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Welcome to the Residents Section homepage! The Residents Section makes up nearly a quarter of the CPS membership, making residents integral members of CPS. Our residents are active in advocacy and professional development, particularly during the CPS Annual Conference.

Who We Are

The Residents Section, founded in 1990, provides a network for those in paediatric training. Read more..

Resident Advocacy

Your Residents Section is developing a database to promote trainee-led advocacy projects happening across Canada.

Who We Are

The Residents Section, founded in 1990, provides a network for those in paediatric training. The section makes up nearly a quarter of CPS membership and represents 94% of all paediatric residents in Canada. It provides a forum for residents to develop ideas and discuss issues related to the training and education of Canadian paediatric residents. The section is active in areas such as advocacy and professional development, particularly during the CPS Annual Conference.

Residents are the future of paediatrics and are integral members of the CPS. The section has representation on the CPS Board of Directors and a representative from each paediatric program in Canada is appointed to the section executive committee to act as a liaison between residents and the CPS. 

All first year residents receive complimentary CPS membership from July, when they begin their residency, until December 31 of the following year.

Welcome from the Section President

Dear paediatric residents and medical students, 

Welcome to the official Resident’s section webpage! My name is Nikki Fischer and I am very excited to serve as the president of the resident’s section for 2017/2018. Along with Amelia Kellar who is the section’s vice president we have lots of exciting goals for this year.  

But first a little bit about me – I recently moved to Toronto to start my fellowship in developmental pediatrics after completing the first three years of my pediatrics residency in Calgary. I definitely miss the Calgary mountains but I love trying all the new amazing restaurants in Toronto.

As a Section, our main goal is to promote the health of children and youth through education and advocacy. Along with this, my role includes advocating for all Canadian paediatric residents at the CPS and promoting initiatives which serve the needs of residents.  This year we plan to continue the new resident advocacy projects and I look forward to hearing about the successes of your amazing projects occurring across the country.  We also aim to run some educational sessions about how to develop advocacy skills at the local level. Our goals over the next few years will be to focus on:

  • child and youth advocacy
  • career counseling for residents and medical students
  • educational initiatives and exam preparation
  • preparation for medical practice
  • resident wellness

I hope to meet many of you as I can this year (maybe over google hangout!) and see you all in person at the annual conference in Quebec City.

À bientôt

CPS Residents' Section President, 2017-2018

A letter to my younger colleagues

“A letter to my younger colleagues” is a series of essays written by selected senior Canadian paediatricians, who were named as outstanding mentors by a prominent group of their younger peers. We hope you enjoy and treasure the rich pearls of wisdom that each author offers, based on a lifetime of professional practice and personal reflections.

The essays are posted on the CPS website in the language of submission.

Archived articles

A letter to my younger colleagues - Archives

Resident Advocacy Initiatives

 National Resident Advocacy Day is an initiative of the CPS Residents Section and is supported by the Healthy Generations Foundation. This initiative aims to give residents hands-on experience in the CanMEDS role of health advocate and to raise awareness about critical children and youth health issues. Paediatric residency programs across Canada participate by organizing resident education and community awareness activities.

Advocacy is recognized as one of the key components of medical education, as outlined in CanMEDs. To support this the Residents Section started the National Resident Advocacy Project to give residents hands-on experience in the Health Advocate role and to raise awareness about critical children and youth health issues. 

The Section has also created a web page to highlight trainee-led advocacy projects happening across Canada. This allows for easier access and sharing of information and resources amongst residents and medical students. If you have been involved in a project, make sure to add it to our database.

Through the Paediatric Resident Advocacy Grant, Healthy Generations offers up to $10,000 to support paediatric residents in developing, planning and implementing a community-based research or advocacy project in child and youth health. 

Several CPS sections offer grants ranging from $500 to $1,000 to residents to promote research and paediatric and international electives. Health Generations also

Many CPS sections offer grants to There are also many grants for residents through  CPS and Health

Visit CPS Advocacy Centre for current public policy issues, factsheets and toolkits.

CPS Resident Advocacy Project

Local advocacy for local needs

The Canadian Paediatric Society welcomes and values resident participation in all our advocacy initiatives.  Thanks to your feedback, the Residents’ Section is embarking on a new advocacy initiative in 2016. This project, which replaces the National Residency Advocacy Week, takes a more longitudinal approach to big issues, with the aim of facilitating involvement and ensuring a more fulfilling advocacy experience for our youngest-- and probably our busiest-- members.

Led by resident representatives and based on either a provincial/territorial issue identified in the CPS status report or a specific community need, your project can be life-changing for children and youth where you live and work.

