Message from the Director, Pain Medicine

John HanlonJohn Hanlon Welcome to the Pain Medicine sub-specialty residency training program at the University of Toronto, administered through the Department of Anesthesia.  Pain Medicine is a new two-year sub-specialty residency initiated by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). This new two-year residency program will offer unparalleled multidisciplinary learning opportunities leading to RCPSC certification in Pain Medicine.

Eligibility requirements include FRCPC certification (or in a program leading to certification) in the following areas: Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Rheumatology. Entry from other FRCPC programs such as Orthopedics, Neurosurgery and Palliative Care is possible in exceptional cases.

The University of Toronto program will begin training residents in July 2016 and will offer an unmatched learning environment enabled by our outstanding faculty (many of whom are internationally recognized experts in pain medicine), research productivity, hospital facilities and large patient volume.



The CaRMS [Canadian Residency Match Service] Medicine Subspecialty Match website is now open and you can start your Pain Medicine Residency CaRMS 2017 application online today.

Application materials will be accepted until September 15 2016. Reference letters will be accepted until September 23, 2016. Interviews will occur at the University of Toronto on October 13 2016.  

Rank order list must be submitted by candidates through CaRMS online by 1500 hrs. eastern time October 27, 2016

The application can be accessed on the Carms website available at:


For more information or application information, please contact us:

John Hanlon  MSc MD FRCPC
Residency Program Director - Pain Medicine 
Assistant Professor of Anesthesia, St Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto
P: 416 978 6647 

Jennifer Morris MA
Program Administrator
P: 416 946 0608 

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