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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Craniofacial Fellowship

The Craniofacial Program offers a one-year Clinical Fellowship appointment to surgeons who have a special interest in developing a career in Pediatric Craniomaxillofacial Surgery. The fellowship is under the supervision of the hospital's Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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 is 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 initiates and complete a research project for the 12- month period.  

Our 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.

Please note that we will not be accepting applications from those who are certified solely in OMFS.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 Craniofacial Program 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 & Reconstructive Surgery. Along with the wide academic and clinical experience offered at SickKids, the fellowship also provides excellent training for a career in Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery.

Application Process

In order to be selected as a successful candidate please apply via The SF Match OR using the link provided below. 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.

Craniofacial Fellowship Application Deadline: September 30, 2020

For fellowships starting July 2021, please fill out this fellowship application

Program Contact:

Michael Perrino
Education Administrative Assistant
Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Rm. 5432, Hill Wing

Email: michael.perrino@sickkids.ca

Phone: (416) 813-6448 | Fax: (416) 813-6446