Are We Doing Enough?
The CPS status report is a great starting point for resident advocacy. It is timely, location-specific, charts tangible outcomes and aligns with CPS priorities.

Project objectives

  • To identify, advocate for and help to meet specific health needs for children and youth in tangible ways, where residents live and work.
  • To build residents’ awareness around lobbying procedures and their skills as advocates, with focus on the provincial/territorial level.
  • To inspire, collaborate with and support resident advocates on issues they choose.
  • To submit a poster at the CPS annual conference marking the end of your project.
  • To involve residents in ongoing, longer term CPS advocacy initiatives.

Who’s involved?
While CPS resident representatives must lead and facilitate each initiative, all residents are welcome to participate, across programs or provincial/territorial boundaries, as needed.

We can help!  
Your section executive and CPS staff will help with resources and links to individuals with expertise on your issue. Find key information at the CPS Advocacy Centre and by reading related position statements

What is considered a ‘deliverable’? A deliverable is a tangible product or service produced that is intended towards achieving the goal(s) of the project.

A few examples: Documents produced for community or provincial/territorial leaders, surveys to assess need or impact, summaries of your meetings with a local MP, MPP or city councilor, or of discussions with hospital boards or administrators, and educational initiatives in a local school or hospital, etc.

A yearly report of project progress and achievement is a prerequisite for CPS funding to attend the annual conference.

Timeline and deadlines

  • Consider projects with a 2- to 3-year timeline, to align with your own term as a resident representative, or target a problem that can be solved within 1 year. It’s up to you!
  • January 15: Submit project intent form.
  • May 1: Submit progress report and achievements to date—a requirement for funding to attend the CPS annual conference.
  • February following year: Submit poster for the annual conference

Here’s a sample project
Off-road vehicle safety legislation is a focus issue in the status report.
Possible advocacy projects could include:

  • Collecting injury rates from off-road vehicles for your hospital for children and youth, and taking this summary to your local MP as a spur to better legislation.
  • Conducting a local survey on current patient/parent knowledge of off-road vehicle safety and developing an educational initiative to raise awareness.
  • Approach ATV manufacturers about improving specific safety standards.

For more information

We welcome your comments and questions. Please contact:

Nikki Fischer, Residents’ Section President

Amelia Kellar, Residents’ Section Vice President

Resident advocacy projects

Your Residents Section is developing a database to promote trainee-led advocacy projects happening across Canada. This database will allow for easier access and sharing of information and resources amongst residents and medical students. Please click here to complete the form outlining the details of your advocacy project.

Maskwacis Pediatric Outreach Clinic (M-POC)

The M-POC is an initiative of paediatric residents at the University of Alberta. The project’s main focus is to provide increased access to paediatric care and to promote child health and disease prevention in the Maskwacis Four Nations region of Alberta. Key components of the project include a weekly Maskwacis paediatric outreach clinic at the Maskwacis Health Centre, conducting community based participatory research, and conducting focus groups to establish the health needs of the population and to develop strategies to improve child health outcomes.  This project is the recipient of the 2014 Resident Advocacy Grant.


Sick Kids Paediatric Resident Advocacy Committee

This internal committee of paediatric residents from the University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children is dedicated to health promotion and community engagement. The committee’s projects are all resident initiated.  Current projects include: school outreach programs where health and wellness curriculum are taught to students by residents; a parent night group that organizes community sessions where parents can learn about common paediatric topics; the Pediatric Outreach Program (POP), a monthly paediatric clinic for children without health care, including refugees, returning Canadians and immigrants; and a government advocacy group that is focused on improving safety legislation of ATV use for children and youth.


RHALY project (Residents for Healthy Active Living in Youth)

RHALY is an advocacy project initiated by the paediatric residents at The Montreal Children's Hospital of the McGill University Health Center. The project’s goal is to increase awareness of childhood obesity and to promote healthy active living. Ultimately, residents aim to help children maintain healthy weight by increasing physical activity, eating better and developing healthy sleep habits.

Social Determinants of Health Amazing Race!
Every year, the Alberta Children's Hospital | University of Calgary fall resident retreat has an afternoon reserved for team building. This year, the residents held an “amazing race” based on the social determinants of health (Oct 8-9, 2015). Residents were divided into teams and asked to complete a number of tasks around the city of Calgary. Their challenges included: filling out an Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) form, making a monthly budget based on real-life assistance from AISH, completing a pre-screen interview for subsidized childcare, and buying infant formula on a budget…all while travelling either on foot or by bus. No data plans allowed either! This dynamic team-building event brought residents together from across the years and asked them to confront social challenges that many of our families face every day. We worked closely with the social workers at the Calgary Urban Project (CUPS), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping families and individuals overcome poverty, in order to make the event as authentic as possible. We finished the race at a downtown park with a picnic and debrief about what we experienced.

