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Subspecialty Training Programs

The Department of Pediatrics offers the following accredited and non-accredited subspecialty training programs.

Accredited Subspecialty Training Programs:

Note: The programs listed below are only available to Residents starting their subspecialty fellowship in their R4 training year.


The Pediatric Allergy/Immunology Subspecialty Training Program is integrated with the Adult Medicine Allergy/Immunology Program. Click here for more information about the integrated program.

Developmental Pediatrics

Developmental Pediatrics offers a 2-year Royal College accredited Subspecialty Residency (Fellowship) training program providing an excellent opportunity for cross-discipline exposure in Developmental Pediatrics, Neurology and Psychiatry. The program provides involvement with a wide range of clinical problems including assessment of children with motor and physical disabilities, emotional and behavioural problems, pervasive developmental disorders, communication disorders, neuromuscular disorders, learning problems, acquired brain injuries and sensory impairments.

The goal of the program is to train Developmental Pediatric Specialists with expertise in child development spanning from birth to adolescence. In addition to providing developmental pediatric consultation the subspecialty resident will also participate in a number of multi-disciplinary clinics. This will allow the resident to participate as a medical consultant in these clinics and in the multi-disciplinary discussions and feedback process to families. The opportunity to attend regional Outreach Clinics in Timmins, Brantford, St Catharine’s and Guelph, Ontario will allow the resident to participate in community-based assessments. The program seeks applicants who are enthusiastic about child development and rehabilitation.

Click here for further information about the Developmental Pediatric Subspecialty Training Program.



Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program is now accredited at McMaster University! Under the direction of Dr. Ereny Bassilious, the Program provides highly valued trainees with advanced training in clinical medicine, research and education in the field of pediatric endocrinology.  

Our trainees play an important role in the care provided at McMaster Children’s Hospital, an academic health science center dedicated exclusively to children and adolescents. The hospital serves a population of 2.3 million people from 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.

Our faculty are the heart of the program. They possess a wide range of expertise and encourage a culture of collaboration found throughout the Department of Pediatrics. The academic division of pediatric endocrinology includes six pediatric endocrinologists with various interests including clinical education, education research, basic science research, bone and calcium metabolism, obesity management, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and disorders of sex development. Subspecialty pediatric Endocrinology training is a priority for our faculty who are always available for consultation and mentorship.

The fellowship program offers numerous possibilities for highly qualified, motivated candidates, and I invite you to learn more about the Pediatric Endocirnology Training Program and the opportunities that are available here at McMaster University

Critical Care

The Michael G. DeGroote Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is a 12-bed unit that functions as a referral centre for the regions of Waterloo-Wellington and Hamilton-Niagara-Haldimand-Brant, serving a community of 2.2 million people. The unit is a general medical/surgical critical care centre that cares for a wide range of complex, rapidly changing medical, surgical and traumatic disorders occurring in pediatric patients aged 17 and under, excluding premature newborns. 

The McMaster PCCU provides the residents with exposure to a wide variety of medical-surgical patient cases in a closed ICU setting. In this environment, residents have the opportunity to function as junior staff in regards to patient management, supervision and teaching of junior trainees, and administrative decision making (bed management). The Program incorporates 4 blocks of clinical elective time for residents to gain further training and experience according to their individual interests and needs.

The Pediatric Critical Care Unit at McMaster Children’s Hospital has been recognized as an outstanding learning environment by both the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Medical Education Programs at McMaster University and as such, more than 50 trainees of various levels of training rotate through the PCCU on an annual basis. Consistently, individual teaching faculty and the learning environment as a whole have received excellent evaluations from trainees and a number of the PCCU faculty have been formally recognized with teaching awards.

A robust academic Division of Pediatric Critical Care with 7 pediatric intensivists with various areas of interest and expertise including clinical education, information technology, health care and hospital administration, bioethics, palliative care, basic science and health research methodology. Residents will be provided with excellent teaching around research methodology and critical appraisal, with 3 of the faculty members formally trained in this area. Residents at McMaster also benefit from the close professional relationships within the Department of Pediatrics and the formal teaching opportunities and teaching faculty associated with the various pediatric subspecialty training programs at McMaster University.


A two-year program is offered giving a breadth of exposure to Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Transplant, Motility and Nutrition. There is an excellent balance with inpatient and outpatient care and residents have ample opportunity to gain competence in endoscopy, including level 1 and 2 type procedures. A continuity clinic is set up in the second year, allowing residents to see consultations and follow-ups with arms-length supervision by staff. Residents are welcome to become more involved in the Pediatric resident education rounds, especially in the second year. The focus of the program is on graded responsibility and learning to balance ward, outpatient, endoscopy, teaching, and research responsibilities in order to be ready for practice as an academic or community pediatric gastroenterologist. Click here for more information.


