Division of Hematology & Thromboembolism

Prerequisites & Admission Process

Hematology Residency

All residents training in Hematology at McMaster must have three to four years of training in an approved Internal Medicine Residency Training Program. Residents who are unsure of their eligibility for our program should contact the Postgraduate Medical Education Program prior to contacting the Hematology Program Director.

Ontario Ministry of Health Funded Positions

Residents who are eligible for Ontario Ministry of Health funded training positions should apply though the Canadian Residency Match Service (CaRMS). Residents unsure if they qualify for training in Ontario should consult the published requirements for eligibility available on the website for the McMaster University Postgraduate Medical Education Program. Further information is also available at The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care websites.

All trainees applying through CaRMS should submit the following documents:

  • A minimum of three (3) letters of reference (with one being from the resident’s Internal Medicine Program Director).
  • Medical school transcripts
  • A personal letter of up to 750 words that outlines the resident’s motivation for choosing a career in hematology and reasons for applying to McMaster University.
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Proof of citizenship must be provided since only Canadian citizens, permanent residents or landed immigrants can apply to CaRMS positions in Ontario. One of the following documents should be submitted: Canadian birth certificate; Permanent Resident card (both sides of card); Record of Landing, clearly showing the date of landing; or Passport page showing Canadian citizenship.
  • International Medical Graduates who meet the criteria for Ontario Ministry of Health funding must also provide documentation of prior postgraduate training and medical practice experience, as well as score reports from the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination/Qualifying Examination.

Government Sponsored Positions

Applicants who will not be funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health (e.g. visa trainees) should not apply through CaRMS and should send their application package directly to the Postgraduate Medical Education Office before September 1st. Packages of those eligible for training at McMaster University will be forwarded to the Program Director in September for further consideration.
Application packages for non-Ontario Ministry of Health-funded positions should provide the following documents:

  • A completed Postgraduate Medical Education Application Form
  • A minimum of three (3) letters of reference (with one being from the resident’s Internal Medicine Program Director)
  • Medical school transcripts
  • A personal letter of up to 750 words that outlines the resident’s motivation for choosing a career in hematology and reasons for applying to McMaster University.
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Details of sponsorship
  • Documentation of successful completion of the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination.

Post-Residency Training in Hematology and its Subspecialties

The Hematology Residency Program is not responsible for coordinating applications for additional training in Hematology or its subspecialties. Trainees interested in pursuing post-residency clinical training should contact the individuals below.

Thrombosis
***This program is currently being restructured to meet the requirements of the newly approved Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Areas of Focused Competency Diploma Program in Adult Thrombosis Medicine.  Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their name and an up-to-date curriculum vitae to Ms. Lynda Hill (lhill@mcmaster.ca, 905.527.4322 X44768). Applicants will be contacted once the new program is ready to accept submissions.***

Hemostasis and Coagulation
Dr. Cathy Hayward
haywrdc@mcmaster.ca
905.521.2100 X73373

Transfusion Medicine
Ms. Genie Leblanc (assistant to Dr. Donnie Arnold)
leblancg@mcmaster.ca
905.521.2100 X76305

Malignant Hematology
Dr. Tom Kouroukis
tom.kouroukis@jcc.hhsc.ca
905.387.9711 X62487