Residency Programs

Anatomical Pathology

Welcome to our website and thank you for your interest in our Anatomical Pathology Residency Program at McMaster University.

Sir William Osler said "as is our pathology so is our practice; what the pathologist thinks today, the physician does tomorrow". This still holds true, even more so with the changing practice of Anatomic Pathology. This is what the Anatomical Pathology program strives to achieve for each of their residents, during the training period- excellence to guide decisions for best patient care and management and to advance frontiers of patient care by integrating pathology with clinical specialties.

The Anatomical Pathology residency training at McMaster University is a five year training program that offers an intensive and integrated approach to prepare residents for careers in academic and/or clinical practice. The program is designed to fulfill the specialty requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, but is sufficiently flexible to be tailored to individual needs of each resident, which is one of the strengths of this program.

What Can This Program Offer You?

  • Exhaustive training with large volume and diversity of cases of varying complexity.
  • Extensive teaching to prepare residents for the Royal College exam based on CanMEDS competencies.
  • Flexibility within the program to modify rotations during elective periods (PGY4-PGY5) to fulfill “practice ready” requirements of each resident based on their individual needs and placement requirements.

  • We are the only specialty that can make or confirm a diagnosis that is gold standard.
  • Pathologists are consultants to consultants.
  • Based on our histopathologic diagnosis clinicians will stage and manage the patient which will impact on their prognosis and survival.
  • Anatomical Pathology today is an integral and most important part of multidisciplinary patient diagnosis and management various targeted therapies.

 

The McMaster University Anatomical Pathology Residency Training Program is designed to produce strong academic and/or community pathologists who will be lifelong learners, able to respond to the increasing demands of our exciting, rapidly expanding medical specialty. The program is designed to fulfill the specialty requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as address the Canadian Medical Education Directives for Specialists (CanMEDS) competencies.

The length of the program is five years: PGY 1 year of basic clinical training (BCT) followed by four years (PGY2-5) of residency training in anatomical pathology.

THE POSTGRADUATE YEAR 1 (PGY 1)

The Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY 1) is of the Basic Clinical Training Year (BCT) year that allows the new pathology residents to build upon knowledge and skills gained in medical school. It is comprised of 13 blocks (each is 4 weeks in length) and is intended to give the resident a broad-based exposure in preparation for specific specialty training in anatomical pathology and for the MCCQE Part II examination. This first year includes three- block training in Anatomical Pathology with Autopsy/Histology Course. Remaining time includes clinical rotations in Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, Surgical, Medical and Radiation Oncology, Pediatrics and Radiology. Some flexibility in the choice of clinical rotations is available.

PGY2-PGY5

PGY2-PGY5 years are dedicated to training in Anatomical Pathology with emphasis on surgical pathology, autopsy, cytology, electron microscopy, applied molecular pathology, forensic pathology , electives in subspecialties, community rotations and research.

Training in forensic pathology, diagnostic cytopathology, neuropathology, pediatric pathology, and electron microscopy usually takes place in senior years. The Program offers a wide variety of specialty elective rotations in integrated hematopathology breast, gynecologic, renal/transplant, soft tissue/bone, thoracic, GI, head and neck, endocrine pathology, dermatopathology, uropathology and ophthalmic pathology. Residents rotate through four teaching hospitals, each hospital having their own areas of subspecialty enabling trainees to see and learn from a large and diverse volume of surgical pathology cases with varying degrees of complexity.

Molecular pathology rotation takes place in PGY3 year. Two-block molecular pathology training curriculum includes introduction to molecular biology, genetics and genomics, cytogenetics, molecular cytogenetic testing, molecular malignant hematology and applied subspecialty molecular pathology instructions. Regional Molecular Anatomical Pathology/FISH Lab offers full access to the residents to learn about cancer genetics for diagnosis and personalized targeted therapies for patient management.

Research is mandatory and strongly supported by the Program. Research activities include Annual Residents/Fellows Research Day, Annual Research in Progress Rounds/Journal Clubs, teaching in methodology critical appraisal and biostatistics. The Program currently offers conference travel fund and funding for the Resident Research Grant competition.

Residents have the opportunity to orchestrate their residency training with a graduate doctorate degree concurrently. For more information on graduate studies please visit the Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Program web site.

