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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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Postgraduate training agreements are currently in place between Queen’s University, Faculty of Health Sciences and sponsoring agencies from the following countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, 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. Personal statement
  10. 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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Sponsoring Institutions

A complete list of sponsoring institutions is found here:


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. Dale Engen
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 Advanced Technologies in Diabetes  Dr. Bikrampal Sidhu
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

EEG/Epilepsy Clinical Neurophysiology Dr. Garima Shukla
Stroke/Cerebrovascular Dr. Shirin Jalini
Obstetrics & Gynaecology Contraceptive Advice, Research and
Education (CARE)

Dr. Ashley Waddington

Ophthalmology Medical Retina

Shauna Vinkle, Program Assistant
Dr. Sanjay Sharma

Glaucoma Fellowship

Shauna Vinkle, 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
Pediatrics Neonatalogy Dr. Faiza Khurshid

Consultation Liaison

Mood Disorders

Forensic Psychiatry

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Child, Adolescent, and Adult Developmental Disabilities

Geriatric Psychiatry


Psychotic Disorders

Dr. Rafael Freire

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

Advanced Minimally Invasive and Robotic Colorectal Surgery

General Surgery

Bariatric Surgery

Cardiac Surgery


Plasic Surgery

Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Sunil Patel

Dr. Diederick Jalink

Apply through the Fellowship Council 

Dr. Dimitri Petsikas



Dr. Ken Ried