What we do
Our Services are offered in Saskatoon, along with numerous traveling clinics that are conducted regularly at sites throughout the province. We are dedicated to providing exemplary health care for children, ensuring excellence in training of future pediatrics health care providers, undertaking meritorious research and advocating for the health and well-being of children and youth.
Department Head's Message
As we prepare to move into a new Children's Hospital, it is important that we develop a strategic plan in order to achieve excellence in our clinical and academic missions.
In a joint and shared vision, the Department of Pediatrics is striving to improve the health of children in the best family-centered environment, while focusing on training the next generation of pediatricians and creating groundbreaking research.
Laurentiu Givelichian, MD, FRCPC
Professor and Head, Department of Pediatrics
College of Medicine
University of Saskatchewan
Royal University Hospital
Divisions and Services
These patient care handouts have been peer-reviewed by the division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and serve as helpful guides to common pediatric complaints.
- Ankle Sprain
- Febrile Seizure
- Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
- Head Injury
- Pediatric Migraine
- Strains & Sprains
- Vomiting & Diarrhea
Members of the Division of General/Community Pediatrics are based in the Saskatoon Health Region and provide consultative services to pediatric patients from across the province.
The Division members staff two clinical teaching units on Acute Care Pediatrics, Royal University Hospital. Members provide outpaitent consultative services at the Pediatric Outpatient Department, Royal University Hospital and the Saskatoon Pediatric Consultants' office.
Specialized multi-disciplinary clinics are available for children and youth with cleft lip and palate, cystic fibrosis, complex pain and eating disorders.
Saskatoon Pediatric Consultants Members
- Dr. C. Krochak, Division Head
- Dr. E. Woods
Central & Northern Saskatchewan Cleft Lip & Palate Clinic (CNSCP)
Cleft lip and palate clinics are held once a month (except February, July and August) in the Audiology Department, Ellis Hall and the Pediatric Outpatient Department at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon.
Medical Director/Pediatrician: Dr. M. Garner
Clerical Assistant: Donna McLean
Nurse Coordinator: Kathy Nelson
Speech Language Pathology: Alissa Steckler (feeding)/Sheila Hosain (speech)
Audiologist: Charlotte Douglas
ENT or Otolaryngologist: Dr. N. Shoman
Plastic Surgeon: Dr. A. Card
Genetics: Dr. E. Lemire
Dentist: Dr. A. Koneru
Oral Surgeon: Dr. D. Lanigan
Canadian Pediatric Chronic ITP Registry
Chronic ITP Database
Passwords are required with the final site database. Access can be obtained by clicking the following link. Once a username and password has been inputted, registered users may log into their reporting centre.
Please contact Dr. Kaiser Ali via email or telephone 306-655-2744 for details.
- To provide a forum to discuss group data as equal partners with other National/International ITP Registries.
- To update management practices of childhood ITP through collaboration.
- To promote education and awareness of chronic ITP.
Purpose of the Registry
1.1 To study the natural history of chronic ITP based on
- age groups
- clinical features
- platelet count at diagnosis
1.2 To assess bleeding manifestations and analyses of their responses to therapies (possible identification of “outliers” with common response to a particular type of treatment, e.g., IVIG, or of unusual responses)
1.3 To examine the initial response to therapy (within first 6 months) as a possible predictor of response to future treatments
1.4 To develop guidelines for management of chronic ITP
1.5 To review splenectomised patients to detect common features that may be predictive of outcome
2.1 To assess the impact of disease on quality of life
2.2 To research the role of Helicobacter pylori
2.3 To transition into, and examine commonalities with, adult chronic ITP
To enable & facilitate clinical trials, e.g. innovative therapies
PublicationsBelletrutti M, Ali K, Barnard D, Blanchette V, Chan A, David M, Luke B, Price V, Ritchie B, Wu J. Chronic Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura in Children: A Survey of the Canadian Experience and Review of the Literature. Submitted for publication May 2005.
