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Academic Enrichment Program

Academic Enrichment Programs (AEPs) are offered by the School of Medicine to complement students' learning in a specific area of inquiry. Currently available AEPs are Global Health, Health and Humanities, and the Quality Improvement Practical Experience Program (QIPEP). Each program is structured as a series of talks, workshops, and activities, and students learn foundational skills that can be incorporated into their future career. Completion of an AEP is recognized on a student's transcript.



QIPEP seeks to develop and enhance the patient safety (PS) and quality improvement (QI) competencies of participating students. Students complete a series of online modules and are then matched to existing projects at one of three hospital sites (Kingston General, Hotel Dieu, and Providence Care) based on interest, academic backgrounds, and previous training. These interdisciplinary teams are supervised by a Faculty of Health Sciences clinician with expertise in PS and/or QI. Projects begin in September and conclude in April of the following year.

Applications are advertised and accepted over the summer and students begin their project in September of their first year. For more information about QIPEP, visit their website ( or contact Bryan Franco at


Global Health

The Global Health AEP provides knowledge and training on how to work within global health contexts, through clinical practice, partnership building, and resource sharing. This program fosters students' commitment to community responsibility and social justice. Upon completing, students will have the necessary skills to be strategic advocates for individuals and communities that experience marginalization, and impact systemic changes for health equity. The program includes online modules, service learning, individual mentorship, educational session, and a four-week global health placement.

Information sessions are held in the Fall semester and students are able to enrol on a rolling basis. For more information about the Global Health AEP, visit the program website ( or contact


Health and Humanities

More information to come.

Information sessions are held in the Fall semester. For more information about the Health and Humanities AEP, contact Palika Kohli at



The Surgical Skills and Technology Elective Program (SSTEP) is an one-week boot-camp that runs between preclerkship and clerkship. SSTEP started as a student-initiative to increase undergraduate engagement with surgical skills and the various surgical sub-specialties. Recently, we have added an AEP component. This addition allows students to explore an individual research initiative related to the program.  Examples of research projects include left-handedness in surgical education and the role of PoCUS in undergraduate medicine.

As part of the AEP, students must complete the SSTEP curriculum which runs over the first week of June. More information will be provided to each class during their second year. Questions and concerns can be directed to the SSTEP executive team at