Psychosocial Oncology Fellowship
Eligible applicants must:
- Have a medical degree
- Have completed psychiatry residency
- Be eligible for obtaining the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) medical practice license
Fellowship placements will be awarded for twelve or twenty-four months with the possibility for extension, dependent on performance.
Limited and competitive funding is available from the Department of Supportive Care, Psychosocial Oncology Program. Please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Sponsored applicants must provide a letter of financial support from sponsoring institution or organization. Please note that clinical fellows must secure funding at a minimum of $65,000 (CAD) per annum (full-time position).
- Fellows have the opportunity to observe and perform comprehensive psychiatric assessments with supervisors to aid in developing diagnostic and formulation skills. Fellows receive ongoing clinical supervision as they learn about the psychiatric and psychosocial aspects of cancer for patients and families at diagnosis, during active treatment, in the event of reoccurrence, after completing treatment, through survivorship and during palliation and end-of-life-care.
- Psychiatric care of patients on the inpatient palliative care unit.
- Consultation and treatment of scheduled outpatients.
- Availability to respond to urgent requests for outpatient consultation during work and on-call hours.
- Multidisciplinary meetings of clinical staff and families regarding patients.
- Development of a research project including the preparation of manuscripts serving as the first author.
- Fellows may participate in an ongoing project under the supervision of a principle investigator in the department.
- Ongoing mentoring by fellowship faculty.
- Various education activities rounds, including:
- Department of Supportive Care Grand Rounds
- PSO Clinical Case Conference
- Global Institute of Psychosocial, Palliative and End-of-Life Care (GIPPEC) Seminar
- Fellows supervise third and fourth year medical students and residents.
Interested applicants must submit the required documents (see below). Completed applications should be sent as one PDF file to
email@example.com. Applications will be reviewed by the PSO Fellowship Director or delegates.
- Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Must include: date of birth, country of birth, residential address and current employment
- Letter of intent (max 1 page). Should include the following:
- Rationale for pursuing training in psychosocial oncology.
- Previous experience in psychosocial oncology.
- Personal goals and learning objectives for the program.
- How the fellowship experience will fit with your future needs.
- Copy of original medical degree.
- Copy of original speciality certification.
- Proof of salary support (i.e. bank statement, proof of funding from institution, etc.). Funds must be able to cover expenses for living, travel, entertainment, etc. for trainee and dependents for the duration of the placement (sponsored applicants only) *Please note that clinical fellows must secure funding at a minimum of $65,000 (CAD) per annum (full-time position.
- Two letters of reference (must be on letterhead and signed) from the Director of a residency program, or other graduate training program.
- Copy of your TOEFL iBT (TOEFL, TSE) or IELTS results (international applicants only).
The academic year starts on July 1. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with the following deadlines:
Applicants requiring a work permit: Due to processing times at immigration offices, Post Graduate Medical Education (PGME) and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), complete application packages must be received by the Fellowship Office 6 – 8 months in advance of the training start date. For example, complete application paperwork must be received by January 1 for Fellowship training that is scheduled to begin on July 1 of the same year.
Canadian citizens / Permanent Residents: Complete application packages must be received by the Fellowship Office 4 months in advance of the training start date. For example, complete application paperwork must be received by April 1st for Fellowship training that is scheduled to begin on July 1st of the same year.
To ensure eligibility for a medical license, contact the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. They will also assist you with inquiries about recognition of qualifications or training, if such were obtained outside of Canada, licensure requirements, work permits and related matters.