The Obstetrics and Gynaecology Program at the University of Toronto is committed to providing our residents with the best possible training experiences to ensure their development into outstanding physicians who will contribute to our society and the medical community as leaders, advocates, scholars and educators. The Residency Program is embedded within a department that actively seeks to promote Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. We seek to develop a community of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists that reflects the wide diversity of our community: the City of Toronto and Canada.
We strive to provide equal opportunities to all candidates who would like to become excellent Obstetricians & Gynaecologists. We welcome applications from people of all communities, including but not limited to racialized persons, persons of colour, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S persons, and others who may contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives. Our admissions process includes providing training in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as well as unconscious bias for all members of the admissions committee. Our admissions process will recognize and value a wide range of accomplishments and experiences, while using the same metrics for all applicants at both the file review and interview stages.
IMPORTANT - All applicants to the University of Toronto's Obstetrics and Gynaecology Residency Program are required to complete an online CASPer™ (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) assessment, to assist with our selection process. There are a limited number of testing dates and times, so if you are planning to apply to our program please attend to this requirement right away. More information is available in the Additional Documents section.
Program application language: English
Proof of valid current citizenship or permanent resident status must be provided by submitting one of the following verifications to CaRMS by the File Review Opening deadline. Failure to provide valid proof will result in your application being removed. No other forms of verification are acceptable:
CaRMS is partnering with third-party organizations to automate the verification of citizenship/legal status required by postgraduate offices for entry into residency. Third-party verification simplifies the process for applicants and programs. All applicants who do not receive third-party citizenship verification will be required to upload and assign an acceptable proof of citizenship document. Please see additional information here.
If possible one or more letters from a faculty member in Obstetrics and Gynecology who has observed you in a clinical setting is helpful but not required.
Candidate photographs will only be used during the interview stage and will not be released prior (i.e. in selecting residents for or during file review).Medical School Transcript
Order from your Registrar.Medical Student Performance Record
Order from your Dean's office.Personal Letter
Describe why you are interested in a career in Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Your personal letter is an opportunity to speak to your professional motivations and ambitions; your leadership experience and aspirations as well as your interpersonal and communication skills.
Please feel welcome to share any circumstances or lived experiences that will contribute to the diversity of experience and thought in our program and profession, including but not limited to your identity as a Black, Indigenous or racialized student, or a member of the LGBTQ2S and differently-abled communities. We also welcome you to share your experience as an ally to others in your journey.
For candidates voluntarily self-identifying as Black Canadians or Americans, if you would like your application to be reviewed by a Black Canadian faculty member, please indicate this in the first line of your letter. In future, we hope to offer this option to Indigenous candidates as well.
Maximum word count: 1000 (no minimum)
Custom Résumé / CV CASPer exam
All applicants to the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Residency Program, at the University of Toronto are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility.
CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.
In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken practically anywhere that you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer online due to being located at sites where internet is not dependable due to technical or political factors.
Please go to www.takeCASPer.com to sign up for the Canadian Postgraduate Medical Education test (CSP20201) and reserve a test using a piece of government-issued photo ID. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test (you will want to reserve your spot right away). Please use an email address that you check regularly; there may be updates to the test schedule.
Please direct any inquiries on the test to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen on the takecasper.com website.
The CASPer test is comprised of 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at takeCASPer.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.
CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.
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
Only COMPLETED applications released through CaRMS and adhering to their application deadline will be reviewed. Selected candidates will be offered interviews by February 26, 2021.
Resident selection is based on a combination of outcomes in the following areas: (1) the results of the CASPer Exam, (2) the applicant file review, and (3) the interviews.
1) CASPer Exam
All applicants must complete a CASPer(tm) (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) test to submit with their application through CaRMS. CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics. To see an example of the test structure and schedule a test, please visit http://www.takeCASPer.com. Please direct any inquiries on the test to email@example.com.
Test dates for 1st Iteration: A limited number of test dates and times will be available in 2021-22, so do not delay in registering.
