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Department of Pediatrics

The Department of Pediatrics is affiliated with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), the CHEO Research Institute and the University of Ottawa.

CHEO is a pediatric health and research center that provides outstanding family-centered patient care and pioneeringbreakthrough research. CHEO is one of only a few stand-alone pediatric hospitals in Canada, and has more than 6,600 admissions, 7,700 surgeries and 171,000 clinic visits each year. It also has one of the busiest pediatric emergency rooms in the country, treating more than 74,000 patients a year. The CHEO Research Institute is the research arm of CHEO that works to create new knowledge and evidence to help provide the world-class care that CHEO is known for.

The major focus of the Department of Pediatrics is to deliver exemplary care to the population of children and youth whom we serve at CHEO and in the community.We do so through the enormous commitment of all of our faculty members whether it be in the front line of acute or chronic care in our emergency department, our intensive care units (NICU and PICU), on the inpatient wards, in the ambulatory setting or in the community.

In addition to a very strong commitment to our clinical mission, our department continues to make outstanding academic contributions. We place a very high value on teaching and make significant contributions at all levels. We contribute close to 60,000 trainee days over the course of the academic year (undergraduate and postgraduate) and make enormous contributions to the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine Undergraduate Curriculum.Our department is also highly successful in the acquisition of research funding, with many successful grant applications, and our clinician-investigators and scientists continue to be leaders in a wide array of areas. This has led to many high impact publications, and to important leadership nationally and internationally.Also, and most importantly, it has led to a significant impact in patient care.

Our mission

We optimize the health of children and youth in the communities we serve through exemplary clinical care, research, education, and advocacy.

Our vision

Excellence in patient care, fostering and integrating discovery, scholarship, and learning.


  • Commitment and Compassion
  • Quality and Safety
  • Collegiality and Respect
  • Leadership and Advocacy
  • Innovation and Integrity

Launching our strategic plan

The Department of Pediatrics formed a Strategic Planning Steering Committee in January 2015 to lead the development of a strategic plan for the department. Throughout the past several months, department members were engaged in a number of exercises including an off-site retreat, surveys and in-person interviews. The retreat was facilitated by Dorothy Strachan and Mike Tomlinson, who led group discussions and small group breakout sessions to help develop a plan that outlines the department’s strategic directions, priorities and goals for 2015-2019. Over 100 faculty members attended the retreat and provided many positive comments and feedback. The final Strategic Plan will be launched in the fall, carefully outlining our department priorities and how they will be operationalized.

Faculty members at the 2015 department retreat

Strategic priorities

Clinical care within and beyond CHEO

  • Clearly define clinical priorities for the Department of Pediatrics and where/how these should be addressed
  • Collaborate with community partners to enhance and integrate patient care within and beyond CHEO

Learning and scholarship

  • Create a departmental framework to foster scholarship for all
  • Develop a departmental research strategy, in collaboration with CHEO, CHEO RI, uOttawa and other academic partners
  • Increase engagement with uOttawa through enhanced communication and inter-disciplinary collaboration

Integrated and supportive environment

  • Develop a responsive mentorship program for faculty at all levels
  • Integrate education, research, knowledge translation and clinical care
  • Increase transparency, cohesion and equity among divisions
Faculty members at the 2015 department retreat

Medical education

The Department of Pediatrics faculty are deeply committed to teaching and education of learners at all levels, with delivery of a significant number of teaching programs, innovations and research in medical education. There are in excess of 60,000 education days at CHEO annually. In 2013/14, our department provided clinical education to over 640 undergraduate medical students at the University of Ottawa, and many elective students from other schools. The Pediatrics residency program has grown substantially and successfully, as have the additional 10 Subspecialty Pediatrics programs in our department. The CME program continues to run increasingly successful courses and Pediatric Grand Rounds, as well as an expanded Pediatric Outreach program.

Department of Pediatrics Medical Education Support Team

About the support team

The Medical Education support team provides guidance to medical students, residents and fellows, and acts as a resource for faculty and staff about the various medical education programs within the Department of Pediatrics.

Bonnie Landon

Bonnie Landon

Coordinator, Undergraduate medical education

Bonnie Landon is the Coordinator for Pediatric Undergraduate Medical Education.  As the PUGME Coordinator, Bonnie works closely with the Director and Clerkship Director of PUGME to plan and implement educational opportunities to meet the educational needs for the medical students. She provides support and guidance to the students, and is also a resource for questions from faculty, residents and staff about the PUGME training program. 

If you have questions about the following areas, please contact Bonnie at [email protected].

  • Pre-clerkship Integration Unit
  • LINK
  • Year 3 Clerkship, Pediatric Core Rotation
  • Year 3 Clerkship, 2-week Medicine Mandatory Selective
  • Year 4, University of Ottawa, Clinical Electives
  • Visiting Medical Students, Clinical Electives
  • Back to Basics
  • Stipends
Stephanie Groulx

Stephanie Groulx

Administrative assistant, Undergraduate medical education

Stephanie Groulx is the Administrative Assistant for the Undergraduate Medical Education program where she provides a range of administrative and office support for the program. 

Students can contact Stephanie at [email protected] with inquiries regarding:

  • Pre-clerkship electives 
  • Year 3 Problem Assisted Learning and Lectures
  • Aquifer cases (formerly known as CLIPP)
  • Issues related to Epic set up, training/access