Postgraduate
..Fellowship Programs

 

FELLOWSHIPS IN ONCOLOGY

 

Fellowships offered in Radiation Oncology (No current positions available)

- Application Process (applications accepted between July/August)

Fellowships offered in Medical Oncology (No current positions available)

- Application Process (applications accepted between July/August)

Advice to New Fellows:

- Post Graduate Medical Education and the Western University
- CPSO
- CMPA
- RCPSC
- Health Coverage
- Occupational Health and Safety
- The City of London and the Middlesex area and Accommodation

Newcomers to Canada and Help with your arrival

- Getting Settled
- Social Insurance Number
- Money and Bank Accounts
- Planning your arrival
- Canadian Public Holidays
- Transportation, Driver's licences, Vehicle Registration and Insurance

Other Contacts


 

RADIATION ONCOLOGY FELLOWSHIP:

  • Applicants
  • Background
  • Mentorship
  • Time Commitment
  • Recruitment
  • Salary

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Interested Applicants:

1 fellowship position is available for the Academic year July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 at the PGY-6 salary level through PAIRO.  Applications are invited from physicians who hold a Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or the equivalent training.  Candidates will have completed a training program in one of the oncology subspecialties, be licensed with, or be eligible for an educational license from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO).

 

APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS:

Requirements:

1) The applicant must have a specialist degree.

2) If the language of instruction at your medical school was other than English, you must have written your IELTS test and obtained a Band score of 8 or higher to be eligible to apply. No exceptions.

 

Send complete package with the following by no later than SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 (for possible Fellowship start date of July 2014):

Interested applicants should forward a covering letter outlining their proposed area of interest, indicating the specific fellowship position interested in. Also include:

  • An up-to-date CV
  • Completed Application form
  • Three (3) letters of reference (Must use referee form)
  • This must also be submitted directly by the referee. Please note, we will not accept referee forms submitted by the applicant.
  • Copies of your medical degree, Oncology certification, and a copy of your immigration status (i.e. Passport, visa, etc.)

Ms. Cassandra Ratelle
Administrator, Fellowship Program – Department of Oncology
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University
c/o London Regional Cancer Program
790 Commissioners Road East
London, Ontario, N6A 4L6
Email: cassandra.ratelle@lhsc.on.ca

 

Forms:

 

Application Form
Referee Form

English Language Testing:

 

IETLS website
TOEFL website

 

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Background:


Western University and The London Regional Cancer Program are leaders in the areas of image guidance and brachytherapy. Investigators at the London Regional Cancer Program are actively collaborating with researchers at the Robarts Institute to establish expertise in the areas of cancer imaging and image guidance during radiation treatment. Currently we have facilities for research in tomotherapy, IGRT and SBRT and we are actively involved in CT based planning for both interstitial and intercavitary brachytherapy. In addition we have an active palliative care rapid response service with links to the palliative care group and an ongoing prospective database. We can also support a variety of translational research projects of the highest quality through our links to the CIHR Strategic Training Program and the Lawson Health Research Institute. We are offering a 1 year fellowship with the potential for a 1 year extension in the following areas:

  • Fellowship in image guidance- research may include 4DCT, tomotherapy, IGRT, rapidarc, or SBRT in the areas of lung, prostate, CNS or head and neck cancer.
  • Fellowship in brachytherapy-research may involve interstitial and/or intracavity brachytherapy in prostate or gynaecological malignancies.
  • Fellowship in palliative care-research may include retrospective or prospective studies in various areas of palliative care.
  • Fellowship in oligometastatic SBRT technology and clinical trials

Mentorship:

  • Image Guidance

    Dr. George Rodrigues

    Clinician Scientist

    Lung and GU

    Dr. Glenn Bauman Clinician CNS
    Dr. Nancy Read Clinician Head and Neck
    Oligomets Dr. George Rodrigues Clinician Scientist Lung, Prostate, Brain mets
    Dr. David Palma Clinician Scientist Lung, Head & Neck
    Brachytherapy Dr. David D'Souza Clinician Scientist Breast, GU and Gynecology
    Paliative Care

    Dr. Belal Ahmad

    Clinician

    Palliative Care, GU and GI

    Dr. Gil Shrier Palliative Care Internist Palliative Care

Time Commitments:


40-60% devoted to clinical experiences and direct patient care
40-60% to conceptualizing, conduct and implementation of specific research projects
10% administrative work including formal and informal teaching of clinical clerks and residents

Attendance at the following meetings will be mandatory
Quality assurance rounds
Multidisciplinary rounds associated with the disease sites of interest

It is expected that the fellow take part in after hours and
weekend coverage for the Division of Radiation Oncology which
will be negotiated at the start of the fellowship.

