University Health Network - General

Toronto General Hospital
585 University Avenue
Toronto, ON, M5G 2N2

Dr. Olavo Fernandes, BScPhm, PharmD, FCSHP
Director of Pharmacy

Dr. Amita Woods, BScPhm, ACPR, PharmD
Clinical Manager

Dr. Cindy Natsheh, BScPhm, ACPR, PharmD and Dr. Janet Chow, BScPhm, ACPR, PharmD
Education Coordinators
Phone: 416-340-4800 x 8519
Fax: 416-340-3685

UHN program outlines and further information available by contacting residency coordinators or visiting our website at:


Type: General/General with oncology focus

Focus: Clinical Practice

Established in: 1967

# Positions: 3 (general) + 1 to 2 (oncology focus)

App. deadline: (as set by PRAMS)

Starting date: September 2023

PRAMS (Additional PRAMS requirements to complete the Pharmacy Residency Application and Matching Service (PRAMS) application should be sent through PRAMS when applying to University Health Network (General) program by the application deadline): 

  • A cover letter, maximum one page, directed to Cindy Natsheh and uploaded to the UHN Program page after applying to UHN, outlining your reasons for applying to the University Health Network (General) residency program. If you are applying to more than one residency program at UHN, a single cover letter is sufficient, however, please indicate your program preference if possible.

Est. stipend: $35,000 per annum

Benefits: Not applicable to temporary full time staff

Vacation/holiday leave: 2 weeks

Education/conference leave: 1 major pharmacy conference

Program highlights: Visit Education ( for more information about our program 

  • Designed to develop self-directed practitioners with advanced skills in practice of pharmaceutical care. The program offers a wide variety of clinical rotations across all four UHN sites with nationally recognized preceptors. The residency rotation schedule is tailored to account for the candidate’s prior learning and personal objectives. All residents are paired with an experienced mentor to help navigate the residency year. Residents will have the opportunity to participating in teaching activities on site and at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. Residency projects are a high priority for UHN pharmacy and project team members are experienced researchers. Many residency projects are published in international peer reviewed journals. The oncology-focused program offers the resident to develop the skills to be an independent oncology pharmacy practitioner and as such most of the rotations are based at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

Minimum required credentials: BScPhm/PharmD

Required Rotations:

The resident will complete rotations in:
- Medication Use Systems
- General Internal Medicine
- Drug Information
- Critical Care Medicine (for general residents)
- Leadership
- Clinical Practice (independent management of a clinical team)
- Research project (longitudinally)
- Teaching/Preceptorship (longitudinally)


Elective Rotations: Residents have a choice of several elective rotations which are 4 weeks in duration each:

- Allogenic bone marrow transplant
- Ambulatory chronic pain and opioid stewardship clinic
- Ambulatory HIV/immunodeficiency clinic
- Ambulatory nephrology clinics (peritoneal dialysis and chronic kidney disease clinic)
- Antibiotic stewardship
- Cardiology
- Cardiovascular intensive care unit
- Complex continuing care
- Critical care (at Sinai Health System, oncology-focused resident only) 
- Emergency medicine
- Geriatric rehabilitation  
- Hemodialysis
- Lymphoma/Myeloma/Autologous stem cell transplant
- Malignant hematology
- Mental health
- Multi-program rehabilitation
- Neurology
- Neurology rehabilitation
- Neurovascular
- Oncology out-patient pharmacy
- Palliative care
- Primary care
- Solid organ transplant
- Solid tumor transplant
- Total parenteral nutrition



Type: University Health Network is a four site institution in downtown Toronto consisting of Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto Rehab Institute and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

Key program groupings: advanced medicine and surgery; community and population health, heart and circulation; Krembil neurosciences program, multi-organ transplant, musculoskeletal health & arthritis; oncology and blood disorders, rehabilitation

Number of beds: 744

Sites: Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto Rehab Institute, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Affiliation: University of Toronto


2022-2023 Lu Loretta Lu
Nashita Tabassum
2021-2022 Christopher Tse (Oncology Focus)
Jinfan (Aaron) Zhang
Yifan Zhou



Avery Loi
Jenna Sauve
Jerome Flores (Oncology Focus)



Josephine Ho
Henry Pun (Oncology Focus)
Caylie Poirier
Grace Tang



Amanda Carroccia
Maria Moreno (Oncology Focus)
Adam Romanowski
Robert Taglione



Erin Cicinelli
Xia-Ying (Rachel) Liu
Samantha Polito (Oncology Focus)
Jessica Ragazzo


Alexander Bacopoulos (Oncology Focus)
Caitlin McIntyre
Sylvia Sivarajahkumar


Marie Jam Bravo
Matthew Chow
Patwant Dhillon (Oncology Focus)
Jennifer Ma
Seann Seto