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Department of Surgery

Education and training

We are proud of our diversity and attract trainees and observers from around the world. In 2014-15, the Department of Surgery trained 46 clinical fellows and 111 residents originating from 22 countries worldwide.

For more information related to the education and training conducted by each division, please view the following:


Each of our surgical divisions hosts observers, fellows and residents from not only our own backyard but from around the world. Visiting scientists and researchers from all parts of the globe come to observe and to study with SickKids and its research arm through our renowned Research Institute located in the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning.  

From time to time, we are asked, "What is a fellow or resident ... are they doctors?"  

The answer is yes. 

Fellows are doctors who are already qualified specialists. Fellows are at SickKids to continue training in their area of specialty. Parents may meet fellows from all around the world. Senior residents have been qualified doctors for at least three years. In one more year (depending on specialty), they will become fully qualified specialists who then go on to become fellows. The senior resident will usually speak with parents and caregivers most often. Junior residents are newly qualified doctors gaining experience at the hospital. The senior resident and the responsible doctor closely supervise them. Like the senior resident, they are training to be specialists.

Caregivers can rest assured that SickKids attracts clinical staff who offer the highest level of care and medical attention to our young patients.

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