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SEME Curriculum

Program Overview

The program is composed of three 4 week rotations: minimum 8 weeks of core clinical emergency work and 2-4 weeks of electives coordinated with approved teaching sites directly by the program. The core clinical placements occur in various ED sites affiliated with the SEME program. These clinical placements provide learners with practical, real-world experiences in order to build advanced management and procedural skills. Elective placements in Anesthesia, Intensive Care, or Trauma complement the ED rotations. In 2021, the SEME program has expanded to include a Thunder Bay site.


Free Online Learning Modules & Video Lectures

University of Toronto faculty members have created 70 online e-learning modules addressing key clinical areas in emergency medicine for all to review. These modules provide a diagnostic and treatment approach to a wide variety of topics.

Program Overview

Weekly Academic Day

Learners meet once per week for academic education days that are an integral part of the core program and highly valued by the SEME participants.  These educational sessions include interactive seminars in a variety of emergency medicine topics, hands-on procedural workshops, and ultrasound sessions. A highlight of the program remains the acute resuscitation simulated scenarios which are run at the SimSinai Simulation Centre.



Each learner is paired with an experienced emergency physician mentor to provide guidance and support during the program. Mentors are drawn from the faculty of the University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM).  The mentor will work with the learner to develop an appropriate learning plan and meet regularly during the course of the program to review the learner’s progress and educational experiences.

Clinical Evaluation

Learners will receive feedback on a regular basis through a combination of individual shift evaluation forms and monthly rotation evaluations completed by preceptors and site supervisors.


Pre- and post-course evaluation

Learners will complete a short pre-test at the beginning of the program as a self-assessment tool to guide their learning. A combination of written evaluations and simulated acute resuscitation scenarios will establish learners’ cumulative knowledge and skill level progression during the course of the SEME program.


Program Completion

Requirements for successful completion of the SEME program include attendance during the 12 weeks of clinical rotations, full participation during the academic education days, and completion of the course evaluation. The SEME program is accredited for 207 Mainpro+ Certified Group Learning credits after submission of a post course reflection to the CFPC. In addition, the program is recognized for 256 hours towards practice eligibility for application to write the CAC-EM exam.

EM Exam Prep for SEME Alumni 

Alumni from the SEME program who are challenging the Examination of Added Competence in Emergency Medicine to obtain the Certificates in Added Competence (CAC) will be eligible for exam preparation support with U of T faculty. Exam preparation sessions are held virtually over the spring and summer on an annual basis. Alumni from all past years of the Thunder Bay and Toronto sites are eligible to participate. 

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