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 DirectorDr David Barth 

AccreditationRoyal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Why you should train in Hematological Pathology with us

  • Wide spectrum of clinical material from routine to very rare cases.
  • Multiple training sites within the program allows residents to see different practice patterns, sites that have particular expertise in subsections of hematologic pathology, train with different staff that have particular expertise in subsections of hematologic pathology.
  • Ability to train across all disciplines of hematologic pathology on site.
  • High faculty to resident ratio.
  • Opportunity for interprovincial and international electives.
  • Research opportunities are very wide given spectrum of clinical activity and relationships with multiple research institutions associated with the University and Hospital Research Centres.
  • Weekly Academic Half Days covering wide spectrum of topics. Inclusion of Hematologic Pathology residents in the University of Toronto Clinical Hematology Academic Half Days and other Hematology teaching rounds

Program structure

Year one (PGY 1)

You will spend your first year in:

  •  6 blocks of Adult Clinical Hematology
  • 1 block of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • 6 blocks morphology of blood films

Years two through four (PGY 2-4)

You will spend the following two years 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/instrumentation/automation

You are encouraged to undertake a research project throughout residency, which will take place under the supervision of a faculty member and can be at the basic science or clinical laboratory level. There are extensive opportunities for research within the department. 

How to apply

Application

Apply through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) if you have Canadian Citizenship or Permament Residency. 

The CaRMs website contains information on eligibility.

Selection criteria 

You must have an 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. We offer personal interviews 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, Temerty Faculty of Medicine also has sponsorship agreements with various governments regarding training at the University.

If you are an applicant from one these countries, you must have the approval of the sponsor involved. Your sponsor must contact the Temerty Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Medical Education Office (PGME) directly with approval before formally applying to a training program.  

More details on applying for residency training Post MD Education (see under International Residency Applications)