Members of the Canadian Pediatric Chronic ITP Working Group
- Kaiser Ali, MBBS (Chair)
- Dorothy Barnard, MD
- Mark Belletrutti, MD
- Victor Blanchette, MD
- Anthony Chan, MD
- Michèle David, MD
- Brian Luke, MD
- Gregg Parchomchuk, B.A (Hons), B.Comm
- Bruce Ritchie, MD
- John Wu, MD
Canadian Pediatric Chronic ITP Working Group
Kaiser Ali, MBBS (Chair)
University of Saskatchewan
20 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 4H4
- Janet Lucas, MS, CCGC, CGC
- Melanie Paterson, MSc, CCGC, CGC
- Candice Jackel-Cram, MSc, Phd, CCGC
- Lacey Benoit, MS, CCGC, CGC
- Tara Scriver, MS, CCGC, CGC
Genetic Services in Saskatchewan
Below is some information on Genetic Services in Saskatchewan in PDF format.
- Our Services
- Pediatric Services
- Reproductive Services
- Adult Genetic Services
- Cancer Genetic Service
- Medical Genetics Referral Form
- FAQs for Physicians
- FAQs for Patients
Royal University Hospital serves as the tertiary referral centre in obstetrics and neonatology for central and northern Saskatchewan, and cares for approximately 12,000 births per year. The Neonative Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is located at the Royal University Hospital along with all pediatric subspecialties and general pediatrics. The NICU has 29 beds as well as an 8 bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)--the only one in the province.
The Division of neonatology includes four GFT neonatologists, one intensivist, research staff, staff dedicated to neonatal transport and neonatal follow-up, as well as administrative personnel. The faculty demonstrates an unusually strong commitment to the education of residents as well as to a rapidly expanding research program. The research interests of the neonatologists are diverse but with particular concentration in the area of clinical care, randomized control trials, and basic science. Research activity is enhanced by laboratory space dedicated to neonatology in Royal University Hospital.
Neonatal Intensive Care Continuity Program
- Dr. N. Wonko, Director
- Dr. L. Givelichian
Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Residency Training Program
- Dr. L. Givelichian
- Multi-centered, Multinational randomized Control Trials
- RSV Risk Factors in Neonates of All Gestational Ages
- Prevention of RSV Infection in Congential Heart Defects
- Surfactant Research
- Evidence-based medical Research on Clinical Practice for Quality Improvement
The Pediatric Pulmonary Division at Royal University Hospital provides comprehensive and coordinated healthcare to manage respiratory health concers for the children of Saskatchewan.
Our service deals with diagnosis and management of most brathing disorders including obstructive airways disorders like asthma or cystic fibrosis, sleeping disorders, premature lung disorders, and congential airway anomalies. We provide the services of a full pulmonary function lab, sleep monitoring, sweat testing, immune/allergy testing, and examination of the airway with flexible bronchoscopy.
Our Cystic Fibrosis clinic supports more than 40 children and their families. Our physicians and nurses work with a multidisciplinary team of Respiratory Therapy, Physiotherapy, Dietary and Social Work. This team manages the intense, complex medical needs and education of these brave children.
Our Division strongly supports education and research. Dr. Darryl Adamko, Division Head, is an Associate Professor and Clinician Scientist within the University of Saskatchewan. We have a dedicated staff of nurses and respiratory therapists to help children and their familes understand and manage their illness. This includes asthma educators, certified through the Lung Association of Saskatchewan Resp Trec-Respiratory Training and Educator course.
No service is able to function optimally without administrative support. The Pediatric Pulmonary Division is fortunate to have exceptional administrative support to assist our patients and families, and ensure the smooth and efficient management of our clinic.
Referral to our Pulmonary Clinic, or request for Pulmonary Function testing, can be requested by a family physician or pediatrican. Referrals can be faxed to 306-844-1531.
Request for Asthma Education by a Certified Asthma Educator does not require a physician referral. Requests may be directed to:
- Crystal Spehar, RN at 306-655-2265
- Elizabeth Ochitwa, RT at 306-655-2850
The Department of Pediatrics is committed to developing programs that provide the highest standards of education for undergraduate and postgraduate healthcare trainees, as well as for practicing physicians and affiliated pediatric healthcare providers.