Most recently, the Anatomical Pathology program is collaborating with the Clinical Investigator Program (CIP) and residents who are interested in a research career can integrate with this program through anatomical pathology.

Anatomical Pathology division has four large Hamilton Hospitals (McMaster University Medical Centre, Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre, Hamilton General Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital). It is the part of Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program (HRLMP) run by two organizations (Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Health) and having all anatomical pathology subspecialties. HRLMP is tertiary center providing consultation service for Brant (LHIN 4) and Waterloo/Wellington (LHIN3) with 14 pathology consultation groups reviewing Cancer Centre consultation cases. Pathology diagnostics includes pathohistologic interpretation in conjunction with ancillary tests (immunohistochemistry, molecular diagnostics and electron microscopy) fully provided by HRLMP

The Program offers newly renovated resident rooms with upgraded microscopes, digital cameras, voice recognition system for dictation and up to date books, slide scanner, grossing equipment , conference rooms with microscopes, digital cameras and modern audiovisual equipment.

 

OBJECTIVES OF TRAINING AND SPECIALTY REQUIREMENTS

Please review the training objectives listed on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada web site for specialty certification in anatomical pathology. 

EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES 

Residents enjoy protected time for educational events such as weekly academic half days, Lab Management and QA Seminars, Histology/Autopsy Course for PGY1 and PGY2 year, AP Grand Rounds with guest speakers, slide sessions and lectures by international guest speakers, Electron Microscopy Rounds, Cytology Rounds, Research in Progress Rounds/Journal Club, forensic pathology refresher lectures and MOCK exams for senior residents, The content covers not only special areas in anatomical pathology, but also aspects of laboratory management, quality assurance, biomedical ethics, and evidence-based journal clubs. There are numerous ongoing clinico-pathologic rounds at all four hospital sites and residents participate, present cases at these multidisciplinary rounds and learn to communicate and collaborate with clinical colleagues at all times and also learn how to integrate diagnoses with patient outcome and management. Residents also attend seminars organized at different teaching sites as well as by the Postgraduate Education office.

Candidates with Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residency must apply to the Laboratory Medicine Program through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS). Basic eligibility criteria for the program can be viewed at the CaRMs website: www.carms.ca

SELECTION CRITERIA

Selection is based upon the candidate's:

  • academic record
  • research experience
  • references
  • a demonstrated interest in laboratory medicine as a career 

it may be advantageous, but not mandatory, for applicants to have previous experience or to have taken an elective in pathology.

Given the large number of applicants each year, we are not able to offer an interview to all candidates. Personal interviews are offered to candidates based on the criteria listed above and are mandatory for admission to the program.

International Medical Graduates accepted into the program will have access to the same opportunities, training and experience as Canadian Medical Graduates.

DESCRIPTION

Students will have opportunities to participate in surgical pathology including both anatomical pathology and wide range of subspecialty areas (e.g. cytopathology, pediatric, neuropathology, forensic, gynecological, breast, uropathology, medical kidney/transplant pathology, GI/hepatobilary, head & neck, lung, orthopedic, molecular and ophthalmic pathology). In addition, students can have exposure in adult and pediatric autopsies as well as in intraoperative consultation (frozen section). The student will have the opportunity to participate in all steps of the diagnostic pathology processes and better understand the roles of Anatomical Pathologists within clinical settings. This elective is structured to acquaint students with disease processes by the study of surgical pathology and autopsy material and to correlate the clinical and pathological abnormalities. Attendance in teaching and clinico-pathological rounds is encouraged. The number of students which can be accommodated is variable depending upon the space and staff availability. Electives can take place at four Hamilton teaching hospital sites (McMaster Medical Centre, St. Joseph’s, Hamilton General Hospital and Juravinski Hospital). A student’s interest in a particular pathology subspecialty will be considered when the student is scheduled at the different anatomical pathology sites.

MCMASTER STUDENTS

To arrange an elective, please contact Gina Furlong, Postgraduate Education Coordinator, furlong@mcmaster.ca

VISITING STUDENTS

Please follow the application guidelines outlined by McMaster Undergraduate Medical School http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/mdprog/visiting_electives.html

If you are interested in an elective in Pathology as part of your postgraduate training, you must first ensure that this meets your program requirements and our McMaster Postgraduate Office requirements. http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/postgrad/electives.html

The Anatomical Pathology Residency Program accepts elective requests from residents currently enrolled in postgraduate training programs outside of McMaster University. If you are interested in arranging an elective in Anatomical Pathology please email furlong@mcmaster.ca  Please ensure you include information on the specific rotation, dates and site you are interested in.