2) File Review
Each component of the candidate’s online CaRMS application is reviewed and scored by 2-3 members of the program’s Resident Selection Subcommittee. Members include both faculty and senior residents. Reviewers use a standard form for scoring. Applicants with the highest file review scores are invited to interview.
The interview format will be provided to candidates offered an interview, in advance of their interview date. Interviews will be conducted by a team of faculty, senior residents and/or allied health. Candidates should anticipate that they will meet with more than one team.
A standard set of questions and standardized scoring is used for interviews. Each question is linked to interview components as listed in the Interview Process section below.
NOTE: The program will accommodate re-scheduling due to technology failure or unforeseen circumstances; however, rescheduled interviews must occur within the three days designated for our interview process (see interview section for further details).
The University of Toronto Obstetrics & Gynaecology residency program seeks to train highly skilled Obstetricians and Gynaecologists who are representative of the diversity in our population.
Our graduates will be:
The University of Toronto Obstetrics & Gynaecology residency program seeks to bring together a group of residents who will enrich and inspire our community, within and outside of medicine. We value the life experiences of all applicants and are interested to hear how your experience of culture, race, social and economic background, gender and/or sexual expression may have informed your understanding of the medical profession and your personal goals as a future Obstetrician & Gynaecologist.
We value proven interest and ability in many different arenas, including but not limited to leadership, advocacy and scholarly work.
Our selection process emphasizes the following traits:
Review team composition : A senior resident and a faculty member will review each file in its entirety. When these two individuals have divergent opinions regarding the merit of an applicant's file, a senior faculty member will provide a third review.
Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 51 - 200
Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 0 - 25 %
|CV||Academic success, scholarly activity and research projects, leadership roles, advocacy projects, work experiences|
|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.|
|Extra-curricular||Evidence of sustained leadership, advocacy and service-oriented interests, ability to work in teams, collaboration|
|Leadership skills||Abilities and interests in leading teams|
|MSPRs||Academic success, communication and collaboration skills, professionalism|
|Personal letters||Interest and insight into the specialty, resilience, communication skills, reflection on lived experiences|
|Reference documents||Academic success, surgical potential, scholarly activity, collaboration skills, professionalism, communication abilities, compassion, insight|
|Research/Publications||Interest in scholarly activity; evidence of sustained scholarly work is not required but will be considered|
|Transcripts||Potential for academic success|
Interview format :
We routinely accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants due to weather, technology failure or unforeseen circumstances.
|Collaboration skills||Ability to work in team settings|
|Collegiality||Allyship, interest in helping colleagues and working for the communal good|
|Communication skills||Outstanding ability to communicate complex concepts|
|Health advocacy||Insight into when and how to advocate for patients and populations|
|Interest in the discipline||Demonstrated insight into the rewards and challenges of the specialty; knowledge of and suitability for competence-based education|
|Interest in the program||Interest in training in a large, multi-site program in a large urban centre|
|Leadership skills||Ability to motivate a team, problem solve, people skills|
|Professionalism||Dedication, responsibility, commitment, collegiality, insight, ethical decision making, and commitment to principles of equity, diversity and inclusion|
|Scholarly activities||Interest in scholarly work, ability to identify and articulate a scholarly problem|
The Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Toronto is committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (EDI). We seek to use the principles of EDI to inform our work in our key focus areas of: Research, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS), Global Health and Community Advocacy. Our education programs at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels are strongly integrated with all of these initiatives. Our residents are leaders and key participants in the academic life of our department as we pursue this work.
Our program provides comprehensive training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology leading to Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons certification. Strengths of our program include:
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.
Competency By Design (CBD)
In 2019, the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology launched a Competency by Design (CBD) curriculum, under the direction and guidance of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. More information about this curriculum is available here: Competence by Design (CBD). CBD aims to enhance patient care by aligning medical education and lifelong learning with evolving patient needs and empowering learners to more fully engage in their education process. The residency programs is broken down into four training stages, and each stage requires the successful achievement of Entrusted Professional Activities (EPA’s) based upon required competencies.
All programs implementing CBD continue to undergo the same rigorous accreditation processes and continue to lead to Royal College approved certification. Certification for trainees will include the completion of a Royal College examination.
