This residency program is for 5 years.
Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.
This Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery program at the University of Toronto consists of 1 year of Surgical Foundations training followed by 4 years of specialty training at University of Toronto teaching hospitals.
In core surgery, 13 blocks are in rotations undertaken in general surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, emergency medicine, internal medicine, medical imaging, anesthesia, and critical care medicine. These rotations provide an important knowledge base to complement the core otolaryngology training. 7 months of clinical otolaryngology and 4 months of otolaryngology research comprise the remainder of the 2 year core training. Otolaryngology rotations for PGY1 residents are usually provided at the University Health Network (UHN), the Hospital for Sick Children (HSC), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (SHSC), and St. Michael's Hospital (SMH). PGY2 residents also have a 1 month otolaryngology rotation at North York General Hospital (NYGH). The PGY2 4-month research block is undertaken with the supervision of a clinical or basic science researcher after formal proposal and discussion/approval of the project by the Director of Research for our Department and the Program Director.
The PGY3 year involves 12 months of clinical otolaryngology at University of Toronto teaching hospitals (usually SH, HSC, SHSC, and/or UHN). PGY3 residents spend a total of 2 weeks in the Division of Anatomy at the University of Toronto learning from anatomy professors, dissecting cadaver specimens, and teaching head & neck anatomy to first year medical students.
The PGY4 year involves 10 months of clinical otolaryngology at University of Toronto teaching hospitals (usually SH, HSC, THP, SMH, SHSC, and/or UHN). The PGY4 resident is the senior resident at THP and HSC. PGY4 residents have a 3-month block that consists of a facial plastic surgery rotation, elective rotation, sleep medicine rotation, and head & neck pathology rotation.
The PGY5 year involves 12 months of clinical otolaryngology at University of Toronto teaching hospitals (usually UHN, SH, SMH, SHSC, and MGH). The PGY5 residents are the senior or chief resident during each rotation. They have an unparalleled exposure to all aspects of otolaryngology-head & neck surgery and by the end of their year are expected to function at the consultant level.
The graded responsibilities of residents are clearly outlined to them by the Program Director and the site co-ordinators/hospital chiefs during their orientation sessions at each new rotation.
Since July 1, 2008 all University of Toronto residents entering PGY1 are required to complete the web based PGCorEd* core competency modules as part of their residency program certification. These modules provide the foundation for non-clinical roles for the RCPSC and CFPC Programs. These modules are focused for PGY1 & PGY2 trainees. Failure to complete the modules may constitute professional misconduct and/or prevent promotion to the next PGY level.
A.T.L.S. Training: Certification in Advanced Trauma Life Support (A.T.L.S.) is mandatory traininng provided and funded by our Department for all PGY1 residents.