Dr. Adelle Atkinson
The Paediatric Residency Program at the University of Toronto, thrives on a diverse patient population, excellent resources, and an outstanding teaching faculty. The Core Paediatric Residency Training Program, is a priority for the Department of Paediatrics, and as such, an outstanding learning environment exists. The program is diverse and inclusive, fostering a welcoming environment where everyone belongs.
A career counselling program is in place, resident retreats are organized on a yearly basis, and social functions including a baseball game, holiday party, and many other activities arranged by the resident engagement committee ensure an excellent spirit of camaraderie. In addition, a wellness committee run by residents with faculty support, ensures a proactive approach to the health and well-being of our residents, building skills and resilience.
The Hospital for Sick Children provides primary, secondary and tertiary care to the local community and tertiary and quaternary level care to the rest of Ontario and beyond, when required. There is a very busy emergency room and general paediatric unit where common paediatric problems are seen in large numbers. In addition, all paediatric subspecialities exist at The Hospital for Sick Children which ensure exceptional patient volume and variety. The Atrium tower provides spacious modern facilities for a family-centered-care approach to our paediatric patients. Residents have access to electronic medical resources. While much of the residency training is spent at The Hospital for Sick Children, residents also have the opportunity to gain invaluable experience at a growing number of our community affiliates.
Advocacy and social responsibility are core values of the Department of Paediatrics and are emphasized in the Residency Training Program. The program has a well integrated advocacy program, run by residents with faculty oversight. Social Paediatrics is emphasized and taught throughout the program, appropriately layered throughout the academic curriculum, a part of everything we do. Child Health Policy and Patient Safety are also woven into the curriculum through teaching and clinical experiences.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion are also core values of the program. in 2020, the program launched its EDI committee, the mandate of which is to ensure the residency program embraces and implements the principles of EDI in everything we do. This committee is chaired by residents, with resident representation from within and outside the program, with members who have experience in EDI.
Experiences in Global Child Health have become an integral part of the training program. Many residents take part in international electives, research and local courses pertaining to issues affecting these populations. Oversight of international electives exists (both within the program and through the University of Toronto) to ensure our trainees are fully supported with their international endeavours.
Residents in the program have an opportunity to participate in teaching activities, both formal and informal, scholarly projects, advocacy, committee work, leadership roles, curriculum development and resident selection.