Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FACIAL PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
PETER A. ADAMSON, MD, FRCSC, FACS

General Description

The emphasis in the practice is on cosmetic facial surgery, with aesthetic and reconstructive rhinoplasty (mostly open approach), blepharoplasty and rhytidectomy being the most common procedures performed. Other procedures performed include forehead lift (endoscopic and open approaches), liposuction, otoplasty, scar revision, laser resurfacing, and excision of facial lesions, flaps and grafts about the face. The fellow is provided a well-rounded exposure to facial plastic surgery. Facial peels, collagen treatment, neuromodulator injection and management of minor skin lesions are performed in the office. An in-house aesthetician performs peels, facials, etc.

Fellowship Type 
(Clinical %, Research %)

100% Clinical

Fellowship Director(s)

Dr. Peter Adamson

Participating Faculty

Additional faculty members in Toronto who would be pleased to have the fellow visit with them include David A.F. Ellis, M.D. at the Toronto General Hospital, Krzysztof Conrad, M.D. at Sinai Health System, Jamil Asaria, M.D. at Humber Memorial Hospital, Oakley Smith, M.D. at Michael Garron Hospital and Andres Gantous, M.D. at St. Joseph's Hospital. All are associated with the University of Toronto teaching program. Others who will host the fellows for observation are Dr. Paul Cotterill (hair transplantation) Dr. Sheldon Pollack (dermatologic surgery), Dr. Noel Solish (MOH’s surgery), Dr. Lisa Kellet (cosmetic dermatology), Dr. James Oestreicher (oculoplastic surgery), Dr. Mitchell Brown (plastic surgery) and Dr. Marietta Zorn (plastic surgery).

Objectives

  1. To provide Royal College Fellows and American Board eligible surgeons advanced training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.
  2. To enhance the fellow's exposure to research through the provision of clinical material for retrospective and prospective studies. To supervise the preparation of research papers for presentation at national and international meetings. To encourage and aid presentations at hospital and departmental rounds.
  3. To stimulate the fellow's interest and provide experience in teaching medical students, residents and peers, such that fellows returning to academic appointments will have improved teaching skills.
  4. To provide the fellow insight and experience in the management of a contemporary medical office to enhance his or her professional management skills.
  5. To provide the fellow and his or her family exposure to a different professional, social and cultural milieu to enhance his or her professional and personal growth.

Year Fellowship Established

1988

Principal Locations

Private Community Clinic Location

Duration of Fellowship

The length of the fellowship is 12 months, beginning July 1st of each year.

Number of Fellows Accepted Per Year

One

Required Prior Residency Training

The candidate must have completed a recognized residency program in Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery or Plastic Surgery in the United States or Canada

Accept Foreign Medical Graduates 
(Yes/No)

No

Foreign Graduate Eligibility Requirements

n/a

Annual Stipend/Salary

The stipend for the fellow is $44,000.00 per annum in Canadian dollars for 2013-14. Additional funds are available for presentation and publication of papers. Malpractice insurance is arranged through the Canadian Medical Protective Association in Ottawa by the fellow on the basis of an educational licence. This should be effected prior to arrival. This cost is covered by the Fellowship Director. Health insurance for the fellow is obtainable through the university and is paid by the Fellowship Director. Comprehensive, relatively low cost health insurance is available for dependents

Additional Benefits 
(e.g. meetings, housing)

The fellow is given three weeks leave during the year, this to be arranged as closely as possible with absences of the Fellowship Director from the practice. One week is given to attend a meeting at which no presentation is being made. Further time is allowed for presentation of papers at meetings as deemed appropriate. All time away from the practice must be cleared in advance with the Fellowship Director.

On Call Responsibilities

The fellow is on-call for after-hours and weekend call, with some visits required to the office on weekends for suture removal, etc. During the Fellowship Director’s absence from the practice for meetings etc., (this currently is about 8 weeks per year) the fellow is able to visit other cosmetic and reconstructive facial surgeons in Toronto, prepare for examinations, and make headway on research projects.

Case Mix

The Toronto General Hospital of the University Health Network is my primary academic affiliation. There are 40 in-patient beds and 16,000 annual patient visits to the clinic. About 2500 surgical cases are performed annually.

Typical Weekly Timetable

The practice is essentially a private practice with a strong university affiliation. Usually 2 full days per week are spent in the private office. Operating time currently consists of two full days for adult cosmetic procedures performed in a private, fully accredited ambulatory surgical facility. Minor procedures are performed in the office or in the surgical center. Elective students, residents and fellows and visiting surgeons intermittently spend time in the office. The fellow is responsible to assist in the office with patient care. He or she is responsible to assist in the operating room, obtaining increasing "hands-on" responsibilities as deemed appropriate for the level of skill exhibited and the specifics of the case.