Program Details

  • ...

    Program Director

    Dr. S. Popovic

  • ...

    PROGRAM COORDINATOR

    Gina Furlong

Accreditation

Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada

Program Length

Five years - PGY 1 year of basic clinical training (BCT) followed by four years (PGY2-5) of residency training in an anatomical pathology.

Current Fellows

Elmaghraby, Nermine PGY4
Courteau,Brigitte PGY4
Brain, Ian PGY5
Ramadan, Soha PGY4
Mathew, Joseph PGY4
MacColl, Christine PGY4
Ho, Edwin PGY2
Kisiel, Marta PGY2
Al-Sajee, Dhuha PGY1
Alghamdi, Sarah PGY1
Alrawaf, Sarah PGY1
Jian, Charles PGY1
Shah, Ahmed PGY1

General Pathology

The General Pathology residency training at McMaster University is a five year training program that offers an intensive and integrated approach to preparing residents for careers in academic and/or clinical practice. The program is designed to fulfill the specialty requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, but is sufficiently flexible to be tailored to individual needs of each resident, which is one of the many strengths of this program. 

The McMaster University General Pathology residency Program is designed to produce strong clinical pathologists, who can perform, supervise and interpret specimens and slides. We strive to produce Pathologists who will be lifelong learners, able to respond to the increasing demands of our exciting, rapidly expanding medical specialty. The program is designed to meet the specifications of the Royal College as well as address the Canadian Medical Education Directives for Specialists, commonly referred to as CanMEDS.

General Pathology PGY-1

Your Postgraduate Year 1 is composed of your Basic Clinical Training Year (BCT) year and allows the new pathology residents to build upon knowledge and skills gained in medical school. It is comprised of 13 blocks (each is 4 weeks in length) and is intended to give the resident a broad-based exposure in preparation for specific specialty training in anatomical pathology and for the MCCQE Part II examination. This first year is broken down into mandatory rotations, however some flexibility in the choice of clinical rotations is available.

General Pathology PGY-2

The postgraduate year 2 has residents spending majority of their time rotating in autopsy pathology and all areas of surgical pathology. They will rotate through all 4 hospital locations being introduced to grossing specimens, reporting on uncomplicated surgical, participating in frozen sections, and autopsies. They are introduced to clinical pathology towards the end of the post graduate 2 year.

General Pathology PGY-3

The PGY3 year is split into three, two-month blocks to be spent in each of the clinical pathology areas and one, six-month block in anatomical pathology. Residents will be rotating through different hospitals to obtain maximum benefit from the regionalized laboratory system. The training during this period is intended to familiarize them with the many laboratory procedures. Residents study and try to understand the theoretical background of the laboratory procedures and consolidate their knowledge in the pathophysiology of disease. A lot of the teaching is provided by technical staff at this point.

General Pathology PGY-4

From the PGY4 year on, although the residents are expected to refine their basic techniques and knowledge, the main thrust is in training them to be a consultant. Emphasis is in discussion with clinicians, teaching of junior residents/students, trouble-shooting with technologists, attendance of relevant hospital committees and presentation of rounds. They will have a further two-month block in clinical pathology. The training in diagnostic cytology, forensic pathology, pediatrics, neuropathology and a short rotation through a community hospital are mandatory.

General Pathology PGY-5

The curriculum ensures that the resident has a solid grounding in anatomical and clinical pathology, has attained a high level of expertise and is adequately prepared to take the Royal College examinations in May/June of that year and is ready to practice as junior staff pathologists. In the final year, in addition to perfecting their skills in all areas of AP and CP including the subspecialty areas, time is available for research and electives. Block rotations during the final year allow the resident to function at an advanced level on different services.

Academic Half Day

Half-days are scheduled once a week throughout the year for the Anatomical Pathology session and for the General Pathology session. The format typically consists of a formal didactic presentation or case review by a faculty speaker in the first half, followed by assigned case presentations by residents in the second half. Several times throughout the year Evaluative Sciences/CanMEDS curriculum topics are presented in addition to the regular half-day curriculum.

