Paediatric Craniomaxillofacial Surgery

Number of Positions: Paediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship – 3
Paediatric Craniomaxillofacial Surgery Fellowship – 2

Duration: 1 year
Site: The Hospital for Sick Children
Supervisor: Dr. Christopher R. Forrest

Paediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship

The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers a 12 month Fellowship in Paediatric Plastic Surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children commencing July of each year. The Fellowship is designed to encompass the full depth and breadth of pediatric Plastic Surgery to include cleft lip/palate, congenital hand, brachial plexus, burns, microsurgery, microtia repair, facial reanimation. Three paid fellowship positions are offered each year. Fellows rotate on the services of Dr. David Fisher, Dr. Howard Clarke and Dr. Ron Zuker. It is expected that the fellows participate in all aspects of Divisional activity including call, seminars and rounds and teaching. All fellows are encouraged to start and complete a research project during their 12 month stay.

Interested applicants are expected to have successfully completed residency training in Plastic Surgery and are encouraged to visit or to contact the Division Chief, Dr. Christopher R. Forrest. Decisions of the application process are made in the fall of the year prior to commencement of the fellowship.

Paediatric Craniomaxillofacial Surgery Fellowship

The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers a 12 month Fellowship in Paediatric Craniomaxillofacial Surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children commencing July of each year. The fellowship is designed to encompass the full depth and breadth of pediatric craniomaxillofacial and cleft-related surgery under the supervision of Drs. Christopher R. Forrest and John Phillips. Two paid positions are available each year. It is expected that Fellows participate in all aspects of Divisional Activity including call, seminars and rounds and teaching. The fellows are encouraged to start and complete a research project during their 12 month stay at the Hospital for Sick Children.

The Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children is not a part of the match system. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit or contact Dr. Forrest. All candidates are expected to have successfully completed residency training in Plastic Surgery. Decisions are made in the fall of the year prior to commencement of the fellowship.

Educational Objectives

At the end of this fellowship, the Fellow will acquire the following skills:

Cognitive
  • Gain experience in the emergency management of common injuries in children.
  • Gain an understanding of the classification, assessment and complete management of the child with a cleft lip and/or palate.
  • Review literature, prepare and present rounds, teach at resident and undergraduate level and understand the clinical research process including randomized trials.
  • Understand the principles and management of subspecialty paediatric plastic surgery areas which may include craniomaxillofacial, brachial plexus injuries, facial paralysis, vascular malformations, congenital hand anomalies, microtia etc.
Attitudinal
  • Gain experience in approaching and attending to the child with a physical injury or deformity.
  • Gain experience in the approach toward parents and family of the injured or deformed child.
  • Gain experience in working with a group of other physicians, nurses and paramedical personnel.
  • Learn the value of working in a cohesive, multidisciplinary team setting and appreciate the contributions of each group.
Technical
  • Become proficient in the surgical repair of paediatric soft tissues.
  • Acquire technical expertise in the surgical management of the child with cleft lip and/or palate.
  • Acquire technical expertise in subspecialty areas that may include craniomaxillofacial microsurgery or anomalies of the upper extremity.

Job Description

Clinical
  • Attend Plastic Surgery Outpatient Clinics including that of the primary supervisor and others that may be determined by the Head of Plastic Surgery, HSC.
  • Assist in the preoperative assessment, surgery, and postoperative care of the supervisor’s and other consultants’ patients.
  • Assist in the evaluation of consults referred to the supervisor and other consultants.
  • Assist in the clinical teaching responsibility of the Division.
  • Work with other house-staff members attending patients in the Emergency Department.

It is clearly understood that none of the above responsibilities will in anyway interfere with the Residency Training Program but will complement the continuous teaching of residents. Fellows will often add an international outlook on teaching.

Research

Complete a minimum of one clinical or basic science research project and prepare it for presentation and publication.

Contact

Dr. Christopher R. Forrest
christopher.forrest@sickkids.ca