Academic Highlights and Strengths

Resident electives are tailored according to a resident's needs and interests. 

At the start of the PGY-1 year, each resident is presented with a detailed 'road-map' for residency. This 'road-map' is revisited every six months to permit adjustments to ensure that a resident's individual curriculum is best designed to ensure success at the Royal College examination, and recruitment into the resident's career of choice.

Six of the periods of the PGY-1 year are designed to maximize a resident's introduction to Pathology education.

These rotations include:

  • 'Transition to Pathology' – one period designed to familiarize residents with basic pathology concepts
  • 'Grossing' - one period
  • 'Introduction to Molecular Pathology' – designed to introduce residents from all different backgrounds to the basic concepts required to understand molecular pathology
  • 'Early Surgical Pathology' – two rotations in a community pathology setting
  • 'Foundation in Pathology' - one period

Formal mentorship in a quality assurance/quality improvement project.

Early frozen section exposure from PGY-2.

Excellent and strong Cytopathology program and expert sub-specialty training in all areas of pathology.

Exposure to both pediatric, adult and coroner autopsy cases, as well as forensic pathology. More than 500 cases per year.

Structured Royal College Preparation from PGY-2 including annual ‘mock’ oral exams as well as RISE exam.

Early and strong emphasis on digital pathology and research experience.

Career planning and mentorship through a dedicated committee.

Career Planning and Mentorship Subcommittee Members:

Dr. Oluyomi Ajise, Chair
Dr. Jason Karamchandani
Dr. Fadi Brimo
Dr. Khldoun Bakdounes
Dr. Svetlana Dmitrienko

Non-Academic Highlights

Montréal! When l’explorateur par-excellence Jaques Cartier first landed on the island in 1534, he was so taken with the island’s natural beauty he named its signature triple-peaks the ‘Royal Mountain’. Founded in 1642, Montréal has more than 370 years of history and is one of the oldest cities in North America. This long and rich history is literally built into the landscape, and its internationally-renowned architecture serves as an impressive and beautiful backdrop by which to enjoy your time here. 

Montréal is a uniquely multicultural and multi-lingual urban center. ‘The Paris of North America’ is the third largest primarily French-speaking city in the world.

As is the case for many Canadian cities, Montréal is no stranger to harsh winters, and, like its tree-lined streets, Montréal blooms in the summer – a season packed with unending cascades of festivals and fairs.

This city is also known for its excellent cuisine, and proudly hosts many of the nation’s finest eateries (with comparatively lower prices than most Canadian urban centers). Find out which Montreal restaurants made Canada's top 100 in 2024.

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