Recruitment:
Fellows will be recruited from the Radiation Oncology Training Program at the LRCP and from other radiation oncology training programs (Canadian and International). The existence of the Radiation Oncology Fellowship will be communicated to other training programs through advertisement at national and international oncology meetings/conferences.

Salary:
Salary for the fellow will be at the level of a PGY-6 resident as per the Professional Association of Internes and Residents of Ontario (PAIRO) guidelines.

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JOINT ONCOLOGY/CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY FELLOWSHIP IN PERSONALIZED MEDICINE:

  • Background
  • Mentorship
  • Time Commitment
  • Recruitment
  • Salary

Interested Applicants:
1 fellowship position is available for the Academic year July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 at the PGY-6 salary level through PAIRO.  Applications are invited from physicians who hold a Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or the equivalent training.  Candidates will have completed a training program in one of the oncology subspecialties, be licensed with, or be eligible for an educational license from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO).

APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS:

Requirements:

1) The applicant must have a specialist degree.

2) If the language of instruction at your medical school was other than English, you must have written your IELTS test and obtained a Band score of 8 or higher to be eligible to apply. No exceptions.

 

Send complete package with the following by no later than SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 (for possible Fellowship start date of July 2014):

Interested applicants should forward a covering letter outlining their proposed area of interest, indicating the specific fellowship position interested in. Also include:

  • An up-to-date CV
  • Completed Application form
  • Three (3) letters of reference (Must use referee form)
  • This must also be submitted directly by the referee. Please note, we will not accept referee forms submitted by the applicant.
  • Copies of your medical degree, Oncology certification, and a copy of your immigration status (i.e. Passport, visa, etc.)

Ms. Cassandra Ratelle
Administrator, Fellowship Program – Department of Oncology
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University
c/o London Regional Cancer Program
790 Commissioners Road East
London, Ontario, N6A 4L6
Email: cassandra.ratelle@lhsc.on.ca

 

Forms:

 

Application Form
Referee Form

English Language Testing:

 

IETLS website
TOEFL website

 

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Background:
Western University is at the forefront in the emerging field of Personalized Medicine. Understanding inter-individual variability in drug metabolism and tolerance is no where more important than in the practice of oncology. Investigators at the London Regional Cancer Program (LRCP) work in collaborating with the Departments of Clinical Pharmacology and Diagnostic Imaging on novel approaches to individualize therapy in cancer patients.

The LRCP serves as the regional referral service for tertiary oncology care for Southwestern Ontario, a cachement area of over 1.5 million people. The Clinical Research Unit at LRCP has established expertise in conducting a wide range of clinical trials, including “in-house”, industry and co-operative group sponsored studies. The LRCP has a strong relationship to basic science researchers situated in close proximity at the Victoria Cancer Research Laboratories. There exist translational research teams of clinicians and scientists in the breast, prostate and gynecologic disease site teams. We have strong linkages to the Princess Margaret Hospital Phase 2 Consortium, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) and the National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group (NCIC CTG). Facilities exist both at the Victoria and University Campuses of London Health Sciences Center to support translational research of the highest quality.


Objectives:


To allow the fellow to:

  1. Conduct one or more translational research projects in the field of personalized medicine under the guidance of experienced investigators from the Departments of Clinical Pharmacology and Oncology.
  2. Learn advanced elements in clinical pharmacology relevant to the practice of oncology.
  3. Gain experience in the conduct and implementation of prospective clinical research in cancer patients.

