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Program Highlights

The objective of the UBC Subspecialty Residency Program in Developmental Pediatrics is the training of academic Pediatricians with unique, in-depth expertise in child development and behaviour (both normal and abnormal) from the prenatal period to late adolescence.

Training in our Subspecialty Residency Program enables Pediatric residents to gain proficiency in the assessment and management of a full spectrum of neurodevelopmental disorders including cerebral palsy, autism, intellectual disability, and learning disorders, and the neurobehavioural effects of prenatal substance exposure and environmental poverty. These conditions comprise more than 40% of General Pediatric practice and are a cause of significant concern in the majority of children referred for Pediatric specialty consultation.

The UBC Subspecialty Residency Program in Developmental Pediatrics prepares the subspecialty Pediatric resident to:

  • work as a member of an interdisciplinary professional team
  • integrate findings from across disciplines in order to support families and their children with neurodevelopmental disorders
  • act as a consultant in Developmental Pediatrics to Pediatricians, other physicians, professionals, and agencies caring for children with complex neurodevelopmental, behavioural, and psychosocial problems
  • become a leader and a health advocate for children
  • teach principles of Developmental Pediatrics in academic, continuing education, and community settings
  • design and evaluate research in Developmental Pediatrics
  • manage and administer Developmental Pediatric clinical services

Training and education in our subspecialty program occurs within the UBC academic community including Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, BC Children’s Hospital, the Child and Family Research Institute Developmental Neurosciences and Child Health Cluster, and the UBC Human Early Learning Partnership. Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children supports children and youth with neurodevelopmental disorders, from birth to their 19th birthday, through both outpatient and inpatient services, and serves more than 5000 children a year from nearly 300 BC communities. As a UBC teaching hospital, Sunny Hill also trains more than 150 students a year in medicine, social work, nursing, psychology, and therapy. The Sunny Hill Health Centre moved in August 2020, from its previous East Vancouver location into a state-of-the-art facility at the BC Children’s Hospital campus on Oak Street.

Our subspecialty program curriculum includes both in- and out-patient rotations in neuromotor disorders, brain injury and rehabilitation, autism spectrum disorder, complex developmental and behavioural conditions, and research design and evaluation, as well as rotations in allied subspecialties including Genetics, Neurology and Psychiatry. We are fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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General Information

This residency program is for 2 years.

Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.


In the first year of the program, residents receive training in core Developmental Pediatrics through ambulatory rotations at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. Trainees are involved with assessment of children with complex medical, developmental and behavioral conditions as part of an interdisciplinary  team. Rotations will also be completed through the Provincial Autism Resource Centre, which has a focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Residents will spend time within Burnaby School during the Development and Behaviour rotation. There is an inpatient rotation with the Acute Rehabilitation Program and ambulatory rotation with the neuromotor population. During the first year of subspecialty training, residents spend 3 blocks at BC Children’s hospital in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Child Neurology and Medical Genetics. There are five blocks elective rotation and three blocks research available through the 2-year program.

In the second year, resident further develop their skills in Developmental Pediatrics rotating through the core Child Development and Behaviour rotations. Residents are expected to take a graded responsibility in their second year with enhancing their skills in communicating with families, and chairing parent and team conferences. Residents also attend the Support for School Success program through RICHER. There is the opportunity to attend optional outreach trips throughout the first and second year to underserved rural and northern communities.

The training program has a variety of longitudinal experiences such as a continuity clinic that allows the resident to develop knowledge and skills required in the management and coordination of care required for children with special needs.

There is weekly formal academic half-day program, which covers the core areas of Developmental Pediatrics. Residents attend regular monthly Developmental Pediatric journal club. The Division has biannual full day CME sessions.

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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 University of British Columbia - Developmental Pediatrics - Vancouver.
British Columbia
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
Educational Leave
Annual Vacation
4 weeks
Meal Allowance
Frequency of Calls
1 in 4 onsite/1 in 3 offsite
Maternity Leave
17 weeks, plus up to 78 weeks Parental Leave
Provincial Health Insurance
100% Premiums Paid
Provincial Dues (% of salary)
Extended Health Insurance
100% Premiums Paid
CMPA Dues Paid
Yes, mandatory
Dental Plan
100% Premiums Paid
Statutory Holidays
2x pay plus extra day with pay
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Yes 100% Premiums Paid
Sick Leave
Life Insurance
100% Premiums Paid
Updated July 25, 2023

Terms of Agreement April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022
Resident Doctors of BC website

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