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Cancer Rehabilitation and Survivorship

Cancer Rehabilitation Fellowship


Application Info
Lead: Eugene Chang

Overview

Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants must hold certification in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (or equivalent internationally) or be Board eligible if from the United States.

Duration:
1 year.

Funding Requirements:
Varies year-to-year.

Clinical Components:
An opportunity for a PM&R graduate to become a fellow in Cancer Rehabilitation, to gain experience in assessment and management of physical and cognitive impairments as a result of cancer or its treatment.

Fellows will have the opportunity to assess patients with cancer-related impairments in the outpatient and inpatient setting, including performance of inpatient PM&R consultations in the acute (cancer) hospital.

Research Components:
Participation in research activity is an expectation of the Clinical Fellowship.

Education/Teaching Components:
Teaching sessions and/or Journal Club presentations will be a part of the learning experience.


Website:

Application Info

Application Process:
Please visit Fellowship Listings for details.

Application Deadline:
August 31 of each year.

Palliative Care

Clinical Research Fellowship in Palliative Medicine


Application Info

Overview

Eligibility Requirements:
MDs (or equivalent) who have completed or are completing postgraduate training in palliative care and have an interest in research. Previous research experience is preferred but not essential.

Duration:
24 months, reviewed after 12 months.
Start and end dates usually align with the academic year (July-June) but are flexible.

Funding Requirements:
Department funding is available but is competitive. Candidates with funding from their home institution will also be considered.

Clinical Components:

  • 40% of time is spent engaged in clinical palliative care delivery, across inpatient and/or outpatient settings
  • On call (evenings and weekends)

Research Components:

  • 60% of time is engaged in research, including but not limited to writing proposals and grant applications, data collection and interpretation, abstract writing, manuscript writing and presentations
  • Specific opportunities to attend team research meetings, research and work in progress rounds and participate in abstract and manuscript reviews

Education/Teaching Components:

  • Opportunity to participate in formal research symposia for quantitative and qualitative research methodologies
  • Structured clinical teaching sessions for fellows (including complex pain and symptom management topics)
  • Opportunities to teach formally and informally in clinical settings and as part of our structured teaching sessions for learners

Application Info

Application Process:
Informal inquires can be made to Norine Mark, Education Coordinator, copying learners.supportivecare@uhn.ca.​

Required Documents

  • Up to date CV
  • Personal statement
  • Letter(s) of reference
  • Copy of TOEFL iBT (TOEFL, TSE) or IELTS Results (International Applicants)

Application Deadline:
July 31 ​

Geriatric Oncology

Geriatric Oncology Fellowship​


Application Info

Overview

Eligibility Requirements:
Graduated from RCPSC-accredited or similar program in geriatric medicine, medical oncology, radiation oncology, or surgery.

Duration:
1 year.

Funding Requirements:
Not applicable.

Clinical Components:
Attending clinics 3 days/week.

Research Components:
Variable depending on academic interests of the applicant.

Education/Teaching Components:
Monthly journal club, teaching seminars every 2 weeks.


Website:

Application Info

Application Process:
Contact Shabbir Alibhai for application information.

Required Documents
Dictated by U of T PGME office.

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • 3 reference letters

Application Deadline:
September 15th.

Palliative Care

Palliative Care Elective Rotation – Princess Margaret Cancer Centre


Application Info
Lead: Wilson Kwong

Overview

Eligibility Requirements:
Any learner registered in a Canadian UGME training program. For non-Canadian electives, please contact education coordinator.

Duration:
We usually ask that fellows apply for the duration of an entire academic block.

Funding Requirements:
Not applicable.

Clinical Components:
Combination of clinics, inpatient consults and palliative care unit placements, with medical students usually being placed on the consult service.

Research Components:
Not applicable.

Education/Teaching Components:
Learners will be able to participate in our core palliative care teaching sessions, which cover a breadth of different topics. There will also be journal club presentations that learners can participate in.

Application Info

Application Process:
Informal inquires can be made to Norine Mark, Education Coordinator, copying learners.supportivecare@uhn.ca.​

Application Deadline:
Rolling deadline.

Palliative Care

Palliative Care Elective Rotation – Toronto General Hospital


Application Info

Overview

Eligibility Requirements:
Any learner registered in a Canadian UGME training program. For non-Canadian electives, please contact education coordinator.