Mentorship:

Oncology:

  • Dr. Stephen Welch (Fellowship Program Director): Medical Oncologist with significant involvement and experience in IND trials and interest in Personalized Medicine with ongoing collaborative research underway with the Department of Clinical Pharmacology.
  • Dr. Eric Winquist:

Clinical Pharmacology:

  • Dr. Richard Kim: General Internist / Clinical Pharmacologist with vast experience in pharmacogenomics and drug transporters. His research interest is that of understanding the molecular basis of inter-individual differences in drug disposition and the application of such finding to the emerging field of Personalized Medicine.
  • Dr. George Dresser:

Time Commitments:

  • 40% of time will be devoted to clinical experience and direct patient interaction
    This will include oncology clinics at LRCP, participation in clinical pharmacology consult service and opportunities for on-call service with oncology and clinical research programs.
  • 40% of the time will be devoted to conceptualizing, conduct and implementation of specific research projects
    The project(s) will be geared toward personalized medicine in oncology. Projects will be feasible to complete within a short time period of the fellowship. Although the focus is on clinical research projects, opportunities for experience with small projects, in the basic science laboratories (Experimental Oncology and / or Clinical Pharmacology) will be offered.
  • 20% of the time will be devoted to formal and informal course work in clinical pharmacology centered around the theme of personalized medicine
    Seminars and courses offered through:
    Division of Clinical Pharmacology
    CIHR Strategic Training Program in Cancer Research and Technology Transfer

Attendance at the following regular meetings will be considered mandatory:
Dr. Kim's Lab Meeting: weekly meeting where work from trainees / post-docs associated with Dr. Kim’s team presented. Fellow will be expected to report on progress of his / her own projects as fellowship progresses.

IND Rounds: monthly meeting of clinicians and basic scientists at LRCP to discuss relevant molecular biology and new drug targets. Fellow will be expected to participate in discussion and present on occasion.

Grand Rounds: weekly for both the Departments of Oncology and Division of Clinical Pharmacology

Clinical Pharmacology Academic Half-Day

CIHR Strategic Training Program in Cancer Research and Technology Tranfer Seminar Series (monthly)

It is expected that a one- or two- year commitment will be made by the fellow to allow completion of the fellowship objectives. The fellow will be expected to take part in limited amount of after hours and weekend coverage for the appropriate Oncology division which will be negotiated at the start of the fellowship.

Recruitment:
Fellows will be recruited from the Oncology Training Program at the LRCP and from other oncology training programs (Canadian and International). The existence of the Personalized Medicine in Oncology Fellowship at UWO will be communicated to other training programs at through advertisement at national and international oncology meetings / conferences. Given the focus on pharmacology and personalized medicine, candidates are most likely to have a medical oncology background, however, interested and qualified individuals from Radiation, Surgical or Gynecologic Oncology training programs are welcome.

Salary:
Salary for the fellow will be at the level of a PGY-6 resident as per the Professional Association of Internes and Residents of Ontario (PAIRO) guidelines. Funding will also be made available for the fellow to attend up to 2 national / international meetings per year where his / her work is to be presented. Limited funding will also be made available to offset costs of research conducted (supplies, personnel, etc.)

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APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS:

 

Requirements:

1) The applicant must have a specialist degree.

2) If the language of instruction at your medical school was other than English, you must have written your IELTS test and obtained a Band score of 8 or higher to be eligible to apply. No exceptions.

 

Interested applicants should forward a covering letter outlining their proposed area of interest, indicating the specific fellowship position interested in as per the required dates for the individual Fellowship positions. Also include:

  • An up-to-date CV
  • Completed Application form
  • Three (3) letters of reference (Must use referee form)
  • This must also be submitted directly by the referee. Please note, we will not accept referee forms submitted by the applicant.
  • Copies of your medical degree, Oncology certification, and a copy of your immigration status (i.e. Passport, visa, etc.)

Ms. Cassandra Ratelle
Administrator, Fellowship Program – Department of Oncology
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University
c/o London Regional Cancer Program
790 Commissioners Road East
London, Ontario, N6A 4L6
Email: cassandra.ratelle@lhsc.on.ca

 

Forms:

 

Application Form
Referee Form

English Language Testing:

 

IETLS website
TOEFL website

 

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QUICK LINKS FOR FELLOWS:

 

Post Graduate Medical Education - Clinical Fellowship (Western University)

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College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO)

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) will send out an information package with all the documentation required for a successful application. Your medical school will also have to certify your graduation with the CPSO. Your relevant local medical board in your state or country or origin is also required to complete

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CMPA - (Canadian Medical Protective Association) - Medical Indemnity

You are required to become a member of the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA). For membership application forms, fees, changes and other membership services, please refer to their member self-service area.

Membership of the CMPA is expensive and the fees are published online. The membership fees are stated in Canadian funds for the full annual amount or can be paid in equal monthly payments. To set up a direct debit mandate, you will need to provide CMPA with a Void cheque from the account to be debitted. It is therefore necessary to open your new Canadian bank account first. You can commence the application process (application form, CPSO number and contact details) and payment upon your arrival in Canada.

