Urogynaecology - Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Program Director: 
Dr. Patricia Lee
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre 
Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Toronto 
Tel: (416) 480-6740 
Email: urogynecology@sunnybrook.ca

Site: Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Application Deadline: Submit Application Form by June 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 

The Urogynecology Fellowship program is a 2-year program based at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, a full-service tertiary care academic health science centre.

Over the 24 months, an equivalent of 9 months per year will be spent concentrating on urogynecology (with 3 days of surgery per week) and 3 months in advanced laparoscopic surgery (complex endometriosis, fibroids, difficult hysterectomy and other advanced gynecologic procedures: 3-4 days of surgery per week). Approximately, 2 days per week are allotted to office urogynecology. There is the option to spend the equivalent of 1-2 months with an ambulatory urology /cystoscopy clinic; and/or ambulatory geriatric urogynecology.

There is a robust clinical research program and mentorship will be provided to assist the fellow in developing at least 1 research project to be presented at an (inter)national meeting and with manuscript preparation for journal submission.

The Program places a strong emphasis on training individuals considering an academic career after completion of the fellowship.

There is a guaranteed annual salary and supported academic travel.

Protected time and funding is available for an approved Masters degree training.

Potential applicants must have completed their basic core training in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and have successfully passed the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada examinations. Consideration will be given to those with the equivalent of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada certification. It is preferred that new fellows have had at least a 6-week to 3-month rotation in Urogynecology during their core training at their own university centre, or, have taken an elective rotation offered through our University of Toronto program to external residents.

The members of the Division of Urogynecology will evaluate fellows every 3-6 months.  The fellow must successfully complete the first year of training to proceed to the second year.

The Setting: Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Our surgical faculty consists of: 4 fully trained full-time urogynecologists and 4 full-time AAGL certified gynecologists with subspecialty training in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. There is a strong collaborative association with our on-site urologists (who have a special interest in female urology).

We have about 1000 cases in the main operating room annually. Our main surgical focus is in advanced minimally invasive surgery in urogynecology, infertility, pelvic pain and general gynecology. The typical surgical procedures performed at our centre include laparoscopic Burch, laparoscopic suburethral sling, laparoscopic colposacropexy, Laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy, vaginal hysterectomy and repairs, vaginal vault suspensions, fistula repair, Laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy, laparoscopic myomectomy, laparoscopic cerclage, laparoscopic ovarian cystectomy, mid-urethral slings and operative hysteroscopy.

The Urogynecology Clinic is a tertiary/quaternary referral centre with many referrals coming from province-wide for complex care and surgical management of patients with significant co-morbidities. We have combined surgical cases that involve our Urology, General Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery colleagues.