Pediatric Allergy, Clinical Immunology and Dermatology

Subspecialty Residency Program

The Allergy and Clinical Immunology Subspecialty Residency Program has a large, diverse patient population in both allergy and immunodeficiency.

There are six allergy and two immunology clinics a week with six full time and three part time staff to share the teaching and clinical experience. We see an average of 3-4 inpatients per week on the wards, PICU and ED. Stem cell transplantation experience is available through the Division of Hematology-Oncology.

The Division of Allergy, Immunology and Dermatology also offers research training programs in clinical epidemiology, translational medicine and fundamental immunology.

Program length: 2 years
Average number of trainees per year: 2

Training Requirements

The Allergy and Clinical Immunology Subspecialty Residency Program follows the training requirements set by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (RCPSC). 

Two years of approved residency in adult Clinical Immunology and Allergy, organized as 26 four-week blocks, not more than one year of which may be undertaken during training for certification in Internal Medicine. This must include a minimum of:

1. Ten (10) blocks of training in Clinical Immunology and Allergy related to Internal Medicine

2. Three (3) blocks of pediatric Clinical Immunology and Allergy, including exposure to infants. This must include at least one (1) block in pediatric allergy and one (1) block in pediatric immunodeficiency

3. One (1) block in a clinical immunology diagnostic laboratory

4. Three (3) blocks of selective training made up of one (1) block periods in each of any three of the following:

4.1. Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
4.2. Respirology/pulmonary function lab
4.3. Dermatology
4.4. Occupational Medicine
4.5. Rheumatology/autoimmune diseases
4.6. Transplant medicine which may include hematological transplantation, solid organ transplantation and/or laboratory experience

5. Seven (7) blocks of training from any of the following electives:

5.1. A maximum of two (2) blocks in any one of the selectives remaining items from section 4
5.2. Community allergy
5.3. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) medicine
5.4. General allergy/immunology clinic
5.5. A maximum of six (6) total blocks of research, which must include some degree of ongoing clinical experience
5.6. A maximum of one (1) block in a clinical immunology lab
5.7. Other training as approved by the Program Director


1. A block equals four weeks which may be completed longitudinally.
2. There must be clinical time spent in Clinical Immunology and Allergy throughout both years of training.

Royal College certification in adult Clinical Immunology and Allergy requires all of the following:

1. Royal College certification in Internal Medicine;
2. Successful completion of a two-year Royal College accredited program in Clinical Immunology and Allergy;
3. Successful completion of the certification examination in Clinical Immunology and Allergy.

The two-year program outlined above is to be regarded as the minimum training requirement. Additional training may be required by the program director to ensure that clinical competence has been achieved.

Formal teaching starts with biweekly lectures in July and August on the basics of allergy and immunology and continues with 3 – 4 lectures a week on topics of interest, including a journal club, a review of Janeway, and a course on basic immunology at McGill. Residents are encouraged to attend other teaching activities, e.g. lectures at McGill and a biweekly epidemiology course at the MCH.


Types of electives:

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Hematology-Oncology
Contact Us

Division Director

Dr. Christine McCusker

Postgraduate Medical Education

Residency Program Director
Dr. Karen Sigman

Administrative Staff

Residency Program Coordinator
programadmin.pedsallergy [at]

MUHC Medical Secretary
virginia.allen [at] (Virginia Allen)

MUHC Administrative Assistant
Melissa.Puliga [at] (Melissa Puliga)
514-412-4400 x 22370

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