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Subspecialty Fellowship Training Programs


Updated January 2013

Adolescent Medicine
Cardiology
Clinical and Metabolic Genetics
Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology
Developmental Paediatrics
Endocrinology
Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Clinical Nutrition
General Academic Paediatrics
Haematology/Oncology
Immunology/Allergy
Infectious Diseases
Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine
Nephrology
Neurology
Paediatric Emergency Medicine
Respiratory Medicine
Rheumatology

Training positions are available in most of the paediatric subspecialties. As a common rule, candidates must have completed three years of training in general paediatrics in order to be eligible for subspecialty training. A subspecialty year can usually count as one of the four years of paediatric residency required for Fellowship by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Residency positions are available for Canadians/landed immigrants with undergraduate medical training in accredited North American medical schools. This training is approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Clinical fellowship positions are available to candidates whose medical training was completed outside North America, but they must hold specialty certification in Paediatrics from their country of training. Clinical fellowship training for international medical graduates is not accreditable toward Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada certification, but the training will be comparable to all trainees at a similar level in our institution. Certificates of completion of training are offered by both The Hospital for Sick Children, and the University of Toronto at the end of the training period.

Listed below are brief descriptions of the opportunities for subspecialty training, with the name of each program director. Please write directly to the program director for further information about the subspecialty program:

Academic Paediatric Medicine
Drs. Sarah Schwartz and Sanjay Mahant, Program Co-Directors
The Hospital for Sick Children
416-813-6933
e-mail:
donna.whitely@sickkids.ca

The objectives of this fellowship are to prepare the trainee for a career in academic general paediatrics and to acquire the research, teaching, clinical and administrative skills required for an academic position in general paediatrics.

Adolescent Medicine

Dr. Katherine Hick, Program Director
The Hospital for Sick Children
416-813-6146
e-mail: noreen.akhtar@sickkids.ca

Adolescent Medicine offers training in the primary, secondary and tertiary medical care of the adolescent, with emphasis given to both medical and psychological problems. A two year fellowship is available incorporating clinical, teaching and research components.

Cardiology

Dr. Jennifer Russell, Program Director
The Hospital for Sick Children
416-813-7467
e-mail: heartcentrecardiology.medicaleducation@sickkids.ca

Cardiology offers a three-year training program in clinical paediatric cardiology. The program offers a diverse clinical experience as well as significant clinical and basic science research opportunities. Subspecialty training in echocardiography, electrophysiology, interventional catheterization, transplant and heart function and cardiac MRI are also available. Research fellowships are also available. The program is recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and by the Sub-Board of the American Board of Pediatrics.

Clinical and Metabolic Genetics


Clinical Genetics
Dr. Roberto Mendoza, Program Director
The Hospital for Sick Children
416-813-6374
e-mail: genetics.training@sickkids.ca
 
Clinical Biochemical Genetics & Laboratory Biochemical Genetics
Dr. Saadet Mahmutoglu
The Hospital for Sick Children
416-813-6374
e-mail: genetics.training@sickkids.ca
 
The Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics offers twoClinical Fellowships which are accredited through the CCMG. We offer a three-year Clinical Genetics fellowship as well as a two-year Clinical Biochemical Genetics Fellowship.
 
Clinical Genetics
This period of specialized training of two or three years provides in-depth experience in human genetic theory, dysmorphology, metabolic genetics, counselling, prenatal diagnosis, molecular and cytogenetics.Considerable opportunities for basic as well as clinical research are available.
 
Clinical Biochemical Genetics
This fellowship program offers a CCMG Clinical BiochemicalGenetics Fellowship for 2 years and Non-CCMG Clinical Biochemical GeneticsFellowships for one, two or three years. All trainees will receive specialized training in the management of patients with inherit metabolic disorders including: lysosomal storage disorders, neurometabolic disorders, energy metabolism, newborn screening disorders, amino acid metabolism etc.
 
We also offer CCMG Laboratory Fellowships in BiochemicalGenetics, Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics.
 
For more information about these fellowship programs please seethe CCMG website.
 
Additionally we offer a five year RCPS Medical GeneticsResidency Program. Please see the Royal College Website for more details.
 
http://www.ccmg-ccgm.org/
http://www.royalcollege.ca/
http://www.sickkids.ca/CGenetics/Education-and-learning/index.html


Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology

Drs. Margaret Thompsom and Irena Nulman, Program Directors
The Hospital for Sick Children
416-813-5781
e-mail: hila.halshtok@sickkids.ca
e-mail: niki.balamatsis@sickkids.ca

Two years of fellowship training are available, with the balance between clinical and laboratory experience determined on an individual basis. Clinical exposure occurs through consultations, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring Program, Adverse Reaction Clinic, Motherisk Clinic, Palliative Care Program, and clinical trials. Laboratory training is supported by an active and well-funded research program.

