Training Programs

Undergraduate Medical Education

We offer two-week electives to University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine students and two- to four-week electives to visiting medical students if space is available. Medical students work on the consultation service, participate in outpatient clinics, attend multi-disciplinary review committee meetings and are exposed to the sexual assault program. Objectives of the learning experience include:

  • Understand the epidemiology and risk factors for child abuse and neglect/maltreatment
  • Be familiar with the definitions of abuse and neglect
  • Know how to identify cases of suspected child abuse and neglect
  • Understand how to approach a case of possible abuse and neglect with an appropriate history and physical examination, with a differential diagnosis
  • Know the possible short and long-term sequelae (impact) of child abuse and neglect
  • Understand the medical, child welfare, police and judicial role in the identification, reporting, investigation, management, treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect.
  • Understand the medico-legal and ethical implications of caring for these patients 

Because the Child and Youth Protection Program does not have as high of a clinical patient load as some other services, the expectations of the students are somewhat different on this rotation than other pediatric areas of study. Students participate in clinical cases and are expected to attend and present at multi-disciplinary meetings. Some independent learning is required and students are encouraged to give one presentation during their time on the rotation. 

Clinical learning opportunities include:

  • Inpatient consults
  • Emergency Department consults
  • Child and youth protection clinics
  • Historical sexual assault cases
  • Attendance at multi-disciplinary review committee

Other learning opportunities include structured teaching cases and peer review. Additional opportunities may include: meeting with other professionals involved in child welfare and court proceedings, other combined rounds or teleconference sessions, and community multi-agency meetings.

If students have an interest in pursuing research in child protection, or have an idea for a research project, they are encouraged to discuss it with one of the child and youth protection pediatricians.

Postgraduate Medical Education

There is no certified postgraduate program in child abuse pediatrics in Canada at this time. 

Additional Postgraduate Training

We offer mandatory four-week rotation to University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine Pediatric residents and two- to four-week rotations for external residents if space is available. Learning objectives are available on request. 

Because the Child and Youth Protection Program does not have as high a clinical patient load as some other services, the expectations of the resident are somewhat different on this rotation than other pediatric areas of study. Residents participate in clinical cases and are expected to attend and present at multi-disciplinary meetings. Some independent learning is required and residents give one presentation during their time on the rotation. 

Clinical learning opportunities include:

  • Inpatient consults
  • Emergency Department consults
  • Child and youth protection clinics
  • Historical sexual assault cases
  • Attendance at multi-disciplinary review committee
  • Home visits with public health nurses (PHN) for pediatric residents 

Other learning opportunities include structured teaching cases and peer review. Additional opportunities may include: meeting with other professionals involved in child welfare and court proceedings, other combined rounds or teleconference sessions, and community multi-agency meetings. 

If residents have an interest in pursuing research in child protection, or have an idea for a research project, they are encouraged to discuss it with one of the child and youth protection pediatricians.

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