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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Paediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship

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

The Paediatric Plastic Surgery 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 paediatric plastic surgery. Currently, the program is administered by Dr. Christopher Forrest and is also attended by Drs. Borschel, Clarke, Fish, Fisher, Wong and Zuker. All aspects of paediatric plastic surgical diseases are seen, including congenital hand, facial paralysis, brachial plexus, congenital nevi, burns, microtia, cleft, vascular anomalies, tumor related conditions, developmental, oncologic and post-traumatic deformities. Each year, three or four fellowships are offered. The fellow is expected to participate in: on call, teaching responsibilities, participate fully in surgeries and clinics. It is also expected that the fellow initiate and complete a research project for the 12-month period.

SickKids Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship does not participate in the SF Match (Residency & Fellowship matching services based in San Francisco). Rather, applications are reviewed on an individual basis.  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) as well as those candidates who have secured a full time paediatric plastic surgery position in their home country but require further training. 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 SickKids Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery from all parts of the world and greatly enrich our program. The participation of fellows is welcomed by our Division.  With the wide academic and clinical experience offered at SickKids, the fellowship provides excellent training for a career in paediatric plastic surgery.

Application Process

Official interviews are not held, but applicants are welcome to visit the institution to ensure that the program will meet their needs. Alternatively a meeting can be arranged with the Chief if both are 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, Divisional Assistant
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
The Hospital for Sick Children
5430 - 555 University Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X8
Phone: 416-813-8659