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The student body consists of 95% of Grade 10 and 11 students. The program accepts Grade 12 students but first, we would like to give you more context. Our experience in the past shows that by the time MED YSP program starts in the summer, many Grade 12 students would have accepted their university/college offers. We noticed that most students, but not all, were not as engaged in the program. However, if you are a motivated student that wants to plan ahead, MED YSP will help you prepare for first-year university classes and give you the lab experience skills and experience to succeed!

There is no official deadline for applications to the YSP. The programs, however, are available to a limited numbers of students. Therefore, we strongly encourage that you register as soon as possible.

Yes. Waitlists are available as spots may open up due to cancellations. The waitlists are carried out on a first-come, first-served basis. We will email the parent/guardians of the first person on the waiting list if space becomes available. If you end up gaining a spot in the program, you will be required to pay the program fee to maintain your spot.

We sometimes get last-minute cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances. As a result, spaces can open up even as late as a few days before a module starts.

There is limited space available in the program. For the Med YSP, there is a maximum enrollment of 120 students per week. The program tends to fill up quickly, so we recommend enrolling as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, no. You must be currently enrolled in Grades 10 and 11 for the 2019-2020 school year (or going into Grades 11 and 12 in the Fall of 2020) to be eligible for the Med YSP.

Students applying to the University of Toronto’s Med YSP must have completed grade 10 or 11 by July 1st, 2020. Students who are currently in grades 9 are not eligible for Med YSP. Students in Grade 12 can attend but will need to speak with a MED YSP program staff before registering. Admission is on a first-come-first-served basis.

Registration is run on a first-come-first-served basis. Once you have registered for the program and paid the fees, you will receive an email confirming that we have received it. This email should come to you within a couple of days of receiving the application. The confirmation email will contain more information about supplemental forms and documents which need to be completed as well as an Information Package for Students, Parents, and Guardians. You must complete your supplemental package by the deadline listed in your registration email. If the program is currently full, you can always sign up for the mailing list.

Registration Process

For a detailed explanation of the registration system, please read this step-by-step document.

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The date to hand in supplemental information varies year to year. The date will be provided in your confirmation email and should be updated on our website for more information. Please ensure that you provide this information in a timely manner and within the deadline as it will allow us enough time to prepare for the program itself.

This is simply for security reasons.  This is especially important for the first day of check in to ensure that we have the correct students checking into the program.

After including your email at the ACTIVE website, if you do not already have an account you’ll be sent an email to create a password and confirm your account.

You will receive an email which is your receipt after you have paid for the program.

You will also get a confirmation email once you have successfully registered for the program. You will only receive ONE email for each student regardless of how many modules you have signed up for. This email will provide further information about the program including an Information Package for Students, Parents, and Guardians as well as information about the supplemental forms.

You may receive additional emails if you have left your application in an incomplete state, or reminder emails about completing your supplemental information.

Before your module begins you should receive an email detailing what to expect on the first day.

Listed are the most common solutions:

  • Ensure that you are going to the link to sign back into your account, not the link for registration. You should be using this link:
  • Confirm that you are using the correct username. Your user name is the same as the email address you used to create the account. Please ensure that you use the same email address as the one used to register for the program. If you made a typo in your email address when initially signing into the system, you must include the typo in your username.
  • Confirm your Online Account Email Address Status. You status should be listed as “Active”. If you get the error message, “This person is not associated with an online account” the status will be “Invited”. In this case an invitation has been sent but not accepted or opened. The Invite can be cancelled and re-sent.
  • If none of the above helped resolve the issue then, please contact us.

You should already be signed in. If not, login with your username (i.e. email) and password.

If you leave the registration page on idle for more than 60 minutes, for security reasons it will sign you out and you will lose all progress made on registration. Please ensure that you fill out the initial registration in one sitting. Additionally if there is high demand for the program you may end up losing your spot if the information is not submitted within 15 minutes.

Registration for the program will remain open from the initial registration date until the program begins. However, spaces in the program tend to fill up very quickly.

You cannot create an account before registration opens. Please ensure that registration has opened up before creating an account.

Program Organization

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During class, students enrolled in the Med YSP are REQUIRED to wear closed-toed shoes and long pants (jeans are fine) during all labs. In addition, if you have long hair please bring a hair tie (or other) to tie hair back.

Students will have access to the University of Toronto’s WiFi network in the Medical Sciences Building.

Students are supervised by lab instructors who are highly motivated and knowledgeable in the material while being well versed in health and safety protocols. The instructors are great resources for high school students, as they have all been through exactly what you’re going through right now! Questions about university? Life in general? Ask away!

Each module runs from Monday to Friday,  from 9 AM to 5 PM with a one hour break for lunch. There are labs and lectures in the morning and afternoon. Please note despite our best efforts, sometimes scientific experiments will run after 5 PM and we encourage students to stay behind to finish them.


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Aside from the cost of transport, students may wish to buy lunch, snacks, or drinks on campus. If students are planning on buying lunch, we suggest you budget $10-$15/meal. The rest is at your discretion. As of September 2011, the University of Toronto is bottled water-free. This means that there is no sale or distribution of bottled water and there are water filling stations available in the Medical Sciences Building and around the campus.

Meals are not included in the program fees. Students are welcome to bring their own lunch or to buy lunch at the various cafeterias, restaurants, and food trucks in and around the U of T campus.

Yes, scholarships are available to Canadian students to assist with program fees for the Faculty of Medicine’s Youth Summer Program (MED YSP). Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and excellent academic merit.

The scholarship will allow the successful applicant to attend any of the four modules (Human Physiology, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Pharmacology & Toxicology, or Microbiology) for duration of one-week. The scholarship includes the registration fee and payment of the program. The cost of transportation to and from the program, lunch, and accommodation is not included in the scholarship. Additional scholarships are available to students who identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Metis, Inuit, non-Status, etc.).

The application process differs for the scholarship, as they are more comprehensive. Please do NOT register for the program if you plan on applying for the scholarship as a certain number of spots are reserved for scholarship students. Click here to obtain more information on how to apply. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, please contact us at

Here is a list of what is included in the cost:
– Academic Content
– Program Materials
– Cost of all supplies and reagents
– Supervision by highly trained instructors
– Opportunities to learn about university life and admissions processes
– Career talks with professionals in their respective fields

Please note fees do not include accommodations, meals or transport to and from the program. For more information please visit the fees and dates section.

You can find out more about the relevant fees associated with the program in the Fees & Dates section.


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No, the YSP is an extracurricular enrichment program and cannot be exchanged for any academic credit. Additionally, studies in medicine are post-graduate, which means you have to complete at least three years of undergraduate studies before you can apply to the Temerty Faculty of Medicine.

The YSP modules are non-credit courses, however, they are a great addition to your resume, post-secondary applications, and job applications!

Unfortunately no, the research module is not being offered in 2020.


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