Fellowship Application Guidelines

Fellowship training takes place in clinical and/or research environment(s) within teaching hospital settings. In addition to subspecialty training, trainees will participate in applied laboratory research projects and/or basic research. Fellowships are available for one or two years.

Clinical Fellowships: Eligibility Requirements

Clinical Fellows must meet the minimum eligibility requirements for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) to take up training at the University of Toronto. The Postgraduate Dean, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Toronto does not support acceptance of the MCCEE as an alternative to specialist recognition. For CPSO eligibility and licensure requirements, visit: www.cpso.on.ca

Important Information for Applicants:

Specialist Status: Applicants must have completed residency training in the base specialty, base subspecialty, or a complimentary specialty, prior to commencing fellowship training in LMP.

Medical Practice License: Training may involve work with patients and/or patient records. Applicants must have a valid Certificate of Registration for Postgraduate Education from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) or a valid CPSO Independent Practice License. Otherwise applicants are to contact the CPSO for an application package and apply directly to the CPSO at the same time as applying to the University of Toronto. Please note: Fellows at St. Michael's Hospital are required to have an Independent Practice License.

Malpractice Insurance: Applicants must have malpractice insurance with the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA). Coverage can be obtained once the CPSO Certificate of Registration is issued. For information, contact the CMPA directly www.cmpa-acpm.ca/.

Work Permit (VISA): Applicants who are neither Canadian citizens nor Permanent Residents require a work permit. The Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Medical Education Office provides the necessary document(s) as required from the Canadian government office (Canadian Embassy, Consulate, High Commission, etc.) in the applicant's country of origin. There is a non-refundable visa-processing fee at the time of application.

Language Requirements: International applicants whose first language and/or language of medical school and patient care was neither English nor French, are required to take the TOEFL iBT (www.ets.org). Minimum acceptable scores are an overall score of 93 with a minimum score of 24 on the Speaking section. Test results must be submitted at the time of application to the training program and must have been taken within the last two years. Applicants who completed residency in Canada are not required to submit TOEFL score.

MCCEE: Although not a requirement, applicants are advised to take the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE, www.mcc.ca) and provide a copy of the pass letter from the Medical Council when applying.

Pre-Entry Assessment Program: International Medical School Graduates must complete the Pre-Entry Assessment Program (PEAP) prior to commencing a Clinical Fellowship training program. The program is from four to 12 weeks in duration and is administered by LMP faculty. For further information, see www.pgme.utoronto.ca

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Research Fellowships: Eligibility Requirements

The minimum requirement for a Research Fellowship is a medical degree from a recognized Medical School. Research Fellows do not need an educational license - Certificate of Registration for Postgraduate Education – from the CPSO nor malpractice insurance from the CMPA.

Research Fellows are prohibited from having any patient contact during their training.


Clinical and Research Fellowships can be funded by a variety of sources, including hospital funds, pharmaceutical firms, agencies and institutions, etc. Fellowship training can also be self-funded.

The Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto has training sponsorship agreements with various governments. Prior to applying to a program, applicants from these countries must have the approval of the sponsor involved, and the sponsor must contact the Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Medical Education Office (PGME) with approval. See the PGME website for further details regarding sponsorship requirements and the countries involved.

Regardless of the source of funding, foreign national applicants must be remunerated at a rate commensurate with that of a Canadian performing the same duties in the same location of work as the foreign national.

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Application Process

Along with the Application Form, the following documents (at a minimum) will be required; applicants should anticipate that further documentation will be needed based on individual circumstances.

ALL documentation is to be submitted to:
Fellowship Training Program
Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
1 King's College Circle, Rm 6231, Toronto ON, M5S 1A8
Fax: 416-978-7361    Email: pathology.residency@utoronto.ca

  1. Up-to-date curriculum vitae, including contact information, date of birth, country of birth, citizenship, education and medical training, employment history, publications.
  2. Personal statement of applicant indicating interest in the program
  3. Departmental application form, clearly indicating:
    1. Hospital/Program you are applying to
    2. Whether or not you are applying for hospital funding; you have external funding; or are self-funded
  4. Copy of Medical Degree (and translation if not in English or French)
  5. Medical school transcripts and/or internship year certificate (optional)
  6. Copy of specialty certification (and translation if not in English or French)
    1. If you expect to complete your specialty certification after the application deadline, but before the start of the fellowship, include a letter from your Program Director or Department/Divisional Head indicating your expected completion date. 
  7. Copy of passport as proof of citizenship
  8. TOEFL iBT score results from international applicants whose first language and/or language of medical school and specialty training was neither English nor French. (Minimum acceptable scores are TOEFL iBT 93 with a minimum score of 24 on the Speaking section). Applicants who completed residency in Canada do not need to submit a TOEFL score.
  9. Three reference letters to be sent by referees directly to the LMP Postgraduate Programs Office. Reference letters recieved after the application deadline will not be accepted.
  10. For those with funding external to the University of Toronto supervisor, written evidence of sponsorship must be provided by an external agency such as the applicant’s home university or hospital; a pharmaceutical company; government agency or a grant secured by the applicant; etc.

*The above documentation is necessary for your application to proceed to the next level.

**All documents, including reference letters, are to be sent via email. 

NOTE: Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination results are not required, but may be submitted as optional documentation.

Application Deadlines

All applications are due September 1, 2017 for the July 2018 start date. 

There are no fellowships available for the 2018/2019 academic year (July 2018 - June 2019).

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