Endocrinology

Fellowship Program
Hannah Geddie

Message from Program Director, Hannah Geddie

The Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program at McMaster University, accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, provides advanced training in clinical care, research, and education in the field of pediatric endocrinology. The fellowship program offers numerous possibilities for highly qualified and motivated candidates.

Overview

Program Overview
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Our faculty are the heart of the program. Subspecialty pediatric endocrinology training is a priority for our faculty who make themselves readily available for consultation and mentorship. They possess a wide range of expertise and encourage a culture of collaboration, consistent with the Department of Pediatrics. The academic division of pediatric endocrinology includes six pediatric endocrinologists with various interests including clinical education, as well as education, clinical, and basic science research.

Certification Outcome
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This fellowship program is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Entry Requirements 
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We are seeking candidates who have a keen interest in pediatric endocrinology and who have demonstrated a strong work ethic.

Application Deadline
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Application details and deadlines can be found on the McMaster Postgraduate Medical Education website at the link below.

Postgraduate Medical Education
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McMaster Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) provides an environment where learners can develop the skills to become expert physicians and leaders in health care.

Education

Length of Training
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The length of training is two years.

Curriculum Highlights
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During the program, trainees receive a well-rounded endocrine education while encountering a broad range of general endocrine disorders in multiple weekly general endocrine clinics. In addition to this they participate in clinics related to:

  • Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
  • Diabetes transition from adolescent to adult care
  • Bone and calcium metabolism
  • Disorders of sex development
  • Obesity management
  • Survivors of childhood cancer
  • Gender diversity
  • Camp Huronda (for children with Type 1 diabetes)
  • A Type 2 diabetes outreach clinic in northern Ontario
  • A supervised weekly resident continuity clinic

Clinical

Overview
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Our trainees play an important role in the care provided at McMaster Children's Hospital, an academic health sciences centre dedicated to children and adolescents. The hospital serves a population of 2.3 million people in south central Ontario and the surrounding communities, exposing our subspecialty residents and fellows to a diverse spectrum of endocrine disorders thus allowing them to gain valuable clinical experience.

Hospital Site
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McMaster Children's Hospital

Research

Overview
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Throughout the first year, trainees have research half-days during their clinic rotations. This protected time provides opportunities to brainstorm ideas, meet with supervisors, prepare proposals, and submit Research Ethics Board applications.  

In the second year, two to three months (or more) of research time  is scheduled. Time is dependent on the project, trainee objectives, career trajectory, and influenced by discussions with the program director and research advisor.  

To build foundations of scholarship, all first-year trainees attend the evidence-based medicine course for subspecialty pediatric residents. Throughout the course, trainees design and present a research project and receive feedback on their study design. To support understanding and acquisition of basic QI methodology, all residents attend the annual QI co-learning workshop.   

Within the first three months, and at regular intervals throughout the program, trainees meet with the program’s research coordinator, Katherine Morrison, to explore their research goals and potential projects. Morrison is a full-time clinician-scientist and associate chair of research in the Department of Pediatrics. Trainees are supported through faculty supervision and mentorship, and access to specialty courses or graduate programs (i.e., Master of Health Research Methodology, Master of Education, etc.).   

Financial assistance of $1,000 annually, per trainee, is available to support the cost of relevant courses. Additional grants are available through the Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University, and through government and private granting agencies.  

If the trainee chooses to stay for a third year of training to pursue research, they can apply for salary support through the Canadian Pediatric Endocrine Group, or through the Department of Pediatrics' supplemental subspecialty fellowship year.  

Contact Us

We invite you to learn more about the Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program and the opportunities that are available at McMaster University. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.



Key Contacts
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Rochelle Deacur

Administrative Assistant

deacurr@mcmaster.ca

Staff
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Rochelle Deacur

Administrative Assistant

deacurr@mcmaster.ca

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