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Residency Training Program: Gynecologic Oncology

About the Program

McMaster University offers a two-year sub-specialty residency training program in Gynecologic Oncology.  This program is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  The residency position is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.  One resident is awarded a residency position every year.

The program provides educational exposure to an extensive variety of clinical and surgical cases in the field of Gynecologic Oncology, including advanced laparoscopic surgery, sentinel lymph node mapping, and systemic therapy.  Core rotations include Radiation Oncology (2 months); Medical Oncology (2 months); Intensive Care Unit (1 month); Elective (1 month); and Gynecologic Oncology (18 months) according to the requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  Surgical training is enriched with a longitudinal 6-month rotation in Vascular Surgery and surgical selective opportunities.  Protected research and academic time is also ensured to optimize medical knowledge in the management of gynecologic malignancies and to contribute to advancement in the field.  Funding for attendance and presentation at the national and international meetings is available.  Mentorship from distinguished academic faculty, including 5 Gynecologic Oncologists, 4 Radiation Oncologists, and 2 Medical Oncologists, combined with an abundant volume of complex cases, provides for an exceptional training experience.

The primary training site is the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre.  Patients are referred from within the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), which also includes Burlington and most of Norfolk, an area that includes a diverse population of over 1.4 million people.  Hospital data from 2015 reports 6738 gynecologic oncology clinic visits including 947 consultations, 365 surgical admissions, 160 non-surgical admissions, 178 laparoscopic cases, 220 laparotomies, 113 ovarian cytoreductive procedures including 33 bowel resections, and 39 radical vulvar cancer resections and staging.

In conjunction with the vast range of clinical and surgical cases, research support and mentorship, and the innovative and patient-centered approach of Hamilton Health Sciences, the residency training program in Gynecologic Oncology at McMaster University is positioned to provide residents with an outstanding training opportunity.


For information on Electives in Gynecologic Oncology, please visit McMaster University's Obstetrics & Gynecology "Electives" page prior to contacting the Electives Coordinator.

Application Process 

The committee is now accepting applications for a two year clinical position with a possible one year research position starting June 1, 2022.  The application deadline is May 31, 2021. Further information will be posted at a later date with the interview date and the common Match date for Canadian Residency Training Programs in Gynecologic Oncology.​

For further information on how to apply, required documentation and to submit your application, please visit the Fellowship Application Portal. Please note, in order to complete the application you must upload a document listing your referees and their contact information.

Reference letters and Inquiries regarding the program should be directed to the Fellowship Administrative Assistant – Education. Please visit our web page, McMaster University's Obstetrics & Gynecology, "Contact Us" page for full contact information.

Incomplete applications with missing documents will not be considered. ​

Program Directors and Committee Members

Lua Eiriksson, MD, MPH, FRCSC, FACS
Program Director Gynecologic Oncology Residency Training Program 
Gynecologic Oncology
Juravinski Cancer Centre
699 Concession Street
Hamilton ON L8V 5C2
Clare Reade, MD, MSc, FRCSC
Gynecologic Oncology
Limor Helpman​, MD, MSc
Gynecology Oncology

Lorraine (Laurie) Elit​, MD, MSc, FRCSC
Gynecology Oncology
Holger (Hal) Hirte, MD, FRCPC, ABIM
Medical Oncology
Kara Schnarr, MD, Ph.D, RCPSC 
Radiation Oncology


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