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Stages of Training
The four stages of Obstetrics & Gynaecology are (with number of blocks*):
Legend: For the following section, please note that each block is (4)-four weeks in length. For reasons of legibility, we have included site abbreviations; the full name of each hospital as well as a link are provided in the Training Sites section below.
PGY1 & PGY2
During PGY1, residents will complete Transition-to-Discipline (TTD) and the first ten blocks of Foundations-of-Discipline (FOD). The remaining FOD rotations will be completed in PGY2. Residents will be assigned a base hospital in PGY1, where they will complete the majority of their rotations; this is to encourage a greater sense of community as they rotate through their off-service rotation requirements.
Rotations include the following (site codes are explained in the Training Site section):
Transition to Discipline (TTD)
Foundations of Discipline (FOD)
The following FOD rotations may occur either in PGY1 or the first three blocks of PGY2:
During PGY2, residents will continue to complete the FOD stage of their training, spending the bulk of the year on the Core Obstetrics and Gynaecology services, as well as spending a short period of time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and 2 weeks planning a scholarly project.
PGY3, PGY4 & PGY5
Core of Discipline (COD)
The COD stage begins in PGY3 and continues until the Royal College (RC) written exam in the fall of PGY5. Training during this stage focusses on subspecialty disciplines and advanced training in core Obstetrics & Gynaecology.
The order of rotations will vary. All residents have exposure to community practice throughout the program. Our residents will pursue a course of training that includes:
Transition to Practice (TTP)
TTP is the final stage of training in the residency program and will commence after the RC written exams in the fall of PGY5. This time will be spent consolidating skills in anticipation of independent practice or fellowship, culminating in the Royal College oral exams in the spring.
The remaining 13 blocks are set aside for residents to personalize their residency training during the COD and TTP stages, including up to (3)-three rotations outside of Ontario (includes global health electives). The program offers a number of pre-defined experiences in areas such as Lower Genital Tract Diseases; however, residents can opt to create their own rotation objectives with an approved faculty supervisor.
Scholarly Project Requirement
During residency training, each resident completes a scholarly project in clinical or education research, Quality Improvement (QI) or basic science, under the guidance of a faculty supervisor. Residents are supported through every stage of the process to ensure they gain training and experience in research methodology, ethics, proposal writing, literature review, data work, writing a manuscript and presentation at the Department’s Annual Research Day. Satisfactory completion of residency training at the University of Toronto requires completion of a scholarly project.
The program encourages residents to attend and present their findings at conferences and meetings through an educational fund set up for each resident. Residents who come to the program with previous research training and/or experience will benefit from the University of Toronto’s extensive network of faculty and staff, as well as leadership and mentorship opportunities.
Residents who would like more focused time to complete scholarly work can choose to pause their clinical training and apply to the Clinician-Investigator Program or other post-graduate programs as approved by the Program Director.
UofT OBGYN Residency Clinical Sites
The University of Toronto Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology provides all levels of care to the local community, and tertiary and quaternary care to the Province of Ontario. Together, all core teaching-hospital sites within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) have over 35,000 deliveries a year and a large number/variety of gynaecologic operative cases. Our residents are privileged to have the opportunity to learn and work in many different hospitals. This great strength of our program allows the residents to develop strong relationships with many faculty members, meet patients from across Toronto, representing all the cultural diversity of this city, and to experience many different styles of practice.
Residency clinical teaching sites are as follows:
All residents can expect to rotate through several of these hospital sites during their training. All sites are accessible by public transportation.
1) UofT OBGYN Information Session
Our Department is hosting virtual information sessions. Dr. Michele Farrugia, Residency Program Director, Dr. Janet Bodley, Associate Program Director, other faculty members and residents will be available to answer questions and provide information about our Program.
Dates and Times:
To register for one or multiple sessions, please provide your contact details at LINK
2) Meeting with the Current Residents
If you would like to find out more about our residents' experience in the program, we would be happy to put you in touch with a current resident. If you are interested, please contact email@example.com.
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