Overview of Postgraduate Training in Rheumatology

The Division of Rheumatology and the Rheumatic Diseases Unit are fully approved for training in Rheumatology by the Canadian College of Physicians and Surgeons. This is a two-year training program, ordinarily following completion of three years of training in Internal Medicine in an approved Program. Applicants are taken on a competitive basis and funded through the Ontario Ministry of Health. A very limited number of Fellowships for Clinical training are also available through the Arthritis Society. The Training Program offers a wide spectrum of Clinical training as well as a number of Research opportunities, described above.

The Rheumatology Residency Program is two years in duration with 13 blocks per year.  It offers a wide spectrum of clinical training in addition to varied research opportunities.  The program is flexible and meets the needs of individual trainees, while at the same time fulfilling Royal College requirements.  The curriculum includes the following:

  • Ambulatory Clinics in Rheumatology including a longitudinal Resident’s Clinic
  • In-patient Consultation Service
  • Electives in Research, Orthopedics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pediatric Rheumatology, Community Rheumatology
  • Weekly academic program designed for Rheumatology trainees with input from the trainees themselves
  • Weekly rounds for Rheumatology open to all students and faculty in the Department of Medicine
  • Curriculum that includes basic science, critical appraisal and review of the CanMEDS roles
  • Pediatric Rheumatology rotation at the University of Toronto
Sample Timetable

Our graduates, competent to function as consultant rheumatologists, are excellent, astute clinical rheumatologists with wide clinical experience.   We are pleased to offer a program that is both flexible and supportive for the individual career paths of our residents.