LAST UPDATED ON OCT 8, 2020
Dr. Stephane Laframboise
Staff, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, University Health Network
Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Toronto
Grezafe (Gigi) Lacanlale
Tel: (416) 946-4043
Division of Gynaecologic Oncology - click here for more information about the division
Please email your completed application form to:
Please forward other required documents to:
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
610 University Avenue, M700
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M9
To All Applicants:
If you have also applied to the U.S match through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), please be advised that the University of Toronto is a participating institution and adheres to the match policy. The policy states that "Applicants who have matched to a program or have accepted a position during the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP), shall not apply for, discuss, interview for, or accept a concurrent year position in another program prior to the NRMP granting the requested waiver." More information is accessible at http://www.nrmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2018-MPA-Specialities-Matching-Service.pdf.
This program is currently a 2-year clinical fellowship combined with a mandatory third year focused on providing each fellow with formal training and/or experience in an academic (non-clinical) field relevant to their future career in Gynaecologic Oncology.
The 2-year clinical fellowship includes 4 six-month clinical blocks involving the following rotations:
- Clinical rotation at Princess Margaret Hospital (6 months)
- Clinical rotation at Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre (6 months)
- Off-service rotations in Medical Oncology (2 months), Radiation Oncology (2 months), Pathology (1 month), and Surgical Intensive Care (1 month)
- Elective clinical rotation(s) (6 months)
There is considerable flexibility allowed within the academic year in order to facilitate each fellows' pursuit of a particular academic area of interest. Ultimately, this additional training/experience aims to provide fellows with practical skills that should facilitate their career in academic medicine. Previous fellows have used this time to pursue experiences in relevant laboratory research, or formal training at the Master's Degree level in Clinical Epidemiology or Health Professional Education.
The overall intent of the Program is to prepare fellows for all aspects of the independent practice of Gynaecologic Oncology in an academic setting.
At the present time, the Program fulfils the objectives of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada for Gynaecologic Oncology. Upon successful completion of the fellowship program and the subspecialty examination of the Royal College, fellows will be recognized as subspecialists in Gynaecologic Oncology by all provincial licensing bodies in Canada as well those in many other countries.
The size of our University Division provides fellows with an ideal environment for experiencing the practice of Gynaecologic Oncology in an academic environment. The relatively large number of staff Gynaecologic Oncologists (9) affiliated with the Program provides fellows with a range of academic interests and clinical practices that facilitate the development of varied clinical skills, critical thinking, and multiple perspectives on the practice of Gynaecologic Oncology. Due to the large volume of both surgical and non-surgical cases seen annually by members of the Division of Gyneacologic Oncology at the University of Toronto, based at two tertiary-care referral centres for women with gynaecologic malignancies in Ontario, Canada, fellows in our Program are afforded a high level of clinical exposure to the range of malignancies managed by Gynaecologic Oncologists. The large clinical volume also facilitates the performance of clinical research by fellows during their training period.
Our broad network of formal affiliations with colleagues in other medical disciplines facilitates development of skills in multidisciplinary management of women with gynecologic malignancies, and provides opportunities for fellows to pursue clinical experiences within these disciplines during clinical electives (see rotations above), including Urologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology, and Palliative Care & Psychosocial Oncology.
The third ("academic") year of our Program also provides fellows with a unique opportunity to develop skills vital to their ultimate successful practice in an academic centre, which remains our model for the ideal practice of Gynaecologic Oncology in Canada. In no other Canadian Fellowship Training Program are fellows provided with this "protected" environment to foster the development of these vital skills.