Forensic Pathology

Forensic Pathology Residency Training Program Overview

Program Length: One year
Session Dates: July 1 – June 30
Program Structure: Series of mandatory and elective rotations as well as weekly didactic sessions
Evaluation Methods: Direct Observation, Written and Practice Exams, Resident Portfolio
Program Director: J. Herath
Accreditation: Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada

Program Structure

The residency is 13 blocks (12-months) in duration divided into rotations as follows:

  • One block of Transition to Discipline 
  • Three blocks of Foundations of Discipline
  • Six blocks of  Core of Discipline
  • Three blocks of Transition to Practice

Further information regarding the training experiences can be found on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons website

The program consists of four major educational components:

  • performing autopsies and scene visits
  • observation of autopsies and court testimony
  • academic half-days
  • seminars and special events.

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Applying to the Program

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants to this program must have completed residency training in an RCPSC-accredited program in General Pathology or Anatomical pathology. 

Application Procedure

Along with the Application Form, the following documents (at a minimum) will be required; applicants should anticipate that further documentation will be needed based on individual circumstances.

The deadline for applications is June 30 of the PGY3 year. For example: June 30, 2018 to begin July 1, 2020. It is advisable (but not necessary) to undertake an elective prior to submitting your application.

ALL documentation is to be submitted via email to:
Forensic Pathology Residency Training Program
Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
1 King's College Circle, Rm 6231, Toronto ON, M5S 1A8
Fax: 416-978-7361    Email: 

  1. Cover Letter/Personal Statement
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Three Reference Letters from your postgraduate training program or recent employment to be sent directly via email to the LMP Postgraduate Office.
  4. Specialty Certificate from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in General Pathology or Anatomical Pathology. If you plan on completing your Specialty training before the session start date of July 1 in the year you are applying, please have a letter of good standing with your expected completion date sent to the LMP Postgraduate Office from your Program Director.

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