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Keeping hormones in check

In Dalhousie’s Division of Endocrinology, you’ll find a range of activities focusing on helping children with diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis and other diseases relating to endocrinology.

Clinical activities

Our clinical work is well supported by an excellent endocrine and diabetes team made up of nurses, a dietician, a social worker and administrative assistants. Together, we have the expertise required to support our families by providing:

  • comprehensive diagnoses
  • treatment
  • education
  • 24-hour support to the families followed in the clinic

Since about 25 per cent of our patients are on insulin pumps, we offer an insulin pump program for children of all ages with Type 1 diabetes. We also provide group education workshops for patients and families with diabetes—an offering that helps us meet our goal of providing families with the tools they need to manage their own diabetes.

Our endocrinology service is an active outpatient service providing a wide variety of services including:

  • long-term care of malignancy survivors
  • the supervision of Maritime patients with growth hormone deficiency
  • support of the neonatal TSH screening program

We also receive a rising number of osteoporosis assessment referrals.

Teaching activities

Undergraduate training: All of our division members actively participate in undergraduate medical education in:

  • the Med 2 Skin, Glands and Blood unit
  • an ongoing lecture series for Med 2 and 3 related to diabetes and growth
  • as preceptors for the pediatrics unit for Med 2 students

Our endocrine service provides a popular elective experience for both Dalhousie and visiting students.

Residency training: We participate in postgraduate education for:

  • pediatric residents
  • adult endocrinology residents
  • reproductive endocrinology residents

Not only do our members lead various sessions within the academic half-day for the pediatric residents, they’re also involved in the regular didactic sessions for adult endocrinology residents. We also hold weekly pediatric endocrinology journal clubs for residents and staff.

Research interests

In collaboration with local and national organizations, we’re able to work on a variety of research areas, but our most active area is in diabetes prevention and management. International collaborations include the Trial to Reduce IDDM in the Genetically at Risk (TRIGR) and TRIALNET diabetes prevention studies. National collaborations include a randomized controlled trial of Piaglitazone used in the care of adolescents with Type 1 diabetes.

Healthy eating and lifestyles team

Our division is involved in the IWK Health Centre’s Healthy Eating and Active Lifestyles Team, a group of health professionals working to decrease childhood obesity and to promote healthy lifestyles and eating habits in children and families. These initiatives range from advocating for healthy food choices in the hospital cafeteria to offering public lectures.

Our people

We’re proud of our innovative team. Members include:

Contact info

Email: mary.hill@iwk.nshealth.ca
Phone: 902-470-6955 and 902-470-8707

Division of Pediatric Endocrinology

PO Box 9700
University Avenue

Halifax, NS  B3K 6R8