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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Craniofacial Fellowship

The Hospital for Sick Children's Centre for Craniofacial Care and Research offers a one year Clinical Fellowship appointment to surgeons who have a special interest in developing a career in Pediatric Craniomaxillofacial  Surgery.  The Hospital for Sick Children is a 350 bed teaching institution affiliated with The University of Toronto.  The fellowship is under the supervision of The Division of Plastic Surgery at SickKids.

The Craniomaxillofacial Fellowship is a 12 month fellowship which starts in July of each year, structured to allow the individual to become familiar with all aspects of pediatric craniofacial pathology.  Currently, the program in run by Dr. Christopher Forrest and is also attended by a second surgeon, Dr. John Phillips.  All aspects of pediatric craniomaxillofacial diseases are seen, including craniosynostosis, cleft, vascular anomalies, tumor related conditions, developmental malocclusion and trauma with post-traumatic deformities.  Each year, two Craniofacial Fellowships are offered.  There are four operating days per week and two clinic days per week.  The Craniofacial Fellow is expected to participate in: on call, teaching responsibilities, participate fully in all surgeries and clinics.  It is also expected that the fellow initiate and complete a research project for the 12 month period.  

The Hospital for Sick Children's Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Craniofacial Fellowship is also part of the SF Match (Residency & Fellowship matching services based in San Francisco) which coordinates the processing, distribution and review of applicants for post graduate medical education training programs.  The service administers applicant review and ranking processes for positions in fellowship specialties as well as several subspecialties.  The SF Match program assists programs, private practice operations, teaching hospitals and the affiliated Universities with medical matching services. You can find the Residency and Fellowship matching website at SFMatch.  Every fellowship applicant/candidate has to first register with SF Match before they can apply to the program.  After they have registered with SF Match applicants have access to a list of profiles (open programs) that has contact information and application requirements. 

A salary of $71,000 Canadian and health insurance are provided to offset living expenses, but the fellow is responsible for moving expenses and accommodation.  There are a limited number of unfurnished suites available in an apartment building adjacent to the hospital.

Preference is given to applicants who have their National Board (USA) or Canadian Licensing Examination (LMCC).  To obtain an education license, which is mandatory for a clinical fellowship, graduates of medical schools outside North America must have successfully passed the evaluating examination of the Medical Council of Canada or have been exempted from the examination.  Prospective clinical fellows must also be eligible for a work visa in Canada.

Clinical Fellows come to The Hospital For Sick Children Centre for Craniofacial Care & Research from all parts of the world and greatly enrich our program.   The participation of Fellows is welcomed in the work of the Craniofacial Program and The Division of Plastic Surgery and with its wide academic and clinical experience at The Hospital for Sick Children the fellowship will provide excellent training for a career in Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery.

Application Process

Official interviews are not held but the applicants are welcomed to visit the institution to ensure that the program will meet their needs.  Alternatively a meeting can be arranged with the Chief if both present at an international conference or via telephone to discuss the fellowship.  Decisions of the successful candidates are usually made by November of the preceding year.

The following documents should be sent to the Divisional Assistant preferably by email, contact info is below:
1.  Updated CV
2.  Completed application (online application also available)
3.  Passport size photo - copy is sufficient
4.  Three letters of reference

Program Contacts:

Eloisa Tobias
Fellowship & Education Coordinator/Administrative Assistant
Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Rm. 5432, Hill Wing
The Hospital for Sick Children                                                             
555 University Ave | Toronto, Ont, M5G 1X8

Email: eloisa.tobias@sickkids.ca
Phone: 416-813-6448
Fax: 416-813-6147