Education Initiatives in Neonatology

 

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.

Fellowship Programs

The Neonatology Program at Sick Kids offers of 3 specific programs:

University of Toronto integrated Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Training Program
SickKids Paediatric Departmental Fellowship
Neonatal Transport Fellowship
Application Process and online form

University of Toronto integrated Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Training Program 

This program has received full approval from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and satisfies the requirements for two years of neonatal-perinatal training as set by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The first year of training includes NICU rotations, neonatal transport, neonatal follow-up and 2-3 months of research/elective time.  The second year of training includes NICU rotations, an antenatal rotation, paediatric critical care, one month of follow-up and 4-5 months of research/elective time.  Progression from first year to second is dependent on satisfactory performance and success at our Structured Oral Examination and OSCE.  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 out born 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.  Faculty includes thirty-six full-time hospital-based neonatologists as well as basic scientists and specialists from paediatric, surgical and obstetrical disciplines. The Training Program is designed to meet the needs of a variety of individuals seeking subspecialty training in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Click here for more information about  Subspecialty Fellowship Training Programs.

Eligibility

You must be a Paediatrician to be eligible for this program
Canadian and International Trainees

Upon Completion of program

All trainees who complete the 2 year program will receive a certificate of completion
Only trainees who have attained Royal College certification in paediatrics are eligible to write the Royal College Certification Exam upon completion of training

SickKids Paediatric Departmental Fellowship

This program is not an accredited program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  Positions are generally for one year but extensions are occasionally possible. Departmental Fellows may spend two months on the transport service and two months in research/electives.  The NICU at the Hospital for Sick Children is a busy out born referral centre which services a large population base and cares for the most complex neonatal medical and surgical patients. Departmental Fellow positions enable individuals to gain valuable clinical experience. For someone with predominantly previous inborn perinatal experience, this unit provides a unique opportunity to see a different spectrum of conditions. It also allows exposure and experience to a highly functional regionalized transport service. Positions are for individuals who have completed their pediatric training, have at least six months of neonatal experience and are interested in pursuing a career in academic neonatology or pediatrics with a significant neonatal component to their practice.

Eligibility

You must be a Paediatrician with neonatal experience to be eligible for this program
Canadians and International Trainees

Upon Completion of program

All trainees will receive a certificate of completion

SickKids Transport Fellowship Program

This program is not an accredited program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  Positions are generally for one year but extensions are occasionally possible. Transport Fellows may spend two months in the NICU and two months in research/electives.  The NICU at the Hospital for Sick Children is a busy out born referral centre which services a large population base and cares for the most complex neonatal medical and surgical patients. Transport Fellow positions enable individuals to gain valuable clinical experience in transport medicine.  Fellows participate in providing online medical control to RN/RT transport team, accompany team on critical complex interfacility transports, attend high risk deliveries and provide consultations to the referral community base physicians.  This is an ideal training ground for a neonatologist experienced in developing expertise in transport medicine.

*Opportunities to combine Departmental and Transport fellowship over a 1 or 2 year time frame exists based on medical preferences and program needs.  Please apply to either Departmental or Transport fellowship and state your preference to be considered for this Hybrid Program.*

Eligibility

You must be a Paediatrician with neonatal experience to be eligible for this program
Canadians and International Trainees

Upon Completion of program

All trainees will receive a certificate of completion

Application Process

The Academic year starts on July 1st and ends June 30th.  Trainees are expected to start on July 1st and all administrative requirements must be completed prior to start date. Rare exceptions will be made for individuals who require a start date of January due to differences in their academic year. Note that minimum of 6 months, typically 9 months is required to process your administrative requirements.

Deadlines

The online application form will open on January 9, 2017 and close on May 31, 2017. 

On-line Fellowship application form

The Division of Neonatology is pleased to announce that our Fellowship application is now online.

1. Please complete the Fellowship Application Form.

Contacts

Program Director - Neonatal Perinatal Program – Emer Finan
Interim Division Chief - SickKids Departmental - Andrew James
Medical Director - ACTS - Transport Fellowship - Hilary Whyte.
Administrative Assistant – Diana Soares
e-mail: neonatal.fellowship@sickkids.ca