Duration:
4-week rotation on the inpatient palliative care consult service.

Funding Requirements:
Not applicable.

Clinical Components:

  • The palliative care team works alongside primary teams in the hospital to provide expert symptom management, palliative planning, navigation of goals of care, and end of life management to those with serious illness.
  • The program serves patients and families living with a diversity of advanced illnesses, encompassing both malignant and non-malignant diagnoses. Recognized worldwide, the Toronto General Hospital provides care to a multitude of medical and surgical patient populations, including highly subspecialized populations such as multi-organ transplants, and complex cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases. We are affiliated with Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the largest cancer centres in the world, and thus also collaborate to care for patients receiving quaternary cancer care.

Research Components:
Not applicable.

Education/Teaching Components:

  • Once/ week - Tuesday afternoons through Temmy Latner
  • Communication teaching- no specified date/time

Application Info

Application Process:
Informal inquires can be made to Norine Mark, Education Coordinator, copying learners.supportivecare@uhn.ca.​

Application Deadline:
Rolling deadline.

Palliative Care

Palliative Care Elective Rotation – Toronto Western Hospital


Application Info

Overview

Eligibility Requirements:
Any learner registered in a Canadian UGME training program. For non-Canadian electives, please contact education coordinator.

Duration:
The Toronto Western Hospital (TWH) Palliative Care Clinical Rotation includes 3 weeks on the TWH Consult Service and 1 week at Kensington Hospice.

Funding Requirements:
Not applicable.

Clinical Components:
Our program serves patients and their families living with both malignant and non-malignant serious illness with particular emphasis on consultation to internal medicine, neurology/stroke and neurosurgical services, providing care in the following ways:

  • Inpatient consult service
  • Most Responsible Physician (MRP) beds
  • Outpatient neurology clinic

Our team provides expert symptom management, palliative planning, navigation of goals of care, and end of life management. The most common referring diagnoses are: dementia, stroke, brain cancer and frailty with chronic end-organ disease or cancer.

The Kensington Hospice is a 10-bed (expanding to 19 beds in 2022) residential hospice that cares for patients with serious illness and their families who are in their last 3 months of life. The hospice provides physical, emotional, social and spiritual support for patients and their loved ones in a home-like setting. You will provide MRP care while working alongside an interprofessional team. Opportunities to follow patients from TWH into Kensington Hospice exist.

Research Components:
Not applicable.

Education/Teaching Components:

  • Once/ week - Tuesday afternoons through Temmy Latner
  • Communication teaching- no specified date/time

Application Info

Application Process:​
Informal inquires can be made to Norine Mark, Education Coordinator, copying learners.supportivecare@uhn.ca.​

Application Deadline:
Rolling deadline.​

Palliative Care

Palliative Medicine Clinical Fellowship Program


Application Info

Overview

Eligibility Requirements:
Eligible applicants must:

  1. Have a medical degree
  2. Have completed specialty training in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Oncology or Neurology
  3. Be eligible for obtaining the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) educational registration

For details on the eligibility requirements, visit the Postgraduate Medical Education website.

Duration:
12 months.

Funding Requirements:
Funding is available on a competitive basis. Externally sponsored applicants may apply for the fellowship.

Clinical Components:
The purpose of the fellowship is to train physicians to be competent in practicing palliative care at a consultant level. Fellows will gain clinical experience in providing palliative care at different settings in UHN such as community and tertiary palliative care units, inpatient palliative care consultation service, residential hospice, and outpatient palliative care clinics. Fellows will learn about palliative care for patients and families at diagnosis, during active treatment, in the event of acute medical issues, after completing treatment, and at end-of-life. Fellows will have the opportunity to observe and perform palliative consultations with supervision to aid in developing diagnostic and formulation skills, and will receive ongoing clinical supervision. During the training, fellows will provide palliative care for a wide spectrum of patients with malignant and non-malignant illnesses.

Research Components:
Optional.

Education/Teaching Components:
Clinical fellows are encouraged to complete a scholarly project during their training and will participate in an inter-disciplinary academic environment with ample opportunity for feedback and presentation at local rounds, including Pain and Symptom Management Rounds and Departmental Grand Rounds as well as research and leadership opportunities, including junior attending roles and committee participation.


