The Medico-Legal Society of Toronto was created more than 60 years ago by a group of distinguished doctors and lawyers. Its purpose was to improve the dialogue between these two great professions and to address, in a real way, difficult public issues that touch each. Some examples include informed consent, catastrophic impairment, the Human Tissues Act, and the role and approach to doctors as witnesses. Some of this work continues today in a robust way.
"What we love about this organization is that it is a forum for intelligent discourse on these issues ín an environment where none seek any personal recognition. lt is not an expensive organization to belong to. lt is risk-free and benefit-rich and we feel lucky to have been a part of it, both personally and professionally, over many years."
Brian J.E. Brock and Philippa G. Samworth
(Recipients of the Medico-Legal Society Award)
"The interaction and exposure to medical and legal professionals, and the programs about the latest medical-legal issues, continue to contribute to my professional growth. I am proud to be part of MLST."
Joseph Caprara, LL.B.
“The Undergraduate Medical Education program at the University of Toronto is indebted to the MLST for its invaluable assistance in recruiting expert legal tutors for our Ethics and Professionalism curriculum. The medical students have evaluated the legal tutors very highly and clearly appreciate their expertise and experience. Thank you.”
Dr. Pier Bryden, M.Phil, M.D., FRCP (C)
Staff Psychiatrist, The Hospital For Sick Children
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
Faculty Lead, Ethics and Professionalism, Undergraduate Medical Education, University of Toronto
“Where I always meet the key people and always learn the latest relevant information.”
Dr. John Carlisle, M.D., LL.B.
Coroner for the Province of Ontario
“Since its earliest days, the main purpose of the MLST continues to be: To enrich the membership with an ongoing educational experience offered by both professions to each other. The members understand the high moral standard expected of them and hold each other in mutual respect.”
Dr. W.M. Geisler, M.D., FRCP (C)
“As managing partner of the personal injury department of Devry Smith Frank LLP, the contacts and relationships that I have developed over the years as a member of the MLST have been invaluable. The programs are enriching and encourage synergy between two great professions.”
Marc Spivak B.Comm, B.C.L., LL.B.