 

Journal Club/Research In Progress

Approximately six times per year, a resident organized journal club is conducted at academic half-day. These 1-hour sessions are led by an assigned resident, whose responsibilities include selecting an article on an appropriate topic and circulating it electronically amongst their peers, with an accompanying set of references and questions to be covered. The topics and articles selected are pertinent to current practice, with emphasis on certain clinical and radiological dilemmas that are encountered in everyday life (and while on call!). The discussions at journal club are often centered around the validity of the study in the context of evidence-based medicine, the conclusions of the study, and its relevance to the improvement of our practice. This resident journal club is designed to improve the resident's skills in critical appraisal.

 

Candidates with Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residency status must apply to the Laboratory Medicine Program through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS).  Basic eligibility criteria for the program can be viewed on the website: CaRMS

Selection Criteria

It may be advantageous, but not mandatory, for the applicants to have previous experience or to have taken an elective in pathology.

Selection is based upon the candidate’s:

  • Academic record
  • Research experience
  • A demonstrated interest in laboratory medicine as a career

Given the large number of applicants each year, we are not able to offer an interview to all candidates.  Personal interviews are offered to candidates based on the criteria listed above.

International Medical Graduates accepted into the program will have access to the same opportunities, training and experience as Canadian Medical Graduates.

 

Students will have opportunities to participate in anatomical and clinical pathology. The anatomical pathology component includes autopsy pathology, cytopathology and surgical pathology. The clinical pathology includes clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology and transfusion medicine. Students will have opportunities to participate in many different areas and understand the roles of Pathologists within clinical settings. This elective is structured to acquaint students with disease processes and to correlate the clinical and pathological abnormalities. Attendance in teaching rounds is encouraged. The number of students that can be accommodated is variable depending upon the space and staff availability. Electives can take place at HGH, MUMC, SJH, JHCC

McMaster Students:

To arrange an elective, you will need to apply through MedSIS.

VISITING STUDENTS:

Please follow the application guidelines outlined by McMaster Undergraduate Medical School.

 

If you are interested in an elective in Pathology as part of your postgraduate training you must first ensure that this meets your program requirements and our McMaster Postgraduate Office requirements.

The General Pathology Residency Program accepts elective requests from residents currently enrolled in postgraduate training programs outside of McMaster University. If you are interested in arranging an elective in Anatomical Pathology please email furlong@mcmaster.ca. Please ensure you include information on the specific rotation, dates and site you are interested in.

Program Details

  • ...

    Program Director

    Dr. S. Mohamed

  • ...

    PROGRAM COORDINATOR

    Gina Furlong

Accreditation

Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of CanadaAmerican Board of Pathology

Program Length

Five years

Session Dates

July 1 - June 30

Training Sites

McMaster University Medical Centre (MUMC), St Joseph’s Hospital (SJH), Juravinski Hospital (JH), Hamilton General Hospital (HGH)

Evaluation Methods

Direct Observation, Written, Slide and Oral Exams, Resident Portfolio

Current Fellows

Sadaf Memon PGY5
Florentina Nadia Matea PGY4
Akash Gupta PGY5
Christopher Simon Ma PGY4
Bernard Pawlowicz PGY3
Serge Kajaer Koujanian PGY3
Alice Graham PGY2
Jinessa Moodley PGY2
Shauna Wentzell PGY2
Rai, Harpreet PGY1
Song, HyoChan PGY1

Medical Biochemistry

Welcome to the Medical Biochemistry residency Program, McMaster University. The Medical Biochemistry Program trains physicians to effectively understand the use of biochemical testing in clinical practice. The program prepares residents for both laboratory and clinical practice. This program aims to provide the resident with the opportunity to become knowledgeable and competent medical biochemists with the skills required to be both an effective consultant for clinical colleagues and a capable Clinical Biochemistry laboratory professional. This requires, and the program provides the environment necessary for, the individual resident to develop skills in self-evaluation, self-directed learning and critical appraisal enabling the medical biochemist to proficiently pursue life-long learning.

The Medical Biochemistry Programme is fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The first three postgraduate years (PGY1-3) are be based in Internal Medicine or Pediatrics. The candidate will be expected to complete the PGY 1-3 component satisfactorily, including the RCPSC examination in either Internal Medicine or Pediatrics.

