Training Programs

Undergraduate Training Opportunities

Respirology is an integral component of pediatrics. The majority of pediatric admissions, even if not directly due to respiratory illness, have a significant respiratory component leading to their admission. Respirology is covered during pre-clerkship training.

Drs. Tom Kovesi and Joe Reisman both contribute to the undergraduate teaching of respiratory disorders, with problem-based learning as a core component of the curriculum. Dr. Kovesi leads the undergraduate respirology curriculum.

Pediatric Respirology is covered to a degree during the pediatric rotations, with many students spending time in the respiratory medicine clinics, learning the spectrum of respiratory disorders seen as outpatients. As Respirology admits its patients to the general medicine wards, the clerks will also see the spectrum of respiratory disorders leading to hospitalization during their inpatient rotations. This will also provide the trainees exposure to teaching on the pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of the common respiratory (and rare) disorders in children.

Elective rotations through Respirology are also available as a subspecialty selective during undergraduate training.

Postgraduate Training Program

Respirology currently has no subspecialty or certified training programs.  

Additional Postgraduate Training

Respirology currently has no subspecialty training program. Members of the Division of Respirology do, however, provide postgraduate training to interested trainees, both as an integral part of the General Pediatric Residency training as well as to interested applicants as part of their available electives. Specific areas covered during these rotations include, but are not limited to:

  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Asthma
  • Physiology of respiration (mechanics, control of breathing, hypoxemia and hypercapnoea)
  • Sleep medicine, both respiratory (sleep disordered breathing) and non-respiratory (neurobehahavioural such as insomnia, as well as parasomnias)
  • Rare pulmonary disorder (such as interstial lung disease)
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • Pulmonary function testing

Interested trainees can apply for electives in general respiratory medicine, during which all of the above areas will be covered in some degree, or in specific areas, such as sleep medicine, where more comprehensive training will be provided.

Additionally, one or two division members typically contribute to the pediatric grand rounds every year on specific areas within Respirology that are worth reviewing in depth.

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