The goal of the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology training program is to ensure that the specialists have the competence to consult for and treat children and adolescents with cancer of any organ or non-malignant disorders of the blood and blood-forming tissues. Click here for more information.


The Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Program is designed to meet the needs of a variety of individuals. For those committed to a career in academic neonatology, we offer a 2 - 3 year program that combines clinical and research training. This program is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and satisfies the requirements for subspecialty training in neonatal-perinatal medicine of the American Board of Pediatrics. The Program is also suitable for individuals who wish to complete 1 or 2 years of neonatal training prior to general pediatric/Level II nursery practice or for those with previous neonatal training in other centres who wish to broaden their experience. The Program is flexible to meet individual objectives. Click here for more information.


In addition to a five year residency training program, the Division of Pediatric Neurology also offers a three year Royal College accredited Fellowship training program. Trainees enter this stream after having completed at least three years of residency training in General Pediatrics. By the end of the additional three years of training in Pediatric Neurology, the trainee will be expected to complete the Royal College Licensing Exam.

Our program begins with a 3 month training period in basic neuroanatomy and neuroscience.  The trainee will then be exposed to a variety of rotations including four 12-week blocks in pediatric neurology, two 12-week blocks in adult neurology, as well as formal blocks in neurophysiology, neuromuscular diseases and developmental pediatrics. Elective time is also available each year.

The McMaster Pediatric Neurology program strives to encourage a life-style friendly learning environment and train pediatric neurologists who are able to practice in a wide variety of clinical and academic settings. Click here for further information about the Pediatric Neurology Subspecialty Training Program.

Non-Accredited Subspecialty Training Programs

General Pediatrics

McMaster's General Pediatric Fellowship Program offers additional training in preperation for a careen in general and academic pediatrics. Althought not an accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, it offers a one or two-year program to achieve fellow's goals and objectives. Please click here for more information on the fellowship and how you can apply.

You may also contact the following for more information:

We look forward to hearing from you!

Pediatric Complex Care

The McMaster University Medical Centre’s Pediatric Complex Care Fellowship offers qualified candidates an exciting and challenging learning opportunity at one of the world’s leading research hospitals. The Complex Care Team puts a high priority on education and quality assurance in a diverse pediatric care environment. The cornerstone of the Fellowship experience is a weekly teaching curriculum that is fully integrated with the clinical experience. Please click here for more information on the fellowship.

Program Contact Information:

*Dr. Ramsay MacNay, Program Director:

*Kim Fitzhenry, Pediatric Complex Care Fellowship Program, Administrative Assistant:

*Sharon Ciraolo, Program Administrator, Postgraduate Medical Education Program:

Clinical Fellowship Program

The Department of Paediatrics, McMaster University is offering Departmental Fellowships for excellent candidates seeking additional clinical training in paediatrics. 

This fellowship will be comprised of rotations in a variety of different pediatric services, which might include Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Level II Nursery, General Pediatric Wards, Hematology/Oncology, and possibly other specialty services. 

The program will be largely based at McMaster’s Children’s Hospital, which is an academic health science center dedicated exclusively to children and adolescents.

Departmental Clinical Fellows will be appointed for a one to two year term with negotiable starting dates, as follows:

  • All clinical fellowship appointments are for additional or “top-up” training; the training is not recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Successful candidates who complete their clinical fellowship will be provided a certificate from McMaster University, Department of Pediatrics outlining their scope and length of clinical training.

  • The fellowship will have goals and objectives and fellows will have comprehensive evaluations at regular intervals throughout their training.

  • Appointments will be competitive and will be chosen based on the candidate’s qualifications and the quality of the candidate’s previous training. NICU, PICU and call experience essential.

  • Each Fellow will be required to provide clinical services according to PAIRO guidelines consisting of not more than 7 (seven) in house calls in 28 days, including 2 weekend days out of 8 weekend days, over a 28 day period. When rotating in Pediatric Emergency, the fellow will be required to work up to a 60 hour work week and receive at least 2 weekends completely off, in a 28 day period. The fellow will be working at a PGY3 and PGY4 level.

  • Fellows must be prepared to work in any area compatible with their skills and needs of the Department (major needs include: Pediatric Emergency, Level II Nursery, General Pediatric Wards).

  • Educational and Research opportunities will be provided.

  • Candidates must have their own funding and this funding must be competitive to salary rates within Ontario (reference PAIRO salary scale).

  • Candidates will be required to provide their own malpractice insurance coverage through Canadian Medical Protective Association

Applications are now open for this position.

Interested applicants should send their completed McMaster application form, Curriculum vitae, 3 letters of reference and a letter outlining their area of clinical interest to:

Dr. Christina Grant
c/o Giulia Spadafora (
Chair of Education
Department of Pediatrics, HSC-3A
McMaster Children’s Hospital
1200 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario
L8N 3Z5

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