Paediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship
Dr. Sharon Cushing
The Fellowship Program in Paediatric Otolaryngology at the Hospital for Sick Children is one year of clinical duties with the option of an additional second year of research.
Fellowship Type (Clinical %, Research %)
- Year 1: 90% clinical, 10% research
- Year 2 (optional): 100% research. May help out with clinical duties when Year 1 fellow on vacation.
Dr. Sharon Cushing
Drs. Blake Papsin (Otolaryngologist-in-Chief), Paolo Campisi, Adrian James, Evan Propst, Nikolaus Wolter
- Maintain a collegial and collaborative working relationship with the chief resident(s) and other staff.
- Act as an advisor to the Residents as they participate in ward rounds and see consultations from the Emergency Department and General Wards (not intensive care units).
- Lead the consultation service for the Intensive Care Units (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac Critical Care Unit) and provide daily input to them regarding patients our service has consulted on.
- Participate in all major surgical cases unique to the practice of paediatric otolaryngology – head & neck surgery.
- Participate in all surgical cases that evolve from consultations from the Intensive Care Units.
- Supervise appropriate operative lists during the final six months of training. The fellow will be supported in achieving these goals.
- Run a fellow’s clinic one half day per week (at the discretion of the fellowship director).
- Participate in special interest clinics (i.e. Voice clinic, complex sleep disorders clinic, balance clinic, etc.)
- Attend teaching rounds (Wednesday morning teaching rounds, Friday morning university rounds, monthly journal club evenings).
- Prepare pathology rounds (once every 6 – 8 weeks) and morbidity and mortality rounds (once every 3 - 4 months)
- Develop a plan within the first month regarding a research project that can be completed longitudinally throughout the year. The Fellow should strive to present this research at a meeting and submit a manuscript for publication. The Fellow is encouraged to contact the Fellowship Director well before beginning the fellowship to discuss ideas and plan a topic so he/she can “hit the ground running”.
- Participate in Resident call coverage at least one weekday evening per week when necessary.
The Hospital for Sick Children
Duration of Fellowship
One year clinical with the option of an additional year of research.
Required Prior Residency Training
Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
Foreign Graduate Eligibility Requirements
All clinical fellows require licensure by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), the body that regulates the practice of medicine in Ontario. All candidates must be recognized as a medical specialist in the jurisdiction where they have been practicing medicine prior to the clinical fellowship.
Please visit the Post MD Education Office website for detailed information: http://pg.postmd.utoronto.ca/applicants/apply-for-fellowship-training/
$72,000 CDN per year (includes stipend for backup call)
Additional Benefits (e.g. meetings, housing)
Fellows will be reimbursed for conferences where they are presenting a research project (at the discretion of the Otolaryngologist-in-Chief).
CMPA malpractice insurance.
Health care coverage.
On Call Responsibilities
Participate in resident call coverage at least one weekday evening per week when necessary. Additionally provide backup call to the PGY-1 Resident. Additional days may be required when short residents.
Due to the referral pattern of the hospital, the majority of surgical cases are at the tertiary/quaternary care level.
Typical Weekly Timetable
|6:30am||Round with residents||Round with residents||Round with residents, Teaching Rounds, Radiology Rounds||Round with residents||Round with residents|
|7:35am||Huddle in OR||Huddle in OR||Round with residents, Teaching Rounds, Radiology Rounds||Huddle in OR||University Rounds|
|8:00am||8am-4pm Surgery||8am-4pm Surgery||Round with residents, Teaching Rounds, Radiology Rounds||8am-4pm Surgery||Huddle in OR|
|9:00am||8am-4pm Surgery||8am-4pm Surgery||Fellows' clinic||8am-4pm Surgery||9am-4pm Surgery|
|12:00pm||8am-4pm Surgery||8am-4pm Surgery||Join Surgery||8am-4pm Surgery||9am-4pm Surgery|
|4:00pm||Round with residents||Round with residents||Round with residents||Round with residents||Round with residents|
International trainees will undergo a 12 week Pre-Entry Assessment Program (PEAP) at which point a full CPSO license will be issued if deemed appropriate.
US and Canadian trained fellows do not need to complete the PEAP and should obtain their full CPSO license prior to arriving so they may commence clinical duties immediately.
Additional Features of the Fellowship
Fellow are expected to give 2 informal teaching sessions per month to residents on a topic of their choosing.
Fellows are expected to present a research paper at the annual Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Percy Ireland Research Day and at a national/international conference.
Fellows are encouraged to discuss any difficulties, conflicts or grievances with the fellowship director as they arise and at introductory, mid-rotation and final meetings.
Clinical fellows must register with the University of Toronto’s Post MD Education Office. An Orientation Handbook with a timeline for registering can be downloaded at: http://pg.postmd.utoronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/OrientationBooklet_WEB.pdf
How to Apply
All applicants must apply through the San Francisco Match. Please refer to the SF Match and ASPO websites for deadlines:
If you have additional questions regarding the SF Match Website, please contact Dr. Sharon Cushing, c/o Anne Rodriguez-Hall, Administrative Assistant, Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, Room 6133, 6th Floor Burton Wing, The Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1X8, Canada.
To All Applicants:
If you have also applied to the U.S match through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), please be advised that the University of Toronto is a participating institution and adheres to the match policy. The policy states that "Applicants who have matched to a program or have accepted a position during the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP), shall not apply for, discuss, interview for, or accept a concurrent year position in another program prior to the NRMP granting the requested waiver." More information is accessible at http://www.nrmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2018-MPA-Specialities-Matching-Service.pdf.
Contact Information for Applicants
Dr. Sharon Cushing
Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, University of Toronto
Staff Otolaryngologist - Head & Neck Surgeon, The Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1X8, Canada
Office: 416.813.7654 x228427
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