Developmental Paediatrics

Dr. Anne Kawamura, Program Director
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
150 Kilgour Road, Toronto, ON M4G 1R8
416-425-6220
e-mail:
rkarnetova@hollandbloorview.ca

A two-year training program in Developmental Paediatrics is offered through the University of Toronto and is based at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Trainees receive experience in both developmental-behavioural paediatrics and neurodevelopmental disabilities. Conditions such as cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, genetic disorders, neuromuscular disorders, spina bifida, learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are encountered in training. In addition to their clinical experience, trainees in the program are expected to develop a research project in an area within Developmental Paediatrics. Residents and fellows are guided by the research advisor in the program and by research trained faculty.

Endocrinology

Dr. Diane Wherrett, Program Director
The Hospital for Sick Children
416-813-5991
e-mail:
endo.program@sickkids.ca

One year of clinical training is offered in all aspects of paediatric endocrinology, including diabetes mellitus. Laboratory experience can also be arranged. Research training opportunities are available depending on funding.

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Dr. Yaron Avitzur, Program Director
The Hospital for Sick Children
416-813-6176
e-mail:
sherry.joy@sickkids.ca

The Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Division offers three years of training for individuals interested in careers in academic paediatric gastroenterology. The clinical service is large with a broad variety of gastrointestinal, nutritional, hepatic and pancreatic disorders and a large transplant service. Research training opportunities are available as part of the clinical training experience or in conjunction with a postgraduate degree program. Subspecialty training in Hepatology / Transplant, inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal failure and pancreatic disorders are also available. The program is recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and by the Sub-Board of the American Board of Pediatrics.

Haematology/Oncology

Dr. Angela Punnett, Program Director
The Hospital for Sick Children
416-813-7742
e-mail:
hanadi.attar-elbard@sickkids.ca


The division offers from one to three years of subspecialty training in academic Paediatric Haematology/Oncology. There is opportunity for broad experience in patient care, as well as laboratory haematology and for both clinical and basic research training.

Immunology/Allergy

Dr. Chaim Roifman, Program Director
The Hospital for Sick Children
416-813-4342
e-mail:
sandra.mendonca@sickkids.ca

Training in Allergy and Clinical Immunology prepares trainees for either an academic year in Immunology or as specialists in Allergy and Clinical Immunology. The three-year program includes one year of Clinical Immunology, where trainees are exposed to bone marrow transplantation, a broad spectrum of immunodeficiency and allergic disorders. The additional two years are devoted to basic research in Immunology/Allergy where a large number of established laboratories are available for training.

Infectious Diseases

Dr. Anupma Wadhwa, Program Director
The Hospital for Sick Children
416-813-6273 x5
e-mail: id.trainingprog@sickkids.ca


Two or three years of training are offered for candidates aiming for an academic career in the field. The program includes one year of experience on the consultative service, and one to two years of research, either clinical or laboratory.

Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine
Dr. Emer Finan, Program Director
Department of Newborn and Developmental Paediatrics, Mount Sinai Hospital
416-586-4800 Ext: 7346
Diana Soares
Program Administrator
Division of Neonatology
The Hospital for Sick Children
416-813-7654 Ext: 228902
e-mail: 
diana.soares@sickkids.ca

The University of Toronto Training Program in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine is formally integrated within three University of Toronto teaching hospitals -Mount Sinai Hospital (MSH), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (SB) and The Hospital for Sick Children (HSC). MSH and SB are inborn perinatal units and HSC is an outborn neonatal unit. Combined, these three facilities provide a total of 38 Level II and over 100 Level III beds, which service the Central East region of the province of Ontario, a region with approximately 85,000 deliveries per year. Each unit admits at least 200 infants with birth weights less than 1500 grams annually. Faculty includes thirty-one full-time hospital-based Neonatologists, as well as basic scientists and specialists from Pediatric, surgical and obstetrical disciplines. Two years of training is provided with graduated experience in neonatal intensive care, delivery room resuscitation and stabilization, surgical and cardiac problems, neonatal transport (ground, helicopter and fixed wing) and neonatal follow-up. Formal electives are also offered in two community level II NICUs – one in downtown urban setting (St. Michael’s Hospital) and one at North York General Hospital. One month out of the 2-year training may also be taken in an approved off site elective. Call at any of these electives may be taken at that site if it is deemed the clinical experience will be enhanced. Extensive research opportunities exist within the Division (cell and molecular biology of development, fetal physiology, and clinical research) as well as in other divisions and departments. An optional third year, devoted primarily to research, is offered and encouraged. The program is approved for subspecialty training by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and by the American Board of Pediatrics.


