Hematological Pathology

Hematological Pathology Residency Training Program Overview

Program Length: Four years
Session Dates: July 1 – June 30
Program Structure: Series of mandatory and elective rotations as well as weekly didactic sessions
Evaluation Methods: Direct Observation, Written, Slide and Oral Exams
Program Director: D. Barth
Accreditation: Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada

Program Structure

Hematological Pathology is a four-year program. Candidates may also choose to enter the program via a number of pathways. Please see  the Royal College Specialty Training Requirements at www.royalcollege.ca. The four-year program is structured to meet the requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

PGY 1: The first year is composed of six months of Internal Medicine and its specialties and six months of Clinical Hematology and Clinical Oncology.

PGY 2-3: The following two years are spent in core laboratory hematology training with rotations in:

  • quantitative hematology
  • morphological evaluation of blood films
  • bone marrows and lymph nodes
  • flow cytometry
  • investigation of thrombosis and hemostatic disorders
  • transfusion medicine
  • pediatric hematology
  • molecular hematology and cytogenics
  • laboratory management

PGY 4: During the final year, the resident is encouraged to undertake a research project and pursue advanced training in a particular branch of hematopathology.

Research: Residents are expected to undertake a research project under the supervision of a faculty member. The research project can be at the basic science or clinical laboratory level. There are extensive opportunities for research within the department.

Detailed Goals and Objectives for Core rotations, Mandatory rotations and most selectives can be found in the programs Goals & Objectives document, available through the Hematological Pathology Web Portal.

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Applying to the Program

Application Procedure

Candidates for Hematological Pathology must apply to the Laboratory Medicine Program through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS). Basic eligibility criteria for the program can be viewed at the CaRMs website: www.carms.ca

Selection Criteria

Acceptable academic record and a demonstrated interest or aptitude for laboratory medicine. An elective in Hematological Pathology will be considered a distinct advantage. The elective does not have to be taken on-site.

Given the large number of applicants each year, we are not able to offer an interview to all candidates. Personal interviews are offered to candidates based on the criteria listed above and are mandatory for admission to the program.

International Medical Graduates accepted into the program will have access to the same opportunities, training and experience as Canadian Medical Graduates.

Sponsored Residencies

The University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine also has sponsorship agreements with various governments regarding training at the University. Applicants from these countries must have the approval of the sponsor involved. Applicants must have the sponsor contact the Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Medical Education Office (PGME) directly with approval before formally applying to a training program. Further details regarding sponsorship requirements and the countries involved is available at the PGME website: www.pgme.utoronto.ca

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Hematological Pathology Web Portal

Hematological Pathology Web Portal

The portal is a web “space” on the University of Toronto Quercus system where information specific to the Hematological Pathology Programs is kept. Content is developed and maintained for and by residents and all program-wide announcements are posted there. Other information available:

  • Online textbooks
  • Hematological Pathology links
  • Discussion groups
  • LMP guidelines and forms
  • PGCorED Modules

To obtain an account on the portal, please contact the LMP Postgraduate Office: lmp.pg@utoronto.ca

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