University of Toronto

The University of Toronto is Canada’s largest and most prestigious institution of higher learning.

Over the past 188 years, the University of Toronto has established itself as a world-class research institution with 17 schools and faculties, 13 fully affiliated teaching hospitals, 19 graduate institutions, and 75 PhD programs. Its accomplished alumni include four Canadian Prime Ministers and six Nobel Prize winners.

  • Founded in 1827
  • Canada’s premier university
  • Six Nobel Prize winning graduates

With an annual enrollment of over 80 000 students, including more than 10 000 international students, the University is Canada’s largest educational institution and continues to be the nation’s leader in higher learning and research. The University of Toronto is consistently ranked as one of the top 25 universities in the world.

The quality and range of the University of Toronto’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs attract students from across Canada and around the world. The University enrolls more students, employs more faculty, and offers a greater range of courses than any other Canadian University.

Faculty of Medicine

Founded in 1843, the Faculty of Medicine catapulted onto the world stage with Sir Frederick Banting and Charles Best’s discovery of insulin in the 1920s. In the 1950s, the implantable cardiac pacemaker was invented at the University. In recent years, the Faculty has led the way in the quest to link genes to disease, having identified genes responsible for muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs, congenital blindness, Alzheimer’s disease, and the T-cell receptor function relevant to immune disease. Today, the Faculty of Medicine ranks among the top academic medical institutions in the world, whether measured in peer-reviewed publications, number of PhD candidates and post-doctoral trainees, or research funding totals. The Faculty has over 5,000 faculty members and 6,000 students, and with its hospital partners, the University of Toronto is the largest research entity in Canada, and one of the largest in North America.

  • Founded in 1843
  • World-class medical school
  • Ten fully affiliated academic hospitals
  • Discoveries include insulin and cystic fibrosis gene

Visit the Faculty of Medicine’s Website

Division of Teaching Laboratories

Innovative laboratory exercises designed exclusively for each module are provided by The Division of Teaching Laboratories (DTL), the pivotal partner of The Faculty of Medicine’s Youth Summer Program. DTL plays a vital role in the educational experience of students in various faculties at the University of Toronto by providing meaningful and enriching laboratory experiences.

Dr. Ahlia Khan-Trottier, the Director of DTL, leads a staff of approximately 25 technicians who are involved in administering 25 laboratory courses. DTL works closely with course coordinators, in various departments in the Faculty of Medicine, to expose students to recent advances in research and technology by incorporating cutting edge technology into the labs. DTL also provides technical support, space and expertise to academic faculty in delivering the laboratory component to various departments in the Faculty of Medicine and several other faculties including Biomedical Engineering, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physical Education and Health, Rehab Medicine etc.

For more information and photographs from the YSP, please visit the Division of Teaching Labs Website