The Children's Stroke Program at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada is recruiting for two Pediatric Stroke Fellowships. Positions are available for a start date of December 1st 2015 and September 1st 2016. Fellowships are available for 1-2 years. The Pediatric Stroke Fellowship provides excellent research and clinical training as well as career mentorship.
Twelve Stroke Fellows who have completed our training program since 1999 have obtained top level academic positions in Pediatric Neurology across North America and internationally focussed on stroke (see table below). The Clinical Stroke Program consists of four pediatric stroke neurologists, one stroke nurse practitioner, and a neuropsychologist.
The Clinical Stroke Service involves 1-2 weekly, half-day stroke outpatient clinics and an average of 3- 4 challenging inpatient ward consults per week. In addition the program also receives frequent international patient referrals that are frontlined by the stroke fellow. Weekly stroke rounds and multidiscplinary neurovascular rounds provide ample educational opportunities for the stroke fellows. The Stroke Program has strong clinical and research collaborations with several departments; these collaborations provide a great opportunity for cross learning and cutting edge research in fields allied with pediatric stroke.
The Stroke Research Program focuses on institutional studies based on our extensive patient database including: risk factors, standardized outcome assessments and multinational studies aimed toward the development of international treatment protocols and clinical trials. Our research program also includes the opportunity for engagement in basic research projects investigating the mechanism of ischemic injury and neuroprotection in the immature brain.
In April 2014 our program opened a dedicated Stroke Imaging Lab for Children (SILC). The vision of the SILC lab is to apply advanced neuroimaging techniques to unravel the neurobiological processes underlying plasticity and recovery from pediatric stroke. This knowledge is intended to be translated into developing new interventions designed to reduce disability and improve outcomes. Research activities for the fellowship will include independent stroke research studies as well as involvement with ongoing stroke program research studies. Fellows will be expected to publish completed studies in manuscript form.
1) be fully certified pediatric neurologists in their country of origin
2) have a strong interest in an academic career in childhood stroke
3) be fluent in spoken and written English.
If English is not the candidate’s native language, candidates must provide scores for one of the tests below: International English Language Testing System (IELTSTM): minimum score of 7 for each component and overall band score of at least 7. IELTSTM will be considered valid for 2 years from the date taken. OR Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) TOEFL iBT ®: with a total score of 100 and a score of 25 on each of the speaking and listening components. TOEFL iBT ®score is valid for 2 years from the date taken.