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Fellowship Programs

The Neonatology Program at SickKids offers 6 specific programs:

University of Toronto Integrated Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Training Program 

This program has received full approval from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and satisfies the requirements for two years of neonatal-perinatal training as set by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The first year of training includes NICU rotations, neonatal transport, neonatal follow-up and 2-3 months of research/elective time.  The second year of training includes NICU rotations, an antenatal rotation, paediatric critical care, one month of follow-up and 4-5 months of research/elective time.  Progression from first year to second is dependent on satisfactory performance and success at our Structured Oral Examination and OSCE.  The University of Toronto Training Program in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine is formally integrated within three University of Toronto teaching hospitals - Mount Sinai Hospital (MSH), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (SB) and The Hospital for Sick Children (HSC). MSH and SB are inborn perinatal units and HSC is an out born neonatal unit. Combined, these three facilities provide a total of 38 Level II and over 100 Level III beds, which service the Central East region of the province of Ontario, a region with approximately 85,000 deliveries per year.  Faculty includes thirty-six full-time hospital-based neonatologists as well as basic scientists and specialists from paediatric, surgical and obstetrical disciplines. The Training Program is designed to meet the needs of a variety of individuals seeking subspecialty training in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Learn more about the Subspecialty Fellowship Training Programs.

Eligibility

  • You must be a Paediatrician to be eligible for this program
  • Canadian and International Trainees

Upon Completion of Program

  • All trainees who complete the 2 year program will receive a certificate of completion
  • Only trainees who have attained Royal College certification in paediatrics are eligible to write the Royal College Certification Exam upon completion of training

Application Process

The next entrance for the University of Toronto Integrated Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Training Program will be July 2021. The Fellowship Online Application will open on January 1, 2020 and close on April 30, 2020.

SickKids Paediatric Departmental Fellowship

This program is not an accredited program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  Positions are generally for one year but extensions are occasionally possible. Departmental Fellows may spend two months on the transport service and two months in research/electives.  The NICU at the Hospital for Sick Children is a busy out born referral centre which services a large population base and cares for the most complex neonatal medical and surgical patients. Departmental Fellow positions enable individuals to gain valuable clinical experience. For someone with predominantly previous inborn perinatal experience, this unit provides a unique opportunity to see a different spectrum of conditions. It also allows exposure and experience to a highly functional regionalized transport service. Positions are for individuals who have completed their pediatric training, have at least six months of neonatal experience and are interested in pursuing a career in academic neonatology or pediatrics with a significant neonatal component to their practice.

Eligibility

  • You must be a Paediatrician with neonatal experience to be eligible for this program
  • Canadian and International Trainees

Upon Completion of Program

  • All trainees will receive a certificate of completion

Application Process

The next entrance for the SickKids Paediatric Departmental Fellowship will be January 2021. The Fellowship Online Application is currently open.

SickKids Transport Fellowship Program

This program is not an accredited program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  Positions are generally for one year but extensions are occasionally possible. Transport Fellows may spend two months in the NICU and two months in research/electives.  The NICU at the Hospital for Sick Children is a busy out born referral centre which services a large population base and cares for the most complex neonatal medical and surgical patients. Transport Fellow positions enable individuals to gain valuable clinical experience in transport medicine.  Fellows participate in providing online medical control to RN/RT transport team, accompany team on critical complex interfacility transports, attend high risk deliveries and provide consultations to the referral community base physicians.  This is an ideal training ground for a neonatologist experienced in developing expertise in transport medicine.

*Opportunities to combine Departmental and Transport fellowship over a 1 or 2 year time frame exists based on medical preferences and program needs.  Please apply to either Departmental or Transport fellowship and state your preference to be considered for this Hybrid Program.*

Eligibility

  • You must be a Paediatrician with neonatal experience to be eligible for this program
  • Canadian and International Trainees

Upon Completion of Program

  • All trainees will receive a certificate of completion

Application Process

The next entrance for the SickKids Transport Fellowship Program will be July 2021. The Fellowship Online Application will open on January 1, 2020 and close on April 30, 2020.

