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General and Thoracic Surgery
General and Thoracic Surgery

Education and training


The Paediatric Surgery Training Program at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is a two-year residency accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. There is a reciprocity agreement between the Royal College and Residency Review Committee and ACGME in the United States, so that at the successful completion of this experience, the trainee will be qualified for examinations in Paediatric General Surgery given by the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and the American Board of Surgery.

SickKids has approximately 350 paediatric beds and more than 15,000 operations are performed each year. The Division of General Surgery primarily cares for children with abdominal and thoracic problems, although a significant number of children with anomalies, neoplasms or acquired lesions of the head and neck, and extremities and genitourinary tract are also seen. In addition to this exposure, the paediatric surgery trainee receives training in advanced minimal access surgery, liver and small bowel transplantation and trauma. Mandatory rotations in Neonatology (NICU) and Image-guided Therapy (IGT) are scheduled, and electives in other specialties as International Surgery, Urology, ENT and Clinical Research are available. During the two-year training program, the trainee is given increasing responsibility on the wards and in the operating room. The trainee is also expected to assume administrative and teaching roles, especially during the second year when the trainee becomes the 2nd year fellow.


Currently, we select one person per year for this position through the National Resident Matching Program.  All positions start on July 1, and applications must be completed and submitted approximately 19 months prior to the expected starting date.  The applicant will be considered for a possible interview once the following has been submitted and are available for review:

    1. Completed Application
    2. Letters of Recommendation
    3. ABSITE or CAGS Exam Scores (please include copies from all years when the exam was taken)

Applicants must have successfully completed a Residency in General Surgery which satisfies the requirements for examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada or the American Board of Surgery by the start of the paediatric surgery fellowship. Please contact the National Resident Matching Program (http://www.nrmp.org/) for the Paediatric Surgery Specialty Match Applicant Agreement forms.

We also select one person every other year (in odd years) outside the match. This individual is usually a Canadian who has a commitment to work in an under serviced area in Canada, or an international candidate (i.e. non-Canadian, non-American), whose intention is to return to their home country after their training.

Our program also currently offers clinical rotations to junior and senior general surgery residents who are interested in a broader paediatric general surgical experience.

See our Residency and Fellowship page for more information, or contact our Education Coordinator:

Shannon Hannah, Education Coordinator
Division of General Surgery
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
555 University Avenue
Roy Hill Wing, Room 1526
Toronto, ON
M5G 1X8

Phone: 416-813-6401 ext. 3
Fax: 416-813-7477
Email: shannon.hannah@sickkids.ca

Thank you for your interest in the training program at SickKids.