Education Initiatives in Clinical Pharmacology

Residency/Fellowship in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology 

Our mandate is to train creative, next-generation paediatric pharmacologists/toxicologists, who can contribute to safe and effective pharmacotherapy in paediatrics and further develop the discipline as a key component of clinical and academic medicine.

The University of Toronto Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology Subspecialty Program is a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited two-year program, based at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and Sunnybrook-Women's College Health Science Centre in Toronto. We have a total of four Ministry-funded positions in the University over the two-year period and some fellowship positions for advanced training are available. Further training is also possible, depending on the trainee's career plan. Eligible candidates may come from either paediatrics, internal medicine, anesthesia, psychiatry or emergency medicine.

Our program is one of the few active clinical pharmacology programs in Canada, and the largest residency program in North America.

In our program, the resident/fellow will train to become a consultant with a broad knowledge of human pharmacology, therapeutics and toxicology, with special expertise in a specific area of pharmacotherapy. They participate in all levels of our clinical activities. We also put a strong emphasis on the development of research skills (clinical or basic). Graduates of the program have pursued careers in academia, government, industry, and private practice.

New regulations in the United States and Europe have begun to change the practices of paediatric drug trials. All paediatric subspecialties, as well as medicine subspecialties, deal with drug trials and the demand for expertise in clinical pharmacology has never been greater.