Electives and Observers
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:
- Teaching rounds and ward rounds once per week
- Once monthly (or quarterly) specialty clinics: Morphea, CTCL, Epidermolysis Bullosa, Genodermatosis, CALMS, Vascular Tumours if applicable
- Once monthly pathology rounds
- Eight regular dermatology clinic sessions
- 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.
To apply for elective in Dermatology, please send an email to Sarah Fortino – Dermatology Trainee Coordinator.
Please include the following in your email:
- Your name
- Level of training (eg. PGY2 paediatrics, fellow in adolescent medicine)
- School attending
- Contact information
- 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.
- Updated CV
- 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:
- Ability to accept medical student electives in the Dermatology Clinic at SickKids Hospital is extremely limited. Please contact Sarah Fortino to ascertain availability. An updated CV should be included with your request.
N.B Medical students may be able to work in the community clinics. Contact information on community clinic can be obtained from Sarah Fortino
- If you are accepted at the SickKids dermatology clinic, we will require that you submit your request for elective through the undergraduate office at the University of Toronto.
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
- Ensure your CV is included with your initial request.
- Residents from United States and other international locations should contact Sarah Fortino for availability of elective period and documents required.
- Documents needed from international electives vary from that requested from Canadian residents.
- Applications may take up to five months to be processed.
- Send an email to Sarah Fortino with the requested elective time frame.
- Include an updated copy of your CV with your request.
- International fellows’ applications take up to five months to be processed.
The Section of Pediatric Dermatology accepts Canadian or international candidates for observership however our ability to place observers in the Pediatric Dermatology Clinic at The Hospital for Sick Children is extremely limited. Please contact Sarah Fortino to determine if there is any availability. Your updated CV must be included with your request. If we are able to place you, you will receive an email with documents needed for processing.
Observers are accepted for a maximum of four weeks. Observers are not allowed to have direct or indirect contact with patients as required by SickKids Observer Requirements.
If Canadian: must be practicing medical doctors only.
If international: can be practicing medical doctors, residents or fellows.
***If you will require letters of reference or a letter confirming completion of your observership, please indicate this prior to your start date as failure to do so may result in our inability to grant your request.