The Fellowship Program of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, is both diverse and unique. The majority of Fellows are involved in a combination of research and clinical activities, although about a quarter are involved in the basic sciences or are working in a pure research environment. Participating in a Fellowship position offers an exceptional opportunity to experience academic psychiatry, retain protected time and receive advanced supervision. The Fellowship Program allows for both broad and deep exploration of areas of interest within the field.
Note: If you are considering applying to one of the Department of Psychiatry's Clinical or Research Fellowships, and you have also applied to the U.S. match through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), please be advised that the University of Toronto is a participating institution and adheres to the match policy. The policy states that "Applicants who have matched to a program or have accepted a position during the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP), shall not apply for, discuss, interview for, or accept a concurrent year position in another program prior to the NRMP granting the requested waiver." More information is accessible on the NRMP Specialty Matching Services Match Participation Agreement.
Registration requirements for fellows in the Department of Psychiatry:
- MD Fellows: are able to officially register through UofT Postgraduate Medical Studies (PGME) as clinical or research fellows respectively.
- PhD (non-MD) postdoctoral fellows: are able to register through the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Postdoctoral Office provided their primary location of research is the U of T campus. PhD (non-MD) postdoctoral fellows receiving their stipend from U of T are also eligible (http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/postdoctoralfellows/Pages/Current-Postdocs.aspx).
- PhD (non-MD) postdoctoral fellows unable to register with the SGS Postdoctoral Office: are able to register at the individual UofT affiliated teaching site (e.g. hospital) provided they meet their institutional requirements.
- PhD (non-MD) postdoctoral fellows not registered with the SGS Postdoctoral Office: may not receive a UofT completion certificate, but may be able to receive a certificate from the affiliated teaching site or hospital if applicable.
- PhD (non-MD) postdoctoral fellows not registered with the SGS Postdoctoral Office: can avail UofT library and University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) access if required: http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/postdoctoralfellows/Pages/Teaching-Hospital-Postdocs.aspx
The Department of Psychiatry is able to offer PhD (non-MD) postdoctoral fellows under the supervision of Psychiatry faculty members the opportunity to participate in all fellowship activities including the educational seminar series, graduation and other events as guests.
Eligibility Requirements for Clinical Fellowship Training
Clinical Fellows need to meet the minimum eligibility requirements for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario to take up training at the University of Toronto. The Postgraduate Dean, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Toronto does not support acceptance of the MCCEE as an alternative to specialist recognition.
Work Permit (Visa)
Trainees who are neither Canadian citizens nor Permanent Residents require a work permit to train at the University of Toronto. The Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Medical Education Office provides the necessary document(s) in support of the work permit for the Canadian government office (Canadian Embassy, Consulate, High Commission, etc.) in the applicant’s country of origin: there is a non-refundable visa processing fee payable to the University of Toronto at the time of application. A work visa may take 4-6 months to process from the time your application is received at the Fellowship Office.
Medical Practice Licence
Applicants to Clinical Fellowship programs, which involve patient care, must have a valid Certificate of Registration for Postgraduate Education from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), or a valid CPSO Independent Practice Licence. Applicants who do not have a licence to practice medicine in Ontario should contact the CPSO for an application package and apply directly to the College at the same time as applying to the University of Toronto.
Application to the CPSO must be submitted sufficiently in advance of the Fellowship start date to allow time for processing. Applicants should consult the CPSO website for current time frames
Applicants to Clinical Fellowship training programs must have malpractice insurance with the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA). Coverage can be obtained once the CPSO Certificate of Registration is issued. Applicants should contact the CMPA directly for information.
TOEFL iBT (TOEFL, TSE) or IELTS
Applicants to Clinical Fellowship training programs whose first language and language of medical school and patient care was neither English nor French are required to take the TOEFL iBT or IELTS. TOEFL minimum acceptable scores are an overall score of 93 with a minimum score of 24 on the Speaking section. IELTS minimum acceptable scores is band 7.
Test results must be submitted at the time of application to the training program.
MCCEE or replacement exam
Applicants to Clinical Fellowship training programs are required to take the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) (http://mcc.ca/) and provide a copy of the pass letter from the Medical Council when applying to the University. Please note: there are very few instances where MCCEE scores will be exempted and must be approved by the fellowship director. Candidates who have not undertaken the MCCEE exam before it is phased out as of Nov. 2018 may be required to take an equivalent exam such as the MCCQE Part 1 (https://mcc.ca/examinations/mccqe-part-i/preparation-resources/mccqe-part-i-faq/). Starting in 2019 for the 2020 CaRMS R-1 Main Residency Match, the MCCQE Part I will replace the MCCEE as the prerequisite for international medical graduates applying for postgraduate medical education in Canada.
Pre-Entry Assessment Program
International Medical School Graduates must complete the Pre-Entry Assessment Program (PEAP) prior to commencing a Clinical Fellowship training program. The program is from 4 to 12 weeks in duration and is administered by Department of Psychiatry faculty. Click here for details about the program.
Clinical Fellows are recommended to be remunerated annually at a rate equal to that of a PGY1 trainee (see http://www.myparo.ca/your-contract/#salary-classification for salary scale), with a minimum funding of at least $51,000 (CAD) required. Fellowships can be funded by a variety of sources including, for example, sponsorship by an applicant’s hospital or University, pharmaceutical grants, etc. Some of the Divisions provide a limited number of funded positions.
The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine has sponsorship agreements with various governments regarding training at the University. Applicants from these countries must have the approval of the sponsor involved. Applicants must have the sponsor contact the Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Medical Education Office (PGMEO) with approval before formally applying to a training program. Further details regarding sponsorship requirements and the countries involved is available on the PGME website. (https://pg.postmd.utoronto.ca/applicants/
Eligibility Requirements for Research Fellowship Training
- Medical Degree: The minimum requirement for a Research Fellowship is a medical degree from a recognized medical school. Research Fellows do not need an educational licence – Certificate of Registration for Postgraduate Education – from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), nor malpractice insurance from the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA).TOEFL iBT or IELTS may be required.
- Funding: Research Fellowships can be funded by a variety of sources including hospital funds, pharmaceutical firms, agencies and institutions, etc. Some Divisions provide a limited number of funded positions.
Applications must be submitted through the Department of Psychiatry Fellowship office.
The Department of Psychiatry offers “rolling registration” for Fellowship training. Individuals may apply at any time for a fellowship, providing the proposed start dates on the application are ~6-8 months away (to allow time for processing at our offices, PGME, the CPSO , and Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Applications that are not submitted far enough in advance (or that are incomplete) may be subject to delayed start dates.
Application Submission Guidelines
- Applicants requiring a work permit: Complete applications must be received by the Fellowship program 6-8 months in advance of the training start date. For example, application paperwork must be received by January 1st for fellowship training that is scheduled to begin on July 1st of the same year.
- Canadian citizens / Permanent Residents: Complete applications must be received by the Fellowship program 4 months in advance of the training start date. For example, application paperwork must be received by March 1st for fellowship training that is scheduled to begin on July 1st of the same year.