Application Deadline       

The fellow for the following year is chosen in the match in early June of the preceding year. Applicants are encouraged to arrange for a visit to Toronto to become acquainted with the program prior to May 15, the year before their fellowship.

Decision Deadline

The decision regarding the July 1st fellowship is usually made by May/June of the preceding year (i.e. 12-14 months in advance).

Additional Features of the Fellowship

Additional information about the fellowship includes the provision of the fellow's own consultation office for clinical research and study purposes. The fellow will be expected to acquire computer skills in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. A full videotape library and major journals and textbooks are available in the office.

Toronto is a cosmopolitan city of 2.6 million people, the greater Toronto area 5.7 million people, situated on the north shore of Lake Ontario. It is about 500 miles from New York and Boston, 365 miles from Montreal, 100 miles from Buffalo and 250 miles from Detroit. The fellow has every opportunity to enjoy the cultural amenities of a large international city. The United Nations has recognized Toronto as the most multicultural city in the world, and it consistently ranks in the top 10 of the best cities in the world in which to live. Toronto has several professional sports teams, hundreds of art galleries and museums, and the third largest theatre scene in the world after London and New York. There are extensive park and trail networks for strolling, running and cycling. There are also many parks and waterfront activities in Toronto for summertime activities. Beautiful lakes and wooded country are within one to two hours driving from the city, and alpine skiing in the wintertime is within two hours driving. A wide variety of accommodation is available downtown or on the subway system. The public school system is generally considered one of the best in North America. The University has many academic, cultural and social activities. The city is noted for its safety, cleanliness, public transportation and cosmopolitan nature. If you have any questions or require any further details, please do not hesitate to contact me, or my office staff. We have also enclosed a list of former fellows who would be pleased to speak with you about our program.

As a condition of their medical educational licensure, clinical fellows must register with the University’s PGME Office. An Orientation Handbook can be downloaded from the homepage of the PGME Office’s website. The Handbook contains useful information for new fellows, including a timeline for the registration process.

How to Apply

Send a letter of interest, updated curriculum vitae and the names of three references to Dr. Adamson at the email address below. Personal interviews are recommended as this is a highly competitive fellowship.

Postgraduate training agreements are currently in place between the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and sponsoring agencies from a number of countries, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE. Applications for fellowship training from citizens of these countries must reach the PGME Office directly from the sponsoring agency. For details, please consult the PGME Office website.

​Contact Information for Applicants

Peter A. Adamson,
MD, FRCSC, FACS

Professor and Head, Division of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, University of Toronto
Adamson Cosmetic Facial Surgery, Renaissance Plaza
150 Bloor Street West, Suite M110
Toronto, ON M5S 2X9

Tel. +1-416-323-3900
Fax. +1-416-323-1344
paa@dradamson.com

Previous Fellows

2015-16 Drs. Yazeed Alghonaim, Andrew Courson, Jeffrey Jumaily
2014-15 Drs. Elaheh Akbari, Susan Tan
2013-14 Drs. Sin Tee Lee, Noah Sands, Thiru Siva
2012-13 Drs. James Bonaparte, Alyn Kim
2011-12 Drs. Nikita Chauhan, Anna Tuszynska, Joshua Zimm
2010-11 Drs. Kian Karimi, Lisa Wilson
2009-10 Dr. Ali Sepehr
2008-09 Dr. Jeremy Warner
2007-08 Dr. Etai Funk
2006-07 Dr. Theodore Chen
2005-06 Dr. Matthew Zavod
2004-05 Dr. Jason Litner
2003-04 Dr. Ravi Dahiya
2002-03 Dr. Suzanne Doud Galli
2001-02 Dr. Amita Bagal
2000-01 Dr. Stephen Wall
1999-00 Dr. David Pearson
1998-99 Dr. Henry Huang
1997-98 Dr. Martha Jenny Van Duyne
1996-97 Dr. Eugenie Brunner
1995-96 Dr. Harvey Strecker
1994-95 Dr. Warren Kraus
1993-94 Dr. Minas Constantinides
1992-93 Dr. Mary Lynn Moran
1991-92 Dr. Todd Morrow
1990-91 Dr. Kenneth Gwinn
1989-90 Dr. Becky McGraw
1988-89 Dr. Guy Tropper
1988-88 Dr. Rachel Cormier
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