Developmental Paediatrics

The academic division of Developmental Paediatrics is situated at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. The division consists of full time academic clinicians as well as a community section of developmental paediatricians.  The main clinical focus of the division is on childhood neuro-developmental and neuro-rehabilitation disorders.   Children with complex developmental disorders have neurologically-based problems that impact in a multifaceted way on the development of the child. These children present with delays in their language, social, learning or motor development and have complex developmental needs. Diagnoses commonly include acquired brain injury, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, developmental disabilities, developmental impairment, neuromuscular disorders, and spina bifida. 

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Under the leadership of Dr. Angela Orsino as program director, the fully accredited subspecialty residency program in Developmental Paediatrics is the largest in Canada. This program received full accreditation from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2007. In 2009, Developmental Paediatrics transitioned to a discipline with certification by examination. There is a strong commitment to education in the division of Developmental Paediatrics.


The objectives of the University of Toronto program are to provide trainees with expertise in diagnosing, managing and supporting children with a wide range of congenital or acquired disorders affecting development and behaviour and understanding their individual trajectories. Many of our graduates have taken up academic positions in Developmental Paediatrics, both nationally and internationally.

There is also a commitment to training paediatric, physiatry, and neurology residents and medical students in applied childhood disability. Holland Bloorview has recently created a Teaching and Learning Institute with a focus on interdisciplinary education and simulation.

Training Sites

  • The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Holland Bloorview 

Research Experience

The academic division members are involved in applied clinical research in Childhood Disability studies with much of this work centred at the Bloorview Research Institute under the leadership of Professor Tom Chau. Division members lead and contribute actively to four main areas of focus: autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy neuromuscular disorders and acquired brain injury.


Evaluation of the subspecialty residents and clinical fellows is through a comprehensive range of assessments including end of rotation In-Training Evaluation Reports (ITERs), work-based assessments, SAQ in-training examination, STACERS, evaluation of research progress, and evaluation of the SSR as a teacher.

Elective Opportunities

Approximately 200 Canadian and foreign elective students are accommodated in the Department of Paediatrics each year.

University of Toronto Medical Students

Electives are an integral part of the curriculum for the University of Toronto fourth-year medical students. The 15-week elective course occurs between September and December of the fourth year. Students complete a minimum of 13 weeks of electives. The electives program provides students with the opportunity to explore career possibilities, to gain experience in aspects of medicine beyond the core curriculum, and to study subjects in greater depth. Knowledge, skills, and attitudes are further developed in a clinical context selected by students. Fourth-year University of Toronto students can apply for SickKids electives via ROUTE on MedSIS.

Visiting Medical Students

For those students from other Canadian or International medical schools, all visiting elective applications must be processed and approved by the Electives Office, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Toronto.  Information regarding elective procedures and the online application is available at AFMC Student Portal under University of Toronto.

Electives for visiting students are available only for those students who would be registered in their penultimate or final year of medical school at the time when the elective would take place. The student should have completed their core/basic paediatric training.

At the University of Toronto, the minimum period for an elective is two weeks and the maximum period for an elective is four weeks.

Detailed information on visiting elective placement opportunities and administrative procedures is available here. 

For more information, please contact:

Canadian and United States Visiting Electives Coordinator
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Phone: 416-978-2691

International Visiting Electives Coordinator
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Phone: 416-978-1831

Observership Opportunities

Opportunities for international learners exist to complete observerships. For further information, please contact:

LJ Sands

Executive Administrator

416-425-6220 ext 3512



Training Program Director

Dr. Angela Orsino

Phone: 416-425-6220 ext. 3586


LJ Sands

Executive Administrator

416-425-6220 ext 3512