Undergraduate training opportunities
Endocrinology is an important area of pediatric education for medical students. Diabetes is one of the most common chronic illnesses in pediatrics. Assessment of growth is fundamental to pediatric medicine and interplays with each and every system of the body.
Drs. Ahmet and Lawrence lecture as part of the pediatric week of the endocrine block and each of the faculty have contributed to workshops and as CBL tutors. Several faculty also participate in regular sessions with the clerks rotating through pediatrics as well as OSCE examinations.
There is almost always a medical student on a selective or elective rotation in Endocrinology, which consists primarily of attending outpatient clinics. They also have the opportunity to do inpatient consults and rounds with the residents and fellows on inpatients either admitted or consulted to endocrinology. This provides a broad exposure to both acute and chronic care in endocrinology.
Each week of the rotation, time is dedicated for sit down teaching with the on-service endocrinologist as well as with the fellows and residents on service. The topic is typically chosen in advance by the learners and is predominantly case-based discussion and learning.
A unique opportunity for medical students is the chance to attend diabetes camp for up to two weeks in August. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about diabetes by spending time with 86 children and youth, experiencing how they manage their condition and making hundreds of insulin adjustment decisions.
Postgraduate training program
The Division of Endocrinology offers a comprehensive clinical and academic fellowship program in pediatric endocrinology. This training will enable residents to practice in this subspecialty with a high level of skill.
Through the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, this program has full accreditation from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. All Canadian trainees satisfactorily completing the program are eligible candidates for the Royal College Pediatric Endocrinology examination.
Residents must have completed three years of core pediatrics in an approved institution to be eligible for this program.
On completion of the core two-year Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship program, trainees will have the clinical skills necessary to diagnose and manage endocrinologic diseases in children, be knowledgeable to teach at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and have the basic skills required to conduct clinical and/or laboratory research. Our training program also provides academic consultants in pediatric endocrinology.
Residents may choose a third year of training to allow for further development of the research skills required to perform independent research.
Additional postgraduate training
Members of the Division of Endocrinology provide postgraduate training to interested trainees, both as an integral part of general pediatric residency training as well as to interested applicants as part of their available electives. Specific areas covered during these rotations include but are not limited to:
- Type 1 Diabetes
- General endocrinology
- Pediatric bone health
- Obesity and lipid disorders
- Gender diversity
Division members regularly contribute to grand rounds presentations as well as academic half day for pediatrics as well as a number of subspecialty programs, particularly emergency medicine, pediatric critical care and neonatal and perinatal medicine