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Cardiovascular Surgery

Education and training

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There are four cardiac fellows/residents being trained at any given time. Every six months a cardiac resident from the University of Toronto rotates. The Division also serves as the training site for the McMaster University cardiac surgical trainees. McMaster Residents are present every few years. We typically train one North American fellow each year. The remaining fellows are international with a number now being trained from Asia.

Past fellows have been become staff surgeons in countries such as South Africa, Australia, Beijing, Seoul, Canada, Berlin and the US. Some have been employed at major centres such as the Mayo Clinic, Boston Children's Hospital and the University of California.

The two-year Kirklin Fellowship, through the Congenital Heart Surgeons Society (CHSS), was established by Executive Director Dr. Bill Williams. The Division has historically been a major training site for congenital heart surgeons.

While we have trained many successful congenital cardiac surgeons, updating our training strategy to a more structured teaching experience for all levels of trainees will be a focus in the future, as the Division intends to develop learning objective based teaching strategies for medical students, rotating residents and yearly fellows. Cross training of surgical and interventional fellows is currently being explored.



We accept positions on a year-to year-basis: 

    • Next available fellowship positions: July 1, 2022
    • Application submission deadline: April 30, 2021
    • Selection process will takes place: June 2021


    • Qualified Cardiac Surgeon or one in training

Applicant to provide the following documents by email to cvsfellowship.observership@sickkids.ca :

    • Completed Fellowship Application
    • Copy of CV and a Statement of Career Goals
    • Three reference letters from current or former colleagues/employers
    • Photo

Incomplete applications will not be considered.



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