General and Community Pediatrics

Resident Mohamed El-kalla and Dr. Lola Baydala at the Maskwacis Pediatric Clinic

A new outreach clinic provides learners with a better understanding of Aboriginal culture. Pictured are Mohammed El-Kalla (l), a general pediatrics residency program trainee, and Lola Baydala (r) an associate professor in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics and a University of Alberta Community Scholar award recipient. Click the photo to learn more about the clinic.

The Division of General Pediatrics consists of a strong community of pediatricians involved in providing teaching to medical students and pediatric residents, as well as providing primary and consultative care for children. Many provide outreach services to rural communities and urban, non-hospital children’s services.

In addition to private pediatric practices, there are five regional clinic sites offering additional multidisciplinary programs.

The Edmonton Oilers Pediatric Ambulatory Clinic

The Edmonton Oilers Pediatric Ambulatory Clinic at the Stollery Children’s Hospital is a teaching clinic that concentrates on the chronic and complex medical needs of children and provides medical care for children and adolescents up to the age of sixteen with acute and/or chronic medical problems. Pediatricians, medical students, pediatric residents, nurses, dieticians and social workers at the clinic provide consultation services to other physicians, as well as information and support for parents. Development of a program for adolescent services is currently underway.

The Child Health Ambulatory Clinic

The Child Health Ambulatory Clinic at the Royal Alexandra Hospital is a general pediatric clinic; however, it has recently been expanded to include services in international and special needs adoption, foster care assessments and support of medical needs for children in foster care, asthma education, nutrition, breastfeeding and pediatric urology.

The Child Health Clinic

The Child Health Clinic at the Misericordia Community Hospital is a teaching clinic that has established a national reputation for its community pediatric programs. These include a pediatric environmental health specialty unit, asthma education, breastfeeding, behavior assessment, obesity and enuresis clinics. Working closely with acute care centres, the Child Health Clinic's multidisciplinary team helps children make the transition back into the community.

Grey Nuns Community Hospital

The Grey Nuns Community Hospital, like other facilities, relies on the support of community general pediatricians in caring for newborn babies, both in the case room and in the hospital nurseries. These pediatricians provide support for approximately 6000 newborns as well as clinics in support of breastfeeding, general pediatrics, assessment of gastrointestinal diseases, sleep disorders, level 2 community pediatric asthma clinics and neurodevelopment and mental health services in an ambulatory setting.

Outreach learning opportunities are available in smaller centres in Northern Alberta.