Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology: Welcome

The University of Toronto’s Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology is one of only a handful of such programs in North America. Division members, many of them cross-appointed with other divisions, are actively engaged in research, teaching and the provision of clinical care, principally in the fields of adverse drug reactions/drug safety and acute-care toxicology. At present, these activities are concentrated at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Hospital for Sick Children, but the division is committed to growing its presence at other sites in the years ahead.

The Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology training program is a two-year program accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. We generally accept two trainees each year, with most applicants from one of internal medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, occupational medicine or anesthesia.  A major strength of our training program is its flexibility: trainees can focus their educational and research efforts in the field of their choosing (for example, acute-care toxicology, quality improvement, or drug safety), and some elect to combine their clinical training with a MSc or PhD in a related field. In some instances, trainees have been able to complete dual training in clinical pharmacology and toxicology and another subspecialty program.

In the years ahead, our division seeks to expand its clinical and teaching activities to other university-affiliated hospitals, develop a focus on quality improvement, and encourage growth of the specialty by attracting trainees who appreciate the diversity of career options created by training in clinical pharmacology and toxicology.