SickKids Advanced Clinical Support and Research Fellowship

The Division of Neonatology at SickKids has 3 newly created positions starting July 1, 2019 - Advanced Clinical Support and Research Fellows - with ~60% protected time for research and 40% clinical service in the NICU of follow-up clinical at SickKids. This is not an accredited program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  Positions are generally for one year, but extensions are occasionally possible.  The clinical responsibilities would include direct front-line patient care with day-time, night-time and weekend call.  

Eligibility

  • Candidates should have 2-4 years of clinical training in neonatology or pediatric intensive care, in addition to 1 year of training in either:  advanced critical care transport (ACTS), neonatal-neurology, TnEcho fellow or as a departmental fellow at SickKids
  • At least one first author publication or submission of a publication in a peer review journal  
  • Canadian and International Trainees

Upon Completion of Program

  • All trainees will receive a certificate of completion

Application Process

The online application form for the SickKids Advanced Clinical Support and Research Fellowship is presently closed.

Toronto Centre for Neonatal Health Clinical Fellowship Program

The Toronto Center for Neonatal Health (TCNH) is offering a Clinical Fellowship beginning in July 2020. This is not an accredited program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Positions will be available annually across some of the NICUs who are part of the TCNH.  Each fellow appointed may rotate between the tertiary NICUs, which include The Sinai Health System, The Hospital for Sick Children and Sunnybrook Health Science Centres, with elective rotations in community hospital NICUs.  This 1 year program offers some flexibility and the opportunity to enhance clinical competencies in neonatology, with cognitive and technical skills focused on both perinatal resuscitation and newborn intensive care.  Electives may also be taken in the Acute Care Transport Service (ACTS), Neonatal Follow-Up Program or other clinically relevant areas.  This competency based neonatal training program will help develop the necessary competencies to practice in level 2c or modified level 3 NICUs.  Night-time and weekend call will follow the PARO guidelines.       

Eligibility

  • You must have completed a Canadian Residency Training Program in Paediatrics  

Upon Completion of Program

  • All trainees will receive a certificate of completion

Application Process

The next entrance for the Toronto Centre for Neonatal Health Clinical Fellowship Program will be July 2021. The Fellowship Online Application will open on January 1, 2020 and close on April 30, 2020.

Dr. Karen Pape Fellowship in Neuroplasticity (NEW) 

This program is not an accredited program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. This is a three-year fellowship program combining both clinical and research training in the field of neuroplasticity, specifically early brain repair. Individuals with an interest in developing their research skills and clinical expertise in early child development and neonatal neurodevelopmental follow-up should apply.

Eligibility

  • Paediatrician (MD or equivalent) with clinical training in neonatology, neonatal neurology or developmental paediatrics
  • Canadian and International Trainees

Upon Completion of Program

  • All trainees will receive a certificate of completion.

Application Process

The next entrance for the Dr. Karen Pape Fellowship in Neuroplasticity will be July 2020. The Fellowship Online Application is currently open and will close on November 29, 2019.

On-line Fellowship Application Form

The Division of Neonatology is pleased to announce that our Fellowship Application Form can be completed online.

Contacts

  • Integrated Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Training Program Director - Dr. Emer Finan
  • SickKids Paediatric Departmental Fellowship Director - Dr. Linh Ly
  • SickKids Neonatal Transport Fellowship Director - Dr. Hilary Whyte
  • SickKids Advanced Clinical Support and Research Fellowship - Selection Committee Chair - Dr. Christopher Tomlinson
  • Toronto Centre for Neonatal Health Clinical Fellowship Program Director - Dr. Hilary Whyte
  • Dr. Karen Pape Fellowship in Neuroplasticity Program Director - Dr. Linh Ly
  • Education Administrative Coordinator - Calvin Arsenault
  • E-mail: neonatal.fellowship@sickkids.ca