Pediatric Respirology


  1. To increase the students knowledge of disorders of the respiratory tract in infants and children particularly asthma, cystic fibrosis, brochopulmonary dysplasia, and sleep-disordered breathing, and to familiarize the student with the treatment of these conditions
  2. To enhance the students understanding of the age-related changes in respiratory physiology in infants and children;
  3. To familiarize the student with methods of assessing pulmonary function in children.
  4. To enhance the students comfort interpreting chest radiographs and CT scans


Respiratory disease is the most common source of illness in infants and children, as well as the most common cause of hospitalization.  Exposure to pediatric respiratory diseases will take place on the in-patient consultation service, as well as the Chest, Cystic Fibrosis, and Sleep Clinics.  An emphasis will be placed on the commonest chronic pediatric respiratory disorders asthma, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, cystic fibrosis, and obstructive sleep apnea.  The student will spend time in the Pediatric Pulmonary Function Lab, where he/she will gain an understanding of the physiologic bases of pulmonary function testing, and learn to perform and interpret pulmonary function tests.

Suggested references:

  1. West JB, Respiratory Physiology the Essentials;
  2. Panitch, HB. Pediatric Pulmonology, The Requisites in Pediatrics, Elsevier, 2005
LOCATION: Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
DURATION:  2-4 weeks
AVAILABLE FOR: All medical students, priority given to clinical clerks
PREREQUISITE: Core Pediatric rotation (for 3rd and 4th year students)
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