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Critical Care Medicine

Paediatric Critical Care Training


The goal of the Paediatric Critical Care Training Program at The Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto is to prepare outstanding Critical Care trainees to be future leaders. See the Goals and Objectives of the program.

Our thriving training program looks fondly back on this tradition, and actively is creating future leaders in Paediatric Critical Care.  The training program at the University of Toronto is designed for individuals committed to training as academic Paediatric Critical Care physicians.

Our trainees consist of highly motivated, suitably qualified Canadian residents and international fellows.


The University of Toronto Paediatric Critical Care Training Program is based within the Department of Critical Care Medicine at SickKids and is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  Staff supervision is by 13 full-time Critical Care physicians and all patients are admitted under the primary care of these physicians.

There are 20 full-time trainees appointed for a period of at least one year.  All trainees have completed postgraduate training in either paediatric anaesthesia, paediatrics or paediatric surgery.  

In order to optimize the clinical experience the Critical Care Training Program consists of rotations through the Cardiac Critical Care Unit (CCCU), Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and the Critical Care Response Team (CCRT).  The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides care to selected neonatal populations and is not part of the Critical Care program.  

The clinical rotations, combined with the formal teaching program, research training, simulation research & training, quality & safety and access to the world renowned Paediatric Critical Care program at the University of Toronto provides a comprehensive training experience that is unrivalled both in North America and internationally!  For graduates from outside Canada, the clinical fellowship is intended as post-certification training. The fellowship year is recognized as an additional training year that may contribute to training requirements in other countries that have Critical Care specialty certification.

To apply please see Paediatric Critical Care Training Program Application Process.