Educational programming is provided by members of the Department of Pediatrics in the following categories:
- Undergraduate Medical Students (Clinical Sciences)
- Final Year Medical Students - Junior Undergraduate Rotating Students Interns (JURSIs)
- Pediatric Residents and Residents from other medical disciplines
- Community Physicians and Nurses through Continuing Medical and Nursing Education Programs
Please contact us if you would like further information about the educational programming that we offer. In order to send you more information, be sure to provide the following:
- mailing address
- telephone number
- fax number (if applicable)
Thank you for your interest in the Department of Pediatrics Educational Programming.
Our Pediatric Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) program is designed to be fun, interesting, challenging and to prepare you with the professional attitudes and skills that will benefit you throughout your career - no matter what area of medicine you choose to practice in.
Our program is structured around two principal parts of your curriculum:
- the Professional Skills program
- the Clinical Clerkship program
We offer body system oriented didactic and small group session instruction to medical students in their pre-clinical years. Final year medical students (JURSIs) rotate through in-patient and out-patient services during a 6-week rotation.
Professional Skills II
Professional Skills II builds on professional and clinical skills acquired in Phase A to allow students to become increasingly proficient at establishing diagnoses and planning therapeutic interventions. Because of the degree of student / patient interaction during this course, the values and attitudes pertaining to the physician/patient relationship will also be stressed.
- Demonstrate how to obtain a patient-centered pediatric history including focused questions that would assist in differentiating etiologies (Medical Expert; Communicator)Demonstrate a complete pediatric physical examination (Medical Expert)
- Synthesize the information, using data gathered from the history and physical examination, into an assessment of the presenting problem, including the most likely diagnosis and a differential diagnosis (Medical Expert, Communicator)
- Develop a management plan appropriate for the patient (Medical Expert)
- Orally present the case, including history, physical examination, diagnosis and management plan, to the team (Medical Expert, Communicator)
- Compile a written case report (Medical Expert, Communicator)
- Collaborate effectively with peer group and the health care team (Collaborator)
- Demonstrate appropriate professionalism skills including respect for patients and health team personnel, timeliness, dress, honesty, appropriate boundaries, responsibility, integrity and confidentiality (Collaborator, Professional)
The objectives will be achieved using the clinical learning methods listed below:
- Interaction with patients and pediatricians in clinics and on wards
- Histories and physical examinations on patients (inpatients / outpatients)
- Case presentations on histories and physical examinations
- Participation in small group discussions with regards to:
- differential diagnosis formulation with respect to system or symptom based complaints
- generation of appropriate initial investigations with respect to system or symptom based complaints
- Verification of physical findings at the bedside in small groups
Duration: 6 weeks
Call: 1 in 4
Vacation/Leave: 5 working days and either the weekend before OR the weekend after; cannot be during the last week of the rotation
By the end of the rotation, students will be expected to:
- Demonstrate competency (perform an appropriate history and physical examination, synthesize data to arrive at a differential diagnosis, use relevant diagnostic tests, participate in patient care) in the management and treatment of patients with the following conditions (Expert, Communicator, Manager):
- Respiratory symptom - cough, wheeze, stridor
- Heart murmur
- Fluid and electrolyte abnormalities
- Head and neck symptom - otalgia, pharyngitis
- GI symptom - vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea
- Acute CNS symptom - altered level of consciousness, seizures, meningitis
- Acute respiratory distress
- Child with a chronic illness
- Identify and practice elements of anticipatory guidance for patients in the following age categories (Expert, Communicator):
- School age/adolescent
- Describe the elements of well child care, including (Expert, Communicator):
- Stages of normal development
- Nutritional issues including appropriate diet and sequencing of infant nutrition
- Recognize and provide theclinical conditions in a patient that result in a differential diagnosis, microbial etiology where related, and provide an initial treatment/management plan when possible, for the following (Expert, Communicator):
- Failure to thrive
- Isolated motor/language/social delay
- Gross developmental delay
- CNS headache
- GU (UTI)
- Osteomyelitis and septic arthritis
- Demonstrate competency in the following procedures and skills (Expert):
- Interpret a chest radiograph
- Interpret a complete set of vital signs
- Perform a complete newborn examination
- Perform an assessment of hydration status
- Plot and interpret a growth curve
- Discuss advantages and disadvantages of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment modalities based upon the patient's context and issues (Expert, Communicator)
