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Learning from Each Other

When it comes to providing you with the highest quality of care and delivering the best possible outcomes, it's all about teamwork.

At Trillium Health Partners, we've created an environment of continuous learning by bringing together professionals from different areas of expertise to work together and collaborate on best practices.

As a learning organization, we foster innovative thinking and creative problem solving – and a new generation of healthcare providers who work together to bring you a complete system of care.

Read more about our teaching sites and the exciting opportunities we're creating.


Academic Excellence with Trillium Health Partners

Academic Excellence at Trillium Health Centre

At Trillium Health Partners, we nurture a work environment that promotes both personal and professional learning, creativity, excellence and opportunity. Learning and development are central to Trillium Health Partners overall strategic direction.

Trillium Health Partners is a learning organization that is an incubator for innovative thinking and creative problem-solving. We seek ways to help our people reach their maximum potential by reinforcing a healthy work environment that promotes continuous learning and rewards out-of-the-box thinking. We will continue to contribute to training tomorrow's health care leaders by offering exceptional learning opportunities to our people and to others beyond the walls of Trillium Health Partners.

With a long history in training and educating health professionals, we feel we have a responsibility to give back and train the next generation of physicians and healthcare professionals.

Mississauga Academy of Medicine exterior 

Mississauga Academy of Medicine

We have partnered with the University of Toronto (UofT), and the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), to create the Mississauga Academy of Medicine.

The Mississauga Academy of Medicine opened in August 2011, and is the fourth UofT Academy. It draws on the considerable strengths of the UofT's highly respected medical education program to offer a unique environment for community-based training. Part of the UofT Faculty of Medicine network of training sites, the UTM campus provides the academic home for medical students outside the downtown Toronto (St. George) campus. Trillium Health Partners provides medical students and postgraduate medical trainees with their clinical placements.

It is our hope that physicians will be attracted to practice in our community once they have completed their formal education and training here, and thus increase access to primary care and specialists for Mississauga residents. However, if our medical students and residents decide to practice elsewhere, we will be pleased to know that Canadians across the country are receiving optimal care based on their physicians' excellent training and education in Mississauga.

Find out more by contacting the Medical Education Office:

Undergraduate Medical Students

Fifty-four undergraduate medical students started their training in August 2011 at the Academy for their first year of the four-year program. There will be a total of 216 preclerkship and clerkship medical students when the program is fully enrolled.

At Trillium Health Partners, students can expect to interact more with physicians and staff. Since Trillium Health Partners is based in a community setting, they will receive practical experience with a wide range of clinical conditions that they will see in their practice.

Help our Medical Students Learn through volunteering as a patient!

Patients Playing a Part (PPP) is a Medical Education program sustained through community members who, with or without medical symptoms, volunteer their time to be interviewed by medical students from the Mississauga Academy of Medicine.

This is a unique opportunity to donate your time without having to make a weekly commitment. First and second year medical students will interview you about your medical history and conduct a simple physical exam. The PPP runs throughout the academic year - from September to May with sessions on Thursday or Friday mornings from 8:00am - 12:00pm.

The Patients Playing a Part program will be an interesting and rewarding experience as you contribute to your medical community and support the education of future physicians.
Click here to learn more about Patients Playing a Part program!

Post-graduate Medical Trainees (Residents)

Trillium Health Partners is one of UofT's primary community partners in training both family medicine and specialty physicians. Family Medicine Residents are already well established at Trillium with ten newly graduated doctors doing their residency at the Summerville Family Medicine Teaching Unit. By 2020, it is estimated that there will be 302 post graduate resident, including 36 Family Medicine Residents.

Teaching Facilities

Educational activities at the Mississauga Academy of Medicine will be housed in facilities with state-of-the-art learning resources and simulated clinical settings. Advanced videoconferencing, computing facilities and other technologies will allow students to interact and share learning experiences with their peers at the St. George campus.

At Trillium Health Partners, students will do their clinical placements in a dynamic organization with fabulous facilities, including seminar rooms, large classrooms, examination rooms, trainee lounges, a library and other learning spaces.


Teaching Physicians

UofT's faculty boasts some of the best medical teachers in the country. Many of its teachers have been recognized locally, regionally and internationally for their contributions to education. Many Trillium physician teachers have also been recognized and rewarded for their strength and dedication to teaching our future doctors. Read the articles below to learn what previous students had to say.

