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Electives and Observers


General Information

The Section of Dermatology has a limited capacity to accept trainees who wish to do an elective. When elective spots are available, elective students are accepted for a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of four weeks.

Goals and objectives during the rotation comply with CANMEDs standards. Evaluations are also given at the end of the elective and results submitted according to the university or department to which the elective student belongs.

Elective students attend:

  1. Teaching rounds and ward rounds once per week
  2. Once monthly (or quarterly) specialty clinics: Morphea, CTCL, Epidermolysis Bullosa, Genodermatosis, CALMS, Vascular Tumours, if applicable
  3. Once monthly pathology rounds
  4. Eight regular dermatology clinic sessions
  5. Quarterly Interesting Case Rounds, if applicable

Placements are done on a first-come, first-served basis.  Total number accepted is dependent on the number of trainees already scheduled for clinic.  We therefore encourage applicants to make their enquiries as early as possible.  Should we be unable to accommodate you in the dermatology clinic, you do have the option of seeking an elective in the community clinics operated by our staff physicians.  These also fill up quickly and so the elective student needs to organize other clinics (if needed) on their own.

Application process

To apply for elective in Dermatology, please email Carly Ramirez

Please include the following in your email:

  1. Your name
  2. Level of training (eg. PGY2 paediatrics, fellow in adolescent medicine)
  3. School attending
  4. Contact information
  5. Period(s) in which you would like to take the elective. If you do not have a set period but wish to see what our availabilities are, please state this in your email.
  6. Updated CV
  7. Passport-sized photograph

Once your request is approved, we will send you an email with the documents needed in order to process your application. 

Application guidelines for electives based on level of training

The following are guidelines for those applying for an elective with us:

Medical Students

  • At this time we are currently not accepting Medical Students due to high volumes of Residents that rotate through our clinic.

Postgraduate Trainees (Residents) residing in Canada

  • Ensure your CV is included in your initial request.
  • Once your request is approved, you will receive an email with documents needed by SickKids Dermatology in order to process your application.
  • Ensure your package is submitted by the deadline given as this will ensure that your application is processed in a timely manner. 
  • Once the application package is transferred from SickKids PGME office to the University of Toronto’s PGME office, you may be asked for additional paperwork.

Postgraduate Trainees (Residents) International

  • Residents from United States and other international locations should contact SickKids International first.
  • Documents needed from international electives vary from that requested from Canadian residents.
  • Applications may take up to five months to be processed.


General Information

The Section of Pediatric Dermatology accepts Canadian or International candidates for observerships. However at this time, we are currently not accepting Observerships due to high volumes of Residents that rotate through our clinic.  

Note: International candidates must first contact SickKids International if interested in completing an Observership at the Hospital for Sick Children.