Speech-Language Pathology


Speech-Language Pathology — Inpatient

Speech-language pathologists are regulated health care professionals who identify, assess and treat adult inpatients presenting with swallowing, speech, language, and cognitive-communication and voice disorders.

Speech-language pathologists work as part of a multidisciplinary team to manage referrals and caseload, ensuring efficient service delivery and discharge planning. Our team of four speech-language pathologists provides services to all inpatient medical and surgical programs. The speech-language pathologists are also part of the SATT (Stroke Assessment Treatment Team). This interdisciplinary team is available seven days per week and provides rapid assessment and treatment for acute stroke patients according to best practice stroke care guidelines.

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We accept students who are currently enrolled in speech-language pathology programs, communicative disorders assistant programs, and early childhood consultant programs. Students gain experience working with all three professions.


North York General Hospital (NYGH) provides speech-language pathology students with the clinical experience of working collaboratively with patients, families and the interprofessional health care team to provide the highest standards of care and an outstanding patient and family experience. Fieldwork experience at the General site is available across all adult inpatient programs including Medicine and Elder Care, Surgery, Cancer Care and Mental Health.

Seeking a placement

North York General Hospital is affiliated with the University of Toronto and accepts students who are currently enrolled in speech-language pathology graduate programs. Prior to being accepted for a student placement your university or college must have an affiliation agreement in place with North York General Hospital.

Student SLP placements are arranged between the coordinator of clinical education from the affiliated academic institution, the clinical educator(s) and the acting Professional Practice Leader (PPL) for Speech-Language Pathology at NYGH.

Starting a placement

Placement prerequisites

The following prerequisites are required in order for a student to start a placement at North York General Hospital:

  • Mask fit testing
    You must have completed mask fit testing within the past 24 months. The following information will be requested upon registration:
    Date mask fitted
    Location mask fitted

  • Immunizations
    Your immunizations need to be up to date. This includes a TB test within the past 12 months. The hospital is not responsible for any expenses relating to immunization requirements. Students will not be allowed to start a placement without proper documentation. Seasonal influenza immunizations are highly recommended. Your rotation or placement may be affected if this is missing.

    If you are a student in a graduate program and have not provided your institution with documentation regarding immunizations, you must bring this with you on or prior to your first day of placement.

    You will be asked to confirm your immunization status as well as your TB test results during the registration process.
    Immunization form

  • Workplace insurance

    Institutional Workplace Insurance Agreement
    The students from publically funded Ontario colleges and universities are covered for workplace injuries through a program from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. If you are from one of these academic
    institutions you do not need to do anything else.

    Private workplace insurance
    This applies to the following:
    • Out of province students
    • Students from private institutions
    • Students in a practicum placement following completion of their academic studies

    Bring certificate of coverage on Day 1

    Not applicable
    • Observers
    • Students paid by NYGH

  • Vulnerable sector screen
    Vulnerable sector screen must be completed within the past 12 months for all students and must be submitted to your academic institution. If you have not provided the completed screen to your academic institution, you must bring it in on Day 1 of your placement.

    If your screen has positive findings, please notify us before your placement, as conditions of your placement will need to be reviewed.

  • Mandatory training
    All mandatory training modules must be completed prior to the first day of your rotation. You will be asked to verify that you have completed the online modules including date of completion as part of your registration process. The modules are also available on the registration pages.

Prior to first day

Online registration
All students must register for their placement through the Centre for Education.  You will receive a link to our registration system upon approval of your placement. 

Online mandatory training
The online mandatory training program is designed in compliance with provincial legislation and to provide you with knowledge of our programs, services and policies.

On the first day

Bring with you:

Students are required to complete and submit the following documents:
  1. A copy of their current immunization (see placement prerequisites).
  2. Mask-fit test documentation.
  3. Vulnerable sector screening (VSS) police check.
  4. CPR training certificate.
  5. Student Consent for Retention of Evaluation Documents (form will be given to you on Day 1).

Government issued photo ID — This is required in order for you to receive a hospital ID. The Badge Office is located at the General site on the east wing, ground floor besides shipping. Hours of operation are 10-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-2 p.m., Monday to Friday. If you are a student at the Branson Ambulatory Care Centre, you may want to receive your badge a couple of days earlier to not affect your placement time.

Payment for parking (if applicable) — Monthly costs of $60 (debit or credit card accepted). Daily rates are also available by contacting the parking office. Parking at the hospital is available in the Staff Parking Lot. Please park in Visitors Parking on your first day, once you pay for your monthly pass, your parking ticket for that day will be validated. The Parking Office is located at the parking deck, ground level, adjacent to the exit gates. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

Other information

Orientation to North York General Hospital is provided by the clinical educator(s). Students will receive training on the electronic documentation system prior to receiving their username and password. Dress code is business casual. Students are required to wear the official name tag of their academic institute until issued an NYGH identity badge. Students are required to complete and submit a Student Consent for Retention of Evaluation Documents form (it will be given to you on Day 1).


Margit Labas-Weber, MA Reg. CASLPO
Speech-Language Pathologist
Tel: 416-756-6361

Daphne Flatt, B.Sc. (OT), M.Ed., OT Reg. (Ont.)
Collaborative Practice Leader, Rehabilitation Sciences
Tel: 416-756-6667

Centre for Education

Ann Bickram
Education Coordinator, Nursing, Health Professions, Administrative & Operational
Centre for Education, 6 North–Room 630
North York General Hospital
4001 Leslie Street
Toronto, ON M2K 1E1
Tel: 416-756-6000 x4805

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