Training Programs

Undergraduate Training Opportunities 

Pediatric Nephrology undergraduate electives prepare students to know the presenting signs and symptoms of common renal diseases in children, including investigation and management. 

First and second-year students observe the nephrology service in both the ambulatory and inpatient locations including hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and renal transplantation. 

Third and fourth-year students join the nephrology team in the management of renal problems in children in the ambulatory, renal replacement therapy and inpatient services. Students also participate in ward and teaching rounds as well as generally assist the nephrology resident.

Training opportunities also include:

  • A two-week rotation for R3 level clerkship selective medical students
  • Participation in weekly clinic schedule
  • Attending teaching rounds offered throughout the rotation

Postgraduate Training Program

The Pediatric Nephrology Residency and Fellowship Program is a two-year, fully accredited Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada training program. The program prepares eligible candidates for a career in either clinical or research-oriented pediatric nephrology. If a clinical track is chosen, the usual training period is two years. Three years, or more, of training is preferable for a career in research.

The first year is devoted primarily to clinical experience for the trainee to acquire appropriate clinical skills and related basic scientific knowledge. The second year includes various elective months with the goal of also consolidating and finishing a research project. The third year is reserved for a research endeavour.

Throughout the program, tutorials are provided in basic science as well as comprehensive reviews of various pediatric nephrology topics. There is dedicated teaching time on Wednesday afternoons. The resident is expected to take part in critical reviews of the literature and present various topics at rounds and at journal clubs. There is also the opportunity for the resident to attend biopsy rounds and conjoint rounds with urology and radiology.

The program includes a mandatory rotation to the program at the University of Toronto for a one-month of transplant service.

See the full program details at Pediatric Nephrology Residency

Additional Postgraduate Training

Residents from the uOttawa Faculty of Medicine’s General Pediatrics Residency Program, and residents from other programs both within uOttawa and located at other universities, have the opportunity to undertake a rotation in pediatric nephrology at CHEO. The following elements are included:

  • Four-week rotation for R2, R3 or R4 level residents
  • Resident will be supervised by the pediatric nephrologists and pediatric nephrology resident
  • Both inpatient and outpatient care will be experienced. The rotating resident is the first call for consults in the Emergency Room and on the inpatient unit with responsibility for daily inpatient rounds
  • Rotation evaluation will take place at the end of the four weeks 

General Objectives of the Rotation

  • Establish an atmosphere of self-education and self-evaluation, as well as engender attitudes conducive to life-long learning
  • Familiarize the resident with the various factors which influence the maturation of renal function in the infant and child, and their various disturbances and clinical expressions
  • Familiarize the resident with appropriate clinical workup, including imaging techniques, for various renal disorders
  • Acquire expertise in the different modalities in therapeutics of renal disease (both acute and chronic) and the methods for maintenance of life after cessation of renal function
  • Develop skills in patient care rapport and empathy in dealing with families with acute and chronic illness
  • Acquire skills in self-education, presentations, record keeping and be able to evaluate critically the scientific literature
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