This residency program is for 5 year(s)

Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.

PGY-1 (13 rotation periods)

Part of the first year of the resident's training is devoted to clinical medicine. This is meant to consolidate the clinical knowledge and skills of trainees before they embark on specialty training in Anatomical Pathology; including 7 mandatory clinical rotations by RCPSC standards in different sub-specialties of Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology and Pediatrics. Disciplines with particular relevance to Pathology, such as Oncology, Hematology, Nephrology, Gastroenterology, etc, are particularly recommended.

Now included are pathology rotations in ‘transition to pathology’ (1 period), 'grossing' (1 period), ‘introduction to molecular pathology’ (1 period), 'Foundations in Pathology' (1 period) and 'Surgical Pathology Junior' (2 periods).

PGY2-5 (52 rotation periods)

The rotational sequence of rotations is flexible. Core training in Anatomical Pathology is done during PGY-2 and PGY-3. It includes a minimum oftwo (2 periods during PGY-2) autopsy pathology periods,two (2 periods during PGY-2) junior surgical pathology periods, three (3) in pediatric pathology, one (1) in cytogenetic/placenta, one (1) frozen section and the remaining in surgical sub-specialty periods. In the typical PGY-4 year, there are three (3) periods in cytopathology, two (2) periods in forensic pathology, one (1) period of autopsy and one (1) period in advanced technology (molecular pathology). The PGY-5 year is tailored to the resident's specific needs and interest and includes a minimum of two (2) senior surgical pathology rotations and one (1) cytopathology period.


Residents in our program can spend from 6 to 12 periods in research. All residents participate in a research project as part of his/her molecular pathology rotation. Research can also be done longitudinally throughout training. There are numerous faculty members actively involved in basic and clinical research. The Research Committeeis in place to facilitate involvement in research projects. A scholarly project resulting in a publication or presentation at the national level is one of the residency requirements.


In addition to the day-to-day training with formal rounds at each teaching hospital, there is a centralized teaching program consisting of weekly half-day teaching sessions throughout the academic year (covering from formal longitudinal epidemiology teaching, sub-specialization teaching in pathology, QA, journal club and wellness).

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