Nephrology

Dr. Tino Piscione, Program Director
The Hospital for Sick Children
416-813-5082
e-mail:
burnett.wint@sickkids.ca

The program offers one to two years of specialized training in clinical nephrology. A wide spectrum of experience will be gained from nephrology patients seen in out-patient clinics, in consultation on the general wards, and the intensive care unit, as well as cared for on the nephrology ward where there are children undergoing acute and chronic dialysis and renal transplantation. The program also provides the opportunity to spend one to two years in basic laboratory research.

Neurology

Dr. Ann Yeh Program Director
The Hospital for Sick Children
416-813-6332
e-mail: jayne.thorne@sickkids.ca

A three-year comprehensive training program to prepare trainees for a career in paediatric neurology is offered. Experience includes general neurology, neurophysiology, mental retardation, child development and neonatal neurology.

Paediatric Emergency Medicine

Dr. Suzanne Beno, Co-Program Director (Academic Fellowship)
Dr. Tania Principi, Co-Program Director (Academic Fellowship)
Dr. Dennis Scolnik, Program Director (Clinical Fellowship)
The Hospital for Sick Children
416-813-7257
e-mail: 
ritsa.iriotakis@sickkids.ca  or pem.fellowship@sickkids.ca 

Respiratory Medicine (Pulmonology)
Dr. Melinda Solomon, Program Director
The Hospital for Sick Children
416-813-6167
e-mail:
beverley.nutt@sickkids.ca

The program offers two years of clinical training in paediatric chest disease for specialization in paediatric pulmonary disease. This includes neonatology, intensive care, immunology, pulmonary function lab and extended time in respiratory physiology.

Rheumatology

Dr. Shirley Tse, Program Director
The Hospital for Sick Children
416-813-7707
e-mail: 
rheumatology.trainingprogram@sickkids.ca

Training in Rheumatology is offered to prepare individuals for an academic career in Pediatric Rheumatology.

The two-to-three-year program includes two years of Clinical Rheumatology (core program) where the trainee is exposed and will learn skills to manage the broad scope of musculoskeletal and autoimmune disorders. Trainees will also learn to perform joint injections. Further years of training beyond the core program which are devoted to Clinical, Translation, Basic, Educational and/or Quality Improvement Research are available should the trainees require additional training to prepare for an academic career. 

Application to Paediatric Subspecialty Fellowship Programs must be submitted directly to the appropriate program director identified in the preceding list. A personal interview may be required. Applicants will be contacted.

SickKids-based Fellowship Opportunties, please click on one of the following:

Departmental Clinical Fellowship Program
Paediatric Solid Organ Transplant Fellowships
Neonatal Transport Fellowships


Postgraduate Electives for Residents Registered in Residencies outside University of Toronto

Please see the list of Paediatric Subspecialty Fellowship Programs for divisions in which electives must be arranged directly.

Requirements

Once the dates for the elective have been confirmed with the division, the resident must provide them with a copy of his/her current CV, medical degree and a letter of support for the elective from his/her program director.

The University of Toronto's Postgraduate Education Office (PGME) requires that residents who arrange electives with the Department of Paediatrics at The Hospital for Sick Children must be appointed to the University of Toronto by the Postgraduate Education Office at Sick Kids. The Medical Education Office will submit the documents that have been provided by the division to the PGME UofT Office with an appointment letter. This will allow the PGME Office, University of Toronto to generate a Confirmation of Appointment letter.

Out-of-province residents need to apply for a Postgraduate Certificate of Registration (educational license) from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Please contact the CPSO for an application form. You can download the application form at www.cpso.on.ca 
or phone 416-967-2617. The application process for licensure can take up to 3 months .

Elective residents can now register on-line through UofT's POWER (PO stgraduate WE b R egistration) System and the university will inform them how to do so.

At the start of the elective period, all residents must also register in person at SickKids' Credentials Office, Room 5308, Black Wing, and show their CPSO licence, CMPA coverage and immunization history.


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