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A Unique Fellowship Opportunity in Aortopathy and Heritable Connective Tissue Disorders

The Children Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa, Ontario, is offering an exceptional Clinical and Research Fellowship in Aortopathy and Heritable Connective Tissue Disorders. This one-of-a-kind opportunity arises at the intersection of genomics and cardiovascular care, tapping into the transformative power of genomic technologies to enhance our understanding of rare diseases.

The Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Foundation Canada is proud to co-fund this opportunity.

The Evolution of Genomic Technologies in Cardiovascular Care

This fellowship will include a focus on the rapid advancements in genomic technologies, the shift in diagnostic capabilities and the comprehension of rare diseases.

Fellowship Overview

This 1.0 full time equivalent (FTE) fellowship, under the guidance of Fellowship Director Dr. Julie Richer, will be a comprehensive experience spanning both research and direct clinical service. The training, set to commence in the summer of 2024, responds to the escalating demand for physicians adept at navigating the complexities of heritable connective tissue disorders.

Training Setting and Opportunities

The Department of Genetics at CHEO is a dynamic environment, offering exposure to a diverse array of rare diseases. With a particular emphasis on the heritable connective tissue clinic, seeing over 300 patients annually, the fellowship guarantees an enriching experience. Trainees will have the privilege of working in multidisciplinary settings across institutions, gaining insights from diverse subspecialty clinics.

Planned Fellowship Rotations:

  • Clinical Genetics
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Research
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Adult Cardiology
  • Radiology
  • Orthopedics

This multifaceted approach ensures a well-rounded training experience, equipping fellows with the expertise needed to address the intricacies of aortopathies and heritable connective tissue disorders.

Learning Opportunities

The rich didactic learning opportunities at CHEO, including lectures, seminars, and courses, form a cornerstone of the fellowship, providing a fertile ground for continuous learning and professional growth.

Application Process and Requirements

Applicants, holding an MD degree and having completed a residency program accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, are invited to apply. Eligibility for an educational medical license in the province of Ontario is a prerequisite.

Compensation aligns with PGY levels as per the PAIRO contract and is co-funded by the Loeys-Dietz Foundation of Canada and the Department of Genetics at CHEO.

Interested individuals should submit their applications to VascularGenetics@cheo.on.ca by May 5th, 2024, or until the position is filled. A statement of interest and a comprehensive CV should accompany the application.

For further inquiries, prospective candidates can reach out to Christie Boswell-Patterson, Program Coordinator, via email at VascularGenetics@cheo.on.ca or by phone at 613-737-7600 x 6078.

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