About the Program

Sites Participating in the Training Program

The residents undertake rotations at the five University of Toronto teaching hospitals.

Clinical Site

Educational Site Lead

Toronto General Hospital

Dr. Ghislaine Doufle

Toronto Western Hospital

Dr. Ian Randall

Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. Christie Lee

St. Michael's Hospital

Dr. Simon Abrahamson

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Alya Kamani (Residents)

Dr. Cameron Guest (Fellows)

At least 12 months of the 2-year CCM program will involve clinical rotations in Critical Care units. There is also a requirement to complete one month in a community ICU. Rotations will be customized to the individual needs of the resident.

The resident will participate in the day to day running of an intensive care unit, the supervision of all junior medical staff, the comprehensive care of critically ill patients, the inter-hospital transport of critically ill patients, and the organization of rounds, seminars and teaching sessions. The resident will gain significant experience in the administrative, quality initiative, supervisory and consultative roles required to function as an attending critical care physician. During each rotation and throughout the course of the 2 year program, the resident will have graded responsibility so that at the beginning they will be involved in primary care to a greater degree and subsequently involved more in a supervisory capacity.

Mandatory Content of Training



Sites in which this training may be taken

Core Critical Care Medicine

12 months

A combination of the five teaching hospitals:

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Mount Sinai Hospital, University Health Network (Toronto General Hospital &

Toronto Western Hospital), St. Michael's Hospital

Community ICU

1 month

Toronto East General Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, North York General Hospital, William Osler Health System,

Trillium Health Centre

Elective Content of Training



Sites in which this training may be taken


1-2 months

Any of the teaching hospitals above*


2-4 weeks


Blood Bank

2-4 week


Burn Unit

1 month



1 month

Hospital for Sick Children

Paediatric ICU

1 month

Hospital for Sick Children


1 month

Toronto General Hospital, St. Michael's Hospital


Up to 8 months

Any of the teaching hospitals*


1 month

Any of the teaching hospitals*


1 month

(May be longer for individuals doing a combined program)

Sunnybrook, St. Michael's Hospital

Neuro-critcal care

1 month

St. Michael's Hospital, Sunnybrook and Toronto Western Hospital

Cardiovascular ICU

1 month

St. Michael's Hospital, Sunnybrook and Toronto General Hospital


1 month

St. Michael's Hospital and University Health Network

Respiratory Therapy elective

2 week

St. Michael's Hospital

Transportation elective

4 week block or concurrent experience

Via the Ontario Ministry of Health

Scholarly Work

During the two-year training, residents may also become involved in clinical or basic science research. This may be in conjunction with clinical training or occur independently of clinical rotations. Courses are also available at the University of Toronto in biomedical ethics, statistics, epidemiology, medical education, and hospital administration. Protected time is provided for academic pursuits, and some financial assistance is provided by the program for residents to attend approved scientific education meetings/forums.

Conference Stipend

At present, $2,000 is provided to support conference and course attendance. The registration fee for the Toronto Critical Care Symposium is also covered yearly by the program.


Residents act as senior residents with supervisory responsibilities. They are responsible for the supervision of junior residents and medical students. In most critical care units, the CCM resident is responsible for the comprehensive care of the critically ill patient. The type of call varies from unit to unit and also depends upon the resident’s level of experience, competence and stage in training. The CCM residency training program supports and follows the PAIRO-CAHO contract at