is smooth and meets your needs, we are not able to accommodate every date request. It is important that before matching, you are aware of and prepared to be available for all potential program dates as you could be assigned to any combination iterations. Touchstone Institute is committed to ensuring you have as much notice as possible to arrange pertinent life matters accordingly.
Our learning programs are designed as orientation programs which provide learners with an unparalleled opportunity to ensure they have access to and can practise foundational skills and knowledge that will be required for a successful residency in Ontario. Our learning programs are not evaluative in nature; however, a report of each participant’s attendance records, standardized client qualitative and quantitative encounter scores, multiple choice quiz (MCQ) scores, and completion of online modules will be passed on to post graduate and program offices.
Yes. Although you are a Canadian citizen, you have successfully completed your training in a healthcare system which invariably has its own nuances, guidelines, legal considerations, etc. Accordingly, every internationally educated physician accepted to a residency training program in Ontario is required to complete their Pre-Residency Programming requirements.
In certain circumstances, learners may contact their program director and apply to be exempt from the program before beginning residency should they meet specific criteria of training experience in a Canadian healthcare system. Touchstone Institute does not grant exemptions directly to learners.
We will be contacting you via email to provide you with the necessary details to access our online Learning Management System (LMS) before you begin the program. You can expect to retain access to the LMS for 365 days after your participation in the program.
Online modules are available once the program begins. If applicable, a pre-reading list will be issued to you along with your schedule and syllabi prior to the program beginning.
The majority of our programming is designed to be applicable for any physician entering training in Ontario. In addition to our core and family medicine curriculum, we are pleased to offer five elective in-class sessions:
- Communication & Conflict
- Foundations of Allied Health
- Internal Medicine
We also provide you with optional sessions to meet with the CPSO, PARO and OMA during the program.
Programming runs Monday to Friday, typically from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. You will have breaks scheduled throughout the day.
You will find out specific timing for your weeks of programming prior to the start date.
The Pre-Residency Program is mandatory and is to be completed in its entirety as per the policy established by the Postgraduate Education – Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine; an affiliate of the Council of Universities. If you would like to review a copy of the attendance and exemption policy, please contact us upon registration for more information.
The integration of physician facilitators in our program is a key aspect of your learning in the program. Physicians are integrated in a multitude of ways, leading to a very blended model.
Didactic Sessions: All sessions are developed and delivered by practising physicians and healthcare professionals who understand learner’s unique needs, and are considered to be subject matter experts in their field. Many of these classes also involve various aspects of facilitation, which can include discussions with your peers and interactive session activities.
Simulation: Physician facilitators are also involved in Simulated Patient Encounters that are developed for online and in-person learning.
The program does include various forms of assessments; however all assessment is formative in nature.
Our goal is to ensure we provide you with:
- Information on your strengths
- Opportunities to improve
- Resources in order to ensure your readiness for your residency or fellowship training here in Ontario
Formative assessments of your performance are designed to enhance your understanding of your skills in relation to those that you will continue to develop in residency.
Any simulations in which you participate will involve assessment of and feedback on your skills.
Each week, you will complete online MCQs. Questions are based on the key concepts from session material. The answers will be provided to you immediately after you finish the quiz for reference.
Learner Assessment Report
A report – including feedback on your involvement in simulations, MCQ results, online module completion and detailed attendance – is provided to your program director and/or sponsoring agency to ensure they are able to tailor your residency experience accordingly based on your strengths and opportunities to improve.
Our faculty are dedicated to your success both in the program and as you progress onward. If you ever have challenges or questions, the faculty will be pleased to provide you with support.
Additionally, you have the option to request a mentor. To help support a learner’s transition into training, our programs offer individualized mentorship upon request. Confidential consultations with mentors can include generalized discussion on practice in Ontario, to recommendations and supports that will assist learners in future training.
Touchstone Institute maintains strong relationships with all of the medical schools in Ontario and our staff are pleased to assist you with any questions that require the involvement of your matched school. If you approach or email any members of the team, we are happy to work with you in connecting you to the appropriate individuals to answer specific queries regarding your residency position or site.