Website:

Application Info

Application Process:

  1. Submit the following documents to Norine Mark, Education Coordinator, copying learners.supportivecare@uhn.ca.
    • Updated Curriculum Vitae (CV).
    • Letter of intent.
      This should include the following:
      - Rationale for pursuing training in palliative care
      - Previous experience in palliative care
      - Personal goals and learning objectives for the program
      - How the fellowship experience will fit with your future needs
  2. After initial screening, if selected, an interview with the fellowship committee will be conducted.
  3. Once accepted, the applicant will be notified and will be guided to: a) Apply to the Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) office at the University of Toronto and b) Apply to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. This should be done at the same time as applying to the PGME office.

Selection Criteria:
The fellowship committee will consider the following:

  1. Candidates who demonstrate a strong interest and commitment to excellence in the delivery of palliative care.
  2. Candidates with high academic achievements (i.e., participation in the educational activities, program development, research and scholarly work).
  3. Leadership initiatives to advance palliative care in their area.

Second-language English applicants will also need to demonstrate language proficiency in English (IELTS (Academic module) minimum requirement is an overall band of 7.0 with no band below 6.5, TOFEL minimum requirement: total score of 100 + 22 on Speaking and 22 on Listening). Alternatively, English language proficiency can be waived for applicants who pass the division in-person assessment.

Required Documents:

  1. Updated CV
  2. Letter of intent

Application Deadline:
July 31.​​​

Palliative Care

Older Adults with Cancer Clinic Postdoctoral Researcher – Princess Margaret Cancer Centre


Application Info

Overview

Eligibility Requirements:

  • PhD degree obtained within the last five (5) or MD within the last ten (10) years
  • Prior clinical experience in geriatrics or oncology preferred
  • Able to act with discretion, tact and diplomacy
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Able to work in a fast-paced clinical environment
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Prior publication record with at least two first authored papers
  • Experience teaching and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students
  • Familiarity with statistical software (e.g. SAS, R) and analytic skills are an asset

Duration:
1 year.

Funding Requirements:
Not applicable.

Clinical Components:
Not applicable.

Research Components:
The laboratory of Dr. Shabbir Alibhai at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to assist with the implementation of an online geriatric assessment tool. Our research interest including identifying non-invasive, evidence-based strategies to improve treatment decisions and care for older adults with cancer. The position will provide many opportunities to collaborate with a diverse group of clinicians and clinician-researchers at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, the University of Toronto, and beyond. This position will also provide several opportunities to mentor graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Toronto. Beyond research and mentoring experiences, postdoctoral scientists will have opportunities to apply for various internal and external fellowships and grants to start their independent careers. Finally, we will provide a competitive postdoctoral salary, which will be commensurate with experience.

Education/Teaching Components:
Various education activities and rounds are offered:

  • Department of Supportive Care Grand Rounds
  • Pain & Symptom Management Rounds

Application Info

Application Process:
Please submit a cover letter and academic CV to Dr. Shabbir Alibhai at shabbir.alibhai@uhn.ca copying learners.supportivecare@uhn.ca.

Application Deadline:
Rolling deadline.​
Psychosocial Oncology

Psychosocial Oncology​ Fellowship


Application Info

Overview

Eligibility Requirements:
Eligible applicants must:

  1. Have a medical degree
  2. Have completed psychiatry residency
  3. Be eligible for obtaining the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) medical practice license

Duration:
Fellowship placements will be awarded for twelve or twenty-four months with the possibility for extension, dependent on performance.

Funding Requirements:
Limited and competitive funding is available from the Department of Supportive Care, Psychosocial Oncology Program. Please contact learners.supportivecare@uhn.ca 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 $78,190.61 (CAD) per annum (full-time position).

Clinical Components:

  • 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.

Research Components:

  • 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.

Education/Teaching Components:

  • 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.

Website:

Application Info

Application Process:
Interested applicants must submit the required documents (see below). Completed applications should be sent as one PDF file to learners.supportivecare@uhn.ca. Applications will be reviewed by the PSO Fellowship Director or delegates.

Required Documents:

  • 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 $78,190.61 (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).

Application Deadline:
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.​​

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