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Clinical Fellowships at Queen's University

Photo of clinical fellows in the clinic

A clinical fellowship is an opportunity for a physician to obtain advanced training and/or to acquire more specialized expertise not normally acquired during residency training. Clinical fellows must be recognized specialists or family physicians.

Clinical fellowship training is ordinarily between 1 and 3 years in order to enhance experience for recognized specialists or family physicians.  As a short-term educational experience, which does not lead to certification by the RCPSC or the CFPC, a clinical fellowship on its own is not a pathway to permanent practice as a specialist or family physician in Ontario.

Fellowship Training Information for Canadian Applicants

Medical graduates who are Canadian citizens/permanent residents and meet the CPSO’s requirements for licensure as a clinical fellow should contact the Fellowship Program Director  of their program of interest for information on opportunities for fellowship training.

Clinical Fellows may hold a certificate of registration authorizing independent practice or postgraduate education. Clinical Fellows must obtain CMPA coverage, must register with the PGME Office and meet hospital credentialing requirements.

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Information for International Applicants Residing Outside of Canada

There are many international trainees in a variety of training programs at Queen’s University.

Postgraduate training agreements are currently in place between Queen’s University, Faculty of Health Sciences and sponsoring agencies from the following countries: Kuwait, Oman, Palestinian Authority (Gaza), Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Applications must be forwarded to the Postgraduate Medical Education Office by the sponsoring agency for consideration. 

*Please note that all internationally sponsored trainees must complete the Pre-Entry Assessment Period (PEAP). Please review the conditions of the PEAP closely, training dates will be affected by this requirement.

International Clinical Fellowship-without a postgraduate training agreement

If you are a trainee from a country not mentioned in the above list and are interested in a clinical fellowship at Queen’s University, you will need to contact the program you are interested in directly to see if they have the capacity to accept new trainees. A postgraduate training agreement may be required before final approval by the Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education.

Acceptable Sources of Funding

Acceptable sources of funding include foreign governments, foreign government agencies, health related charitable organizations or departmental funding. Private or personal funds are not acceptable. The Postgraduate Medical Education Office does not have funding for fellowships.

Application Package

The application package must include the following items:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (CV)

  2. Copy of Medical Degree (with English translation, where applicable)

  3. Applicant’s mailing address

  4. Copy of educational transcripts

  5. References (3)

  6. Proof of English proficiency

  7. Proof of Examinations

  8. Copy of Specialist Certification (SC) or MCCEE Part I if trainee does not have SC

  9. Any other relevant documents


Successful Candidates 

Successful candidates will be contacted by the Postgraduate Medical Education Office with a letter of appointment and registration information.

Please note that once approved, it can take approximately 6 to 8 months to fully process your application. 

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Queen's University has special Contract Agreements with:

Dr. Haifa Eye Hospital
PO Box 24141
Building 960
Road 7321 Block 373
Abu Gazalah, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel:+973 1726 1414
Fax:+973 1725 2110

Embassy of the State of Kuwait Cultural Division
3500 International Drive
Washington, DC 20008
Tel. 202-364-2164
Fax 202-363-8394

Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission
99 Bank Street, Suite 1144
Ottawa, ON K1P 6B9
Tel. 613-238-5555
Fax 613-563-9010

Aramco Services Company
9009 West Loop South
Houston, Texas
Tel:   713-432-4728
Fax:  713-432-5409

Oman Medical Specialty Board
College of Medicine, Sultan Qaboos University
P.O. Box 35,
Al-Khod MUSCAT 123m
Sultanate of Oman
Tel. 515102/515151
Fax: 513419

Istanbul Medical Centre
1281 Jala Street
Gaza, Gaza Strip
Palestinian Authority
Contact:  Naser Sadi, MD, PhD
Tel:  (0) 972 5047699
Fax: (0) 972 5047000

United Arab Emirates Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
Embassy of the United Arab Emirates - Cultural Division
125 Boteler Street,
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada, K1N 0A4
Tel: (613) 565-7272 ext: 223
Fax: (613) 860 1235

Research fellows are engaged solely in research and have no patient contact whatsoever.  Because research fellows do not have patient contact, licensure by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is not required. The minimum qualification for research fellowship training is a medical degree; however, requirements for admission may vary from one research fellowship program to another.

Eligibility for Licensure as a Clinical Fellow

In order to be considered for clinical fellowship training, applicants must be eligible for a certificate authorizing postgraduate education (an educational-type medical license) from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), the body which regulates the practice of medicine in Ontario.

