Department of Family and Community Medicine and St. Michael’s Academic Family Health Team


In the Department of Family and Community Medicine, we have supervised students from chiropractic, dietetics, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy, psychology, and social work teaching and learning together about family medicine. This is called interprofessional education. Having your health care providers learn and work together means better care for you.

How you can help our students

You are the best teachers for the students in our department. By letting students know what they should keep doing and what they should change, you can help them a lot. Here are some ways of telling students how you feel:

“I liked it when you … because …
“When you …, I felt …
“Before you …, it would help if …
After you …, I was …
I thought you did … very well. It felt ….

What is a medical student?

  • A medical student is in the process of completing medical school. They may be early in their training (first or second year) and getting their first exposure to family medicine, or later in their training (third or fourth year) and gaining more knowledge and skills in the clinic.
  • Medical students may be asked to start the appointment with you, but they are always working with a staff doctor who will finish the visit with you with the student beside them.
  • After graduating from medical school, they will begin a residency program in one of a variety of different disciplines including family medicine.

What is a family medicine resident?

  • A family medicine resident is a medical doctor, who has completed medical school and is training to become a family physician.
  • Residents are more independent than medical students, but they are always supervised by staff doctors who give them advice about your care.
  • Residents are available to see you at least one afternoon each week
  • After two years in training, residents can write the family medicine certification exam


Our residents

Family Practice Unit at 61 Queen

Dr. Maha Al-Jabri
Dr. Julian Gitelman
Dr. Tina Hu
Dr. Ash Javidan
Dr. Samuel Merrifield
Dr. Anne Mullen-Grey

Dr. Victoria Pho
Dr. Ceinwen Pope
Dr. Rachel Skocylas
Dr. Adryen Yak
Dr. Alina Zaltzman

Health Centre at 410

Dr. Emma Ali
Dr. Yosra AlMakadma
Dr. Benjamin Chan
Dr. Monica Gad

Dr. Beerpal Plaha
Dr. Genevieve Rochon-Terry
Dr. Kate Zhang

St. James Town Health Centre

Dr. Ahmad Al-Askar
Dr. Augusto Estrada

Dr. Charlene Paddock
Dr. Lucie Pivnick

St. Lawrence Health Centre

Dr. Serina Dai
Dr. Stephanie Hudson

Dr. Zaakir Jiwa
Dr. Trevor Morey

Health Centre at 80 Bond

Dr. Sonja Babovic
Dr. Sarah Griffiths
Dr. Simrran Gohal
Dr. Meagan McLavish

Dr. Arya Motaghi
Dr. Kevin Senior
Dr. Gaibrie Stephen

Sumac Creek Health Centre

Dr. Jessica Chen
Dr. Dan Cojocaru
Dr. Mary Gaudet
Dr. Franky Liu

Dr. Karim Manji
Dr. Tarun Rahman
Dr. Cassy Wang

Our education partners are University of Toronto, Ryerson University and The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.

For more information about the education program, please check the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine website.

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