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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: 2 Year Clinical Fellowship in Paediatric Epilepsy – Toronto, Canada

The paediatric epilepsy fellowship program at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada is currently accepting applications from interested and qualified individuals for a start date of July 1, 2017. This is a two-year epilepsy fellowship which is funded through the Department of Paediatrics, Division of Neurology. One fellow is accepted per year.

The division offers state-of-the-art clinical neurophysiology facilities; ambulatory clinics in paediatric epilepsy; specialized epilepsy clinics such as infantile spasms, epilepsy surgery, tuberous sclerosis, ketogenic diet and VNS;  a seven-bed, state-of-the-art Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU); a world-renowned epilepsy surgery program; invasive monitoring (subdural grids and depth electrodes); advanced neuroimaging (fMRI, MEG, MSI); an epilepsy classroom; continuous EEG monitoring for critically ill patients and an epilepsy research program.

The Clinical Experience:

Year 1
Focus is on inpatient and outpatient EEG reading, continuous EEG monitoring of patients in critical care units and evaluating and following children with seizure disorders in the ambulatory and EMU settings. First year fellows play a key role in assessing and evaluating patients for epilepsy surgery.

Year 2
Focus shifts towards more detailed video EEG analysis, evoked potential interpretation, epilepsy surgery planning and subdural grid monitoring. Second year fellows have two months of dedicated elective time to pursue specific areas of interest.

The Academic Experience:

Fellows participate in bi-monthly, self-directed learning experiences guided by an epilepsy staff on topics pertaining to their clinical work. Attendance at weekly neurology, neuroscience, neuroradiology and neurocritical care rounds is encouraged and participation in clinical and teaching conferences as well as bi-monthly journal club is required.

Fellows are strongly encouraged to sit for the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists Electroencephalography (EEG) Examination in their second year of fellowship. Exam preparation is supported with a dedicated EEG course that runs from October to May of each academic year and covers all material and topics encountered on the exam.

The Research Experience:

A completed research project is mandatory for completion of the two-year fellowship. Fellows are mentored in this process and closely guided by the fellowship director to ensure a feasible project is selected and completed. Fellows have two months of protected research time during the two year fellowship experience.

Laboratory-based and clinical research opportunities are available. Numerous research opportunities are available in areas such as the molecular and cellular basis of epileptogenesis, the development of animal models for epilepsy, clinical trials for new antiepileptic drugs, neuroimaging, epilepsy surgery evaluation and neuropsychological studies of epilepsy in children.


All applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Completed residency training in adult or paediatric neurology

The following requirements apply to international applicants:

  • Proficiency in English demonstrated by TOEFL or IELTS certification or completion of residency training in English
  • Pre-Entry Assessment Program (PEAP) completion no later than the 12th week of the Clinical Fellowship. (This is mandated by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario)

Note: this is a highly competitive fellowship and applicants are encouraged to apply broadly.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should send the following to neurology.training@sickkids.ca:

  1. Application for postgraduate fellowship training
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Three letters of reference addressed to the Epilepsy Fellowship Program Director
  4. Personal letter describing the applicant’s rationale for applying to the SickKids Epilepsy Fellowship Program and a description of the applicant’s clinical/research interests. The letter should be one page maximum, 12-point Times New Roman font with standard margins.
  5. Copy of medical degree, with English translation if necessary
  6. Copy of specialty certification, with English translation if necessary
  7. Transcript of marks
  8. Proof of English proficiency testing (TOEFL or IELTS)
  9. Passport size photo

Deadline: July 31, 2017

For more information contact: Dr. Blathnaid McCcoy


Paediatric Stroke Fellowship

The Children's Stroke Program at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada 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. The application deadline is March 31, 2017.

14 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.
  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 3 references and English proficiency test scores (where applicable) to neurology.training@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.