The Pediatric Endrocrinology and Metabolism Subspecialty Residency Program has immense depth in terms of clinical and research expertise. We have a busy diabetes service with over 2,500 clinic visits per year and we are equally busy in our endocrine clinics with outpatient clinics spread across four sites in the city. We offer specialized clinics to patients with disorders such as lipid, obesity, and gender issues in addition to our general endocrine clinics and fellows’ continuity clinics. Our residents particularly enjoy their continuity clinics which are held twice per month where they independently manage their patients with supervision from an attending staff. The proximity of the Shriners Hospital next door allows for our trainees with an interest in metabolic bone disease to attend clinics there. We have a dedicated testing centre for our dynamic stimulation tests.
Areas of particular interest in research at our centre include molecular genetics and immunology of diabetes, health services in diabetes care, closed loop insulin delivery systems, and global health.
The Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism is noted for its teaching strengths, and we consistently receive excellent reviews of our rotation by General Pediatrics residents. Pediatric Endocrine residents receive two hours of weekly dedicated teaching with various attending staff as well as teaching from the staff supervising the clinical rotation. In addition, weekly academic rounds in Endocrinology are held at MCH (Journal Club), and trainees are also encouraged to attend Adult Endocrine residents' weekly academic half day, weekly McGill Combined Endocrine Rounds and Journal Club.
Our trainees have the opportunity during their program to initiate additional training such as a Masters in Epidemiology or Medical Education at McGill.
Program length: 2
Average number of trainees per year:
The Pediatric Endocrinology Subspecialty Residency Program follows the training requirements set by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (RCPSC).
There are 12 months of clinical learning and the additional mandatory second 12 months may be spent either undertaking clinical or basic science research, a postgraduate degree or diploma (for instance Masters in Epidemiology or Medical Education), additional clinical training or a combination of all three. Most candidates interested in working in a Canadian tertiary care centre will complete a third year of training; this is often used to complete the additional training (Masters) or research project. There is a great amount of flexibility in the training program, and the resident works closely with the Program Director to design a personalized curriculum.
Year 1 usually includes approximately 5 blocks of service (responsibilities include ER and ward consultations, rounding on hospitalized patients that are followed by our service, answering calls from doctors and from families, and attending clinics), 1 to 2 blocks of clinics, 3 blocks of research (can be used to prepare for a project in year 2, writing case report(s), starting a project, etc), 1 elective block (spent outside our centre depending on trainee's interests), 1 Adult Endocrinology block, 1 Genetics block, 1 Laboratory rotation (learning about lab methods, radiology), 1 to 2 weeks at Diabetes camp.
Year 2 is very flexible. It generally includes 3 blocks of service where the trainee manages the team of residents and students and acts as a junior attending staff with increasing responsibility and autonomy. The trainee may choose to have one elective block as well. The rest of the year is generally spent on research and/or courses at McGill University.
Blocks are 4 weeks long. Trainees are allowed 4 weeks of vacation per year, 1 week off during the Christmas/New Year's holidays, up to 10 days of conference leave (length of time spent away at conferences can be increased if the trainee presents an abstract), and up to 7 personal/study days.
The majority of the training takes place at the Montreal Children’s Hospital for inpatient and some outpatient care. Outpatient care also takes place at four clinics across the city, while the adult rotation occurs at the McGill affiliated hospitals. Residents may participate in elective rotations outside of McGill (usually 1 or 2 months); some sites of interest include Hopital Ste Justine, Montreal; CHEO, Ottawa; Camp Carowanis, diabetes camp in Ste-Agathe, Quebec; and the Shriners Hospital for bone metabolism (adjacent to MCH). Residents may also organize elective rotations elsewhere in Canada, in the US and abroad.