University Health Network - General Program

Toronto General Hospital
585 University Avenue
Toronto, ON, M5G 2N2

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Dr. Olavo Fernandes, BScPhm, PharmD, FCSHP
Director of Pharmacy

Mr. Gary Wong, BScPhm
Clinical Manager

Dr. Cindy Natsheh, BScPhm, ACPR, PharmD
Education Coordinator
Phone: 416-340-4800 x 8519
Fax: 416-340-3685

Ms. Claudia Summa-Sorgini, BScPhm, ACPR
Education Coordinator


Type: General/General with oncology focus
Focus: Clinical Practice
Established in: 1967
# Positions: 3 (general) + 1 (oncology focus)
App. deadline: October 15, 2019 - 5:00 p.m. EST.
Starting date: September 2020
PRAMS: Additional PRAMS requirements to complete the Pharmacy Residency Application and Matching Service (PRAMS) application should be sent through PRAMS when applying to University Health Network (General) program by the application deadline: A cover letter outlining your reasons for applying to the University Health Network (General) residency program. If you are applying to more than one residency program at UHN, a single cover letter is sufficient, however, please indicate your program preference if possible.
Est. stipend: $35,000 per annum
Benefits: Not applicable to temporary full time staff
Vacation/holiday leave: 2 weeks
Education/conference leave: 1 major pharmacy conference with options for smaller conferences as applicable
Program highlights: Designed to develop self-directed practitioners with advanced skills in practice of pharmaceutical care. The program offers a wide variety of clinical rotations across all four UHN sites with nationally recognized preceptors. The residency rotation schedule is tailored to account for the candidate’s prior learning and personal objectives. All residents are paired with an experienced mentor to help navigate the residency year. Residents will have the opportunity to participating in teaching activities on site and at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. Residency projects are a high priority for UHN pharmacy and project team members are experienced researchers. Many residency projects are published in international peer reviewed journals. The oncology-focused program offers the resident to develop the skills to be an independent oncology pharmacy practitioner and as such most of the rotations are based at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

Required Rotations:

  • Central pharmacy operations (1-2 weeks)
  • Pharmacy practice (Clinical and operational roles and responsibilities) (4 weeks)
  • Pharmacotherapy and Pharmaceutical Care (PPC) on general medicine unit (8 weeks)
  • Critical care (4 weeks)
  • Drug information (4 weeks)
  • Administration (2 weeks)
  • Clinical practice (Independent management of clinical team) (4-5 weeks)
  • Research project (8 weeks)
  • Teaching/Preceptorship (imbedded)

Elective Rotations: Residents have a choice of 3 elective rotations which are 4 weeks each in length

  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular intensive care unit
  • Emergency medicine
  • Antibiotic stewardship
  • Neurovascular
  • Solid tumor oncology
  • Malignant hematology
  • Allogenic bone marrow transplant
  • Lymphoma/Myeloma/Autologous stem cell transplant
  • Palliative care
  • Solid organ transplant
  • Geriatric rehabilitation
  • Neurology rehabilitation
  • Oncology clinical trials
  • Oncology out-patient pharmacy
  • Complex continuing care
  • Primary care
  • Ambulatory immunodeficiency clinic
  • Hemodialysis
  • Mental health
  • Total parenteral nutrition
  • Ambulatory nephrology (peritoneal dialysis and chronic kidney disease clinic)
  • Chronic ambulatory pain clinic
  • Multi-program rehab
  • Critical care (at Sinai Health System)

Minimum required credentials: BScPhm/PharmD


Type: University Health Network is a four site institution in downtown Toronto consisting of Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto Rehab Institute and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
Key program groupings: advanced medicine & surgery; community and population health, heart & circulation; Krembil neurosciences program, multi-organ transplant, musculoskeletal health & arthritis; oncology & blood disorders, rehabilitation
Number of beds: 744
Sites: Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto Rehab Institute, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Affiliation: University of Toronto


Josephine Ho
Henry Pun (oncology focus)
Caylie Poirier
Grace Tang

Amanada Carroccia
Maria Moreno (oncology focus)
Adam Romanowski
Robert Taglione

Erin Cicinelli
Rachel Liu
Samantha Polito (oncology focus)
Jessica Ragazzo

Alexander Bacopoulos (oncology focus)
Larissa Boychuk
Caitlin McIntyre
Sylvia Sivarajahkumar

Jam Bravo
Matthew Chow
Patwant Dhillon (oncology focus)
Jennifer Ma
Seann Seto

Souzi Badr
Jacqui Herbert
Ian Pang (oncology focus)
Brendan Yeats

David Laughren
Caitlin Meyer
Diana Mourao

Katie Palmer
Laura Quinn

Michelle Baker
Naomi Steenhof
Rachel Whitty

Grace Ho
Rajini Retnasothie
Anjie Yang