Fellowship Application Guidelines

Fellowship training takes place in a clinical environment 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

*If you have also applied to the US match through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), please be advised that the University of Toronto is a participating instituion 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 accpet 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-Specialties-Matching-Service.pdf 

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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

Applications for July 2021 will be no longer be accepted.

Clinical Fellowships

  • Breast Pathology
  • Dermatopathology
  • Endocrine Pathology
  • Forensic Pathology (for int'l grads)
  • Genitourinary Pathology
  • Gynecological Pathology
  • Gastrointestinal/Hepatopathology
  • Gastrointestinal Pathology
  • Head and Neck Pathology
  • Hematological Pathology
  • Neuropathology
  • Pediatric Pathology
  • Pediatric Hematological Pathology
  • Perinatal Pathology
  • Renal Pathology
  • Soft Tissue Pathology
  • Surgical Pathology






Areas of Focused Competence Programs

  • Cytopathology
  • Transfusion Medicine


Special Notes
*Three reference letters to be sent by referees directly to the LMP Postgraduate Programs Office (pathology.residency@utoronto.ca). Any additional letters will be disregarded.

*Reference letters recieved after the application deadline will not be accepted

*Applications with no reference letters will be rejected.

*Due to the high volume of applications received, we are unable to inform applicants if all/any reference letters have been recieved. Please check with your references directly.

*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.

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

Application Deadlines

Applications for July 2022 will be accepted as of July 2021.