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Fellowship programs

SickKids and the Division of Neurology also sponsor fellowship training with specific funding being available for epilepsy and stroke clinical training and research. These are two-year training programs and may be started after completion of paediatric or adult neurology residency.

Departmental Fellowship

Departmental fellowship positions are available to suitably qualified paediatricians seeking additional clinical and research experience in neurology. To be eligible for these positions, candidates must have four years paediatric training with at least six months neurology experience. Departmental clinical fellows are appointed for a one-year term (renewable) with negotiable starting dates.

The positions are suitable for individuals who are interested in pursuing academic careers and are seen as a means of mutual benefit for individuals to gain valuable clinical and research opportunities and for SickKids to meet its clinical coverage requirements.

There is close integration with the Neurology formal fellowship training program.

  • Appointments will be competitive and will be chosen based on the candidate's qualifications and the quality of the training experience to be provided by the host division.
  • Each fellow will be required to provide clinical services consisting of 55 in-house overnight shifts and 22 in-house weekend 24-hour shifts per year, covering as a core paediatric resident.
  • While the program will attempt to schedule the above on-call service in areas appropriate to the fellow's specialty area of interest, fellows must be prepared to work in any area compatible with their skills and the needs of the Department (current major needs include: Haematology/Oncology, Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, General Paediatrics, Neonatology and the Emergency Department).
  • No additional night or weekend call will be required by the sponsoring division.
  • As with all clinical and/or research fellowship appointments, these fellowships are for additional or "top-up" training; no credit towards Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada qualifications will be offered.

Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae, three letters of reference and a letter outlining their area of clinical/research interests to: neurology.training@sickkids.ca

Other Fellowship Programs

Epilepsy Fellowship - ANNOUNCEMENT:  Epilepsy Fellowship at Rhe Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020

A two-year fellowship in paediatric epilepsy, including electroencephalography, is offered which is funded through the Division of Neurology. There is a single funded position each year. In addition self-funded trainees are considered for enrollment in our training program. The fellowship focuses on developing experience with evaluating and managing children with epilepsy in both ambulatory and inpatient settings. Our objective is to ensure expertise in all aspects of epilepsy evaluation and management.

As a fellow clinical duties are divided between inpatient and ambulatory care. We have a 6-bed epilepsy monitoring unit, with prolonged video EEG monitoring five days a week, complex epilepsy surgery with invasive EEG monitoring and resection cases. While managing inpatient care, fellows also have the opportunity to be involved in consultative capacity with their epilepsy staff to offer expert advice regarding complex epilepsy cases when requested by neurology service teams.

Ambulatory care is delivered each day in our complex epilepsy clinics, and fellows will be exposed to VNS device and ketogenic diet clinics, epilepsy surgery clinics, and a number of specific clinics including Infantile Spasms Clinic, Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Clinic, Genetic Brain Malformation clinic, and a Genetic Epilepsies clinic.

Fellows are also involved in the interpretation of continuous EEG monitoring in the intensive care units (neonatal and paediatric ICU). The division offers state-of-the-art clinical neurophysiology facilities, ambulatory clinics in paediatric epilepsy, an epilepsy surgery program (intraoperative ECoG), invasive monitoring (subdural grids and depth electrodes, minimally invasive epilepsy surgery with laser, and sEEG acquisition is underway), neuroimaging (fMRI, MEG, MSI), an epilepsy classroom and an epilepsy research program.

For fellows with specific interests in additional electives (for example, metabolic or genetic epilepsies, evoked potentials or additional neurophysiology), these can be arranged during the fellowship. We have a strong tradition of excellence in neurophysiology, and facilitate participation of interested fellows in the CSCN EEG board examinations.

The focus of the fellowship is clinical, but all fellows are supported to complete a research project, and encouraged to attend academic meeting and engage in scholarly activities including Grand Rounds presentation, journal club and the specific epilepsy teaching curriculum during their fellowship.

Please contact abigail.tungul@sickkids.ca with any inquiries.

Paediatric Stroke Fellowship

The Children's Stroke Program at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto has a Paediatric Stroke Fellowship Program that provides excellent research and clinical training, as well as career mentorship. Fellowships are available for 1 to 2 years (July 2018 to June 2019/2020). There is one funded position per year; however, applicants with their own funding are also encouraged to apply. 

Fourteen stroke fellows who have completed our training program since 1999 have obtained top level academic positions in paediatric neurology across North America and internationally focussed on stroke.

The Clinical Stroke Program consists of four paediatric stroke neurologists, one stroke nurse practitioner, and a neuropsychologist. The Clinical Stroke Service involves 1-2 weekly, half-day stroke outpatient clinics and an average of 3-4 challenging inpatient ward consults per week. In addition the program also receives frequent international patient referrals that are frontlined by the stroke fellow. Weekly stroke rounds and multidiscplinary neurovascular rounds provide ample educational opportunities for the stroke fellows.

The Stroke Program has strong clinical and research collaborations with several departments; these collaborations provide a great opportunity for cross learning and cutting-edge research in fields allied with paediatric stroke.

The Stroke Research Program focuses on institutional studies based on our extensive patient database including: risk factors, standardized outcome assessments and multinational studies aimed toward the development of international treatment protocols and clinical trials. Our research program also includes the opportunity for engagement in basic research projects investigating the mechanism of ischemic injury and neuroprotection in the immature brain.

In April 2014, our program opened a dedicated Stroke Imaging Lab for Children (SILC). The vision of the SILC lab is to apply advanced neuroimaging techniques to unravel the neurobiological processes underlying plasticity and recovery from paediatric stroke. This knowledge is intended to be translated into developing new interventions designed to reduce disability and improve outcomes.

Research activities for the fellowship will include independent stroke research studies as well as involvement with ongoing stroke program research studies. Fellows will be expected to publish completed studies in manuscript form.

Candidates must:

  1. be fully certified paediatric neurologists in their country of origin;
  2. have a strong interest in an academic career in childhood stroke; and
  3. be fluent in spoken and written English. If English is not the candidate’s native language, candidates must provide scores for one of the tests below:
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTSTM): minimum score of 7.5 for each component and overall band score of at least 7. IELTSTM will be considered valid for 2 years from the date taken. OR
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) TOEFL iBT ®: with a total score of 100 and a score of 25 on each of the speaking and listening components. TOEFL iBT ®score is valid for 2 years from the date taken.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to obtain funding to secure a spot in the fellowship program. Interested candidates should email a curriculum vitae, a letter of interest, the names and contact information for three references and English proficiency test scores (where applicable) to abigail.tungul@sickkids.ca. A stroke fellowship curriculum is available upon request. Please use the subject line ‘Stroke Fellowship Candidate’.

More information about the Paediatric Stroke Fellowship.