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The SEME program offers an innovative three month remunerated fellowship for rural Ontario family doctors looking for additional training in emergency medicine. Focusing on practical and relevant skills, this clinical immersion experience is designed for physicians practicing comprehensive care in smaller and rural communities. To date, 198 family physicians have successfully completed the SEME program.

Our Program


Three 4 week rotations in emergency medicine, ICU, anesthesia, and/or trauma.

structured academic teaching

Weekly academic teaching with simulations, procedural skills workshops and more.

Award winning faculty & mentors

Taught and led by top rated faculty from the University of Toronto.


Free education modules & video lectures on over 70+ emergency medicine topics.

Our Mission

The mission of the SEME Program is to provide a practical training option for practicing family physicians wishing to enhance their emergency medicine skills, thereby increasing recruitment and retention of physicians providing emergency care in rural and semi-rural communities.  The SEME Program is centralized and administered at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.  A key factor in the success of the program is the collaborative teaching efforts of the fourteen University of Toronto affiliated hospital sites, the Rural Ontario Medical Program teaching sites and over 300 faculty including emergency physicians, intensivists, anesthesiologists, and trauma surgeons.


SEME Thunder Bay

In 2020, the Ontario MOHLTC approved an expansion site for the SEME program in Thunder Bay. This satellite site will provide a much needed training option closer to home for Northern Ontario family physicians. Beginning Spring 2021, the Thunder Bay SEME program will welcome three physicians per year to complete the program longitudinally per year.​ 


The SEME program is the proud recipient of the 2022 College of Family Physicians of Canada Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program Award!


Accepting applications now!

The Ontario MOHLTC has approved funding for the SEME program until 2025.


  • August 26 - November 17, 2024  Application Deadline:  April 30, 2024

  • January 13 - April 6, 2025:  Application Deadline:  September 3, 2024

Thunder Bay: ​

  • Three physicians have been accepted into the 2023-24 cohort. 

  • Next cohort will be Fall 2024

  • Application deadline:  April 30, 2024

Click below for the electronic application form.

SEME Success Stories

"The SEME program is one of the best career decisions that I have made. The opportunity to attend weekly, high quality academic sessions taught by seasoned experts, participate in regular simulations, and do clinical rotations with leaders in emergency medicine made this an invaluable experience for me."

Dr. Heather Laakso

"Not only did I learn from a high volume of cases during the program, but I was able to compare how rural and urban practices are different and ensure my patients are receiving a high quality standard of care in Northwestern Ontario. The weekly didactic sessions were fantastic, hands-on, and some of the best small group learning I have done since residency."

Dr. Lucy Manchester

"I’ve always wanted to practice broad scope family medicine, but even after completing my rural family medicine residency, I did not feel completely prepared to cover emergency room shifts independently. The SEME Program was the perfect opportunity for me to develop the acute care skills required for emergency medicine with the understanding that I also want to practice family medicine."

Dr. Eli Bator

Contact Us

SEME: Supplemental Emergency Medicine Experience

600 University Ave, Office 2B-213, Toronto, ON, M5G 1X5

Tel #: 416-586-5058            Fax #: 416-586-4719

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