CUPS Brain Development Talks

The Brain Development Talks are a collaboration between the resident community and the social workers at the Calgary Urban Projects (CUPS) to better serve our city’s most vulnerable families. CUPS is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping families and individuals overcome poverty through different services across the city of Calgary. One of their services is the Nurturing Parent Program, a family-centered initiative designed to build nurturing parenting skills. Families and parents to be can be referred to the Nurturuing Parent Pogram in a variety of ways, for example through their caseworker, from the hospital, or by their primary care physician. We created a 90-minute interactive resident-facilitated session for the early childhood brain development chapter within the Nurturing Parent Program. The project is now in its second year, and it has evolved from a volunteer-based advocacy project to a core component of the Social Pediatrics rotation for third year Pediatrics residents. We deliver the talks approximately 4 to 5 times a year. The same curriculum has also been taught to the CUPS social workers so it can be brought into the homes of CUPS clients when the social workers do home visits. The feedback from the community has been extremely positive. The parents appreciate the opportunity to talk to residents and ask them questions in an informal and familiar setting. From the residents’ perspective, this has been a particularly meaningful and rewarding experience given the opportunity to connect with parents in an intimate setting


MIRACLES (Médecins Impliqués dans la Réalisation d’Activités Communautaires pour Les Enfants de Sherbrooke)

Récemment, la population immigrante de Sherbrooke s’est considérablement accrue. Dans le cadre des préparatifs liés à l’accueil des familles syriennes, de nombreux besoins en matière de santé et sécurité ont été mis en lumière, à la fois pour les familles québécoises et immigrantes de faible statut socio-économique. L’objectif de MIRACLES est de s’impliquer auprès des familles sherbrookoises en situation de vulnérabilité via des initiatives visant à favoriser le développement optimal et le bien-être des enfants. C’est une occasion pour les résidents de pédiatrie de devenir des acteurs de changement auprès des populations souvent en marge du système de santé traditionnel. Chapeauté par une pédiatre impliquée dans sa communauté (Docteure Geneviève Beaulieu), MIRACLES s’associe avec des acteurs locaux, tels que travailleurs sociaux et le Service d’Aide aux Néo-Canadiens, pour cibler les populations vulnérables et créer des activités adaptées à leurs besoins. Jusqu’à présent, des ateliers d’information destinés aux familles immigrantes ont été mis en place pour favoriser la santé des enfants, l’intégration des nouveaux arrivants et l’accessibilité aux ressources mdicales. En décembre dernier, nous avons ainsi échangé avec une dizaine de familles africaines nouvellement immigrées sur les précautions à prendre pour se protéger du froid en hiver, la prise en charge des symptômes du rhume ainsi que la prise adéquate de la température avec un thermomètre. Toutes ces notions étaient inspirées de la section «Soins de nos enfants» du site de la Société canadienne de pédiatrie. En collaboration avec deux travailleurs sociaux, les activités se sont déroulées aux locaux d’intervention de quartier, véritables points d’ancrage pour les nouveaux arrivants, mais également pour d’autres populations vulnérables à proximité. Dans les prochains mois, nous travaillerons à la création d’ateliers traitant d’autres sujets prioritaires comme la nutrition et la sécurité la maison. D’autres formes d’activités prendront également forme, telles que l’accompagnement des travailleurs de rue auprès d’adolescents démunis, la sensibilisation dans les parcs au port du casque de vélo et la mise en place de boîtes d’échange de livres dans les quartiers défavorisés. Afin d’assurer la pérennité de MIRACLES, nous voulons intégrer ce projet au curriculum de la résidence en pédiatrie de notre université pour que les pédiatres en formation soient sensibilisés à l’engagement social. Les défis à venir seront de poursuivre les activités entreprises, de s’ajuster aux besoins changeants de la population, d’établir de nouveaux partenariats et de trouver des sources de financement pour mener à bien les futurs projets.

Type-1-Diabetes in Schools: Working Towards a Provincial Policy

The Canadian Paediatric Society’s biennial status report Are We Doing Enough? evaluates public policies affecting children and youth in Canada.  In the recent release of the report, Alberta was rated as ‘poor’ when it comes to managing type 1 diabetes at school, but pediatric residents, from the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary, want to change that.   Working with Diabetes Canada and the Canadian Paediatric Society, residents are advocating to the provincial Minister of Education and their local MLAs, calling for a mandatory provincial standard of care for students with type 1 diabetes by January 2018.  

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Last updated: Mar 12 2018