- Identify the elements of informed consent (Expert, Communicator)
- Maintain clear, accurate, and appropriate records of clinical encounters (Expert, Communicator)
- Communicate in a language easily understood by patients and family members (Communicator)
- Demonstrate an awareness of cultural and socio-economic issues that impact patient and population health (Expert, Communicator, Professional)
- Demonstrate an understanding of and practice evidence-based medicine (Expert, Scholar, Communicator)
- Identify and appropriately use resources to improve knowledge base (Scholar)
- Demonstrate insight into one's own limitations and methods to improve (Professional, Scholar)
- Demonstrate application of an ethical framework in the clinical decision-making process, including patient confidentiality, privacy and autonomy (Expert, Communicator, Professional)
- Participate with a team of allied health professionals, respecting individual roles, in the care and treatment of a patient (Collaborator, Communicator)
- Demonstrate appropriate professionalism skills including respect for patients and health team personnel, honesty, integrity, altruism, appropriate boundaries, responsibility, timeliness, and striving for personal balance (Prefessional)
- Practice the art of comforting patients and alleviating suffering (Communicator, Professional)
- Promptly identify emergency situations and respond appropriately (Expert)
Aims of the Course
This course is designed to give the fourth year students instruction in providing care for the pediatric and adolescent patient and to enable the student to recognize the need for referral, when necessary.
The instructional methods used include: informal bedside teaching, formal lectures, outpatient teaching, experience in doctors’ offices, experience in special clinics, participation in various academic rounds, and taking part in patient care activities under supervision. This will be supplemented by individual reading about important topics in the pediatric core material. While on the wards, students are expected to take responsibility, under supervision, of the day-to-day care of their assigned patients.
The instructional objectives of the rotation include general pediatric objectives with regard to knowledge, skills and attitudes, and specific objectives related to particular topics and organ systems.
The student will develop clinical skills which include: interviewing the parent and the patient, the taking of a complete history, the performance of a proper physical examination, and the completion of medical records in approved style. The student will also be taught to communicate these facts to other members of the health team at the bedside, during seminar hours, or in the classroom and will be taught to correlate the information obtained into a problem list and make appropriate plans for managing them.
The student will be made aware of the value and application of specialized help from other health personnel and community resources. He/she will be encouraged to make use of the reference library, textbooks, journals, tapes and other resources dealing with clinical pediatrics.
Students are expected to read around their cases and to expand their general pediatric knowledge by independent learning to supplement academic half-day, JURSI seminars and clinical teaching.
STRUCTURE OF THE ROTATION
- Four-week rotation on one of two pediatric inpatient units (Orange, Purple) at Royal University Hospital
- Two weeks in Pediatric Outpatient Clinics attending general and subspecialist pediatric clinics as well as Pediatric Emergency shifts and one day in the NICU. Subspecialist pediatric clinics include those that are on-site at the Royal University Hospital, as well as Social Pediatrics and Developmental Pediatrics Clinics. Social Pediatrics are run out of school-based clinics. Developmental Pediatrics clinics are based at the Kinsmen Children’s Centre.
The Department of Pediatrics offers funding for 4 years within our core General Pediatric Residency program.
Residents may choose to do 3 core years, and then go on to pursue a fellowship at an institution elsewhere; or stay on to complete their 4th year at the University of Saskatchewan. The Pediatric Residency Program is fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
The Department offers accredited subspecialty fellowship training in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Neurology.
Core Pediatric Residency Program:
The program endeavours to ensure that residents, upon completion of their training, are well equipped to provide comprehensive Pediatric care to all patients – from consultative Pediatric services to management of the critically ill patient.
- We have 26-28 residents within our program
- Most of the Pediatric subspecialties are represented. For those that are currently not offered, residents may do an away selective in each of years 2-4, in addition to their elective time
- Our Social Pediatrics division provides trainees with the opportunity to learn about access to care through school-based clinics
- Dynamic growing Pediatric Faculty dedicated to teaching
- Childrens Hospital of Saskatchewan is underway
Objectives for the Pediatric Training Program:
- During the 3 or 4 years of training, residents gain competency through comprehensive exposure to a diverse Pediatric population.
