Teaching Role and Partnerships

Teaching role

The Department of Laboratory Medicine contributes to the future of health care by education and clinical training for health professionals such as pathology residents, medical laboratory technologists and technicians, and medical laboratory assistants through its affiliations with the University of Toronto, the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences, Centennial College and Everest College.


We also have regional and provincial partnerships. Our laboratory partnered with The Scarborough Hospital and Toronto East General Hospital to create the Shared Hospital Laboratory, located in northeast Toronto that handles microbiology testing. This cooperative venture enables more efficient use of resources, sharing of expertise and improved testing and screening ability. Shared Hospital Laboratory is among the largest hospital microbiology labs in the GTA.

North York General Hospital has partnered with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Canadian Lab Solutions for reference testing. Tests of high complexity and low volume are centralized to ensure high quality and cost effectiveness. An electronic data feed between the sites will ensure a rapid turnaround time for reporting results.

The hospital provides laboratory testing for the Seniors’ Health Centre including the collection of samples. Our pathologists also provide expertise to some regional hospitals. As well, representatives from Laboratory Medicine are members of regional laboratory steering committees.