One of the CPSO’s key requirements for the licensure of clinical fellows is that the applicant must be recognized as a medical specialist/family physician in the jurisdiction where the applicant has been practicing medicine prior to the clinical fellowship.

It is possible to review the requirements for licensure in detail by downloading the application for clinical fellows from the CPSO website:

Please note that medical graduates apply for educational licensure by the CPSO only after they have been accepted for clinical fellowship training by the University.

Fellowship Contacts

Program Fellowship Program Fellowship Director
Anesthesiology Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine Dr. Devin Sydor
Cardiology Echocardiology Dr. Zardasht Jaff
Electrophysiology Dr. Sanoj Chacko
Cardiology Dr. Samir Hazra
Critical Care Critical Care Medicine Dr. Suzanne Bridge (Kingston)
Dr. Randy Wax (Oshawa)
Diagnostic Radiology Neuroradiology Dr. Donatella Tampieri
Emergency Medicine Global Emergency Medicine Dr. Susan Bartels
Medical Education Dr. Damon Dagnone
POCUS:  Point of Care Ultrasound Dr. Hailey Hobbs
Resuscitation and Reanimation Dr. Adam Szulewski
Endocrinology and Metabolism Endocrinology and Metabolism Dr. Joshua Lakoff
Gastroenterology Gastroenterology
Neurogastroenterology/GI Motility
Therapeutic Endoscopy
Dr. Mark Ropeleski
Dr. David Reed / Dr. Stephen Vanner
Dr. Robert Bechara / Dr. Lawrence Hookey
Hematology Hematology Dr. Janet Lui
Infectious Diseases Infectious Diseases Dr. Gerald Evans
Medical Oncology  Medical Oncology
Medical Oncology with the Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG)
Dr. Francisco Vera Badillo
Dr. Christopher Booth
Nephrology Nephrology  Dr. Hasitha Welihinda
Neurology Neurophysiology Dr. Lysa Boisse Lomax
Neurology Stroke Dr. Shirin Jalini
Obstetrics & Gynaecology Contraceptive Advice, Research and
Education (CARE)

Dr. Ashley Waddington

Ophthalmology Medical Retina

Kaitlyn Caird, Program Assistant
Dr. Sanjay Sharma

Glaucoma Fellowship

Kaitlyn Caird, Program Assistant
Dr. Delan Jinapriya
Dr. Robert Campbell

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. Vladimir Kraty

Orthopedic Surgery     Orthopedic Surgery Fellowships  Dr. Aaron Campbell
Dr. Jeff Yach
Arthoplasty Dr. Gavin Wood
Pediatrics Spine Surgery Dr. Dan Borschneck
Upper Extremity Surgery Dr. David Pichora
Dr. Ryan Bicknell
Sports Medicine Dr. Davide Bardana
Spine Surgery  Dr. David Yen
Trauma Surgery Dr. Jeff Yach
Otolaryngology Otolaryngology Dr. Russell Hollins
Dr. Jason Franklin
Palliative Care Medicine Palliative Care Medicine Dr. Craig Goldie
Pediatrics Neonatalogy Dr. Faiza Khurshid

Consultation Liaison

Mood Disorders

Forensic Psychiatry

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Child, Adolescent, and Adult Developmental Disabilities

Geriatric Psychiatry

Dr. Claudio Soares                     Fellowship Assistant - Susan Beck


Radiation Oncology Clinical/ Quality Initiatives Dr. Catherine de Metz
Respirology Respirology Dr. Paul Heffernan
Sleep Medicine Dr. Christine Liak
Interstitial Lung Diseases Dr. Onofre Moran-Mendoza
Lung Cancer and Quality Improvement Dr. Genvieve Digby
Pulmonary Hypertension Dr. Christine D'Arsigny
Rheumatology Rheumatology Dr. Marie Clements-Baker
Specialized Surgical Fellowships

General Surgery

Bariatric Surgery

Cardiac Surgery

Colorectal Surgery

Minimally Invasive Surgery & Laparoscopy

Neuroendocrine Tumor


Plasic Surgery

Surgical Oncology

Surgical Pathology

Thoracic Surgery

Vascular Surgery

Dr. Diederick Jalink


Dr. Dimitri Petsikas


Dr. Boris Zevin


Dr. DJ Cook




Dr. Ken Ried




Dr. Michael Leveridge