Queen's University - Pediatrics - Kingston


Program Director

Dr. Kirk Leifso


Program Coordinator

Elizabeth King

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  • We are a smaller centre with no subspecialty training programs, so residents are first in line for learning experiences, working directly with the faculty. There are no fellows, with the exception of clinical fellows in the NICU.

  • The program is rewarding for mature learners who are proactive in identifying their own learning goals, excel in seeking out feedback and learning opportunities, and are great team players. Residents always note the excellent hands-on experiences with early, supported, responsibility in the NICU and Hematology-Oncology rotations.

  • Queen's has moved all post-graduate residency programs to competency-based. We have developed innovative tools for assessing CanMEDS competencies and facilitate competency-based assessment and training. See the Important Information section for details on Queen’s and competency-based medical education.

Program Curriculum

This residency program is for 4 years.

Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.

The pediatric residency training progresses over 4 years. The program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.

The Department of Pediatrics at Queen's includes departmental academic general pediatricians, community consultant pediatricians and academic subspecialists. Particular departmental strengths include general pediatrics, behavioural and developmental pediatrics, neonatology and genetics. Our philosophy is geared towards providing excellent training in general pediatric medicine for those planning a career in general pediatrics, in private, mixed or academic practice, or for those planning to pursue subspecialty training where a solid foundation in general pediatrics is a must.

The relatively small size of the program allows for a close and supportive working relationship among our trainees and faculty. Each resident is assured an exposure to a wide diversity and optimal number of patients by the program's size. The department's commitment towards the residency program is reflected not only in the provision of training environments with wide ranging clinical opportunities, but also in a comprehensive seminar program. Excellent hands-on and broad ranging clinical opportunities at Queen's are enhanced by subspecialty selective and core rotations at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, in Ottawa.

Our program is committed to providing each trainee with pediatric experiences individualized to his/her personal career goals. Residents, by the end of their training, have had the opportunity to develop the confidence and skills needed to practice general pediatrics expertly in any sized community.

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There are between 16-20 residents to approximately 23 full time faculty in our training program. For an overview of the training program by year, go to: Queen's Pediatrics Program Overview.

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— Non-medical reference letter. —

Who can write it?

This must be written by a non-physician from a non-clinical setting. The better someone knows you, the better the letter they will write for you. In the past, candidates have used prior work colleagues, prior teachers, religious leaders, and camp directors. We highly discourage letters from family members.

Why are you requesting this?

In an effort to get more information about that candidates and a better sense of candidate outside of medicine.

I don't have a non-medical letter. Will you still consider my file?

No. Only complete files will be considered for interview. If you do not have a non-medical reference letter, your file is not complete.

— Interviews —

How many candidates do you interview?

Typically 12-15 candidates for each position

Can I change my interview date?

There is an increasing interest in Pediatrics and we turn down qualified applicants for interviews each year. We will do our best to accommodate changes; however, as there are only certain number of slots per day to facilitate the interview process, changes can be quite difficult and are generally unlikely.