Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre


2-3 fellows per year

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is one of the teaching hospitals of the University of Toronto, situated in the north-central part of Toronto. The cardiac unit performs approximately 800 adult cardiac operations annually. Our case volume includes on and off-pump coronary bypass surgery, aortic, mitral, and tricuspid valve surgery, surgery of the thoracic aorta (including stent-grafting), surgery for left ventricular aneurysm or septal rupture, atrial ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation, pericardiectomy, and simple adult congenital heart surgery. Pediatric heart surgery is done at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and complex congenital heart surgery in the adult and cardiac transplantation at the Toronto General Hospital. We have active clinical and basic research programs.

We are currently reviewing possible candidates for 2008. We are interested in quality applicants, which is based on our assessment of the curriculum vitae, the letters of recommendation, the case-list of the applicant, and whether the applicant has a promised staff position in cardiac surgeon following completion of all of his/her training. The funding status is also important when assessing the application, but not of primary importance. Candidates must have received board certification in Cardiac surgery.

To better assess your application, can you send us the following:

  • Current CV
  • Case List, broken down to procedure and whether you functioned as the assistant or surgeon
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • A statement regarding whether you have a staff position in cardiac surgery following fellowship
  • A statement indicating whether you be self-funded or will require funding.

The fellowship would be for 12 months. In some cases, the fellowship may be extended longer than 12 months, but that is determined during the fellowship, not before the fellowship. The fellows receive a total of 4 weeks holidays per year, usually 1 week at a time. Fellows participate in the call schedule and in the educational rounds along with the other fellows and residents. Clinical fellows may participate in a clinical research project during their fellowship, but it is not required. The Division will cover the travel costs of the fellow for one scientific meeting in North America each year, as well as the travel costs to any scientific meeting if the fellow is presenting an abstract of a study completed at Sunnybrook. We also cover the cost of the fellow's medical malpractice insurance in Canada.

We decide who we will accept for fellowship approximately 12 months before the fellowship is planned to begin. The application process for the candidate's approval from the Office of Postgraduate Education of the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto, employment visa from the Canadian government and educational license from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario takes 10 to 12 months.

Applicants interested in applying for Cardiac Surgery Clinical Fellowship at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre should contact:

Dr. Stephen Fremes
Division Head, Cardiac Surgery
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave., Room H-405,
Toronto, ON, Canada, MA4 3M5
Tel: 416 480-6073