To contribute to the need for subspecialty training in Dermatopathology in Canada, a 1 year Dermatopathology Fellowship program was established at the Department of Pathology in Halifax, in July 2012. This was undertaken with the support and collaboration of the Divisions of Anatomical Pathology and Dermatology. Dr Noreen Walsh has been the Director of the Program since its inception. She is assisted by three academic colleagues in dermatopathology and several in 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 5 individuals have completed the program (and obtained international certification in Dermatopathology), two are currently in place, and the position for 2021-2022 has been committed. Until now, the program had been unfunded and fellows who have pursued it have 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. 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, commencing July 2022. Dr Sylvia Pasternak, currently Co-Director of the Program, will ultimately assume the role of Director.

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 September 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 Dr Pasternak
Sylvia Pasternak MD, Co-Director, Dermatopathology Felowship Program, Halifax, NS.
Noreen Walsh MD, Director, Dermatopathology Felowship Program, Halifax, NS.

Advanced Training Opportunity 
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto
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.

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



Advanced Training Opportunity in Cytopathology

Department of Pathology McGill University

Period for application:Feb 15-May 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.

Opportunité de Formation Complémentaire

Département de Pathologie, Université McGill

Période pour mises en candidature: 15 fevrier-1er mai de l’année précédente

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.

- last updated November 2021 -