Dr. Robyn McLaughlin

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Alicia MacDonald

Program Administrator
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Program Highlights

The IWK Health Centre is the major referral center for the Maritimes and also the only dedicated pediatric hospital in Nova Scotia, this means residents get exposure to a high volume and wide variety of common and rare pediatric presentations. The IWK also has every pediatric subspecialty except for adolescent medicine. We have wonderful dedicated faculty and allied health who want to see residents succeed clinically as well as in their scholarly and advocacy work. We encourage residents to push themselves while also providing appropriate back up.

  • We are a reasonably small program with few subspecialty residents, this allows for more hands on training and 1:1 time with faculty.
  • The Maritimes has many excellent community/rural pediatrics experiences to choose from.
  • We have piloted many aspects of the new Competence By Design (CBD) curriculum, educated faculty, learned lessons, made changes and are excited and fully launched in July 2021.
  • We have a cohesive, supportive happy group of residents.
  • Halifax (and the rest of the Maritimes) has a friendly community feel.
  • Halifax is a rapidly growing major urban center, it is walkable and there are many places to live near the hospital.
  • There are lots of nearby restaurants, activities and green space.
  • It is a short and quick drive to get out of the city with lots of nearby lakes, trails and beaches.
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Salary Information

Post graduate salaries and benefits differ by province and are determined by two things: your training year, and the province you work in. See below the salaries and benefits for Dalhousie University - Pediatrics - Halifax.
New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island
Gross Annual PGY-1 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-2 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-3 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-4 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-5 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-6 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-7 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-8 Salary
Educational Leave
Annual Vacation
4 weeks
Call Stipends
Frequency of Calls
l in 4 in-hospital and for home call
Maternity Leave Top Up After One Year’s Service
eligible for up to a maximum of 17 weeks top-up allowance for maternity/pregnancy leave
Provincial Health Insurance
Extended Health Insurance
Provincial Dues (% of salary)
CMPA Dues Paid
Dental Coverage
Statutory and Floating Holidays
Long-Term Disability Insurance
66.7% of salary
Life Insurance
$100,000 of insurance
Sick Leave
Updated June 21, 2023

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Halifax cityscape from water
Halifax, an Atlantic Ocean port in eastern Canada, is the provincial capital of Nova Scotia. A major business centre, it’s also known for its maritime history. The city’s dominated by the hilltop Citadel, a star-shaped fort completed in the 1850s. Waterfront warehouses known as the Historic Properties recall Halifax’s days as a trading hub for privateers, notably during the War of 1812.

Resident Experience

Sonja MacDonald
We would all probably agree the people make the program exceptional, and that includes the patients and their families. The kindness and friendliness of the east coast makes it an amazing place to learn and practice. Additionally, the program really supports developing your skills to work at a senior level early on. Buddy call shifts, regular morning teaching and weekly simulation are big highlights, too!

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