The Division of Pediatric Medicine’s consultant pediatricians are actively involved in the education and training of medical students, residents and fellows through the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and most notably with the Pediatrics Residency Training Program based at CHEO.

The division is based at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), the only pediatric tertiary referral centre for Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. CHEO also provides pediatric medical services to parts of Northern Ontario and Eastern Nunavut.

The mission of the Division of Pediatric Medicine is to provide comprehensive, inter-disciplinary general pediatric health care, education, research and advocacy for the well-being of all children and youth. Our division is dedicated to providing the best in both inpatient and outpatient comprehensive pediatric care to over 5,000 inpatients and outpatients annually. Our pediatricians have a range of clinical areas of interest including:

  • Hospitalist pediatric medicine
  • Complex medical care
  • Down syndrome
  • Medical informatics
  • Asthma
  • Childhood development
  • Literacy
  • Aboriginal health
  • International adoption
  • Global health

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Clinical programs

Inpatient care

The Division of Pediatric Medicine is responsible for the operation of the clinical teaching units and the complex care service on the inpatient units of CHEO. This service provides comprehensive inpatient clinical care to over 2,000 patients annually, as well as providing inpatient consultative services for 150-200 patients annually.

Outpatient care

Outpatient clinical services provided by the Division of Pediatric Medicine include general consultation clinics and a Down Syndrome clinic which are based at CHEO. Outreach clinics are provided in Renfrew to children living in the Ottawa Valley and at the Inuit Child Health Outreach clinic at the Tungasuvvingat Inuit Family Health Team in Ottawa. All clinics service children and youth from newborn to 18 years of age. The pediatric consultation clinics provide assessment and management for a broad range of common childhood conditions as well as for complex medical conditions that will often require ongoing medical care and case management.

The division’s outpatient services treats up to 3,000 patients per year.

Faculty members from our division work along side our subspecialty colleagues in many different clinics including asthma, adolescent health, child development, obesity, and international adoption.

Within the clinical activities of the Division of Pediatric Medicine is the program for complex medical care. This program has been developed to provide case management and system navigation for the most complex medical patients in the region on an outpatient basis. Clinical care is provided to these patients by dedicated physician coverage when admitted to CHEO.

Clinical problems and diseases evaluated and followed

  • Failure to thrive
  • Feeding problems
  • GERD
  • Abdominal pain
  • Asthma
  • Anemia
  • Fatigue
  • Query developmental delay
  • Speech delay
  • Undiagnosed medical problems


All members of the Division of Pediatric Medicine participate in scholarly activities covering a broad range of topics.  Areas of research include:

  • Aboriginal health
  • Breastfeeding
  • Child safety
  • Down Syndrome
  • Global health
  • International adoption
  • Literacy
  • Medical informatics
  • Medical education
  • Obesity  
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Complex Care program evaluation


Training programs

Undergraduate training opportunities

Faculty members in the Division of Pediatric Medicine are actively involved in the education of medical students at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine. Teaching activities are provided through all years of medical school training and include lectures, clinical skills development, case-based learning (CBL), tutoring and clinical supervision during the pediatric clerkship.

The division provides opportunities for elective experiences on the inpatient clinical teaching units at CHEO. All interested students are encouraged to contact the Undergraduate Medical Education office at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine.

Please see the Department of Pediatrics’ electives calendar for more information.

Postgraduate training program

Currently, an accredited training program in academic pediatric medicine in Canada does not exist. However, a non-accredited program does. 

Additional postgraduate training

The Division of Pediatric Medicine provides a fellowship opportunity for one to two years in General Academic Pediatrics. The trainee is exposed to both inpatient and outpatient general pediatric medicine during this fellowship. The focus of the fellowship is to consolidate skills necessary for a pediatric hospitalist and outpatient pediatric consultant, as well as provide further academic training in education, research, health administration or public health.

The fellow is responsible for the running of a weekly fellow’s longitudinal clinic in the general pediatric consultation pediatrics clinic. They are also responsible for providing monthly journal club presentations for the division as well as completing a scholarly research project with presentation at a national meeting or manuscript submission.

There is the opportunity to pursue a Master’s program through the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine during the fellowship training in medical education, epidemiology, public health, bioethics, or health administration. Candidates interested in this fellowship opportunity should contact:

Dr. Mary Pothos
Division Lead, Pediatric Medical Education
Fellowship Director, Division of Pediatric Medicine

The Division of Pediatric Medicine is actively involved in the Pediatric Residency Training Program at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. All residents are provided with learning opportunities through both the inpatient and outpatient activities provided by the division. The faculty members of the division also contribute to the pediatric academic half-day curriculum as well as provide leadership roles for the pediatric OSCEs, STACERS, PGME and evaluation committees. The divisional faculty members are actively involved in many teaching activities in the program such as telehealth rounds.

The division oversees the curriculum and rotations for the General Pediatric PGY4 residents and provides a pediatric resident longitudinal clinic to the final year (PGY-4) general pediatric residents. This clinic provides the opportunity for the PGY4s to see general pediatric consultations in their own clinic under the supervision/guidance of a general consultant pediatrician.  

The PGY4 longitudinal clinic offers learning on how to manage a general pediatric consultation clinic and work in a team setting with nursing and clerical staff. The clinic also provides excellent exposure on management of common pediatric issues to children of all ages and their families.