Enhanced Skills Program: Adolescent Medicine

The Adolescent Health Enhanced Skills Program is a 6 month Postgraduate family Medicine based program designed to: 

  • Develop clinical expertise in adolescent health
  • Advance knowledge and skills that enable graduates to perform appropriate health research/ scholarship
  • Foster leadership and advocacy in adolescent health
  • Produce exemplary teachers and role models in adolescent health

This clinical program is based out of multiple hospital sites and community clinics and encourages trainees to examine adolescent health through multiple lenses including biological, socio-political and economic, culture/race/ethnicity and other social determinants of health.

Program Director: Dr. Patricia Windrim

Length of Program: Six Months (26 Weeks) - Full Time

This program may be combined with the Low Risk Obstetrics or other 6-month Enhanced Skills Program. Applications must be submitted separately to all programs.

Program and Application Eligibility

Applicant must be a Canadian citizen. Applicant must be currently enrolled as a PGY2 in a Canadian family medicine residency at the time of application or be a Canadian family physician in clinical practice with Ministry of Health re-entry funding.

For funding eligibility, please see the main Enhanced Skills Program Admissions page.

Curriculum Competencies

The Adolescent Health Residency Program adheres to CanMEDS-FM goals and objectives to achieve the following competencies:

  • Medical Expert
  • Communicator
  • Collaborator
  • Leader
  • Scholar
  • Health Advocate
  • Professional

  For complete details, please read goals and objectives.

Sample Rotation

There are four (4) mandatory core rotations:

  • Reproductive and Sexual Health in Youth 
  • Care of Vulnerable and Street-Involved Youth
  • Adolescent Pediatric Care 
  • Mental Health and Adolescent Psychiatry 

These core rotations may be done longitudinally.

In addition it is strongly recommended that candidates continue a Family Medicine longitudinal, one half-day per week clinical experience during the program.

Remaining elective rotations may include a wide variety of options, some examples include:

  • LGBTQ+ Health
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • School Clinics
  • Student Health Clinics
  • Eating Disorders
  • Global Health
  • Indigenous Health

Unique Program Requirements

Trainees will have teaching and program development responsibilities as part of the completion of their program.