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Pediatric Infectious Disease

Welcome to the Pediatric Infectious Disease Residency Program at the University of Alberta.

 

Large Catchment Area: Referral Base of More Than 1.7 Million

High acuity, complex quaternary care at a world class facility: Stollery Children’s Hospital has 150 pediatric beds, 24 PICU beds, 18 NICU beds. 

 

Nationally and Internationally Recognized Faculty

 

 

A Pediatric “Hospital Within a Hospital”

Residents work closely and benefit from joint scholarly and educational activities with adult ID and medical microbiology trainees.

 


Interview/CaRMS Specific Information 

You will meet with the Program Director, the Divisional Director, the current trainee, and a number of our teaching faculty. Interviews may be conducted with individual faculty members or with a panel of two or more faculty members. These interviews will seek further details on your application, your career aspirations, your motivation for seeking a position at the Stollery Children's Hospital, as well as your communication skills. We will also try to incorporate a virtual tour of the Stollery Children’s Hospital with our current trainee. We will provide time for you to ask questions and interact online with our current trainee and members of our division

After review of the submitted application dossier, candidates will be selected and invited for an interview. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, interviews in 2021 will be conducted virtually. Although this is different in style from previous years, the advantage is that travel to the Stollery Hospital site will not be necessary. Interviews will be conducted using the Zoom platform.

Contact Us

Pediatric Infectious Disease Residency Program
Department of  Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases,
University of Alberta
Email: pedsid@ualberta.ca
Phone: 780-248-5531

Dr. Michael Hawkes
Program Director, Pediatric Infectious Disease
Email: mthawkes@ualberta.ca

Ms. Denise Biziaev  
Program Administrator
Email:  pedsid@ualberta.ca
Phone: 780-248-5531 


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Dr. Michael Hawkes
Program Director

Welcome to Our Program

Welcome to the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Program!

Our friendly program at the University of Alberta is the perfect home for training in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Our faculty are committed teachers with great breadth and depth of ID knowledge and experience. Our patients are complex, providing great experience managing infections in patients with critical illness, solid organ transplantation, and post-cardiac surgery. Scholarly activities abound. 

Together with our education team, including our Program Administrator, faculty members, and PGME office, we maintain a standard of excellence in clinical teaching, and exposure.

Dr. Michael Hawkes
Program Director

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Ms. Denise Biziaev
Program Administrator

Working collaboratively with your Program Director, Divisional Faculty Members and the Department's Education Team, I provide administrative support to the program during your subspecialty training. I strive to achieve the highest standards for our training program and am the first point of contact for anything program related, so do not hesitate to share feedback along your journey with us.

Ms. Denise Biziaev
Program Administrator


Our Program

We are a fully accredited program that follows the guidelines set out by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. At the end of your two year training, you will have the foundational knowledge and skills to launch your career as a Pediatric Infectious Diseases consultant.

Program Highlights

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Trainees in our program receive daily teaching from the faculty when they are on the clinical service.

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There is an excellent working relationship with the microbiology and the adult infectious diseases physicians.

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Trainees from all three programs have many joint formal teaching sessions and a weekly journal club.

The Provincial Lab of Northern Alberta is located in our hospital, and physicians from the hospital attend our weekly Infectious Diseases rounds and often provide valuable input.

We have a close relationship with community medicine physicians.

We educate the residents in all the steps involved in designing and completing a research project.


Stollery Science Lab Distinguished Researcher Michael Hawkes

Stollery Science Lab Distinguished Researcher, and Program Director, Michael Hawkes discusses his child health project. Hawkes' work is funded by the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and its donors.


Residency at a Glance

Infectious Disease services are primarily provided as inpatient consultations (general pediatrics, PICU, NICU) at the Stollery Children’s with a smaller number of patients seen at one weekly outpatient clinic. Residents spend a minimum of 11 blocks on this service. While on service, the ID residents either see inpatients initially on their own, review them with another trainee prior to them being presented to the staff physician, and/or participate as the other trainee presents them to the staff physician, such that they can learn from every inpatient on which we are consulted.

At the end of this time, it is expected residents will have become familiar with the common presentations, investigations and management of pediatric infections. They will also know how to assess and investigate patients with less common presentations, and will know how to efficiently retrieve and utilize data concerning all pediatric infectious diseases.

For their last 3 blocks, residents function in the role of Junior Consultant and should function almost independently.


Teaching Hospitals

The primary training sites for the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Training Program are at the Stollery Children’s Hospital and University of Alberta Hospital. Other sites include the Royal Alexandra Hospital and Dynalife Laboratory.

 


Resident Testimonials

We asked our residents what they like about Edmonton, their highlights of the program, and one piece of advice for applicants about the interview process. Here is what a few of them had to say.

 

Dolores Resident

What do you like about Edmonton: Cost of living is affordable, beautiful landscape, transportation is good, there is always something interesting to do despite the season. Above all, Edmontonians are what I treasure the most, they're welcoming, joyful and warm-hearted.

What are the highlights of the program for you: Connection with many other pediatric subspecialties and being exposed to many interesting aspects of ID: HIV from Northern Alberta program, working close with TB and STI clinic, Cardiovascular surgery program, Solid organ transplant, PICU care. While enjoying all these, the opportunity to be led in each step of the way by experts in several ID fields - vaccines, tropical medicine, immunology to mention a few- with a solid research background.

What is one piece of advice that you want to share with applicants about the interview process: Share what your interests are and tell your story. I am sure that in order to be here you have worked really hard (hard work leads to great stories)! This will let each other know how the program will help you in building a strong career path.

Dr. Dolores Freire Jijon (Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil)

 

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What do you like about Edmonton:  When not in the middle of a pandemic or heat wave, Edmonton summers are beautiful (not too obscenely hot or humid) and full of festivals, both for food and music. There are great restaurants as well so feel free to ask me for suggestions. If you're athletic and like mountains, they are just a car ride away for hiking in the summer or skiing/snowboarding in the winter. If you're less athletic and/or enjoy Nordic spas (like myself), that is also definitely an option!

What are the highlights of the program for you: The Peds ID staff are really welcoming and supportive, with expertise in a wide range of fields. The Stollery Children's Hospital is an amazing centre with extensive transplant and cardiac surgery capabilities and a huge catchment area, so there's no shortage of interesting cases.

What is one piece of advice that you want to share with applicants about the interview process: A little cliché but I would say to just be yourself! You'll get great training wherever you go but you want to make sure you and the program are a good match for each other.

Dr. Estelle Morin (McGill, Montreal)