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Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Holland Orthopaedic Arthritic Centre)
Toronto Western Hospital: University Health Network


Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Holland Orthopaedic Arthritic Centre)

Number of Positions:

2 positions available


6 months, 1 year


Holland Orthopaedic Arthritic Centre


Dr. Richard Holtby

This is a fellowship in arthroscopic shoulder surgery. The fellowship is based at the HOAC of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center. Surgery is currently at that facility but may also occur at other ambulatory surgical facilities. The orthopedic division at Sunnybrook is the largest in Toronto. It encompasses a full range of elective surgery and trauma. Elective surgery is based at the HOAC in downtown Toronto and emphasizes hip and knee arthroplasty. Sunnybrook in the north end of the city is the largest trauma hospital in Canada. The upper extremity service has four surgeons, including Dr. Holtby, with Dr. Robin Richards as the senior surgeon. Dr. Holtby is the principal shoulder arthroscopist. The service has a significant research focus with a research coordinator, surgical database and significant provincial and national funding. The research focus is clinical, looking at clinical tests, outcome measures and randomized clinical trials of surgical procedures. The fellowship is at least six months and generally one year maximum. The focus is the acquisition of arthroscopic surgical and clinical assessment skills related to the shoulder. Dr. Holtby’s practice is roughly half sports related and half degenerative and is 90% arthroscopic. There is, however, open surgical experience in shoulder replacement, complex stabilization and revision rotator cuff surgery. The fellow will be involved in the research process including data collection and literature review. Independent research projects are encouraged and resources including protected time, financing, and administrative support are available. There are often residents and medical students on this service providing an opportunity to observe and participate in teaching. There is an opportunity to tailor the fellowship experience by spending six months doing lower extremity sports medicine, elbow and wrist surgery, or trauma.

At the end of this fellowship the applicant will be able to:

  1. Perform a competent shoulder exam, order and interpret appropriate investigations, and recommend appropriate surgery for shoulder disorders.
  2. Perform a full range of arthroscopic and open shoulder surgical procedures.
  3. Review literature, prepare and present rounds, teach at resident and undergraduate level and       understand the clinical research process including randomized trials.

The fellow is obligated to attend four days a week of clinical work with a day for research and/or study. There is an in house call responsibility at the HOAC shared with other fellows and residents. This call requires current BCLS certification. Extra call may be available in a renumerative capacity. There is no emergency call requirement though this may be available for fellows wishing trauma experience.

Interviews are encouraged but not required.

Applications must be completed nine months prior to commencing as this when selection decisions are made. Applications must include a description of the applicant’s goals for the fellowship, a CV, and three letters of recommendation.

Elisa Park
Medical Services
Holland Orthopaedic & Arthritic Centre
268-43 Wellesley St. E.
Toronto, ON
M4Y 1H1
Tel: 416 967-8646
Fax: 416 967-8593
Email: medical.services@sunnybrook.ca

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Toronto Western Hospital: University Health Network

Number of Positions:

1 per year


1 year


Toronto Western Hospital


Dr. Darrell J. Ogilive-Harris

This is a fellowship in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine. The clinical work involves extensive arthroscopic reconstruction of the shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle. It involves open reconstruction of soft tissue and ligamentous nature such as rotator cuff repair, shoulder instability, anterior cruciate reconstruction and ankle instability. Osteotomy about the knee is also performed mainly in association with anterior cruciate insufficiency.

The focus of the fellowship is to obtain advanced arthroscopic and sports reconstructive skills. During the rotation, the fellow would be expected to be competent in arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder and ankle with some exposure to the elbow. He/she would also be expected to become proficient at shoulder, ankle and knee stabilitization and reconstruction.

His/her clinical duties would involve four days a week, which would include working at the Sports Clinic, the general Orthopaedic Clinic and two days in the Operating Room. He/she would have one day a week for a research project, which would usually involve patient follow-up.

In addition, he/she would be required to take some general call at the Toronto Western Hospital, to cover basic orthopaedic trauma. Remunerated call may be available.

Places are usually assigned two to three years in advance. Applications must include a CV and two letters of recommendation. It would be advisable to inquire as to the availability of fellowship positions, prior to submitting an application.

This is a non-funded position.

Dr. Darrell Ogilvie-Harris
Toronto Western Hospital
Tel: 416 603-5862
Fax: 416 603-4376
Email: Cindy Merey (Division Secretary) cynthia.merey@uhn.on.ca


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