Fellowship In Oncologic Surgical Pathology

Start Date:  July 1, 2023


Applications are invited for a one (1) year fellowship in oncologic surgical pathology commencing July 1, 2023 within the Laboratory Medicine and Genetics Program of Trillium Health Partners. The Program is seeking two (2) Fellows. The Fellows will work with a group of twenty-one (21) pathologists serving a large community academic hospital with a regional cancer program. The Program has strong immunohistochemistry and flow cytometry facilities and hosts the regional molecular genetics laboratory.

These fellowships will focus on diagnostic confidence building, workload management, and the development of leadership skills, including communication, group learning, test validation, quality assurance, and quality improvement. The Fellows will learn in a framework of graduated responsibility, including signing out biopsies and large surgical cases. The Fellows will gain a wide exposure to oncologic pathology specimens including radical resections, cytology specimens, referral cases, as well as intra-operative consultations. The Fellows will be provided an opportunity to participate in one or more research/departmental projects and will assist in the undergraduate and postgraduate training programs. Opportunity exists to tailor the fellowships in areas of surgical pathology and cytopathology, if desired.


Minimum requirements include MD (or equivalent) degree; certification in anatomical or general pathology from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; and registration for an independent practice license with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Postgraduate residents completing their final year training are encouraged to apply. This position is open to all qualified candidates; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


Applications for the July 2023 Fellowships are being accepted now. Interested candidates should submit their letter of interest and curriculum vitae along with the names of three references to:

  • Dr. Matthew Cesari
  • Program Chief and Medical Director
  • Laboratory Medicine and Genetics Program
  • Trillium Health Partners
  • 2200 Eglinton Avenue West
  • Mississauga, ON L5M 2N1
  • Aditi.Kaura@thp.ca

In addition, applicants must also complete an electronic application for fellowship through the University of Toronto website, by selecting surgical pathology and Trillium Health Partners.

Dermatopathology Fellowship in Halifax, NS

Application deadline:  June 1 of the preceding year


To contribute to the need for subspecialty training in Dermatopathology in Canada, a 1year Dermatopathology Fellowship program was established at the Department of Pathology in Halifax by Dr Noreen Walsh, in July 2012. This was undertaken with the support and collaboration of the Divisions of Anatomical Pathology and Dermatology. The program is accredited by the International Committee for Dermatopathology (ICDP). Fellows who complete the program are eligible to sit for the ICDP examination in Dermatopathology and thereby gain international certification in the discipline. To date 8 individuals have completed the program. The 2023-2024 has been committed. The program had been unfunded and fellows who have pursued it, obtained independent financial support for the duration of their training.

The Future

Recently a charitable donation to the QEII Foundation in Halifax, establishing the Noreen Walsh Fund in Dermatopathology, has made it possible to provide funding for the Fellowship in the future. With the ongoing commitment of the Department of Pathology, the Division of Anatomical Pathology and the Division of Dermatology (Department of Medicine) the Fellowship will continue, with funding. Dr Sylvia Pasternak, is currently Director of the Program


Candidates eligible to apply to the Program include those certified in Anatomical or General Pathology by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (RCPS©) of Canada, or individuals eligible to sit for the RCPS© qualifying exams in those disciplines. Applications should include a letter outlining the individual’s professional aspirations and a copy of his/her curriculum vitae (including a list of 4 referees with whom the applicant has worked in the past 4 years).

Following a process of short-listing (which takes place during the month of June of the year prior to commencement of the academic year in question), candidates would be expected to undertake a site visit to Halifax, for interviews and for exploration of benefits offered by the Program.

Applications should be sent to:

Advanced Training Opportunity in Toronto, ON

Application deadline:  September 1 of the preceding year


The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto offers an Area of Focused Competence in Cytopathology (Diploma) Program. Based at the University Health Network (Toronto General Site) and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, the AFC Cytopathology Diploma Program meets the increasing demand for specialist cytopathology expertise. Trainees will attain the necessary skills to contribute and oversee the operations of a state-of-the-art cytopathology laboratory at a medical, organizational and procedural level. They will gain the in-depth knowledge and expertise to become leaders in their field.

The Future

Areas of Focused Competence (AFC) Programs are accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and provide subspecialty competency based training for physicians who have achieved specialist certification in a primary discipline. Those who successfully complete a program can apply for a diploma from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and designation as DRCPSC. Members will be known nationally, and internationally, as individuals who have sought to advance their knowledge and expertise with additional complementary skills and competency.


Interested candidates are invited to review the eligibility requirements and application process at  http://www.lmp.utoronto.ca/postgraduate/areas-focused-competence/cytopathology

Advanced Training Opportunity in Cytopathology in Montreal, QC

Application Deadline:  September 1 of the preceding year


The Department of Pathology of McGill University offers an Area of Focused Competence in Cytopathology (diploma) Program.


Interested candidates are invited to consult the McGill University Faculty of Medicine website to review eligibility requirements, and application process: https://www.mcgill.ca/pgme/afc-programs/cytopathology-program.

Opportunité de Formation Complémentaire à Montréal, QC

Date limite pour inscription: 1er septembre de l'année précédente

Détails :

Veuillez prendre note que le Département de Pathologie de l’Université McGill offre un programme de domaine de compétence ciblée (diplôme) en Cytopathologie.


Les candidates intéressés sont invités à consulter le site « web » des Études Postdoctorales de la Faculté de Medicine de l’Université McGill, pour la description des programmes, les démarches à suivre, les prérequis et les critères d’admissibilité : https://www.mcgill.ca/pgme/fr/programmes-de-dcc/programme-de-cytopathologie.

- last updated February 2024 -