Opportunities for Students

Summer Programs

The SickKids Summer Research (SSuRe) Program provides opportunities for university students to conduct research in a laboratory or clinical setting at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) under the supervision of a Research Institute scientist.

The Institute of Medical Science’s (IMS) Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) provides an exceptional opportunity for undergraduate B.Sc. and medical students (who do not hold a graduate degree) to become involved in projects relating to biomedical research. Projects range across a broad spectrum of disciplines, from molecular biology and cognitive science to clinical investigation and bioethics.

The Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) Summer Studentship Program for medical students helps students gain experience and interest in the sub-specialty of rheumatology. There is clinical-based program that selects students to shadow a Rheumatologist (CRA member) in a clinical setting, and a research-based program that connects a student with a CRA member for a rheumatology-based research project.

Comprehensive Research Experience for Medical Students (CREMS) is an umbrella program at the University of Toronto that allows interested medical students to gain extracurricular research experience in various structured sub-programs without interrupting their medical  studies. CREMS aims to provide participating students with an opportunity to explore their research interests, gain valuable hands-on research experience, prepare for a clinical career with a good research foundation and understanding of biomedical research, and consider a career as a clinician-scientist. In addition to research under the umbrella of the CREMS programs, students may participate in other research opportunities made available by individual university departments and institutes or by hospitals. These include pure research programs as well as combined research/clinical experiences such as the Department of Paediatrics Pediatric Research and Clinical Summer (PeRCS) Program.

Graduate Student Programs

Dr. Feldman is accepting M.S.c and PhD students through the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation in Clinical Epidemiology & Health Care Research (CEHCR), or through the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto with focus on any of the following: Clinical Epidemiology, Clinical Effectiveness, Outcomes and Evaluation, Health Services Research.

Research Fellowship/Postdoctoral Position

Please contact Dr. Feldman directly.

If you are interested in a clinical fellowship in Rheumatology at SickKids, please send an email to the Rheumatology Education Coordinator, Kamela Ramlackhan, at rheumatology.trainingprogram@sickkids.ca.

Opportunities for Volunteers

Volunteer with the Division of Rheumatology

The SPARRK program at SickKids is an exciting volunteer program offered by the Rheumatology department that offers a variety of positions to students from all disciplines. Would you like to work on promoting the social media page? How about experience in a lab? Spending time with patients and helping with art therapy? SPARRK has placements to match everyone’s talents and interests.

To apply for the 2022 SPARRK team, please submit the following items to info.sparrk@sickkids.ca:

  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript/report card (if you are in school or have graduated within the last five years)

Applicants must submit all items in order to be considered. A select number of candidates will be invited to an informational interview to learn about the various opportunities available within the SPARRK program.

Volunteer with SickKids

There are a wide variety of volunteer programs and positions at SickKids to suit your interests and your schedule. As a SickKids volunteer, you are an integral member of the SickKids team. Whether it be through direct or indirect interaction with patients and their families, you will help to improve the quality of care and the overall hospital experience.


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