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Dermatology
Dermatology

Paediatric Dermatology Fellowship

The Paediatric Dermatology Fellowship offered at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) follows a formal curriculum. The program is not accredited but offers a comprehensive learning experience in partnership with the University of Toronto.

The fellowship is offered to both Canadian and international trainees who meet one of the following criteria:

1. Individuals who have completed a full paediatric residency, are FRCP(C) or equivalent qualified or eligible and are preparing for a career in paediatrics with a special interest in Paediatric Dermatology. This fellowship has a two-year requirement. Applicants in this stream enter under the General Clinical Fellowship Program in the Division of Paediatric Medicine at SickKids.

2. Certified dermatologists who have completed a full dermatology residency, are FRCP(C) or equivalent qualified or eligible, and who are seeking a career in dermatology with a special interest in Paediatric Dermatology. While a two-year fellowship is recommended, applicants have the option of taking the fellowship for 12 months only.

General Information on the Fellowship Program

The Paediatric Dermatology Fellowship offers a comprehensive clinical experience by involving trainees in weekly general paediatric dermatology clinics, seven specialty clinics (vascular tumour, morphea, epidermolysis bullosa, CALMs, genodermatoses, cutaneous lymphoma and laser) as well as weekly rounds (teaching, ward, interesting case rounds and city-wide dermatology rounds).

The in-hospital on-call commitment for Paediatric Dermatology fellows (day-time hours) is two-week blocks of second line call. The frequency depends on the number of fellows. Occasionally nighttime coverage may be expected from home.

In addition, fellows (whether dermatologists or paediatricians) are expected to undertake scholarly work as part of their training. This can take the form of a major research project or several smaller endeavors. When regular or specialty dermatology clinic sessions are not scheduled, fellows use the time for academic work. During a 12-month period, there are three elective blocks (four weeks each) allowing the fellows the opportunity to explore other clinics within and outside the hospital or work on their scholastic endeavours.  Examples of elective clinics within the hospital include the neurofibromatosis and dermatomyositis clinics.

In addition to the day-call commitments outlined above, paediatricians undertaking the fellowship also have call requirements within the Division of Paediatric Medicine as part of their funding structure. Those candidates who receive departmental funding are required to complete 77 calls per year on the inpatient ward. To learn more about the fellowships offered to paediatricians by the Division of Paediatric Medicine at SickKids, as well as funding requirements, please visit the following link:

Fellowships in Paediatric Medicine

Contacts for the Paediatric Dermatology Fellowship at SickKids

a) Paediatric Dermatology Fellowship Director:  Dr. Elena Pope.  
Email: elena.pope@sickkids.ca 
Contact for all general inquiries regarding the Paediatric Dermatology Fellowship

b) Paediatric Medicine Fellowship Co-ordinator: Ashley Baiao.  
Email:  paedmed.fellowship@sickkids.ca
Contact for general inquiries regarding Paediatric Dermatology Fellowship and other Paediatric Medicine Fellowships

Application Process

As we try to follow an academic year calendar, applications are usually submitted to start July 1st of the following year for the 2017-18 academic year.

Deadlines

For the 2017-18 academic year, deadlines are as follows:

Paediatric Dermatology non-MOH Fellowship: March 1, 2017
Both paediatricians and dermatologists can apply to this fellowship stream
Notification regarding outcomes of fellowship application review is sent by mid/late April 2017

Paediatric Dermatology Fellowship (Departmental): September 1, 2017
Only paediatricians can apply to this fellowship stream
Notification regarding outcomes of fellowship application review is sent by late October 2017

Documents Required:

To apply, please submit by mail, fax or email:
1. Passport-sized photograph
2. Updated copy of your CV
3. Copies of your professional degrees showing that you are a medical doctor and certified dermatologist or paediatrician. If your education was in a language other than English, an English translation of these documents is also required
4. Three (3) recent letters of reference (within one year of your application) from physicians in supervisory positions References should be sent directly from referees to the appropriate contact person
5. A personal letter outlining why you are interested in a Paediatric Dermatology Fellowship at SickKids. This letter should include the following points:
       a) Description of your goals and/or skills to be obtained during the fellowship
       b) Personal qualities that you possess that will be an asset to our program
       c) Statement of plans following the fellowship and how your new skills and knowledge will be applied

Please ensure that your application package includes all the documents listed above.

Please note that once you have been accepted, we require that you complete an application package and return to us. This package is then forwarded to the University of Toronto for processing by both the University, and the Canadian government, for the international applicants. This process takes up to six to eight months after you have returned all required documents to use. 

Application Submission

a) Applicants who are not applying from a country with contractual obligations with University of Toronto (see list of countries below) should their submit complete fellowship application package to paedmed.fellowship@sickkids.ca

b) Applicants who are citizens of the following countries should contact their respective sponsoring agencies who will advise them on how to apply to the University of Toronto Sponsored Trainee Application Registry (STAR). If you have additional questions regarding the application process, you may also contact the Visa Trainee Application Coordinator at the University of Toronto by emailing Jessica Filion (Jessica.Filion@utoronto.ca)
 Bahrain
 Barbados
 Brunei Darussalam
 Dominica
 Kuwait
 Libya
 Oman
 Qatar
 Saudi Arabia
 United Arab Emirates
 Yemen

Further information regarding application process for these persons can also be obtained at PGME, University of Toronto.

Note: Clinical fellows need to meet the minimum eligibility requirements for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario to take up training at the University of Toronto. The Postgraduate Dean, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Toronto does not support acceptance of the MCCEE as the alternative to specialist recognition.

Funding Sources

Currently, the source of funding depends on your specialty training. If you are applying without funding, please contact us for our most current policies as many restrictions apply.

Please indicate on your application if you have an external funding either through your respective institution of from your government.

Departmental funding is usually from two main sources: Department of Paediatrics and/or non-Ministry of Health sources. We encourage you to submit your applications by the required deadline so that your application (if successful) can be submitted for both funding sources.

Types of External Funding

Self-funding:
use of personal funds, such as personal savings, OHIP billings, spousal support to finance fellowship training. It does not include stipends and salary support from the home institution nor funding by a corporation awarded to the fellow directly, etc. This type of funding is accepted only in exceptional circumstances. Please contact PGME, University of Toronto to get more information on self-funding.

Third Party Funding: stipends and salary support from the home institution, grant funding or funding awarded to the fellow directly by a corporation, etc.

State funding: funding by home country's government. Usually these countries have a contractual obligation with the University of Toronto.