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Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

Fellowship program

Introduction | About SickKids | Residents and Fellows | Fellowship type | Director and Faculty |  Objectives | Additional features | Salary and Benefits | On-call responsibilities | Case mix  | Application process | Previous fellows


Even though many individuals completed informal fellowships in Paediatric Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at The Hospital for Sick Children since the early 1970s, it was not until 1986 that a formal fellowship was initiated. Since its inception, this world-renowned fellowship program has trained numerous paediatric otolaryngologists – head & neck surgeons who then returned back to their communities to treat the children with the highest level of care possible. The program is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and is recognized by the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO) as being ACGME equivalent.

The Fellowship Program is one year of clinical duties with the option of an additional second year of research.

Foreign graduate eligibility requirements:

All clinical fellows require licensure by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), the body that regulates the practice of medicine in Ontario. All candidates must be recognized as a medical specialist in the jurisdiction where they have been practicing medicine prior to the clinical fellowship.

Some facts about our fellowship include:

    • The fellowship was established in 1986.
    • The fellowship's location is The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada.
    • The duration of fellowship is one clinical year with the option of an additional year.
    • Two fellows are accepted per year.
    • The required prior residency training is Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery.
    • The fellowship accepts foreign medical graduates.
    • The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is NOT required to pursue this fellowship. All applications MUST be made through the San Francisco Match. We abide by the deadlines posted on the SF Match website. Please do NOT send your curriculum vitae to us directly by email expressing your interest and requesting an interview.

Please visit the Post Graduate Medical Education Office website for detailed information.

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

Founded in 1875, SickKids is located in downtown Toronto, a cosmopolitan city of three million people (fourth largest city in North America – the Greater Toronto Area is home to 5.8 million people). It is a tertiary/quaternary referral centre with 330 inpatient beds. There are approximately 220,000 ambulatory clinic visits, 64,000 emergency visits and 12,000 operating room cases annually.

There are six full time pediatric otolaryngologists – head & neck surgeons covering 9,000 clinic visits and 1,500 tertiary care operating room cases annually. Routine surgical cases on healthy children are performed by other otolaryngologists at other hospitals within the Greater Toronto Area. A new 21-storey research tower (The Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning) houses the Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Laboratory and Lab Animal Services.

Residents and Fellows

The fellow / resident complement usually consists of two clinical fellows and three residents (first, third and fourth year). The fourth year resident runs the service with advice from the fellows. The residents rotate every three months. There are often medical students and foreign observers present on the service. A strong working relationship between the residents and the fellows is essential.

Fellowship Type

Year 1:

    • 80% clinical, 20% research

Year 2 (optional):

    • Individualized for each fellow

Fellowship Director and Faculty

Our Fellowship Director is Dr. Sharon Cushing. Participating faculty include:

    • Dr. Blake Papsin (Otolaryngologist-in-Chief)
    • Dr. Paolo Campisi
    • Dr. Evan Propst
    • Dr. Adrian James
    • Dr. Nikolaus Wolter


Read more about the objectives of the fellowship program

Additional features of the Fellowship

    • Fellows are expected to give 2 informal teaching sessions per month to residents on a topic of their choosing.
    • Fellows are expected to present a research paper at the annual Department of Otolaryngology Percy Ireland Research Day and at a national/international conference.
    • Fellows are encouraged to discuss any difficulties, conflicts or grievances with the Fellowship Director as they arise and at introductory, mid-rotation and final meetings.
    • Clinical fellows must register with the University’s Post Graduate Medical Education Office. An Orientation Handbook with a timeline for registering can be downloaded at: http://www.pgme.utoronto.ca
    • International trainees will undergo a 12 week Pre-Entry Assessment Program (PEAP) at which point a full CPSO license will be issued if deemed appropriate. US and Canadian trained fellows do not need to complete the PEAP and should obtain their full CPSO license prior to arriving so they may commence clinical duties immediately.

Salary and Benefits

Annual Stipend/Salary: $77,342.97 CAD per year (includes stipend for backup call)

Additional Benefits:

    • Fellows will be reimbursed for conferences where they are presenting a research project (at the discretion of the Otolaryngologist-in-Chief)
    • CMPA malpractice insurance
    • Health-care coverage

On Call Responsibilities

    • Participate in resident call coverage at least one weekday evening per week when necessary.
    • Additionally provide backup call to the PGY-1 resident.
    • Additional days may be required when there is a shortage of residents.

Case Mix

Due to the referral pattern of the hospital, the majority of surgical cases are at the tertiary/quaternary care level.

How to apply

For information concerning how to apply, deadlines and more, see our application page

Previous Fellows

See a list of past fellows from 1985 to present.

Thank you for your interest in our program.  We look forward to reviewing your application.

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