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Developmental Paediatrics Subspecialty Residency and Fellowship Program

The two-year residency or fellowship in Developmental Paediatrics is based in the interprofessional environment at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, an academic health science centre in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto.

The objective of the fellowship in Developmental Paediatrics is to train academic developmental paediatricians with in-depth expertise in child development and behaviour, both normal and abnormal, spanning the full age range from the prenatal period to late adolescence.

Trainees develop competence in the assessment, formulation and management of the full spectrum of neurodevelopmental disorders including conditions such as: cerebral palsy, intellectual developmental disorder learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorder, developmental effects of recurrent or chronic illness, behavioural, psychophysiological and social-emotional problems. Clinical training also emphasizes the longitudinal nature of these conditions and the importance of the ongoing relationship between the caregivers and the child and family.  The training also involves completion of a research project. 

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The sections below expand for details on the curriculum and application process, and our placements and programs.


The program is two years in length, and is usually entered after four years of approved paediatric residency training. Prospective applicants to the fellowship must be Canadian citizens or have landed immigrant status. The subspecialty program is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Applications are also considered from international medical graduates for the clinical fellowship program.

Application process

Interested applicants should apply 14-18 months in advance of requested onset of training. For further information regarding the Developmental Paediatrics Subspecialty Residency or Fellowship Program, please contact the program director, Dr. Angela Orsino at:

Educational opportunities at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital provides various opportunities for students at all levels. We offer a Summer Medical Student Scholarship Program where medical students interested in a career in developmental pediatrics or pediatric rehabilitation broaden their pediatric knowledge and skills by working with physicians and teams on the wards and in clinics.  Further information on this program and other educational opportunities are available via Holland Bloorview's Centralized Student Services and the University of Toronto undergraduate and postgraduate medical education websites. 

We also offer electives for Medical residents in child development and Developmental electives.

Contact the Division of Developmental Paediatrics


Dr. Anne Kawamura
Developmental Paediatrics Division Head

416-425-6220 x6137

Tima Nakhuda
Executive Assistant

416-425-6220 x 3586

Dr. Angela Orsino
Developmental Paediatrics Subspecialty Residency and Fellowship Program Director

416-425-6220 x 6134

LJ Sands
Developmental Paediatrics Program Administrator

416-425-6220 x 3512

Mailing address

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
150 Kilgour Road
Toronto, Ontario
M4G 1R8