Clinical Microbiology

Postdoctoral Training Program in Clinical Microbiology

Program Length: Three years
Session Dates: July 1 – June 30
Program Structure: Series of hospital-based rotations as well as didactic curriculum
Evaluation Methods: Direct Observation, Written, Practical and Oral Exams
Certification: Canadian College for Microbiology
Program Director:  Dr. Tony Mazzulli



Program Structure

The Postdoctoral Training Program in Clinical Microbiology is a three-year program funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. One position per year is available.

The program aims to prepare individuals to become competent in all aspects of clinical microbiology and meet the requirements to take the certification examination administered by the Canadian College for Microbiology (CCM).


Applying to the Program

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must have a PhD in microbiology or a related field prior to the start of their training which commences July 1 of each year. Of note, individuals may apply during the final year of their PhD, but any offer of acceptance would be contingent on the individual successfully completing and defending their thesis prior to the start of the program. All applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

Application Procedure

Applications are due by October 31st of the year preceding the start date. Interviews are typically held during the last week of November. Applications will be accepted beginning September 1. Please send the following documentation by email to pathology.residency@utoronto.ca:

  • Letter outlining your interest in the Program
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • Your official transcripts (BSc, MSc, PhD) *If you have not yet completed your PhD, please provide a letter from your primary supervisor indicating that you will recieve your degree by June 30th. During COVID, please ask that the transcript be sent to you directly and then please include them in your application package. Please keep the transcripts on file as we may request the hard copies at a later date.
  • Copies of degrees awarded
  • International degrees should be accompanied by an assessment from the Comparative Education Service, School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto, or an equivalent assessment service
  • A minimum of three reference letters sent directly to pathology.residency@utoronto.ca from the referee.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.