Residency Program

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Looking for a well-respected pediatric residency program offering plenty of hands-on experience? Dalhousie’s Department of Pediatrics offers a strong program in partnership with Halifax’s IWK Health Centre.

Our competitive, four-year program attracts residents from across the country. Each year, we accept four to six first-year residents through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS), and we usually accept one or two international medical graduates as well.

We fully launched Competence by Design (CBD) in July 2021. Residents must finish all 4 stages of pediatrics before moving to subspecialty training unless the individual subspecialty program can guarantee that they can provide the experience and evaluation to complete the remaining EPAs and required training experiences. For most residents this will take 4 years and by the time you’re done, you’ll be eligible to take the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Certification Examinations. This is a national change, not specific to Dalhousie.  

Program Goals

All our residents will receive training to develop a strong foundation in core pediatric knowledge and skill. In addition, we will facilitate trainees to reach their individual learning and career goals.

We will continue to teach the skills to be successful in scholarly work and community advocacy, and coach and support residents to remain enthusiastic in continuing pursuing these important areas during their future careers.

We place emphasis on communication skills and team work and select residents with these attributes. Additionally, we provide opportunities to practice and hone these skills further.

We will encourage our residents to look after themselves and each other and will support them in extracurricular activities and self-care. We will support our residents in their transition to the roles and responsibilities of residency, and later to independent practice.


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