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Resources for Health Grad Students

Make the most of your York experience. There are many programming and resources available to you within the Faculty of Health and through pan-University offerings to support your academic success, skill building and professional development, research and entrepreneurship, and health and wellness.

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The Learning Commons offers support and learning resources to graduate students in areas including writing, citation help, learning skills, career skills, etc. To learn more about referencing management tools, please see available resources on Mendeley and Zotero. For additional support, please visit

The Teaching Commons offers a variety of professional development workshops throughout the year for graduate students and TAs, please visit the events calendar for upcoming sessions. The Learning Commons also offers many workshops to help you prepare for your role as a TA. These workshops will help you develop strategies to promote academic integrity, teach and foster critical reading skills, and strengthen students’ skills in academic and quality research writing. These workshops will also count towards the Teaching Commons ‘Record of Completion’ certificate.

You may want to also explore other professional development opportunities available to you through Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Career Centre (Career Education & Development) such as the Eight-Step Editing workshop for improving your writing and editing skills, the Tri-Council and OGS Scholarship Application workshops, leveraging your PhD outside of Academia workshop, and the 3MT Preparation workshop for those interested in participating in the Ontario Three Minute Thesis Competition.

Innovation York offers a variety of programming and training opportunities such as the MobilizeYU course for those interested in Knowledge Mobilization (KMb). Innovation York also offers a number of services to support you through the execution of research agreements, knowledge translation, and commercialization.  

The Teaching Commons offers a variety of resources and workshops to support you in your role as a TA. You can find many of these resources on the BOLD-Going Remote website, which includes the TA Guide for teaching remotely and the TA Start Up Guide. If you have been assigned your first TA appointment, please also see the TA/ITA Orientation Package and visit the online modules for available resources and supports. You can sign up for the Teaching Commons monthly newsletter using this form to receive timely information on upcoming events, supports, services, and resources.

If you have been assigned to a 1000-level course, the First Year Experience (FYE) Toolkit is also a great resource for you. The toolkit includes worksheets, activities, and ice breakers to help you plan for the first day of class. You will find tips for grading and providing feedback on student assessment in addition to strategies for dealing with students in crisis.

York University’s online learning management system is eClass. To learn more about eClass, please see the Introduction to eClass webinar.

York students have access to a number of free (e.g., Microsoft Office 2016, Thunderbird, etc.) and discounted software (e.g., IBM SPSS Statistics, SAS, NVivo). You also have access to training series and pre-recorded webinars offered by the Learning Technology Services (LTS) on a variety of topics including lecture capture using Camtasia Relay, how to use Crowdmark, and how to use the discussion forum in eClass. Please visit the LTS – Faculty of Health page for more eLearning webinars on topics such as Zoom, etiquette in online learning, student engagement online, shared experiences and recommendations from TAs, and many more. For additional information on video recordings, please see the University Information Technology (UIT) page on lecture recording @ York (Techsmith Relay, Zoom).

York International offers a variety of services to our international graduate students including webinars on available resources and tips for success in the program and beyond. York International’s Global Community has three unique programs that could help you with your transition to studying and living in Canada. The Global Connections program will help you get answers to your questions before you arrive to Canada by connecting you to a senior international student at York. Upon your arrival, the Global Peer Program will help you transition to life at York with the support of Peer Mentors. The Living in Canada Sessions will further help you adjust to life in Canada. You will find a variety of topics covered at these sessions including banking, filing taxes, and creating a resume for employment.

Student Counselling, Health & Well-being offers a variety of service and supports including training programs, workshops, peer-to-peer consulting, and counselling services.

If you require academic accommodations please visit the Student Accessibility Services.

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Who to contact for support?

Contact your academic department for questions regarding your program, funding, course offerings, and research. We recommend that you also browse the Faculty of Graduate Studies’ website for more information on available financial support (awards, scholarships and bursaries), on-campus services, housing, and other administrative services.  

Contact the Faculty of Health’s educational developer (Yasaman Delaviz) or the Teaching Common’s educational developer (Natasha May) for pedagogical support or to learn more about professional development opportunities available to graduate students and teaching assistants (TAs).