Education Training the next generation of leaders

While our research provides the foundation for the innovative care we deliver to patients, it is also integral to our educational efforts. SickKids Ophthalmology is internationally recognized for its high-quality educational programs. These programs provide cutting-edge clinical training in general paediatric ophthalmology and various subspecialties to different levels of medical trainees, as well as to non-ophthalmologist practitioners.

Our Educational programs include

  • ~190

    Medical Students

  • 6

    Graduate Students

  • 2–3

    International Medical Graduates

  • 15–20

    Residents

  • 6

    Fellows

  • 1–2

    Nursing Students

“In the evolution of our department over the last 40 years, we have developed an enviable academic culture, in which service to our patients is rendered with outstanding quality, our teaching is the best among the academic hospitals, and our research is active, growing and world-class.” —DR. RAY BUNCIC

Our Fellowships

Our program in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus has trained well over 100 fellows since its inception more than 40 years ago, and is accredited by the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology. We train four fellows every year, making it one of the world’s largest fellowship programs focused on vision sciences.

40 Years, 123 Alumni, 25 Nations

Our subspecialty fellowship programs include

Retinoblastoma Clinical Fellowship Preceptors: Drs. Gallie and Héon

The Retinoblastoma Clinical Fellowship is a one-year program that recruits fully trained ophthalmologists who will focus their life’s work on retinoblastoma—a form of eye cancer.

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Fellows may enter the program based on funding they have received, or the department will seek out funding for them on a case-by-case basis when we determine that the training will play a key role in equipping the fellow to enhance global retinoblastoma care. We also welcome ophthalmologists, who are already leaders in retinoblastoma in their country, to join us for three-to-six month observership.

Past fellows continue to consult with us on difficult cases, using innovative digital tools for sharing care decisions, and actively participate in One Retinoblastoma World initiatives.

Neuro-ophthalmology Fellowship Preceptors: Drs. Buncic and Wong

The Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship program is one of a few in the world that offers training dedicated exclusively to children.Read More We provide extensive exposure to the complete spectrum of paediatric neuro-ophthalmologic conditions. Organized around the principle of graduated responsibility, fellows develop knowledge, competence, and confidence in diagnosis, as well as skills for medical and surgical management of common and rare neuro-ophthalmologic conditions under the close supervision of staff physicians. Through multidisciplinary consultations and co-management of patients, we offer numerous opportunities for educational interactions with related specialties, including neurology, neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, neuroradiology, neuropathology and craniofacial anomalies.

Another unique feature of the fellowship is a strong component of research training, with ample protected time for fellows to complete rigorous research under the guidance of experienced clinician-scientists and clinicians. Upon completion of their training, fellows are expected to become leaders in this field.

PAEDIATRIC CORNEA AND EXTERNAL DISEASES FELLOWSHIP Preceptors: Drs. Ali and Mireskandari

We are the only department in the world to have two staff physicians specially trained in both paediatric ophthalmology, as well as in cornea and external diseases. This includes developmental, infective and inflammatory diseases that lead to scarring and the need for corneal transplantation.

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Our unique expertise and the wide variety of cases allow us to offer the world’s only dedicated training fellowship in paediatric cornea and external diseases. The aim of the fellowship is to train ophthalmologists who will become national leaders in their home country for children’s corneal diseases. Our first fellow, Dr. Uri Elbaz, came from Israel in 2012 and is anticipated to become a national expert in this field upon his return.

Ocular Genetics Fellowship Preceptors: Drs. Héon and Vincent

The Ocular Genetics Fellowship program involves a combination of both clinical activity and laboratory exposure. It is tailored to the educational needs of the fellow, through a one-to-three year program.Read More Trainees are expected to return to an academic position, apply their newly gained knowledge and contribute towards advancing the field forward.

Through the program, we help trainees acquire the knowledge and skills needed to diagnose a wide range of genetically determined eye disorders. These include inherited retinal dystrophies, genetically determined complex syndromes with ocular manifestations, and metabolic disorders. Knowledge fundamental to the genetics of anterior segment disorders and cancer is also gained. Our fellows gain a deep understanding of the mechanism underlying the diseases, and learn about evolving treatment approaches including gene therapy. The trainee gains good exposure to interpretation of visual electrophysiology and genetic results. They learn to analyze exome/genome data and to provide ethical genetic counseling.

  • Retinoblastoma Clinical Fellowship

    Preceptors: Drs. Gallie and Héon

  • Paediatric Cornea & External Diseases Fellowship

    Preceptors: Drs. Ali and Mireskandari

  • Ocular Genetics Fellowship

    Preceptors: Drs. Héon and Vincent

  • Neuro-ophthalmology Fellowship

    Preceptors: Drs. Buncic and Wong