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, EPAs, written, slide and oral exams

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

This residency program is for 4 years.

Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.

Hematological Pathology is a four year program. The four year program is structured to meet the requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. 

Starting in July, 2022, all PGY1 residents in Hematological Pathology residency training programs throughout Canada will implement a Competence By Design (CBD) curriculum format. This is a Competency Based Medical Education system instituted by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. CBD will mainly reflect changes in the way residents are coached, assessed and promoted throughout their residency. Under CBD, the residency is divided into four stages: Transition to Discipline, Foundations of Discipline, Core of Discipline, and Transition to Practice

The first stage for residents is Transition to Discipline (TTD), which will include an orientation Hematological Pathology.

Foundations of Discipline (FOD), the second stage of the continuum of residency education, is when the basics are taught, learned, assessed, and demonstrated.

Core of Discipline (COD) is the third stage of the continuum of residency education and is the longest stage of training. During this stage, the resident will complete various Hematological Pathology rotations to gain competence in the diagnosis and monitoring of disorders of blood cells, bone marrow, lymph nodes, spleen and hemostasis. It is anticipated that in the future the specialty exam will be administered near the end of the Core stage.

The fourth and final stage of residency education is Transition to Practice (TTP), which focuses on ensuring residents’ confidence and competence to practice within their discipline. This stage occurs after the completion of the RC exams to allow the resident some flexibility to complete research projects and rotations of particular interest.

Hematological Pathology Research

The resident will be 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.

Academic Program

Seminars and an organized teaching program supplement residency training. Centralized and hospital-based seminars and rounds are held regularly, as well as graduate and joint interdepartmental seminars which residents are encouraged to attend. An academic half-day each week is an integral part of the program.

How to apply


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)

Contact us


Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology 
Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto 
1 King's College Circle, Rm 6231,
Toronto ON, M5S 1A8 

Fax: 416-978-7361