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Pediatric Residents Train at Soldiers’

1/21/2008 12:00:00 AM

All general pediatricians who are training at Sick Children’s Hospital, will now spend one full month of their residency at Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital in Orillia.


The unique partnership ensures that the the residents will get intensive training in a community setting outside of the Greater Toronto Area.


“This is a huge endorsement of our pediatric teaching program and I think a real benefit for the residents as well. It allows them to learn in a truly consulting practice and exposes them to a community practice,” says Soldiers’ Chief of Pediatrics, Dr. Michelle Gordon. “It is a huge step for the University of Toronto to send residents out into the ‘northern’ community.” 


Already, many Sick Kids residents choose to spend a portion of their training time at Soldiers’, but this program will formalize that requirement for all residents in their fourth year.


Soldiers’ Memorial has an active pediatric unit with close to 900 admissions each year. It offers specialized care for the Simcoe/Muskoka/Parry Sound regions. Five community hospitals refer pediatric patients to Soldiers’. Soldiers’ team includes five pediatricians, nurses, rehabilitation and respiratory therapists and other health care professionals.


In addition to the hospital’s pediatric inpatient unit there are outpatient programs in diabetes and asthma education, neo-natal followup and other specialized clinics. Soldiers’ regional pediatric oncology program is  the only one between Toronto and Sudbury that provides chemotherapy and other needed cancer care to children. Soldiers’ pediatricians also travel to provide visiting clinics at other hospitals  from Parry Sound to Collingwood.


***In addition to pediatrics, Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital is a busy training site for many other future physicians. In the past two years more than 100 students and residents, including many future family physicians, trained at Soldiers’ for periods ranging from one week to a full year. Statistics from the Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP) show more future doctors trained at Soldiers’ than at any other hospital in Simcoe County.



For more information please contact:


Sharon Burkhart, Director, Public Affairs

Tel: (705) 327-9179

Email: sburkhart@osmh.on.ca

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