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Subspeciality fellowship training program

Training positions are available in most of the paediatric subspecialties. As a common rule, candidates must have completed three years of training in general paediatrics in order to be eligible for subspecialty training. A subspecialty year can usually count as one of the four years of paediatric residency required for Fellowship by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Residency positions are available for Canadians/landed immigrants with undergraduate medical training in accredited North American medical schools. This training is approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Clinical fellowship positions are available to candidates whose medical training was completed outside North America but they must hold specialty certification in Paediatrics from their country of training. Clinical fellowship training for international medical graduates is not accreditable toward Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada certification but the training will be comparable to all trainees at a similar level in our institution. Certificates of completion of training are offered by both The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), and the University of Toronto at the end of the training period.

Listed below are brief descriptions of the opportunities for subspecialty training, with the name of each program director. Please contact the program administrator for further information about the subspecialty program:


Academic Paediatric Medicine
Drs. Sarah Schwartz (MLOA), Julie Johnstone (interim) and Sanjay Mahant Program Directors
The Hospital for Sick Children
Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 206933
Email: paedmed.fellowship@sickkids.ca
The objectives of this fellowship are to prepare the trainee for a career in academic general paediatrics and to acquire the research, teaching, clinical and administrative skills required for an academic position in general paediatrics.


Adolescent Medicine
Dr. Katherine Hick, Program Director
The Hospital for Sick Children
Phone:416-813-7654 ext. 204905
Email: noreen.akhtar@sickkids.ca
Adolescent Medicine offers training in the primary, secondary and tertiary medical care of the adolescent, with emphasis given to both medical and psychological problems. A one or two year fellowship is available incorporating clinical, teaching and research components.


Dr. Jennifer Russell, Program Director
The Hospital for Sick Children
Phone:416-813-7654 ext. 207467
Email: heartcentrecardiology.medicaleducation@sickkids.ca
Cardiology offers a two-year program in clinical paediatric cardiology. Third and fourth year training in clinical or laboratory cardiovascular research is offered by the Cardiovascular Research Focus of the Research Institute in conjunction with the Clinical Division. For those who wish to enter academic paediatric cardiology, a two-year program including both clinical and research training is available. The division is recognized by the sub-board of the American Board of Pediatrics.


Clinical Genetics
Dr. Hanna Faghfoury, Program Director
The Hospital for Sick Children
Phone:416-813-7654 ext. 206374
Email: katie.lancaster@sickkids.ca
This period of specialized training of one or two years provides in-depth experience in human genetic theory, dysmorphology, metabolic genetics, counseling, prenatal diagnosis, molecular and cytogenetics. Considerable opportunities for basic as well as clinical research are available.


Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Dr. Margaret Thompson, Program Director
The Hospital for Sick Children
Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 203533
Email: cpt.trainingprogram@sickkids.ca
Two years of fellowship training are available, with the balance between clinical and laboratory experience determined on an individual basis. Clinical exposure occurs through consultations, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring Program, Adverse Reaction Clinic, Motherisk Clinic, Palliative Care Program, and clinical trials. Laboratory training is supported by an active and funded research program.


Developmental Paediatrics
Dr. Anne Kawamura, Program Director
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital 
Phone:416-425-6220 ext. 3586
Email: akawamura@bloorview.ca
A two-year program has been designed for those interested in behavioural/developmental paediatrics. Clinical experience in developmental assessment and therapy includes supervision by developmental paediatricians. The trainee can elect to focus experience in developmental neurology, learning disorders, rehabilitation medicine or psychiatric aspects of developmental paediatrics. A major research project is given priority in the second year.


Emergency Medicine
Dr. Anna Kempinska, Co-Program Director and Dr. Iwona Baran, Co-Program Director (Subspecialty Residents), Dr. Dennis Scolnik (Clinical Fellowship)
Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 207257
Email: pem.fellowship@sickkids.ca  
One or two year is offered in clinical/research/administrative aspects of Emergency Department care in a tertiary care paediatric institution. This involves a major commitment to patient care in the department as well as the development and carrying out of clinical investigation. Some administrative duties are included but do not require a major time commitment.


Dr. Diane Wherrett, Program Director
The Hospital for Sick Children
Phone:416-813-7654 ext. 205991
Email: endo.program@sickkids.ca
One year of clinical training is offered in all aspects of paediatric endocrinology, including diabetes mellitus. Laboratory experience can also be arranged. Research training opportunities are available depending on funding.


Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Dr. Yaron Avitzur, Program Director
The Hospital for Sick Children
Phone:416-813-7654 ext. 206176
Email: sherry.joy@sickkids.ca
The Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Division offers three years of training for individuals interested in careers in academic paediatric gastroenterology. The clinical service is large with a broad variety of gastrointestinal, nutritional, hepatic and pancreatic disorders. Research training opportunities are available as part of the clinical training experience or in conjunction with a postgraduate degree program.


Dr. Michaela Cada, Program Director
The Hospital for Sick Children
Phone:416-813-7654 ext. 207742
Email: education.haemonc@sickkids.ca
The division offers from one to three years of subspecialty training in academic Paediatric Hematology/Oncology. There is opportunity for broad experience in patient care, as well as laboratory haematology and for both clinical and basic research training.


