Teaching Responsibilities

Clinical teachers at North York General Hospital have unique roles that may include teaching, research and administrative responsibilities to colleges or universities. Roles and responsibilities are outlined in a number of policies and agreements including (but not limited to):

  • Education agreements
  • School policies for clinical faculty/teachers,
  • Professional association or professional college standards
  • Hospital policies.

Obligations and responsibilities 


  • All NYGH physicians who teach or assess medical students and/or residents from the University of Toronto require a faculty appointment at the University of Toronto (if you do not have a faculty appointment, contact the NYGH Centre for Education cfe@nygh.on.ca).
  • Obligations and responsibilities of physician teachers extend to all teaching activities — whether they occur in the hospital, office, clinic or home visit.
  • NYGH has an affiliation agreement with the University of Toronto. This agreement extends to formal placements of students and/or residents in the hospital and also in offices of physicians with “active” hospital privileges.
  • All students and residents at North York General (in hospital or office) must be registered through the NYGH Centre for Education.
  • The NYGH Centre for Education advances health professional education at the hospital through leading, supporting, fostering and enhancing: (1) The student and teacher experience; (2) Education scholarship; and (3) Partnerships related to education. The Centre for Education can be found at our General site, 6North, Room 630 www.nygh.on.ca/CentreforEducation cfe@nygh.on.ca

Policies and procedures

North York General Hospital and University of Toronto policies that govern students and teachers generally apply whether the student is in the hospital proper or physician's clinic or private office. 
To view these policies, visit the Centre for Education Policies page.

Supervision of students and residents

Professional responsibilities in undergraduate medical education (Students)

Excerpts and summary of College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario policy, September 2003
View the complete policy.

Professional responsibilities in postgraduate medical education (Residents)

Excerpts and summary of College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario policy, September 2003
View the complete policy

Patient care within the postgraduate educational environment

In the postgraduate environment, it is important for patients to understand that care involves a collaborative, team-based approach and that trainees are integral members of the health care team. The delivery of care relies on MRPs, supervisors, and trainees fulfilling each of their obligations as outlined in section one “Supervision and Training.” Trainee involvement in patient care will vary according to the trainee's stage in a postgraduate training program as well as their individual level of competency. Trainees are expected to take on a graduated level of clinical responsibility in step with their demonstrated growing competency, although never completely independent of appropriate supervision.

In accordance with the Health Care Consent Act and the CPSO's policy on Consent to Medical Treatment, patient consent is required in all situations where a treatment or a change in treatment is proposed. In addition, there are some factors unique to the postgraduate environment that should be disclosed to the patient in order for them to make an informed decision as to whether to give or refuse consent (see below).