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Education & Training

We have a strong commitment to teaching and offer training programs for all academic levels in Medicine, with exposure to both ambulatory and acute care respirology. With a clinical focus on thromboembolism, lung cancer, sleep disordered breathing, and respiratory complications of neuromuscular disease, the program is able to offer a vast array of clinical experiences valuable at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level of training.

All of our respirologists have appointments at the University Of Toronto Faculty Of Medicine. We are fortunate to have some of the most highly rated and award winning educators in the Division.

Undergraduate Education

We welcome electives from the University of Toronto as well as from other medical schools. Electives are a minimum of three weeks and provide exposure to both general Respirology and subspecialty clinics while also providing an opportunity for inpatient consults and observation of procedures such as thoracentesis and bronchoscopies. While getting extensive clinical exposure, the student will also be provided with several educational rounds and teaching sessions during their time here.

Unfortunately, we are unable to grant requests for observerships at this time.

For further information please contact our Administrative Assisitant, Ms. Alison Fairclough: alison.fairclough@sunnybrook.ca.

Post Graduate Education

The Respirology program is a core teaching site for residents rotating through Anaesthesia and Internal Medicine as well as subspecialty residents rotating through Respirology. The program also accepts residents from the University of Toronto and other Postgraduate training programs for minimum three week electives.

The rotation provides a solid ambulatory program with unique exposure to thromboembolism, sleep disordered breathing and respiratory complications in both neuromuscular disease and cancer patients. Residents also spend time as part of the inpatient consult service where they conduct and review Respirology consults with attending staff. Residents are given training in ultrasound guided thoracentesis and bronchoscopy with fluoroscopic guided biopsy and transbronchial needle aspiration.

For further information regarding electives please contact our Administrative Assisitant, Ms. Alison Fairclough: alison.fairclough@sunnybrook.ca

Structured Teaching Sessions & Accredited Rounds

While the Program provides extensive clinical exposure, trainees also undergo a comprehensive teaching curriculum while on service. Below are formal University of Toronto accredited rounds that are available through our division, and all are welcome:

  1. Combined Respirology/ Radiology rounds- Mondays 8:30 am to 9:30 am (Rm AG255)
    These University of Toronto accredited rounds provide a unique teaching opportunity to review cases and radiology with a Chest Radiologist and discuss management plans. These rounds also provide exposure to new radiographic techniques available for diagnosis and there advantages and limitations.
  2. City-Wide Respirology Grand Rounds/Research Rounds - every third and fourth Friday 8 am to 9 am (Rm C103)
    These monthly accredited rounds are videoconferenced from Toronto General Hospital and provide teaching from experts in various fields of Respirology as well as cutting edge research being done in the Division.
  3. The Centre for Sleep Medicine and Circadian Biology Sleep Rounds- second Friday 8:30 am to 9:30 am (Rm C103)
    These monthly accredited rounds are videoconferenced from Toronto General Hospital and offer a variety of experts in the field of Sleep Medicine both locally and internationally.
  4. Respirology Teaching Rounds - Thursdays 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Rm E320)
    These weekly rounds include formal presentations about a variety of topics in general respirology as well as topics presented by the residents on respirology rotation.
  5. Lung Tumor Board Rounds- Wednesdays 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm (Odette Cancer Centre)
    These weekly multidisciplinary rounds provide a venue to discuss diagnostic and management dilemmas facing Medical and Radiation oncologists, Thoracic surgeons and Respirologists in cancer patients being followed at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

Location and contact

Respirology division

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Avenue,
A-wing, 4th floor,
room A4 59
Toronto, ON M4N 3M5

Phone: 416-480-6100 ext. 64758
Fax: 416-480-5153
or email to:

Division Head:
Dr. Anu Tandon