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Pediatric Fellowship Training Opportunities

Introduction:

The Department of Pediatrics of McGill University offers advanced pediatric training for interested 4th and 5th year residents in a variety of specialized areas, each described separately below:

  • Academic Pediatrics: for the candidate wishing to develop a career in Academic Pediatrics.
  • Social Pediatrics: for the candidate wishing to develop a career for work within socially disadvantaged communities.
  • Neonatal Follow-up: for the candidate wishing to develop expertise in the field of medical and developmental follow up of high risk neonates.

NEW FELLOWSHIPS:
The next two fellowships will be added in the Fall of 2012. More information may be obtained on the Faculty weblink : Fellowships

  • Sleep Medicine
  • Complex Care Pediatrics

Each fellowship program is run as a subprogram of the General Pediatrics residency program.

What do I do if I am interested in one of these programs?

Interested candidates should contact the specific training coordinator for the advanced pediatric training pathway of interest listed below:

ACADEMIC PEDIATRICS:

Training Coordinator: hema [dot] patel [at] muhc [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Hema Patel)

Please refer to Academic Pediatrcis Fellowship description.

 

SOCIAL PEDIATRICS:

Training Coordinator: jae-marie [dot] ferdinand [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Jae Marie Ferdinand)

The department of pediatrics at McGill University has a long history of participating in the care of disadvantaged populations. There has been a core pediatrics rotation in social pediatrics for second year residents since 2002. A number of pediatricians affiliated with the department practice socially disadvantaged urban areas and have links to community-based health organizations and are involved in community-based advocacy. There are long established programs in multiculturalism and Aboriginal health. Finally, there is a long tradition in Global Health within the department. Thus the resident interested in focusing on training in social pediatrics and models of care that are community based and sensitive to social context will have excellent opportunities to do so within the Department of Pediatrics at McGill University.

The evolution of pediatric practice has made the time ripe to develop the idea of a social medicine focus in the training of professionals in child health. Over the last 50 years, pediatrics has evolved from a specialty dealing with largely acute diseases to one with a significant population of children with chronic diseases and special needs. As we transition into the 21st century, pediatric practice is again evolving, and we understand that social factors have a long lasting effect on the health of children, both as children, and later as adults. The McGill University Pediatrics Training Program, which focuses on the training of pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists, views an understanding of the social determinants of health and the impact of social disadvantage on the health of vulnerable populations as integral to the training of all child health physicians. To this effect, we have developed a baseline exposure rotation in social pediatrics that has been running since 2002. This rotation is mandatory for all core pediatric trainees, and we have demonstrated positive learning outcomes and changes in trainees' attitudes and sensitization to social disadvantage and its effect on health in the Quebec population.

The development of advanced training in social pediatrics represents a further development in the department's commitment to social pediatrics. Training in Social Pediatrics is organized in a similar way to training in Academic Pediatrics, with medical training strongly focused on community based care among various disadvantaged populations (socio-economic disadvantage, Aboriginal Health, New Canadians, Street Youth, Incarcerated Youth, and Children and Youth in the youth protection system), and the expectation of a major scholarly project with a social pediatrics focus. Advocacy is a strong component of training and residents are asked to participate in advocacy activities.

Medical Training: Having stated that an understanding of the social determinants of health and the effect of social context on health is integral to the training of all child health professionals, we recognize the need to enrich the community of pediatricians in Quebec with individuals who possess the requisite knowledge, skills, and sensitivity to act as champions or catalysts of positive change for the health of disadvantaged populations. Such a person must possess sound medical expertise in the specific health problems of socially vulnerable populations, the skills to engage and collaborate with communities in a respectful and non-colonizing way, and the attitudes that have social justice as a core value. Clinical rotations are tailored to this training philosophy and are mostly community-based. Ultimately, we seek to encourage the development of a diverse next generation of pediatricians, who are prepared as a group to respond to the needs of the children of Quebec, Canada, and the World.

Advanced Academic Skills:It is not enough for champions of social pediatrics to gain complex medical expertise, and to set up practices in disadvantaged areas once training is completed. For sure, this must be done, as there are real needs to improve access to health care among disadvantaged populations, but pediatricians who are positive agents of change must also possess and have opportunities for training in a variety of other areas. We see the social pediatrician as a physician who is able to undertake community-based medical research, who has the skills in community activism and lobbying for health policy change, and who views health promotion as a core value. To this end, many links have been made with the leadership in other faculties at McGill University, notably Social Work, Law, and Anthropology (in addition to the longstanding relationship already in existence with the department of epidemiology). The leadership in these faculties is very open to the idea of pediatric trainees receiving training with them in order to develop the academic skills needed to function as a positive agent of social change, and residents are expected to undertake a major scholarly project in a domain pertinent to social pediatrics.

 

NEONATAL FOLLOW-UP:

Training Coordinator: elise [dot] couture [at] muhc [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Elise Couture)

Funding Opportunities:

Residents who trained in core pediatrics in one of the 4 programs in Quebec may be eligible for funding through the Régie d'assurance maladie du Québec (Formation Complémentaire).

Residents who trained in core pediatrics elsewhere in Canada or the United States may also be eligible for funding through the Régie d'assurance maladie du Québec via the "special contingent" quota. Spots are limited and candidates are selected based upon academic record (competing with other pediatric subspecialty candidates from Canada and the US), usually in the fall of each year for training expected to commence the following July.

In addition to the above Ministry of Health funding, the department of Pediatrics of McGill University also offers several competitive fellowship funding opportunities: Clinical Fellowship in Pediatrics, Alan Ross Fellowship in Pediatrics. The deadline for these funding competitions is March 1 of each year, for training expected to commence the July of the following year (i.e. 16 months later).

To review eligibility requirements to train in Quebec, candidates should consult the McGill University Faculty of Medicine website: McGill Medicine