Summerville Family Medicine Teaching Unit

Are you looking for a family doctor? Click here to learn more about the Summerville Family Medicine Teaching Unit. (PDF)

Resident helping patient

One of the health care challenges facing our community is a shortage of family doctors, which is why Trillium Health Partners has teamed up with Summerville Family Health Team and the UofT to create the Summerville Family Medicine Teaching Unit (FMTU).

A Government of Ontario initiative, the Summerville FMTU opened in July 2009, providing family doctors for the community of Mississauga.

The FMTU hosts residents to assist UofT's Department of Family and Community Medicine to expand its resident numbers, develop new teaching units in hospitals outside of Toronto, and decrease the shortage of family doctors in our communities.

Trillium Health Parnters and the Summerville Family Health Team (FHT) have 1100 reasons to celebrate the opening of the Summerville Family Medicine Teaching Unit (FMTU). That's how many people have a family doctor because of the FMTU. Developed in partnership with the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine, the FMTU is part of the Ontario Government's initiative to increase the number of family physicians in the province.

Held in the FMTU at 101 Queensway on December 2, master of ceremonies, Lawrence Biro, one of the original four family medicine residents who began his training in July 2009, welcomed community, business and government partners to the official opening.

"Being a resident family physician is an intense experience due to its breadth and level of responsibility. We are here for two short years and within that time frame we benefit from a comprehensive learning program that will allow us to practice independently upon completion. That learning would not be possible without the generosity and support of our patients, our family physician tutors and our community," says Dr. Biro.

Currently, there are eighteen residents doing their post-graduate family medicine training at the Summerville FMTU. Each resident manages his/her own practice and caseload of patients in the FMTU, spends half a day in academic seminars, and three full days a week on specialty rotations throughout Trillium Health Partners. All residents' work is supervised by an experienced physician and the residents’ physicians are always evaluated on how they are meeting their learning goals.

"The residents and physicians work with a highly qualified, interdisciplinary team of health professionals, including a social worker, pharmacist, psychologist, nurse practitioners, nurses, a dietitian and a health promoter who work on bringing patient programs related to health promotion and chronic disease management. This model is patient-focused and a multidisciplinary team approach and is the new future of primary health care in Ontario ," says Lucy Bonanno, Executive Director, Summerville Family Health Team.

The Summerville FMTU would not have been possible without the support of many people and organizations. Thank you to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the University of Toronto for your support. And thank you to the staff and management team at Trillium Health Partners, the Summerville FHT and the University of Toronto for their dedication and tireless efforts into making the Summerville FMTU a huge success.

The Credit Valley Family Medicine Teaching Unit

The Credit Valley FHT (CVFHT) is a group of family physicians, residents and health professionals who provide primary care services to approximately 11,000 patients in the Mississauga area. The CVFHT is associated with the Credit Valley Family Medicine Teaching Unit, and is located in the Professional Building at the Credit Valley Hospital site. It is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

The CVFHT has been incorporated since May 2007 but many of our physicians have been serving the community for many years, providing care for patients from birth to old-age.

Helping You Stay Healthy

A Family Health Team is a new way of providing primary health care in Ontario. It's a team approach that brings together family physicians with other health care providers in order to coordinate the best possible care for patients. Everyone on the team works together to meet your needs. Our focus is on keeping you and your family healthy, not just treating you when you are sick.

When you enroll as a patient with our Family Health Team, you are taking a step to ensure that you always have convenient access to regular check-ups and ongoing health care from a family physician and/or a team of other health care providers.

We are an Academic Family Health Team and therefore you may also be seen by a Resident, who is a physician specializing in Family and Community Medicine, and other students from varying healthcare backgrounds.

Building a stronger health care system:

Our Family Health Team is helping to build a strong health care system.

  • Helps keep the Community healthy, by giving better access to physicians, along with other health care providers.
  • Takes pressure off hospitals and the health care budget by ensuring problems are diagnosed early and treated appropriately.
  • Reduces the strain on hospital emergency departments by offering evening and weekend clinics.

Here at the Credit Valley Family Health Team, we strive to provide the best possible care using a interprofessional approach to meet the needs of the community.

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