- At completion of their training, residents are expected to demonstrate competency to practice as a General Pediatric Consultant.
- Residents must have met the requirements in all of the 7 CanMEDs Roles.
- Residents must demonstrate professionalism; have good communication skills; understand and demonstrate how to collaboratively work within a health care team; advocate for patients and families at various levels; demonstrate the ability to be a self-directed learner.
Knowledge and skills acquired include:
- Recognition of normal/variations in normal growth and development of infants, children and youth
- Recognition and management of a wide range of Pediatric problems and diagnoses; both common presentations of common problems/uncommon presentations of common problems
- Recognition and management of the acutely ill child
- Resuscitation of the sick newborn
- Critical appraisal, research methodology and application of evidence-based medicine
- Teaching and supervisory skills
Royal University Hospital - Acute Care, subspecialty training
Alvin Buckwold Child Development Center- Developmental Pediatrics
General Pediatric Consultant Practice
Pediatric School-Based Clinics - Social Pediatrics
Junior Ward Consultant Pediatrics/Child Maltreatment - Pediatric Teaching Unit
Wascana Rehabilitation Center - Developmental Pediatrics
PGME Program director: Dr. Maryam Mehtar
PGME Co-director: Dr. Ayisha Kurji
PGME Program Administrative assistants: Colleen Sopatyk
Patient and Family Advisory Council
The Patient and Family Advisory Council is chaired by Mrs. Brielle Lepp and works closely with the Department Head of Pediatrics, Dr. Laurence Givelichian. The Council strives to make positive changes by cultivating respectful empowering partnerships between patients, families, leadership and staff. It advocates for changes that enhance the delivery of high quality compassionate patient and family centred care.
• Promote improved relationships between patients, family and staff.
• Provide input into policy and program development, implementation and evaluation.
• Participate in the development and planning of new facilities and facility renovations.
• Channel information, ideas, needs and concerns of patients and families to hospital administration and staff.
• Review issues referred to the council and provide feedback.
• Help to develop or review informational materials for patients or families.
• Participate in education regarding Patient and Family Centered Care throughout the organization.
• Function as a liaison for patients and families serving in a variety of advisory roles.
Guiding Principles, Values, and Philosophy
• Our overriding guiding principles are those at the foundation of patient and family-centred care: respect participation, information-sharing and collaboration.
• The PFAC will act in congruence with the MCHS Strategic Plan and the SHR Strategic Plan and values: respect, compassion, excellence, stewardship and collaboration.
• The Council will use collaborative dialogue and decision making processes that balance and respect the knowledge and expertise of the patients/families and the care providers.
• SHR will encourage participation of physicians and other members of the multidisciplinary care team in activities of the Council.
• The Council's role is to deal with comprehensive range of issues and ideas regarding family-centred care. While stories of personal or individual experiences with MCHS are welcome as examples, the role of the Council is not to be a support group or to resolve individual issues or concerns.
• The Council values diversity and promotes understanding and sensitivity towards diverse cultural and lifestyle practices and beliefs.
SPRING, the Saskatchewan Pediatric Research and Innovation Group, is a consortium comprising a diverse group of University of Saskatchewan researchers all of whom are engaged in child health research. This group is trans-disciplinary with representation from the Colleges of Medicine, Arts and Science, Veterinary Medicine, Agriculture, Kinesiology, Pharmacy and Nutrition, Nursing, and more.
The SPRING Administrative Office facilitates research within the Department of Pediatrics and aims to forge transdisciplinary collaborations. The SPRING Administrative Office is based in the Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan.
SPRING Vision and Mission
SPRING's vision is to improve the health and well-being of children now and into their long term futures through collaborative, visionary, translational research
To advance the intensity and productivity of Child Health Research in the Department of Pediatrics and the University of Saskatchewan by through multidisciplinary collaboration.
SPRING Services Offered Within the Department of Pediatrics
The primary role of the SPRING Administrative Office within the Department is to assist the faculty with administrative aspects of their research programs, to explore and facilitate transdisciplinary collaborations and to help to secure infrastructure and financial resources.
