Fellowship Program

There is a national and international need for the advanced learning obtained by clinical fellows. The University of Toronto, as a world leading teaching institution, is optimally positioned to meet this need. As well, the Department of Surgery needs clinical fellows for the effective performance of its mandate to deliver outstanding clinical care, to perform advanced level basic science and clinical research, and to teach residents and medical students.

The strategic plan of 2004 for the University of Toronto, Department of Surgery identified a need for improvement in the clinical fellowships programs with the following statement: “The clinical fellowship program continues to expand and is being managed locally by each division. The program will benefit from development of a more comprehensive clinical fellowship program with improved co-ordination, a re-evaluation of educational goals, and investigation of the impact of clinical fellows in residency training”.

This task force was struck by the Chairman of the Department of Surgery with a mandate to enhance the clinical fellowship program in the Department of Surgery. With over 200 fellows in training, this educational activity is clearly important to the department and will continue to benefit both the faculty and the fellows involved.

For information on fellowships in specific surgical specialties visit:

Qualified surgeons wishing to apply for a fellowship position should apply directly to the contact person listed for the fellowship they wish to complete.

Information for non-citizen Sponsored International Medical Graduates:


Information Booklet for New Fellows:


Best Practices Guidelines for Fellowship Administration:

Best Practices Guidelines for Fellowship Administration

Director, Clinical Fellowship Program:
Dr. Najma Ahmed

Tel:  416-864-5422
Fax: 416-864-6072
Email: ahmedn@smh.ca

Postgraduate Coordinator - Clinical Fellowship Program
Violetta Sochka
Department of Surgery
University of Toronto, Stewart Building
149 College Street, Suite 503
Toronto, ON M5T 1P5

Tel: 416 978-8945
Fax: 416 978-1880
Email: violetta.sochka@utoronto.ca

Fellowship Committee
Najma Ahmed (Fellowship Director)
John Coles (C/S)
Timothy Jackson (G/S)
Ken Pace (U/S)
Andrew Pierre (T/S)
Mojgan Hodaie (N/S)
Toni Zhong (P/S)
Mark Wheatcroft (V/S)
Johnny Lau (O/S)
Violetta Sochka (Postgraduate Coordinator)