During the PGY1-3 years the medical biochemistry resident will be expected to complete 6 blocks in the clinical laboratory. This enables us to provide more flexibility in the PGY 4 and 5 to facilitate special interests. The resident participates fully in the curriculum of the host department to allow the resident to fully develop their skills in Internal Medicine or Pediatrics. This includes participation in evaluation and examination events.

The final two years (PGY4-5) will be spent training in the medical biochemistry laboratories in Hamilton. The rotations will be divided between the 4 hospitals and the planned schedule allows the resident to spend 6 consecutive months at each hospital. The content of these years is very dense as there is a wide variety of methodology that the resident is required to know before the examination. In addition, the pathophysiology of disease needs to be well entrenched in the resident's knowledge so that the utility of testing can be understood. During the medical biochemistry laboratory training, the resident will be expected to continue to develop their area of clinical practice through out-patient clinic rotations.

The 5-year program consists of the PGY 1 -3 year which is designed to meet the needs for either Internal Medicine or Pediatrics and as far as possible to accommodate special interests of the trainee. This is followed by 2 years of laboratory rotations during which the resident is expected to meet all the goals of the specialty committee in Medical Biochemistry in preparation for the Medical Biochemistry RCPSC examination.  Throughout the program, residents are encouraged to participate in specialty outpatient clinics up to one half-day per week, enabling them to maintain clinical skills and enhancing their opportunity to interact with clinical faculty and with resident colleagues in various clinical services.

The curriculum allows the residents to be exposed to all the topics prescribed by the Royal College specialty training committee. Residents are involved from the outset in the clinical consultative activities of the faculty. The laboratory rotations expose the residents to all the methodological principals of laboratory analysis. The operation of different analytical platforms, method evaluation, comparison and quality control are all essential components of the training program. Monitoring of the day-to-day operation of the laboratory is also required including the principals of Total Quality Management. Specialty training within Medical Biochemistry is also undertaken with dedicated time in pediatric clinical chemistry, molecular diagnostics, chromatography and mass spectrometry.

From PGY 2 onwards, residents are expected to undertake a research project which will result in a presentation at Residents' Research Day in laboratory medicine and in most cases an abstract submitted to the annual general meeting of the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemistry or Canadian Association of Medical Biochemists and/or submission of a paper for publication in an appropriate journal. Skills with specific analytical instrumentation are often acquired during the research project, e.g. HPLC, mass spectrometry or a PCR. They are from the outset of the Laboratory component of training regular members of the Clinical Chemistry Discipline Committee and as such attend all regular meetings and participate as full members, carrying out various responsibilities on behalf of the committee. Arrangements are made for trainees to attend all local Medical Biochemistry related conferences, meetings and new instrument presentations.

Application

Candidates with Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residency must apply to the Laboratory Medicine Program through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS). Basic eligibility criteria for the program can be viewed at the CaRMS website.

Selection Criteria

It may be advantageous, but not mandatory, for applicants to have previous experience or to have taken an elective in medical biochemistry or clinical chemistry laboratory.

Selection is based on the candidates:

  • academic record
  • references
  • a demonstrated interest in laboratory medicine as a career

Given the large number of applicants each year, we are not able to offer an interview to all candidates. Personal interviews are offered to candidates based on the criteria listed above and are mandatory for admission to the program.

International Medical Graduates accepted into the program will have access to the same opportunities, training and experience as Canadian Medical Graduates.

Medical Biochemistry: This elective will focus primarily on the analytical method, quality assurance and the clinical interpretation of biochemical and immunological tests performed in the Clinical Chemistry division. Laboratories include automated chemistry, immunoassay for hormone and tumor markers, as well as toxicology, drug monitoring, and biochemical genetics. Students will meet with individual faculties of the division, attend lectures and seminars, rotate through the laboratories and may be involved in a research project. Elective will take place at one of the laboratories associated with the training program. Each elective will be tailored to meet the requirements of the student.

McMaster Students:

To arrange an elective, please email Elena Bidochka, Program Administrative Assistant: bidoche@mcmaster.ca 

VISITING STUDENTS:

Please follow the application guidelines outlined by McMaster Undergraduate Medical School.