Dr. Vy Kim, Program Director
The Hospital for Sick Children
Phone:416-813-7654 ext. 208626
Email: sandra.mendonca@sickkids.ca
Training in Allergy and Clinical Immunology prepares trainees for either an academic year in Immunology or as specialists in Allergy and Clinical Immunology. The three year program includes one year of Clinical Immunology, where trainees are exposed to bone marrow transplantation, a broad spectrum of immunodeficiency and allergic disorders. The additional two years are devoted to basic research in Immunology/Allergy where a large number of established laboratories are available for training.


Infectious Diseases
Drs. Anu Wadhwa (MLOA), Shaun Morris (interim) Program Director
The Hospital for Sick Children
Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 206273
Email: id.trainingprogram@sickkids.ca
Two or three years of training are offered for candidates aiming for an academic career in the field. The program includes one year of experience on the consultative service, and one to two years of research, either clinical or laboratory.


Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine
Dr. Emer Finan, Program Director
Mount Sinai Hospital
Phone: 416-323-7719
Email: ayacob@mtsinai.on.ca

The Hospital for Sick Children
Phone:416-813-7654 ext. 228902
Email: diana.soares@sickkids.ca
The University of Toronto provides a unified training program in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at its three Level III Neonatal Units (The Hospital for Sick Children: outborn, Mount Sinai, and Women's College Hospitals: inborn) with elective experience available at Toronto General Hospital which has a Level II Unit. Serving a population base with 65,000 deliveries annually (1/2 of Ontario's deliveries, 1/6 of Canada's), we operate 105 Level II NICU beds within a four-block area of central Toronto. Two years of training is provided with graduated experience in neonatal intensive care, delivery room resuscitation and stabilization, surgical and cardiac problems, neonatal transport (ground, helicopter and fixed wing) and neonatal follow-up. Extensive research opportunities exist within the Division (cell and molecular biology of development, fetal physiology, and clinical research) as well as in other divisions and departments. An optional third year, devoted primarily to research, is offered and encouraged. The program is approved for subspecialty training by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and by the American Board of Pediatrics.


Dr. Damien Noone, Program Director
The Hospital for Sick Children
Phone:416-813-7654 ext. 203533
Email: nephrology.trainingprogram@sickkids.ca 
The program offers one to two years of specialized training in clinical nephrology. A wide spectrum of experience will be gained from nephrology patients seen in out-patient clinics, in consultation on the general wards, and the intensive care unit, as well as cared for on the nephrology ward where there are children undergoing acute and chronic dialysis and renal transplantation. The program also provides the opportunity to spend one to two years in basic laboratory research.


Dr. Blathnaid McCoy, Program Director
The Hospital for Sick Children
Phone:416-813-7654 ext. 206659
Email: susy.oneil@sickkids.ca
A three-year comprehensive training program to prepare trainees for a career in paediatric neurology is offered. Experience includes general neurology, neurophysiology, child development and neonatal neurology.


Respiratory Medicine (Pulmonology)
Dr. Melinda Solomon, Program Director
The Hospital for Sick Children
Phone:416-813-7654 ext. 206248
Email: respmed.trainingprogram@sickkids.ca
The program offers two years of clinical training in paediatric chest disease for specialization in paediatric pulmonary disease. This includes neonatology, intensive care, immunology, pulmonary function lab and extended time in respiratory physiology.


Dr. Shirley Tse, Program Director
The Hospital for Sick Children
Phone:416-813-7654 ext. 205825
Email: rheumatology.trainingprogram@sickkids.ca 
Training in Rheumatology is offered to individuals committed to an academic career in Paediatric Rheumatology. The two-to-three-year program includes one year of Clinical Rheumatology where the trainee is exposed to the broad scope of musculoskeletal and autoimmune disorders. A further one to two years are devoted to clinical and/or basic research, where a wide variety of opportunities for training are available.

Application to Paediatric Subspecialty Fellowship Programs must be submitted directly to the appropriate program director identified in the preceding list. A personal interview may be required. Applicants will be contacted.

SickKids-based Fellowship Opportunities, please click on one of the following:

Departmental Clinical Fellowship Program

Paediatric Solid Organ Transplant Fellowships

Neonatal Transport

Postgraduate Electives for Residents Registered in Residencies outside University of Toronto

Please see the Paediatric Subspecialty Fellowship Programs for divisions in which electives must be arranged directly.


Once the dates for the elective have been confirmed with the division, the resident must provide them with a copy of his/her current CV, medical degree and a letter of support for the elective from his/her program director.

The University of Toronto's Postgraduate Education Office (PGME) requires that residents who arrange electives with the Department of Paediatrics at The Hospital for Sick Children must be appointed to the University of Toronto by the Postgraduate Education Office at SickKids. The Medical Education Office will submit the documents that have been provided by the division to the PGME U of T Office with an appointment letter. This will allow the PGME Office, University of Toronto to generate a Confirmation of Appointment letter.

Out-of-province residents need to apply for a Postgraduate Certificate of Registration (educational license) from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Please contact the CPSO for an application form. You can download the application form at College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario website or phone 416-967-2617. The application process for licensure can take up to three months.

Elective residents can now register on-line through UofT‘s POWER (POstgraduate WEb Registration) System and the university will inform them how to do so.

At the start of the elective period all residents must also register in person at SickKids' Credentials Office, 525 University, 11th floor, Room 1160 and show their CPSO license, CMPA coverage and immunization history.