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About Us

The Institute of Medical Science (IMS) offers a wide range of stimulating, research-intensive Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy programs in basic sciences, clinical sciences, and population health research. Under the mentorship of one of our faculty members you will receive specializedtraining and exposure to Toronto’s finest cutting-edge multidisciplinary research. Our graduates have been appointed to instrumental positions as academics and health care professionals in universities, government and industry.

The IMS is a very large graduate unit with over600 faculty and 550 students. It was established in 1968 as a graduate unit to foster education and scholarship in the Clinical Departments of the Faculty of Medicine. Most of our faculty are MDs and/or work in a clinical setting, and we specialize in translational research with a strong emphasis on
bench-to-bedside clinical applications. We are a graduate unit of choice for MDs who seek training as a clinician investigator.
Degree candidates have the opportunity to conduct
research in one of four training areas:
(1) Biomedical science;
(2) Clinical science;
(3) Health systems and services; and
(4) Population health.
Each stream offers a variety of multidisciplinary studies in fields such as cardiovascular sciences, neuroscience, bioethics, membrane biology, respiratory medicine, and psychosomatic medicine. The MSc and PhD graduate programs emphasize research work. They are full-time, on-campus programs. We offer a wide range of courses—from
bioethics to biostatistics to molecular medicine and cardiovascular science. Students may take courses from other UofT graduate units.
We also participate in numerous University of Toronto Collaborative Programs, and in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Clinician Investigator Program (CIP).