If you are interested in an elective in Medical Biochemistry as part of your postgraduate training you must first ensure that this meets your program requirements and our McMaster Postgraduate Office requirements.

The Medical Biochemistry Residency Program accepts elective requests from residents currently enrolled in postgraduate training programs outside of McMaster University. If you are interested in arranging an elective in Medical Biochemistry, please email bidoche@mcmaster.ca   Please ensure you include information on the specific rotation, dates and site you are interested in.

We offer a range of electives from 2 weeks to 2 blocks that can meet the learning needs of a variety of physicians in training. Please see the list of available electives and if the one you are looking for is not available, please contact us and we will see if we can still accommodate your interests.

Occasionally, we can accommodate post-residency fellowships. These are typically focused on a research project and are dependent on funding. Post-residency fellowships for sponsored candidates are also possible if the candidate is able to meet the requirements of the McMaster Postgraduate office. These can be tailored to meet the requirements of the trainee. Please contact Elena Bidochka, Program Administrative Assistant bidoche@mcmaster.ca 

Program Details

  • ...

    Program Director

    Dr. Guillaume Pare

  • ...

    PROGRAM COORDINATOR

    Gina Furlong

Accreditation

Program Length

Two years

Session Dates

July 1 - June 30

Training Sites

McMaster Medical Centre (MUMC), St Joseph’s Hospital (SJH), Juravinski Hospital (JH) Hamilton General Hospital (HGH)

Evaluation Methods

Observation, Oral, Written and Practical Examinations

Current Fellows

Hala Kufaishi PGY5
Janet Martin PGY2

Medical Microbiology

The Medical Microbiology Program, in conjunction with the Infectious Diseases Program, provides training in basic science Microbiology, Clinical Microbiology, Infection Control, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Laboratory Management and clinical Infectious Disease. The Infectious Disease and Medical Microbiology programs function very closely together to the mutual benefit of all trainees. The program also has the unique advantage of having a teaching technologist to provide high level, detailed microbiology teaching for our residents.

Residents will carry out research in association with the faculty, which will also allow for more formal research training, The MM faculty has very strong research roots and all residents publish or present research before the completion of their training. Residents also demonstrate self-directed problem-based learning during weekly ID Academic PBL Half-day.

Qualified applicants will have completed undergraduate MD program from a Canadian medical school or core training in internal medicine or pediatrics, and who are eligible for certification in those disciplines by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).

There are two pathways which can be taken to meet the RCPSC requirements and be eligible for the RCPSC examination. For those candidates pursuing microbiology residency directly after completing the MD program, they will undergo a five-year training program. The first year consists of clinical rotations in various fields of medicine. During the remaining 4 years, the residents will participate in infectious diseases service rotations, bacteriology, virology, mycology, mycobacteriology, molecular microbiology, infection control, antimicrobial stewardship, laboratory management, public health microbiology and Quality Assurance and research projects. Graduated responsibility has been built into these rotations and there are graduated expectations for call in both Infectious Diseases and Microbiology.

The residents who have completed core training in internal medicine or pediatrics may pursue microbiology residency in conjunction with infectious diseases residency. The combined infectious diseases and medical microbiology residency is a three-year program. The successful candidates will participate in infectious diseases service rotations for 12 months, and complete rotations in bacteriology, virology, mycology, mycobacteriology, molecular microbiology, infection control, antimicrobial stewardship, laboratory management, public health microbiology. The residents also have numerous opportunities to participate in research projects. Upon completion of the combined Medical Microbiology / Infectious Diseases (MM/ID) residency, the candidates will be qualified to participate in both medical microbiology and infectious diseases RCPSC examinations.

Program Year Breakdown:

PGY 1: first year structured for successful completion of MCCQE Part II. This year consists of:

  • Four blocks general Internal Medicine
  • Two blocks ICU
  • Two blocks Emergency Medicine
  • One block General Pediatrics
  • One block Medical Oncology
  • 1-2 blocks Infectious Diseases
  • 1-2 blocks Medical Microbiology

PGY 2-4: The PGY 2-5 years are made up of a blend of clinical Infectious Diseases, and core microbiology including training in Public Health laboratories, Infection Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship. Graded responsibility is incorporated into the training expectations and on-call responsibilities for each year of training.

