Dr. Kirk Leifso
Canadian Medical Graduates
International Medical Graduates
We are a smaller centre with no subspecialty training programs, so residents are first in line for learning experiences, working directly with the faculty. There are no fellows, with the exception of clinical fellows in the NICU.
The program is rewarding for mature learners who are proactive in identifying their own learning goals, excel in seeking out feedback and learning opportunities, and are great team players. Residents always note the excellent hands-on experiences with early, supported, responsibility in the NICU and Hematology-Oncology rotations.
Queen’s has moved all post-graduate residency programs to competency-based. We have developed innovative tools for assessing CanMEDS competencies and facilitate competency-based assessment and training. See the Important Information section for details on Queen’s and competency-based medical education.
This residency program is for 4 years.
Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.
The pediatric residency training progresses over 4 years. The program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.
The Department of Pediatrics at Queen’s includes departmental academic general pediatricians, community consultant pediatricians and academic subspecialists. Particular departmental strengths include general pediatrics, behavioural and developmental pediatrics, neonatology and genetics. Our philosophy is geared towards providing excellent training in general pediatric medicine for those planning a career in general pediatrics, in private, mixed or academic practice, or for those planning to pursue subspecialty training where a solid foundation in general pediatrics is a must.
The relatively small size of the program allows for a close and supportive working relationship among our trainees and faculty. Each resident is assured an exposure to a wide diversity and optimal number of patients by the program’s size. The department’s commitment towards the residency program is reflected not only in the provision of training environments with wide ranging clinical opportunities, but also in a comprehensive seminar program. Excellent hands-on and broad ranging clinical opportunities at Queen’s are enhanced by subspecialty selective and core rotations at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, in Ottawa.
Our program is committed to providing each trainee with pediatric experiences individualized to his/her personal career goals. Residents, by the end of their training, have had the opportunity to develop the confidence and skills needed to practice general pediatrics expertly in any sized community.
There are between 16-20 residents to approximately 23 full time faculty in our training program. For an overview of the training program by year, go to: Queen’s Pediatrics Program Overview.
Check out our brochure.
Current – retroactive to July 1st, 2020
Effective July 1st, 2021
Effective July 1st, 2022
7 working days/year
Additional time off provided for writing any CND or US certification exam, leave includes the exam date and reasonable travel time to and from the exam site. Additional RCPSC & CFPC Certification Examination
Frequency of Calls
1 in 4 In-hospital, 1 in 3 home
35 weeks, 37 weeks if resident did not take pregnancy leave
Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB) Plan
Top-up to 84% 27 weeks for women who take pregnancy and parental leave; 12 weeks for parents on stand-alone parental leave.
Provincial Health Insurance
Extended Health Insurance
Provincial Dues (% of salary)
85% paid for eligible expenses
CMPA Dues Paid
Under current arrangements, residents are rebated by Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for dues in excess of $300.
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Yes – 70% of salary, non-taxable.
Statutory and Floating Holidays
2 weeks leave with full pay and benefits;
10 stat days plus 1 personal floater.
Residents are entitled to at least 5 consecutive days off over the Christmas or New Year period, which accounts for 3 statutory holidays (Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day), and 2 weekend days.
Yes, 2x salary
Salary and Benefit Continuance
A resident that can’t work due to illness or injury will have salary and benefits maintained for 6 months or until end of appointment (whichever occurs first)
$127.60 in-hospital; $63.80 home call or qualifying shift on shift-based services.
$140.36 in-hospital; $70.18 home call or qualifying shift on shift-based services.
Updated July 16, 2021