Minimally Invasive Surgery Program

M.I.S. Fellowship Program  
  Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship
  University of Toronto
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Program Director: Dr. Timothy Jackson

Program Description: 
The University of Toronto offers a one year clinical fellowship in advanced minimally invasive surgery providing high volume clinical exposure to laparoscopic bariatric, colorectal, foregut, and solid organ surgery. Our fellowship includes the participation of three large University of Toronto affiliated hospitals and over 10 full-time MIS faculty. We also offer a two year research/clinical fellowship where the first year is spent developing research skills in a focused area of interest to the fellow. Opportunities exist to obtain a master's degree as part of the two year fellowship. Positions are available for two 1-year clinical fellows and one 2-year research/clinical fellow annually.

The primary goal of the clinical fellowship is to train excellent surgeons in advanced minimally invasive techniques. In addition to extensive operating room experience, fellows will have the opportunity to develop their endoscopy skills and participate in ambulatory clinics. The clinical fellowship also includes an active research component. Current research programs in clinical epidemiology, surgical education and telesimulation, quality improvement, and health technology assessment provide an opportunity for fellows to develop their research and academic skills. Fellows will be assigned a research mentor at the start of the fellowship with the expectation that they will complete at least one project throughout the year suitable for publication in a peer reviewed journal and presentation at a scientific meeting.

As part of the program, fellows will also gain significant experience teaching residents in the operating room and in the surgical skills lab. Simulation facilities are available onsite at many of the affiliated hospitals as well as at the University of Toronto Surgical Skills Centre. Participation and certification in the SAGES Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) program is expected as part of the fellowship. Opportunities for fellows to participate in international teaching initiatives and electives are also available. More information about the program and application process may be found at  

3 Sites for Clinical Activity:

University Health Network – Toronto Western Hospital: site director: Dr. Allan Okrainec
St. Joseph's Health Centre: site director – Dr. Paul Sullivan
Humber River Regional Hospital: site director – Dr. John Hagen

Expected Case volumes:
Bariatric: 150 cases
Foregut: 40 cases
Colorectal: 50 cases
Solid Organ: 20 cases
Abdominal Wall: 40 cases