PGY 5: The final year of training is planned to provide further experience in microbiology and the trainee accepts a greater level of responsibility. Each resident will get an opportunity to act as the senior resident for the training program with added responsibilities such as generating the microbiology call schedule and planning/coordinating the Medical Microbiology Academic Half-day.

A weekly basic science and clinical microbiology seminar series are available. These include:

  • ID Academic Half-day – a 2-hour case based, Problem-Based learning session focused on covering a core topic in Infectious Disease
  • MM Academic Halfday – a 1-hour session which follows the ID half-day and covers a range of laboratory and CanMEDs topics in an interactive lecture format
  • MM Plate Rounds follow the Academic Half Days and review a laboratory topic at the bench level
  • Regional Infectious Diseases Rounds are held weekly and are attended by all residents and faculty. Resident are expected to present at ID rounds 2-3 times per year and are provided with useful feedback from these presentations
  • Case of the Month Rounds generally occur 4 times per academic year and consist of a clinical case presented by the residents for the Laboratory Staff. These rounds provide a useful learning opportunity as well as a social interaction for Professional and Laboratory Staff.
  • Infectious Disease Journal Club is held twice per month and Medical Microbiology residents participate in the session as well as presenting several papers per year
  • Teleconferences are arranged by the Program Director to cover a range of Microbiology topics
  • Laboratory Management Seminars are held once per month and provide an interactive 2-hour workshop covering a range of Laboratory Management Topics. Trainees from all Laboratory Training Programs at McMaster are included in these and attendance is mandatory.

Residents are required to design and carry out a series of research projects. They are well supported in this task by Dr. Dominik Mertz, the research coordinator for the program. The Medical Microbiology Program faculty has a strong breadth and depth of research experience and are well equipped to mentor residents with their research projects. All residents will publish at least an abstract, but most complete a scientific paper by the end of their training.

Application

Candidates with Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residency must apply to the Laboratory Medicine Program through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS). Basic eligibility criteria for the program can be viewed at the CaRMS website.

Selection Criteria

It is a requirement for applicants to have previous experience or to have taken an elective in Microbiology/Infectious Diseases prior to applying. All applicants should have been involved in clinical work within 5 years of applying.

Selection is based on the candidates:

  • academic record
  • research experience
  • a demonstrated interest in laboratory medicine as a career

International Medical Graduates accepted into the program will have access to the same opportunities, training and experiences as Canadian Medical Graduates. We also accept foreign trainees, when space is available within the program.

Laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases, clinical interpretation of laboratory results and therapeutic monitoring of antimicrobial agents. The scope of testing includes bacteriology, mycology, parasitology, virology and mycobacteriology. This allows the student sufficient time to see all the processes and procedures associated with the practice of medical microbiology. The number of students which can be accommodated is variable depending upon the space and staff availability. Elective will take place at HGH

McMaster Students:

To arrange an elective, please email Elena Bidochka, Program Administrative Assistant, Postgraduate Education  bidoche@mcmaster.ca

VISITING STUDENTS:

Please follow the application guidelines outlined by McMaster Undergraduate Medical School.

If you are interested in an elective in Medical Microbiology as part of your postgraduate training you must first ensure that this meets your program requirements and our McMaster Postgraduate Office requirements.

The Medical Microbiology Residency Program accepts elective requests from residents currently enrolled in postgraduate training programs outside of McMaster University. If you are interested in arranging an elective in Medical Microbiology please email bidoche@mcmaster.ca Please ensure you include information on the specific rotation, dates and site you are interested in.

Program Details

  • ...

    Program Director

    Dr. D. Leto

  • ...

    PROGRAM COORDINATOR

    Gina Furlong

Accreditation

Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada

Program Length

Five years for MM training only or a PGY6 year can be arranged for acceptable candidates from the McMaster Infectious Disease Residency program

Session Dates

July 1 - June 30

Training Sites

McMaster Medical Centre (MUMC), St Joseph’s Hospital (SJH), Juravinski Hospital (JH) Hamilton General Hospital (HGH), Public Health Laboratory (Toronto), Public Health Office (Hamilton)

Evaluation Methods

Rotation evaluations (ITERs), 360 Direct Observation, Written, Oral and Laboratory Practical Exams

Current Fellows

Amir Hadzic PGY4
Yasmeen Vincent PGY3
Brody Duncan PGY1