The fees for registration with CPSO, CMPA and The University of Ontario need to be paid by the fellow.

Malpractice Reimbursement Program will reimburse approximately 85% of the CMPA membership.

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RCPSC - (The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada)

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Health Coverage - Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) / University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP)

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Occupational Health and Safety

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The City of London and the Middlesex area and Accommodation

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Help with your arrival and News for Ontario Newcombers

London and Middlesex County offer many services and programs to help newcomers get settled quickly. Two key agencies are a great place to start: London Cross Cultural Learner Centre and London Urban Services Organization (LUSO). You'll find many more resources in the Getting Settled section of this website.

Confidential Support and Counselling Services is only a phone call away if you need to speak with someone about your problems.

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Social Insurance Number
A Social Insurance number is a 9-digit number issued by the Government of Canada and is required for work purposes as well as for identification purposes to banks, credit institutions, employment insurance, pension and tax purposes. You will need this number to open up a bank account, and it is required by law to provide this number to your employer as soon as you start working. For more information, see the Settlement.org website.

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Money and Bank Accounts:

Most Canadians deal with one of the “big five” chartered banks which have extensive nation-wide coverage and many international services. These are Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Toronto-Dominion Canada Trust (TD Canada Trust Bank), The Bank of Montreal (BMO) and Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank).

Opening an account
It is easy to open an account in Canada provided that you have funds in Canadian or US dollars and have appropriate identification. There are a variety of account types (savings, chequing, term deposits, etc.) which have differing fees, service charges and requirements. It is necessary to review these carefully before opening an account to make sure the account type matches your needs.

Transferring funds
There are several ways to transfer funds to Canada:

    • A bank draft: We recommend that you obtain a bank draft in Canadian Dollars drawn on a Canadian Bank (e.g. bank drafts from the Bank of China are not accepted). A bank draft or international money order drawn on an International Bank could take from 10 days to 6 months for processing.
    • Traveller’s Cheques in Canadian or US dollars.
    • HSBC allows you to open a bank account in Canda from an overseas locations.

     

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Planning your arrival:

Canadian Public Holidays

  2012 2013 2014 2015
New Year's Day Jan. 1 Jan. 1 Jan. 1 Jan. 1
Family Day Feb. 20 Feb. 18 Feb. 17 Feb. 16
Good Friday April 6 Mar. 29 Apr. 18 Apr. 3
Easter Monday April 9 April 1 Apr. 21 April 6
Victoria Day
(Monday preceding
May 25)
May 21 May 20 May 19 May 18
Canada Day * July 1 July 1 July 1 July 1
Civic Holiday Aug. 6 Aug. 5 Aug. 4 Aug. 3
Labour Day
(first Monday
of September)
Sept. 3 Sept. 2 Sept. 1 Sept. 7
Thanksgiving Day
(second Monday
of October)
Oct. 8 Oct. 14 Oct. 13 Oct. 12
Remembrance Day Nov. 11 Nov. 11 Nov. 11 Nov. 11
Christmas Dec. 25 Dec. 25 Dec. 25 Dec. 25
Boxing Day Dec. 26 Dec. 26 Dec. 25 Dec. 26

* The Holidays Act provides that July 2 is Canada Day when July 1 is a Sunday.

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Transportation, driver's licences, vehicle registration and insurance

If you live in Ontario, you must be at least 16 years old and have a valid Ontario driver's licence to drive in the province. A newcomer to Ontario is required to apply for an Ontario driver's licence within 60 days of taking up residence in the province.

Most vehicles on Ontario roads must be registered, insured and maintained to meet certain basic standards. If you own a vehicle, you are responsible for making sure it meets the requirements. People who buy and sell vehicles also have certain responsibilities.

Insurance

Ontario has compulsory automobile insurance. Before you can attach plates to a vehicle or renew your registration, or buy a temporary (trip) permit, the vehicle must be insured. In Ontario, private companies provide insurance coverage.

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Other Contacts

 

For further information and specific queries:

Fellowship Program Administrator: Ms. Cassandra Ratelle

Radiation Oncology Fellowship Director: Dr. Tracy Sexton

Medical Oncology/Clinical Pharmacology Fellowship Director: Dr. Kylea Potvin

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