Please be aware the Ministry of Health has mandated all hospital and health care employers establish, implement and ensure compliance with a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. The Ministry directives can be reviewed here. Residents matched to any Ontario residency program must ensure they are able to comply with the Ministry directive in order to start training July 1, 2022.
It is important to understand this is an evolving issue. You are required to review Provincial, Hospital, University and Program information to ensure you are in continued compliance with directives.
Program application language: English
Our program seeks to equip trainees to be the microbiology leaders of the future. Accordingly, we are looking for a cohort of residents that are committed to a career in medical microbiology, keen to advance its evolving role in patient care and are capable of learning, understanding and integrating the large volume of material required.
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.
Three references from teaching or attending staff are required.
Order from your Dean's Office.Medical School Transcript
Order from your RegistrarPersonal Letter
Please outline any personal history that may be relevant to your application. Also state your reasons for choosing Medical Microbiology as a career and outline your academic and non-academic accomplishments, as well as future goals.
Maximum word count: 1000 (no minimum)Photo
If applicant is successful, ACLS is required before commencement of PGY1 clinical rotations. Please visit the PGME website for information on courses available through the University of Toronto.MCCQE Part I - Statement of Results NAC examination - Statement of results
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
Due to the high volume of applications we will NOT consider applications, reference letters or other supporting documents submitted after the file review has opened.
Our program seeks to equip trainees to be the medical microbiology leaders of the future. Accordingly, we are looking for a cohort of residents that are committed to a career in medical microbiology, keen to advance the evolving role of medical microbiology in patient care and are capable of learning, understanding and integrating the large volume of material required.
Upon completion of training, a resident is expected to be a competent specialist in Medical Microbiology, capable of assuming a consultant’s role in the specialty. The resident must acquire a working knowledge of the theoretical basis of the specialty, including its foundations in the basic medical sciences and research, and be competent in clinical medicine. Residents must develop skills to be lifelong learners, be able to effectively teach others, and be capable of research in their field of interest. Emphasis is placed on effective communication in partnership with laboratory technologists, other physicians and health care providers, patients, and the other end-users of laboratory services.
Applicants providing evidence of high academic achievement, a demonstrated commitment to medical microbiology and evidence of research or similar academic potential in the CaRMS application file will be prioritized for further consideration. Successful applicants will be able to further elaborate their achievements at the time of interviews.
Candidates who fail to meet the level of academic achievement required or evidence of commitment to a career in medical microbiology will not be considered further. In addition, those with incomplete applications in the CaRMS file will not be considered further. The remaining candidates will be ranked based on the scores of their application (40%), interview (30%), strength of their reference letters (20%), and general fit with the program (10%). Final ranks will be determined solely by the aggregate score as outlined above.
Review team composition : Our review team is composed of the program director, site directors, senior medical microbiology resident and designated faculty members.
Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 0 - 50
Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 26 - 50 %
|CV||We evaluate all content including research, publications, volunteer activities and interests|
|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 evaluate all examination scores|
|Extra-curricular||We evaluate all activities including mentoring and volunteer activities|
|Leadership skills||We evaluate leadership positions and programs that develop leadership skills|
|MSPRs||We evaluate all past performance including undergraduate and graduate studies|
|Personal letters||We evaluate interest in, and dedication to medical microbiology and our program|
|Reference documents||We evaluate all reference letters for evidence of excellence in CanMEDS roles|
|Research/Publications||We evaluate participation in, and dedication to research activities including publications|
|Transcripts||We evaluate all academic performance|
Interview format :
We may accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants due to weather, technology failure, or unforeseen circumstances.
|Collaboration skills||We evaluate the ability to work in a team environment to provide exemplary care|
|Collegiality||We evaluate behaviour, attitudes and professionalism as demonstrated by the candidate|
|Communication skills||We evaluate proficiency in effective written and spoken English within a team environment|
|Health advocacy||We evaluate candidates' commitment to health advocacy|
|Interest in the discipline||We evaluate interest and dedication to the knowledge and skills required to practice|
|Interest in the program||We evaluate interest and commitment to our Medical Microbiology Residency Training Program|
|Leadership skills||We evaluate a commitment to developing leadership skills required for an med micro practice|
|Professionalism||We evaluate the ability to demonstrate professional conduct at all times|
|Scholarly activities||We evaluate all scholarly activity including research and teaching|
|Other interview component(s)|
Large volume and wide spectrum of clinical material
There are opportunities for interprovincial and international electives while training in our program
There are no mandatory rural rotations
The ratio of resident to faculty is 1 to 7
Residents have access to electronic medical resources through the hospitals and the University of Toronto library system
Research is especially emphasized during training. Residents may undertake research projects while on core, mandatory or elective rotations or opt for dedicated research electives of 3 to 12 months duration. Residents are expected to give presentations of their projects at the annual Departmental Research Day
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.
Medical Microbiology PGY 1
Medical microbiology is a five year program with the first year structured for successful completion of MCCQE Part II. This year consists of 3 months medical subspecialties, 4 blocks general internal medicine, 2 blocks adult infectious diseases, 2 blocks pediatric infectious diseases, 1 block general surgery, 1 block surgical subspecialty.
Medical Microbiology PGY 2 to 4
The PGY2 year is an additional year of clinical training with an emphasis on infectious diseases. The trainee then completes two years (PGY 3 and 4) of core microbiology including training in the laboratories of adult hospitals, and at the Hospital for Sick Children. This will cover bacteriology, virology, serology, mycology and molecular diagnostics. Additional training in parasitology, mycology, mycobacteriology and reference microbiology will be carried out at the Public Health Laboratory.
Medical Microbiology PGY-5
The final year of training is planned to provide further experience in microbiology and the trainee accepts a greater level of responsibility. Dedicated research experience is strongly encouraged in this year although research projects are expected at all levels of training. Major research cannot be provided within the time limits of this program and trainees are advised to consolidate and expand their research skills by additional training following completion of the program.
Medical Microbiology Research
The research interests of members of the division of medical microbiology are diverse and include: pathogenesis and epidemiology of a variety of bacterial and viral diseases, antimicrobial resistance, epidemiology of hospital-acquired infections, molecular epidemiology, malaria, etc. Residents are strongly encouraged to participate in research activities and to present and publish their results.
Since July 1, 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 PGY 1 & PGY2 trainees. Failure to complete the modules will delay processing of Final In-Training Evaluation Reports (FITERs) and may constitute professional misconduct.
Medical Microbiology Resources
There are large academic microbiology labs located at Mount Sinai Hospital, Unity Health, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and the Hospital for Sick Children. As well, the Ontario Public Health Laboratory provides specialized and reference services for the entire province of Ontario. Trainees rotate at all of these centres, generally in 6 month blocks. Several community hospitals (e.g. North York General Hospital) with microbiology laboratories provide the opportunity for trainees to gain experience in a community setting.
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