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Division of Orthopaedics

Education and training

About The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the Division

SickKids is among the premier paediatric institutions of the world. It offers primary and secondary care for the population of metropolitan Toronto, as well as tertiary and quaternary care for patients from all communities in Ontario, and for children throughout the world. It has 370 beds, 759 physicians, 17 operating rooms, two of which are dedicated orthopaedic rooms. Excluding day cases, over 1160 inpatient orthopaedic operative cases are undertaken annually. A $400 million research and learning tower has just been constructed buy the Hospital, and houses 2000 scientists researching childhood disease.

More paediatric orthopaedists have trained at SickKids than at any other institution. They have learned to become paediatric orthopaedic surgeons while caring for patients in our unique clinical practice and being taught by our internationally recognized faculty. We are the only full service paediatric orthopaedic group caring for a population of about 8 million people, and are also a provincial, national and international referral center for complex problems. Thus, we provide a comprehensive clinical experience teaching both common and rare orthopaedic surgical procedures.

There is a rich history of research leading to innovative treatments at SickKids. Our faculty members are continuing to develop improved orthopaedic treatments, and test their efficacy using the best-designed clinical trials. We are also developing novel educational programs based on high quality research into how to best teach orthopaedics, and have instituted the first competency-based curriculum to train our residents. Our fellows have the opportunity to participate in this high quality research, and in the development of novel educational programs.

The Division of Orthopaedics offers education and learning opportunities in fellowships, residency programs and observerships. The Division is committed to training medical students, residents and practicing surgeons. Observers/ medical residents are exposed to a wide range of orthopaedic conditions. Observers are able to shadow a surgeon but will not have direct patient-care responsibilities.

Observerships: See our observership page for more. 

Residency:  See our residency program page for more.

Fellowship: Visit the Fellowship website to learn more on the following topics:

About SickKids
Breadth of surgical education
Outpatient clinics
Rotations / taking call
Research opportunities
About the Faculty
Where are they now?
Fellowships available
Application process
Administrative procedures