Training Programs

For more information about the training Programs and volunteering opportunities at FIRH, please click tabs below:

Residency Training Program

The FIRH is home for the Respirology Residency Training Program of the Division of Respirology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University. The McMaster Respirology Training Program fulfills the specialty training requirements in adult respiratory diseases as defined by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

During the first two years, clinical rotations provide the opportunity to develop skills with interpretation of pulmonary functions tests, exercise tests and chest radiology. Specialized rotations include CF, Sleep Medicine and Lung Transplantation. Elective time in the second year is available. Residents in conjunction with the Program Director can plan electives to fill their specific objectives (clinical or academic).

A third research-oriented year is possible for residents considering an academic career. A combined program in Respirology and Critical Care is no longer available; however, the Program Director will assist the resident with the application process for entry into the excellent Critical Care training program offered at McMaster.

In addition to our respirology residents, training is provided to numerous medical residents (on rotation), medical students and clinical fellows.


Currently Enrolled

PGY 4:

Thomas Mazzetti

Aram Karkar

Albina Tyker

PGY 5:

Emir Ali

Moaaz Rashad

Sanhita Shrivastava

Fellowship Training

FIRH hosts post-doctoral fellows and visiting scientists from all around the world for clinical or basic science fellowships. These fellowships are funded either by scholarships or sources provided by the applicant, or in some cases through support by FIRH faculty.

If you are interested in applying for a post-doctoral position, please contact:

Victoria Bryczka at

Graduate Training

MSc and PhD students in the Medical Sciences Program are regularly supervised by respirology faculty.


Undergraduate Training

FIRH faculty is supervising Bio-Pharm Co-Op Program students during their 4, 8, or 12 month placements.


Volunteering a few hours a week can make a meaningful difference — For patients, visitors, and you!

There are several ways volunteers can get involved, for example in the following areas:

  • Direct patient support
  • Way finding support
  • Retail service
  • Research

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