Developmental Pediatrics

Subspecialty Residency Program

The Developmental Pediatrics Subspecialty Residency Program curriculum follows the objectives of training of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (listed below), including knowledge of diagnostic tools. The emphasis presently is on the function of the child and family (using the ICF framework of the United Nations) so that diagnosis does not constrain training activity. The trainee will thus be an expert at overlapping neurodevelopmental disorders often seen in Genetics, Neurology, and Psychiatry but also be able to respond to community therapists and family members to enhance support and progress of the child on his or her own terms.

Program length: 2 years
Average number of trainees per year: 1

Message to applicants: To satisfactorily complete a subspecialty residency at the Montreal Children's Hospital, mastery of French speaking and writing is required to ensure residents see the expected number of patients for an adequate rotation. In the past, applicants have made a special effort to study French before applying to the program.

Curriculum

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

1. Twenty-six (26) blocks of Developmental Pediatrics, one (1) year of which may be concurrently undertaken with the specialty of Pediatrics with joint approval of the Pediatrics specialty training program director and the program director of the Developmental Pediatrics program. This period must include a minimum of:

1.1. A longitudinal clinic experience of one (1) half-day clinic or equivalent per block, over at least twenty (20) blocks, providing continuity of care to a group of children and their families

1.2. Fifteen (15) blocks of core Developmental Pediatrics

1.2.1. Four (4) blocks in a clinical setting focused on the neuromotor population, with two (2) of those four (4) blocks in the second year to ensure that residents are given increasing professional responsibility

1.2.2. Four (4) blocks in a clinical setting focused on the developmental-behavioural population, with two (2) of those four (4) blocks in the second year to ensure that residents are given increasing professional responsibility

1.2.3. Seven (7) blocks in a clinical setting focused on a balance in the neuromotor population and the developmental-behavioural population, which will supplement the above training to ensure adequate opportunity to diagnose and manage the breadth of specific disorders of development/phenomenologies of Developmental Pediatrics

1.3. Three (3) blocks of subspecialty training, including a minimum of one (1) block in each of the following:

1.3.1. Child and adolescent psychiatry

1.3.2. Medical genetics, including metabolic diseases

1.3.3. Pediatric neurology

1.4. Three (3) blocks of research experience

1.5. Five (5) additional blocks selected from at least two (2) of the following as approved by the program director, with a maximum of three (3) blocks in any one (1) area:

1.5.1. Child and adolescent psychiatry

1.5.2. Child protection

1.5.3. Complex continuing care

1.5.4. Developmental Pediatrics

1.5.5. Education/curriculum development

1.5.6. Medical genetics, including metabolic diseases

1.5.7. Neonatal developmental followup

1.5.8. Pediatric neurology

1.5.9. Orthopedic surgery

1.5.10. Palliative care

1.5.11. Physical medicine and rehabilitation

1.5.12. Research

1.5.13. Other relevant experience approved by the program director

NOTES:

1. For the purposes of this document, a one (1) block rotation consists of four (4) weeks or equivalent.

2. The longitudinal clinic experience in 1.1. must occur in a minimum of one (1) half-day clinic or equivalent per block, over at least twenty (20) blocks of training. This training must allow the resident to follow a group of children and their families in a continuity of care model.

3. The selective rotations are to augment the learning obtained in the core developmental services to ensure all the educational objectives are met. Rotation choices will be individualized to the experience and goals of the resident.

Electives

Rehab centers learning the expertise of physiatrists, orthopedic and neuro surgeons. Electives are arranged through our Program administrators, usually for 4 week blocks.

Unique Educational Opportunities

Working in neuromotor pediatrics at the Shriners Hospital for Childen - Montreal, Centre de Réadaption Marie Enfant du CHU Sainte-Justine, Montreal Mackay Centre, and other centres in Canada.

Summer Sessions in Epidemiology and Biostatistics for health professionals offered by McGill University.

Contact Us

Division Director
General Pediatrics

Dr. Hema Patel

Postgraduate Medical Education

Residency Program Director
Gender Variance Fellowship Program Director
Dr. Shuvo Ghosh

Administrative Staff

Residency Program Coordinator
peds.admin2 [at] mcgill.ca (Belinda Preziosi)
514-412-4400 ext. 22931

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