Application Process

Abdominal Organ Transplant Fellowship Matched Positions

The Abdominal Organ Transplant Fellowship is offered to two individuals each year. The Fellowship begins in August each year and applications open in January of the preceding year.

The eligibility requirements are:

  • Individuals who are eligible to take, or have passed the written and oral examinations in General Surgery of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada and/or The American Board of Surgery
  • Individuals with equivalent qualifications from countries other than Canada or the U.S.A. will also be considered
  • The University of Toronto requires that applicants from non-English or French-speaking countries pass the TOEFL examinations before beginning a Fellowship
  • International applicants must be eligible for an Educational License from the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO –

Our Transplant Fellowship is highly competitive. Two important considerations in our evaluation criteria are:

  1. Evidence of excellent clinical and surgical skills, as assessed through letters of reference and/or performance during a clinical elective in Transplantation and/or HPB Surgery at the Toronto General Hospital.
  2. The academic potential of the candidate, as evidenced by his/her advanced degrees held, grants captured, and peer-reviewed publication record as well as references and when applicable, the offer of an academic position upon completion of the Fellowship.

Entry into the Transplant Fellowship is through the yearly match of applicants to the ASTS-accredited Transplant Fellowships. Our Abdominal Organ Transplant Fellowship Program participates in the North American match which is conducted by the ASTS, and run by SF Match.

Event Date
Applications Open January 13, 2021
Applications Close February 10, 2021
Interview Offers March 2021
Interviews TBD
Rank Order List Certification Deadline June 9, 2021
Match Day June 16, 2021

We offer 2 ASTS-accredited positions each year and we interview 6 – 8 applicants. To be considered for an interview, you must register with the SF Match in Abdominal Organ Transplantation.


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We also recommend that you visit the ASTS website for a description of all the other Transplant Fellowships in North America.

Non-Matched Positions

In addition to the matched Fellowship positions in Transplant and HPB Surgery, we offer a “non-matched” Fellowship position in transplantation and/or HPB surgery. Like the matched positions, this is a 2-year Fellowship that offers training that can be tailored to the successful applicant’s preference with an emphasis on HPB or Transplant. Decisions regarding the non-matched positions are made following the completion of the Transplant and HPB matches each year. Certification of completion of the Fellowship will come from the University of Toronto; however, the graduating Fellow will not qualify for ASTS or AHPBA certification.

The next available non-matched position in HPB/Transplantation is anticipated to begin January 1, 2024; applications will open approximately one year in advance.

Applications Open TBD
Applications Close TBD

Once applications open, you may send your CV, references and a covering letter to:

Ms. Nadia Auciello
Fellowship Coordinator,
Toronto General Hospital
585 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 2N2

Or you may email them to: or

HPB Matched Positions

Our HPB Surgical Oncology Fellowship is matched through the Fellowship Council. Please note that as the SFMatch and the Fellowship Council matches are concurrent (and the match is binding), applicants cannot apply to both Fellowships at the same time.

Event Date
Applications Open Dec. 1, 2020
Applications Close and Letters of Recommendation Deadline Feb. 9, 2021
Rank Order List Entry Opens May 3, 2021
Interviews TBD
Rank Order List Certification Deadline May 20, 2021
Match Day June 10, 2021

For additional information regarding applications to our HPB Fellowship, please visit our HPB Surgical Oncology Fellowship website.

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As the matches for the Transplant and HPB Fellowship run concurrently, please note that you cannot apply to both Fellowships simultaneously.

Application FAQ

I am a board-certified surgeon from outside North America. Can I apply?

I am from outside North America. Do I require the USMLE or ECFMG examinations?
No, in Canada neither USMLE nor ECFMEs are required. Your training will be assessed and must be approved by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO). For details see the CPSO’s Registration Applications and Forms page.

What licence will I require?
Upon acceptance to the Fellowship, your training will be assessed and must be approved by the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario ( ) This is an extensive process that takes over 6 months.

Are there any Visa requirements?
Non-Canadians will require a VISA to enter, work and study in Canada.