Next Generation

Building the Next Generation of Developmental
Pediatric Specialists

Dr. Jessica Lynch - Developmental Pediatrics Subspecialty Residency and Fellowship Program

At least 400,000 Canadian children live with disabilities. With more options for treatment than ever before, it’s imperative to ensure developmental pediatric specialists are equipped with the latest tools and training to address the complex needs of these youth.

To build capacity in healthcare, Holland Bloorview created a Developmental Pediatrics Subspecialty Residency and Fellowship Program in partnership with the University of Toronto. In this two-year accredited training program, residents and fellows gain expert insight into assessing and caring for children with autism, cerebral palsy, brain injury and other developmental disorders.

This is Canada’s next generation of developmental pediatricians, who can go on to practice not only in Toronto but across the globe, bringing with them newfound understanding of life with disability.

Dr. Jessica Lynch will be completing her fellowship in the summer of 2019. During her fellowship, Dr. Lynch rotates through such departments as the neuromotor, neuromuscular and autism clinics, working closely with therapists from those specialties. She’s excited to put into practice what she’s learned, and will soon start working at Holland Bloorview’s child development clinic.

“You really get to see from a whole perspective how one family is doing, how they are functioning, and what can we do to help make life better,” she says. “It’s been so impactful for me to have patients that I follow over two years and see how they’re doing in six months, see how the therapy has been going, and identify how goals are changing along the way.”

There is a special feeling at Holland Bloorview, says Dr. Lynch, who is pursuing a master’s degree in education in September 2019.

“I find here that people are so passionate about what they do and everyone wants to support clients and families and make sure they are functioning to the best of their abilities.”

 

 

“You really get to see from a whole perspective how one family is doing, how they are functioning, and what can we do to help make life better”

“You really get to see from a whole perspective how one family is doing, how they are functioning, and what can we do to help make life better”

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