Gynaecologic Endoscopic Surgery

Program Director: 
Dr. Mary Melchior
Director, Division of Gynaecologic Endoscopy, St. Joseph's Health Centre
St. Joseph's Health Centre and University of Toronto  Lecturer
Tel: (416) 766-1144
Email: mary.melchior@utoronto.ca

Site: St. Joseph's Health Centre

Application Deadline: Submit Application Form by September 1st of each year. 

Program Information 

Our Gynecologic Endoscopy fellowship is distinguished by its emphasis on the importance of cognitive, technical and leadership skills. Fellows are introduced to the fundamentals of contemporary competency-based Gynecologic Endoscopy, to prepare candidates for a lifetime of learning, safe practice and innovation. The program offers fellows an opportunity to enhance knowledge, skill, and leadership in gynecologic endoscopy and emerging technologies. It includes extensive, supervised real-life surgery, didactic teaching, dry lab opportunities, personalized mentoring and clinical endoscopic research. 

The fellowship program is 1 year long, with opportunities to extend training or Master’s level education for an additional year. Generally, one candidate per academic year is preferred; however, situations may arise when more than one fellow is assigned to the division. Possibility exists for interdisciplinary research in Clinical Engineering at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) University of Toronto. Benefits, leave, employment policies and otherparticulars conform to current University of Toronto, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology fellowship rules and regulations. A formal candidate selection process comprises the application process, an interview, and  a site visit  in early summer.

Objectives 

By the end of this Fellowship Program, the participant will be expected to:

  • Understand and practice core competencies in gynecologic endoscopy;
  • Learn Basic and Advanced contemporary endoscopic methods and techniques including laser technology and safety;
  • Recognize how to minimize adverse events and manage endoscopic complications;
  • Participate in clinical endoscopic research and teaching;
  • Develop leadership skills, fiscal accountability, and risk management capabilities. 

The Setting: St. Joseph's Health Centre 

St. Joseph’s Health Centre is a community based teaching institution, affiliated with the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. It offers a CanMEDS-structured and unique Gynecologic Endoscopy teaching initiative for Canadian and international OBGYN graduates. The core endoscopy faculty comprise veteran and emerging mentors, with well-established national and international teaching and research reputations. Over the years, past graduates have excelled in endoscopy, and now practice in leading teaching and community health centres.

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