Laryngology Fellowship


Fellowship Name


General Description

A one-year clinical (70%) and research (30%) fellowship in laryngology at St. Michael’s Hospital, a fully-affiliated hospital associated with the University of Toronto. Fellows are exposed to a wide variety of voice, upper airway and endocrine patients and surgeries. State of the art laryngology equipment is available in a modern outpatient clinic where multidisciplinary clinics are run in conjunction with speech language pathologists dedicated to the care and management of voice disorders. Clinical based examination (stroboscopy) and procedures (injection augmentation, Botox treatment) is emphasized. Fellows teach medical students, residents and are active participants in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at St. Michael’s Hospital and the university department.

Fellowship Type
(Clinical %, Research %)

70% Clinical

30% Research

Fellowship Director(s)

Dr. Jennifer Anderson


Clinical: 70% time allocation:

a. Appropriate approach to voice disorders in outpatient clinical setting

b. Acquire perceptual ability to diagnose and direct treatment of various types of dysphonia

c. Collect and interpret clinically stroboscopic data in rigid/flexible indirect endoscopic laryngoscopy regarding a variety of voice disorders

d. Acquire surgical techniques at fellowship level (i.e. microflap, pitch alteration and thyroplasty)

e. Acquire technical skills for in office procedures (e.g. Injection laryngoplasty)

f. Participate in undergraduate and postgraduate education (i.e. undergraduate medical students as well as residents in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery)

Research: 30% time allocation:

a. Text and literature review to acquire laryngeal and voice physiology background

b.  Design and participate in a study directed by clinical interest with supervision by Dr. Anderson and clinical research staff

c.   Videostroboscopic data digitization and analysis

d.  Acoustic/aerodynamic data to analyze research project

e.  Preparation of 2-3 peer reviewed articles over fellowship duration

Year Fellowship Established


Principal Location(s)

St. Michael’s Hospital

Duration of Fellowship

1 year

Number of Fellows Accepted Per Year


Required Prior Residency Training

Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

Accept Foreign Medical Graduates


Foreign Graduate Eligibility Requirements

All clinical fellows require licensure by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), the body which regulates the practice of medicine in Ontario. A key requirement for the licensure of clinical fellows by the CPSO is that the candidate must be recognized as a medical specialist in the jurisdiction where the candidate has been practicing medicine prior to the clinical fellowship.

Detailed information about basic application requirements for clinical fellows is accessible through the Post MD Education Office website at

Annual Stipend/Salary


Additional Benefits
(e.g. meetings, housing)

Fellows will be expected to present a research project at an approved conference where the expenses will be reimbursed for the meeting and travel costs.

On Call Responsibilities

On-call Commitment: as directed by mentor.

Case Mix

A large variety of benign and malignant laryngeal disorders are managed each year. In addition, fellows gain significant exposure to the management of endocrine related neck surgery.

Typical Weekly Timetable









OR Voice Clinic OR Voice Clinic Oto-HNS Clinic


OR Oto-HNS Clinic OR Botox Clinic Research


Application Deadline

May 1st the year before the proposed start date (i.e. 13 months before the July 1st start date)

Decision Deadline

July 1st the year before the proposed start date (i.e. 12 months before the July 1st start date)

Additional Features of the Fellowship

As a condition of their medical educational licensure, clinical fellows must register with the University’s Post MD Education Office. An Orientation Handbook can be downloaded from the homepage of the Post MD Education Office’s website at The Handbook contains useful information for new fellows, including a timeline for the registration process.

How to Apply

Send a letter of interest, updated curriculum vitae and the names and contact information including email addresses of three references to Dr. Anderson at the email address below. Personal interviews are recommended as this is a highly competitive fellowship.

Postgraduate training agreements are currently in place between the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and sponsoring agencies from a number of countries, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE. Applications for fellowship training from citizens of these countries must reach the PGME Office directly from the sponsoring agency. For details, please consult the Post MD Education Office website at

To All Applicants:
If you have also applied to the U.S match through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), please be advised that the University of Toronto is a participating institution and adheres to the match policy. The policy states that "Applicants who have matched to a program or have accepted a position during the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP), shall not apply for, discuss, interview for, or accept a concurrent year position in another program prior to the NRMP granting the requested waiver." More information is accessible at

Contact Information for Applicants

Dr. Jennifer Anderson
Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
St. Michael’s Hospital
30 Bond St., 8C-129
Toronto, ON, Canada, M5B 1W8
Assistant Sharan Prewal
Tel: 416 864 5278

Current Fellow

2021-22 Dr. Zainab Bakhsh

Previous Fellows

2020-21 Dr. María Isabel Besserer Ochoa
2019-20 Dr. Paul Douglas-Jones
2018-19 Dr. Mohamed Al-Ali
2017-18 Dr. Tanya Banerjee
2016-17 Dr. Richard Townsley
2015-16 Dr. Dulani Mendis
2014-15 Dr. Tulika Shinghal
2013-14 Dr. Maria Brake
2012-13 Dr. Premsuda Sumbuntham
2011-12 Dr. Theresa Holler
2010-11 Dr. Lega Natto
2010-11 Dr. Emer Lang
2009-10 Dr Griet Laureyns
2008-09 Dr. Griet Laureyns
2007-08 Dr. Esam AlBawardi
2006-07 Dr. Ali Hilal, Dr. Gehua Zhang
2005-06 Dr. Molly Zirkle
2004-05 Dr. Mark Rafferty
2002-04 Dr. Mindy Black