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We are able to accept only a limited number of observers into our division, due to the overwhelming number of applications for observerships, and the large number of trainees and elective medical students and residents rotating through our busy subspecialty program. We strongly encourage those eligible, to apply through our electives program (please see the Electives of Medical Students and Residents link). Only the following applications will be considered for observership:

  1. Staff physicians trained in adult or paediatric haematology/oncology interested in learning about an area of expertise not available in their institution.

Observers are individuals including health professionals who have been granted permission to observe specific procedures and/or processes on site at SickKids in order to gain knowledge. In the capacity of this policy, Observership does not apply to students, volunteers, undergraduates, postgraduates or research fellows who are completing an educational placement at the Hospital as part of a program offered by an educational institution affiliated with SickKids.

An observer is not considered an employee of SickKids for any purpose and therefore is not entitled to salary, benefits, reimbursement of expenses or other forms of compensation. Observers at SickKids are not covered under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and are not covered under SickKids's liability insurance. Observers release the Hospital and its affiliates from any responsibility or liability for personal injury, and/or damage to, or loss of property.

Observers will not participate in any direct patient contact and therefore, do not require an independent or educational licence with the CPSO. Observers are not required to have passed the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination or the TOEFL and TSE examinations.

Observers will not receive educational credit or certification from the Hospital for time spent observing.

For further information, please contact:

Education Program Administrator
Division of Haematology/Oncology
The Hospital for Sick Children
Email: education.haemonc@sickkids.ca