University of Toronto - Dermatology - Toronto


Program Director

Dr. Philip Doiron


Program Administrative Assistant

Kayla Wainwright

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The Division of Dermatology at the University of Toronto (is):

  • The largest Division of Dermatology in Canada, with 33 residents, contributing to outpatient and inpatient dermatologic care at five core academic hospitals.

  • Invested in developing the professional goals of residents pursuing advanced degrees in education, leadership, research and dermatology fellowships.

  • Resourced with full and part-time faculty with special expertise in advanced medical dermatology, Mohs and surgical dermatology, dermatopathology, pediatric dermatology, cosmetic and aesthetic dermatology and numerous subspecialty clinics at both academic and community sites.

  • Offers numerous fellowships in advanced medical dermatology, inflammatory skin disease, pediatric dermatology, Mohs surgery, aesthetic and laser dermatology and wound care.

  • Offers an Academic Day program that is faculty and resident-taught, with ongoing opportunities for resident feedback into a dynamic and comprehensive curriculum.

  • Allows for diverse dermatology training within the multicultural patient population of Toronto.

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How is the 5-year residency program structured at the University of Toronto?

The first and second years are primarily off-service, where residents will learn from rotations with direct relation to the practice of dermatology. The final three years are devoted to the study of dermatology and its subspecialties.

PGY1-2 rotations:

  • Internal medicine

  • Emergency medicine

  • Infectious disease

  • Rheumatology

  • Dermatology

  • Pediatric dermatology

  • Outpatient clinic experience

  • Occupational medicine

  • Tropical medicine

  • Plastic surgery

  • Dermatopathology

PGY 3-5 Core dermatology rotations:

  • General dermatology

  • Pediatric dermatology

  • Dermatopathology

  • Mohs surgery

  • Research

  • Electives

  • Community dermatology

What are the main teaching sites for dermatology?

  • Women's College Hospital

  • Toronto Western Hospital (University Health Network)

  • The Hospital for Sick Children

  • Sunnybrook Hospital

How are academic teachings structured?

  • First- and second-year residents have a protected Friday academic half-day. This includes a 4-5-week introductory course in the summer. They also have a monthly 2-year longitudinal course which includes topics in morphology, differential diagnoses and disease management.

  • Senior residents have the full day protected. Morning sessions provide interactive small-group morphology, pathology and resident-led sessions. Afternoons provide an opportunity for collaborative patient viewing rounds and discussion.

How are residents evaluated?

  • Our curriculum is transitioning to a competence by design framework, wherein residents will be evaluated more frequently.

  • We currently provide formative biannual written and OSCE-style examinations to our senior residents in order to prepare them for their Royal College examination.

  • There is also opportunity to be evaluated formally and informally in clinics in the core dermatology years.

Are there opportunities for research during residency?

  • Residents have, at minimum, a 3-month block scheduled to pursue research during their 4th year. The opportunity to pursue research is abundant outside of this window and based on their initiative, many residents begin projects, funded formally and unfunded, much earlier.

  • The University of Toronto has several streams to support residents in research related graduate degrees.

  • We have research day annually, where residents have the opportunity to showcase their work.

What are the various subspeciality clinics offered in Toronto?

  • Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma clinic

  • Melanoma clinic

  • Oral medicine clinic

  • Epidermolysis bullosa clinic

  • Childhood morphea clinic

  • Childhood CTCL clinic

  • Occupational health clinic

  • Hair disorder clinic

  • Wound care clinic

  • Hidradenitis clinic

  • Pyoderma gangrenosum clinic

  • HIV clinic

  • Phototherapy clinic

  • Patch testing

What opportunities are there for teaching?

  • Biannually residents formally teach the junior medical students didactic and clinical skills dermatology teaching.

  • Informal teaching of medical students and off-service residents is done by senior dermatology residents in core dermatology years during clinics.

  • There is also opportunity to get involved in medical education research.

What are some unique features of Dermatology in Toronto?

  • Toronto provides the opportunity to learn dermatology in the most densely populated and diverse urban center in Canada – this also means some of the most severe and rare cases.

  • We strive for excellence in teaching of first principles in dermatology and offer residents opportunities hands-on experience in practical applications such as surgery, cosmetics, phototherapy, patch testing, pathology, and research.

Are there any extracurricular or other learning opportunities available?

  • Toronto Dermatology Society has quarterly meetings with patient viewings and discussions

  • Women’s College Symposium Annually

  • Toronto Psoriasis Seminar & Robert S. Lester Postgraduate Dermatology Seminar annually

  • Opportunity to volunteer at Camp Liberte