Endocrinology

The Pediatric Endocrinology group at the Alberta Children’s Hospital is a multidisciplinary team providing complex care to infants, children and teenagers with endocrine disorders which include disorders of thyroid function, abnormalities in stature and puberty

Pediatric Residents participate in once core month of Pediatric Endocrinology, most commonly during the PGY2 Year of training. During that month they will have opportunities to consult and manage ward patients, perform detailed ambulatory clinic assessments and participate in multidisciplinary rounds and presentations. 

Shadowing opportunities for junior medical students

Please contact Pam White directly at  Pamela.White@ahs.ca to find out about available opportunities for shadowing

  1. Med 440 Electives

    • Please contact Pam White directly at Pamela.White@ahs.ca directly to arrange details of a potential elective. Do not contact physicians directly for this elective as schedule are challenging to coordinate unless done centrally by the program administrator.
    • Email should include the following:
      • Dates and times in which you are interested.
      • Note that many doctors only have clinics on certain half-days of the week. Therefore, a 440 elective may not be feasible if the desired dates and time do not coincide with that clinician’s clinics.
    • Once above done, contact Education Administrator with confirmation of preceptor agreement as soon as possible.  Education Administrator will assist student in fulfilling any hospital- based requirements prior to elective. See Resources for Education Contacts
  2. Clinical Clerks

    • Clinical Clerks will sometimes do one to two weeks of Pediatric Endocrinology training as part of the Pediatric Clerkship rotation.
    • Preparation for this short rotation should focus on basic Pediatric Clinical Skills such as interviewing, developmental assessments and good physical examination. Reviewing course 4 material related to Pediatric Endocrinology is encouraged.
  3. U of C Clerkship Electives

    • Please go on to OSLER and locate the elective catalogue for a description of the program and Instructions on how to proceed. Please contact elective@ucalgary.ca with any other questions you may have.
  4. Non U of C Clerkship Electives

    • Please review all of the criteria and guidelines for the University of Calgary described on the following link.
       http://www.ucalgary.ca/mdprogram/visitingelectives
    • If you meet the criteria, you may then contact Pam White at Pamela.White@ahs.ca  to determine if there is sufficient space to accommodate an additional learner. Once accepted you will need to proceed with the paperwork as described on the website listed above.

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  • Residents are accepted through the Canadian Subspecialty Match (Carms.ca)
  • In the first year of the program, the Resident can apply his/her skills in General Pediatrics while expanding their subspecialty knowledge and skills. This is accomplished through participation in the Endocrinology Inpatient Consultation Service, attendance at Outpatient Clinics at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and University of Calgary Health Sciences Centre and weekly participation in academic half-day activities. During the 1st year of the program, all Residents receive 2-3 months of formal training in Adult Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Calgary Health Sciences Centre and Foothills Provincial Hospital (also a fully approved Royal College accredited Residency Program). Early in the first year of the program, Residents participate in a 4-week Resident Research Course through which the Resident is introduced to the most important elements of clinical research in the health sciences. Residents are encouraged to conceptualize a clinical research or quality assurance project at this time for implementation during the 2nd year of the program. Residents are provided with one month of flexible elective time in each year of the program. All Residents are given the opportunity to exercise graded responsibility throughout the 2-year program with paid on-call responsibilities from home on a 1 in 4 basis. With the support of one or more members of the Division, each Resident has the opportunity to manage a longitudinal Resident Clinic one half-day per week. Additional responsibilities of Resident Clinic include screening letters of referral, prioritizing appointments, working with support staff in a multidisciplinary team approach (i.e. clerical, nursing, dietitian, etc), arranging appropriate investigation, treatment and follow-up appointments, and completion of shadow billing claims. This educational experience has become one of the most popular aspects of our training program.
  • The second year of the program is individualized to meet the specific needs and chosen career path of the Resident. For example, Residents with a clinical focus may choose to pursue additional clinical training in Pediatric Endocrinology. Residents with a more academic orientation may choose a program designed to develop skills in clinical or basic science research. Still others may elect to pursue more rigorous training in the form of a graduate degree offered through the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Calgary.

Multiple members of our team are involved in research ranging from basic science to epidemiology to multicentre trials. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Pamela.White@ahs.ca and she will direct your inquiry to an appropriate preceptor.

Program Director
Dr. Rebecca Perry

Program Administrator
Ms. Pamela White