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Clinical Biochemistry

The post-doctoral training program in Clinical Biochemistry is accredited by the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry. This program involves the University and the academic hospitals of the Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program; St. Josephs’ Healthcare Hamilton (St. Joseph’s Hospital, Centre for Ambulatory Health Services), Hamilton Health Sciences (McMaster University Medical Centre, Hamilton General Hospital, Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre). Each site maintains an active laboratory with both routine and specialized services.

The training program is two years duration and follows the syllabus of the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry. This program aims to provide the fellows with the opportunity to become knowledgeable and competent clinical biochemists, with the skills required to be both an effective consultant for clinical colleagues and a capable Clinical Biochemistry laboratory professional

Program Information

The program provides, the environment necessary for the individual fellow to develop skills in self-evaluation, self-directed learning and critical appraisal enabling the clinical biochemist to proficiently pursue life-long learning. Individuals completing the program should be equipped to adapt to the changes that will occur in the profession throughout their careers.

At the completion of the training period, the fellow will be able to:

  • Discuss normal biochemical pathways and the etiology and pathogenesis of the biochemical disorders of disease
  • Act as a consultant in the selection of appropriate laboratory tests
  • Understand the interpretation of biochemical data and its integration with the clinical practice of medicine
  • Understand the principles of selection of laboratory equipment
  • Evaluate proposed biochemical tests and validate their use in clinical service
  • Establish and maintain a quality control program
  • Organize a clinical biochemistry laboratory and assume responsibility for its administration
  • Demonstrate an ability to develop research protocols and interpret research data
  • Demonstrate an ability to teach clinical biochemistry

The training program is two years duration and follows the syllabus of the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry. Fellows complete rotations at each of the four Hamilton hospital sites. They also help coordinate the weekly academic half day sessions.

Fellows also have the opportunity to apply for the Laboratory Medicine Resident/Fellow research Grant, which collects applications 3 times a year, and a fellow can get funding for research up to $8000.00

All applicants applying to the program should submit the following documents:

  • A completed Fellowship Application for Training in Clinical Biochemistry.
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status is required for eligibility for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care fellowship. One of the following documents should be submitted: Canadian birth certificate or Passport showing Canadian citizenship; Permanent Resident card (both sides of card); Record of Landing, clearly showing the date of landing.
  • A minimum of three (3) letters of reference.
  • Current copy of your curriculum vitae.
  • Official transcript for your undergraduate and graduate education.

Please email these documents by January 15th to:

Erin Alderson
Senior Education Program Associate
Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine, McMaster University

Note: Documents must be in PDF format and legible

For elective opportunities, please contact:

Erin Alderson
Senior Education Program Associate
Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, McMaster University


Program Contacts

Dr. Cynthia Balion

Program Director

Erin Alderson

Senior Education Program Associate