Program application language: English
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If possible one or more letters from a faculty member in Vascular Surgery is helpful but not required.
Your personal letter should outline your academic and career goals in Vascular Surgery. Highlight your leadership activities and any other information relevant to your application.
Maximum word count: 1000 (no minimum)Custom Résumé / CV
Applications submitted after file review has opened on January 31, 2022
Supporting documents (excluding letters of reference) that arrive after file review has opened on January 31, 2022
Letters of reference that arrive after the unmasking date on January 31, 2022
Individual applications are scored by Faculty and resident reviewers (three scores per application) using an objective scoring process candidates who score above our cut-off will be offered interviews.
- A good academic record which demonstrates special proficiency in those subjects related to Vascular Surgery
- Candidates should have a proven interest in surgery. This can be demonstrated by electives and references from staff in any of the surgical specialties
- If possible one or more references letters from a faculty member in vascular surgery is helpful but not required. Referees should be able to attest to interest and proficiency in the specialty as well as comments on interpersonal skills, motivation, work ethic, etc.
- Candidates with an interest in research, both in basic science, clinical research, education, etc. are encouraged to apply
- Special accomplishments either within medicine or outside of medicine are reviewed favourably
- All applications are screened by a subcommittee of the Residency Program Committee which will rank applicants after their interview
The University of Toronto’s Vascular Surgery Residency Program aims to provide an excellent opportunity for Residents to develop the broad range of knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for success as a vascular surgeon. Residents will be exposed to common and uncommon vascular problems including adult and paediatric vascular trauma, as well as multidisciplinary vascular oncology cases, and complex aortic pathology.
Residents must learn how to manage these problems in a comprehensive fashion and gain adequate experience and training in conservative management, endovascular, and open-surgical techniques. All residents will be able to appropriately select and interpret non-invasive vascular imaging studies for the diagnosis and management of vascular problems. With a relatively larger number of different training sites compared to other vascular training programs, a goal of the program is to teach residents multiple different, valid approaches to clinical problems.
The University of Toronto’s Vascular Surgery Residency program aims to train leaders in Vascular Surgery who will support the academic endeavor through teaching and research, and advance knowledge in the field. The program aims to graduate vascular specialists who can comprehensively manage our aging society’s increasing burden of vascular disease. These specialists will be committed to multidisciplinary care of the vascular patient and be prepared for the lifelong-learning required to stay abreast of this rapidly advancing field.
- High academic achievers, motivation to purse a surgical career in general with dedicated experience towards pursing a Vascular career specifically.
- Interest in post graduate research preferred.
- Candidates that are considered to have a reasonable opportunity for acceptance are contacted for interview, which will be held according to the schedule set by the Vascular Surgery Specialty Committee of the Royal College and CaRMS.
Review team composition : The review team is made up of Faculty members and residents currently in the program.
Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 0 - 50
Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 76 - 100 %
|CV||Reviewed by three independent assessors|
|Electives||We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted candidates’ opportunities to arrange and complete electives and would like to reassure you that a lack of elective activity this year will not negatively impact your application to our program.|
|Examinations||We do not evaluate this file component.|
|Extra-curricular||Highlight activities that demonstrate hobbies and interests outside of medicine and surgery.|
|Leadership skills||Prior experience preferred|
|MSPRs||We do not evaluate this file component|
|Personal letters||Should document dedication to the specialty as well as specific interest in the U of T program|
|Reference documents||Reviewed by three independent assessors|
|Research/Publications||Previous academic activity/ publications preferred|
|Transcripts||Demonstration of high academic achievement i.e. awards and scholarships|
Interview format :
We do not re-schedule interviews for applicants after we have completed the scheduling process.
|Collaboration skills||Applicants must be good collaborators|
|Collegiality||Applicants should be proceed to be collegiality|
|Communication skills||Applicants must demonstrate high level of communication in write and oral|
|Health advocacy||Applicant must demonstrate how they are a health advocate|
|Interest in the discipline||Candidates who are not interested in Vascular Surgery will not be considered|
|Interest in the program||Candidates must demonstrate a interest in our program|
|Leadership skills||Be prepared to discus leadership experiences|
|Professionalism||Looking for " red flags" in application|
|Scholarly activities||Previous scholarly activity preferred|
This program is carried out across six teaching sites including the Toronto General Hospital, St. Michael's Hospital, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, Trillium Health Center, Scarborough General Hospital and Humber River Regional Hospital. Open and endovascular training are provided at all sites. We encourage a strong academic focus in our residents who are expected to complete a research project annually for presentation at the vascular surgery residency program annual research day. Residents who enter the Surgeon Scientist Training Program (SSTP) do so after their second year and on completion of their SSTP training re-enter the clinical stream for a final three years.
Beginning PGY1 residents start their training with a central departmental skills boot camp and follow with a vascular surgery specific boot camp. This three week experience allows our residents to make the most of their initial experiences in the operating room. During the first two years residents complete off-service surgical and medical rotations and have an initial experience in the vascular laboratory. Third year residents complete rotations in cardiac surgery as well as further vascular rotations. During the final two years residents are expected to run a vascular service at one of our core sites and receive additional interventional radiology and vascular lab experience.
This residency program is for 5 years.
Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.
Please see program highlights.
As of July 2021, the U of T Vascular Surgery Program implemented the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Competency by Design Curriculum.
In addition residents must complete the Surgical Foundation Curriculum during their PGY1 and 2 years.
Since July1, 2008 all University of Toronto Residents entering PGY1 are required to complete the web based PGCorEd* core competency modules as part of their residency program certification. These modules provide the foundation for non-clinical roles for the RCPSC and CFPC Programs. These modules are focused for PGY1 & PGY2 trainees. Failure to complete the modules will delay processing of Final In-Training Evaluation Reports (FITERs).
University Health Network, Toronto General Hospital
St. Michael's Hospital
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Trillium Health Partners
Humber River Hospital
Scarborough General Hospital
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