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Education and training

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is proud of its diversity and attracts trainees and observers from around the world.

For more information related to the education and training conducted by each department, please view the links below:

  1. Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
  2. Critical Care Medicine
  3. Dentistry
  4. Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences
  5. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  6. Surgery  - comprised of six divisions who report to the Chief of Surgery:


Each of our departments hosts observers, fellows and residents from around the world. Visiting scientists and researchers from all parts of the globe come to observe and to study with SickKids researchers - through our renowned Research Institute housed in the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning.  

From time to time, we are asked "What is a fellow or resident - are they doctors?"  The answer is yes. Fellows are doctors who are already qualified specialists. 

Fellows are at SickKids to continue training in their area of specialty. Parents may meet fellows from all around the world. 

Senior residents have been qualified doctors for at least three years. In one more year (depending on specialty), they will become fully qualified specialists who then go on to become fellows. The senior resident will usually speak with parents and caregivers. 

Junior residents are newly qualified doctors gaining experience at SickKids.The senior resident and the responsible doctor closely supervise them. Like the senior resident, they are training to be specialists.

Caregivers can rest assured that SickKids attracts clinical staff who offer the highest level of care and medical attention to our young patients.