Fellowship Application - Frequently Asked Questions

Please click on the topics below to review the specific frequently asked questions. 

Referees/Reference Letter

  • When are reference letters due? 

All 3 reference letters are due by June 30, 2021 at midnight EST or 1 week after application is submitted. For example, if application is submitted April 30, 2021, then reference letters are due May 7, 2021.

  • Can I provide personal addresses for my referees or do you require institutional email addresses?

 Institutional address is not mandatory. You may provide referee's personal email – g-mail is preferred.

  • My referee sent me the reference letter, can I just forward to you? 

Reference letters should be emailed as signed PDF directly from the referee to reference.medicalimaging@utoronto.ca.

  • My referee sent the letter without signature, is this acceptable? 

We require reference letters to be signed and include all contact information.

  • My original Radiology Residency Program Director is no longer at this post. Whom should I ask for the reference letter - the Program Director who was appointed during my residency or the current one?

 If you think the previous PD knows you best, you can list as referee and include their previous Program Director title.

  • Can I provide more than 3 referees? 

No, only 3 reference letters can be uploaded per applicant.

  • Should the reference letters be addressed to Dr. Mini Pakkal, Fellowship program director or the individual supervisor? 

All reference letters should be addressed to Dr. Mini Pakkal.

  • How can I find out if my application is complete and all 3 reference letters are received? Will I get a confirmation email? 

For reference letter confirmation, please follow up with your referees.

  • I filled the application form last week but my referees haven’t receive the automated email from you yet – is there a technical problem?

Please see solutions/options below:
- Check that you typed the correct email address in your application
- Ask your referees to check their spam/junk inbox
- Yahoo/Hotmail/some institution emails do not work well, please ask your referee for alternate email
- ask your referee to email letter as a signed PDF to reference.medicalimaging@utoronto.ca with the following:
Reference Letter Requirements:
• Reference letter should be addressed to: Dr. Mini Pakkal Department of Medical Imaging University of Toronto
• References must be signed, include credentials and on institutional letterhead. Also please include a phone number if we require more information about the candidate (optional).
• References must be submitted as a PDF
Email Subject Line:
• Please put in the subject line "Application Reference Number: xxxx"
• Please put in text at the top of your email: Application Reference Number: xxxx Applicant Name: Dr. Applicant
Filing Naming Specifications:
• Please name pdf file: xxxx-Dr. Applicant-Referee Dr. ----.pdf
Deadline and Submission Details:
• Please submit your reference letter by June 30, 2021 or no more than a week after the date the application was submitted (today) to reference.medicalimaging@utoronto.ca.

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Please apply through both.


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  • What is the "Specialty Certificate"? 

Specialty certificate refers to your Radiology certificate.

  • Can I apply for the 2023-2024 fellowship before receiving my Radiology/Specialty certificate?

Applicants currently in specialty programs are welcome to apply as long as the certificate will be received prior to July 1, 2023. Please state in your application, your expected completion date.

  • I have an undergraduate degree in Maths/Psychology and an MSc in Applied Statistics - should I upload those certificates in addition to my Medical degree and Radiology certificate? 

We only require the Medical degree and Radiology certificate.

  • I am applying for your fellowship program but I'm not certified yet. In the application form - certificates section there are two options certified or eligible, which one should I choose? 

Please choose eligible and put the anticipated radiology certification date.

  • Which exams is required before applying? IELTS exam etc.

We do not require you to take any exams to apply for fellowship. However, if you successfully receive an offer from us, to obtain an unrestricted postgraduate medical education certificate of registration (educational license) from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), international medical graduates (IMGs) must successfully complete the Pre-Entry Assessment Program (PEAP). The PEAP includes an assessment of communication skills but Program Directors have the option of requiring applicants to provide additional evidence of language proficiency, such as the TOEFL iBT test. For more information please visit: https://pg.postmd.utoronto.ca/about-pgme/policies-guidelines/pre-entry-a...

  • I’m a current Radiology Resident and would like to apply to your fellowship program. I noticed that we need to upload our 'certificates' and 'licences.' I will be uploading my medical degree, MCCQE1 and MCCQE2 results. Is this sufficient or is the MCC certificate mandatory? Are there any other certificates that we need to submit? 

To apply to our fellowship program, only Medical degree and Radiology certificate are required.

  • I have qualified for the first part of the Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists (FRCR) exam. Should I add it to the certificate/ license section of the application form? 

No. If we need anything further, we will request it.

  • I’m a Neurosurgery Residency program graduate with no formal radiology training. Do I still qualify to apply to your fellowship program? 

You are only eligible to apply for Interventional Neuroradiology Fellowship in certain hospitals (Toronto Western and St. Michael's).

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  • The application form allows up to 3 separate fellowships. Are we to upload separate candidate letters for each fellowship? I would like to personalise the candidate letter for the speciality I'm applying for. 

You can only upload one candidate letter.

  • If I want to do 2 fellowships (2023-2024 and 2024-2025) - is it possible to apply for both years now?

No, currently we are only accepting application for 2023-2024 fellowship year. The 2024-2025 application link will open in Spring 2022.

  • I submitted my application, but I realized afterwards that I uploaded an outdated version of my CV. Is it possible to re-submit? 

Yes, please email your updated document by or before June 20, 2021 to fellowship.medicalimaging@utoronto.ca.

  • Can I apply twice once for funded and one for self-funded? 

No, we only accept one application/per applicant.

  • What is the salary for clinical fellow?

 Annual salary is $76, 210.00 CAD.

  • I completed the application form but when I press "submit" the site goes blank with an error message "your file was not found". I tried multiple times over the course of 2 days with the same result. Any suggestions?

File size must be under 2MB. Try a different browser, device, or location.

  • When should I expect to hear if I have been shortlisted for interview and which month do interviews take place? 

Applications review and interviews will take place from August to November.

  • I’m applying to the U.S match through the NRMP, do you have a University of Toronto National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) code?

If you have also applied to a residency or fellowship position through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) in the United States, you should be aware of important policies that impact on you as an applicant and the University of Toronto as a hosting institution 

- For applicants applying to the NMRP, please be advised that: “Applicants who have matched to a program or have accepted a position during SOAP (Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program), shall not apply for, discuss, interview for, or accept a concurrent year position in another program prior to the NRMP granting the requested waiver. If the NRMP receives information that an applicant has discussed, interviewed for, or accepted a concurrent year position in another program before receiving a waiver from the NRMP, the NRMP will initiate an investigation to determine whether the applicant has violated the terms of the applicable Match Participation Agreement.” More information can be found at: http://www.nrmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2018-MPA-Specialities-Mat...

-The University requires candidates to inform the University as soon as possible of any program match or accepted position during SOAP, and to otherwise  comply with applicable NMRP policies. The University will not discuss, interview or offer a position to any candidates that it is aware have matched to a program or accepted a position during SOAP, pursuant to, and/or except as outlined by NRMP policy.

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1. S. Bakhit, Fellowship Program Assistant, Medical Imaging, University of Toronto
2. A. Shea, Past Fellowship Program Assistant, Medical Imaging, University of Toronto
3. M. Pakkal, Fellowship Program Director, Medical Imaging, University of Toronto