Advanced Benign Gynecologic Surgery

Program Co-Directors:

Dr. Brian Liu
Co-Director, Division of Gynaecologic Endoscopy, St. Joseph's Health Centre
Medical Director of Education for Ob-Gyn and Medical Student Site Co-Coordinator, St. Joseph's Health Centre and Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Tel: (416) 533-9902
Email: brian.liu@unityhealth.to

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

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

To All Applicants:

If 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 at http://www.nrmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2018-MPA-Specialities-Matching-Service.pdf.

Program Information 

Our Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) fellowship is a 1-year program that has a focus on complex benign gynecologic surgery. We have 5 Ob-Gyn staff who specialize in large fibroid uteri, Stage IV endometriosis, and urogynecologic conditions. We routinely perform total and subtotal laparoscopic hysterectomies, laparoscopic myomectomies with in-bag morcellation, LASER resection of advanced endometriosis, laparoscopic and vaginal urogynecologic procedures and operative hysteroscopies. Fellows will spend 3-4 days/week in the OR and 1-2 days/week in-clinic. There is opportunity for protected education/academic time.

Applicants must have fulfilled their FRCSC requirements and hold an independent medical license from the province of Ontario. Benefits, leave, employment policies and other particulars conform to current University of Toronto Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology 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 at the University of Toronto. It offers a CanMEDS-structured teaching environment. The core faculty is comprised of veteran and emerging mentors with well-established national and international reputations. Over the years, past graduates have excelled in MIGS and now practice in leading teaching and community health centres.