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A committed team of University of Toronto faculty (two geriatricians, two respirologists, and a general internist) attend on the Hospitalist ward and are involved with teaching the fellows. The curriculum that is used is modeled after the Society of Hospital Medicine core competencies. In addition to learning through patient care, a variety of formal conferences are available to the fellows. These include medical grand rounds, morning report, noon time lectures, and a specific weekly morning hospitalist conference. Participation in a research project is encouraged.

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Dr. Khalil Sivjee, MD, FRCP*(C)

Education Director Hospitalist Training Program

Dr. Mireille Norris MD, FRCP*(C)


Administrative Director Hospitalist Training Program

To learn more about us, please visit our website at: education/Hospitalist If you would like more information about the Hospital Medicine Fellowship, please contact: Program Coordinator Meera Chail at [email protected] or 416.480.6100, ext. 7341. Hospitalist Training Program Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre 2075 Bayview Avenue Rm: HG39 Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5

Top (left to right): Dr. U Najeeb, Dr. R Mistry, Linda Anderson, Dr. C Gutierrez, Meera Chail, Dr. P Candia, Dr. M Norris Bottom (left to right): Dr. K Sivjee, Mohana Thayapararajah

What is a Hospitalist?

According to the Society of Hospital Medicine (formerly the National Association of Inpatient Physicians), Hospitalists are physicians whose primary professional activity is the general medical care of hospitalized patients. Their activities include patient care, research, and leadership related to hospital care.

multidisciplinary health care team. providing excellent, resource sensitive, hospital care to these patients requires a certain skill set that is not usually covered in traditional graduate medical training programs. In addition, acquiring these skills will make one a highly desirable candidate for a leadership position in a community based or academic hospitalist program.

Each hospitalist fellow will receive a $5000 expense account to be used to purchase benefits and educational material. Additional compensation may be available for taking extra call duties.

Who should apply to the Hospital Medicine fellowship?

If you are an enthusiastic, hardworking emergency medicine, family medicine or internal medicine trained physician who enjoys acute care medicine and wants to strengthen your hospital based skills, you should apply to this fellowship. While international medical graduates will be considered, preference will be given to North American trained physicians especially those holding a license to practice in Canada.

Hospitalist Medicine Fellowship Program in Canada

Hospital Medicine is an exciting new site specific specialty that is growing by leaps and bounds in North America. While this field of medicine has been in existence for nearly a decade, very few training programs exist to teach the specific skills set required to be an exemplary Hospitalist. The Department of Medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is proud to offer a one year fellowship in Hospital Medicine. This training opportunity is one of only a few in existence in North America and the first in Canada. Hospitalist fellows spend their time on an acute care medicine ward caring for patients with a variety of common and uncommon disorders. During their training, fellows also learn the art of medical consultation, how to facilitate patient transitions of care, and how to participate in hospital administration. Fellows who successfully complete the year are in a strategic position to become leaders in Hospital medicine in centers across Canada. Join us and become involved in this innovative and stimulating new medical specialty!

Who are Hospitalists?

In contrast to the United States, the majority of Hospitalists in Canada are Family Medicine trained. The remainder include practitioners of general internal medicine, medical subspecialists, and pediatrics. While many have some training in the care of hospitalized patients, most lack formal training in areas that are considered vital to Hospitalists. These areas include health care delivery system issues, continuum of care issues, and end of life/palliative care.

What does the Fellowship Include?

The fellowship is a 12 month cycle. It consists of 8 months on an acute care medical ward and months of selective time (1 month each of medical consultation and infectious disease). Each fellow is required to do 6 overnight calls per month with the option to do more for extra compensation. Weekend call is 24 hours from 9am - 9am. Fellows are expected to be relieved of duties at 12 noon on their post call weekdays. One month (22 working days) of paid time off is offered to include vacation, sick days and personal days. The annual salary is $60,000 Canadian not including merit and performance bonuses.

Why should I spend an extra year of training to become a hospitalist when I can get a hospital based job straight out of residency?

Patients admitted to the hospital today are older, have more co-morbidities, and often require coordinated care from a



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