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Education & training

Training

Our chemotherapy/hematology program is a major teaching site for the University of Toronto.

Medical student education

Our program is consistently ranked as one of the most highly rated rotations in the department of medicine at the University of Toronto.

Medical students can seek electives that will expose them to the practice of oncology through participation in ambulatory medical, radiation, gynaecologic and surgical oncology clinics across a variety of tumour sites.

Medical students will have the opportunity for exposure to pathology, medical imaging, screening, symptom-control and palliative care. These electives are both multidisciplinary as well as multi-professional. Formal clinics will be supplemented by tumour boards and seminars geared specifically to medical students, with reference material for independent study. Medical students will participate in consultations on hospital inpatients and will have access to ward patients but will not have primary ward responsibilities.

The hematology elective is an opportunity for medical students to familiarize themselves with basic clinical hematology problems as seen in an ambulatory setting and as consults in a tertiary hospital. Contents will include anemia, white cell disorders, platelet disorders, coagulation and thrombosis, and low grade lympho-proliferative disorders.

Residency program

Dr. Scott Berry is the director of the postgraduate residency program for chemotherapy (one of the largest in the country) at the University of Toronto and trains the medical oncologists of the future. Residents are a key part of the care team and learn while seeing patients in Sunnybrook's multi-disciplinary outpatient clinics and in formal, small group teaching sessions with our award-winning faculty.

Residents are encouraged to participate in research projects while at the OCC. Internal medicine residents experience an outpatient rotation at the OCC and our program is consistently ranked as one of the most highly rated rotations in the department of medicine at U of T.

For more information about the U of T MOTP – contact the program director, Dr. Scott Berry at scott.berry@sunnybrook.ca or at 416 480 4270.

Fellowship program

The chemotherapy program offers fellowship program to trainees who are board certified in medical oncology. We offer a unique fellowship program that is specifically tailored to the trainee's educational needs. This program may be one to two years in duration depending on their clinical and academic interest. Fellows are also encouraged to enter into a graduate program such as a master's in clinical epidemiology or master's in education during their fellowship.

There is also a multi-disciplinary fellowship program created for trainees interested in breast oncology. This program features a unique training with clinical exposure in medical, radiation, and surgical oncology. In addition there is an additional opportunity to have exposure to breast pathology, imaging, and basic science research. We have been very successful in attracting national and international trainees for this fellowship program.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Sunil Verma to obtain more information sunil.verma@sunnybrook.ca.