Development of Research Programs
SPRING invites researchers and trainees to discuss research interests with the office's administrative personnel. The office can help to define specific research questions, assess feasibility, find potential collaborators, and identify resources required to effectively address the research questions.
Identification of Funding Opportunities
We can search for and identify suitable funding options.
Formation and Editing of Grant Applications
Once an appropriate funding opportunity is identified, the SPRING office can assist preparing funding applications and to assist with the grant preparation process.
Submission of Grant Applications
Grant submission involves several administrative steps with which the SPRING office can assist including obtaining signatures, requesting and drafting Letters of Support, and delivering the grant package.
Development of Ethics Applications
We can assist in determining to which Research Ethics Board (REB) the application should be submitted and assist with completing and submitting ethics forms.
Our first meeting was held on September 19th, 2013. We had a great turnout and lots of interest in continuing to build the group's identity, form smaller working groups, and identifying potential funding opportunities.
Our second meeting and first workshop will take place on May 22, 2014. At this meeting we plan to identify common research themes within the group, and then break out into working groups based on these themes. The smaller groups can then begin to discuss potential projects and possibly funding opportunities as well.
The SPRING Office can offer researchers and trainees the services of a committed Research Director and Research Coordinator who share a well-defined vision of success.
Director of Pediatric Research Dr. Alan Rosenberg is a clinician (Rheumatology) and research scientist. Dr. Rosenberg has a very strong record of research productivity and is extremely dedicated to translating research findings into useful applications to improve the health of our children.
Research Coordinator Dr. Erin Prosser-Loose received her PhD in Nutrition in 2010 and completed Post-Doctoral training in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences in 2013. She has experience with grant applications, editing, ethics applications, and several other research-related administrative tasks.
The Children's Health Research Trust Fund exists to promote and facilitate the highest standards of scientific research, to ensure the long-term health and well-being of Saskatchewan children.
Please see below for details on the General Funding Pool, as well as the Special Funds relating to specific pediatric health care concerns.
For more information please contact:
The Children's Health Research Trust Fund
c/o Department of Pediatrics
Royal University Hospital
103 Hospital Drive
Saskatoon SK S7N 0W8 Canada
The Children's Health Research Trust Fund is generously supported by tax-deductible contributions from:
• Individual Donors
• Community Sponsored Fund-Raising Projects
Donate to The Children's Health Research Trust Fund
CHRTF Special Funds
The Children's Health Research Trust Fund manages the following Special Funds:
The Adolf Polisiuk Research Fund
The Adolf Polisiuk Research Fund particularly encourages the submission of research proposals relating to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, perinatal and neonatal medicine as well as studies for which obstetrical and pediatric collaboration is required.
The Idy Leonoff Research Fund
The Idy Leonoff Research Fund encourages submission of proposals relating to childhood cancer.
The Kiera Goertz Research Fund
The Kiera Goertz Research Fund promotes studies relating to the care and treatment of children with heart disease. The Fund particularly encourages applications from researchers representing any of the health care disciplines concerned with the welfare of children with heart disease and their families.
The Ludwig, Olga and Constance Kaye Research Fund
The Ludwig, Olga and Constance Kaye Research Fund exists to support and encourage research relating to the effects on children of infectious disease during their mother's pregnancy, particularly diseases which affect eyesight and/or hearing.
The Tamara Esther Avivi Research Fund
The Tamara Esther Avivi Research Fund was established to promote and facilitate research relating to improving the understanding, treatment and prevention of childhood asthma and allergic disorders.
The Richardson Research Fund
The Richardson Research Fund was established to promote research relating to neurologic disorders. In particular, the Fund encourages research relating to spinocerebellar degeneration and other forms of cerebellar ataxia. The Fund encourages research that contributes to new insights into these disorders that would lead to new therapies or cures.
Donate to the CHRTF, and indicate which special fund you wish to donate to in the Comments box.
On Thursday, March 24, 2016 the Department of Pediatrics will be hosting the Child Health Research Trainee Day.
Residents, graduate students, undergraduate students, and post-doctoral fellows from any University of Saskatchewan College, who are engaged in child health research are invited to take this opportunity to present their work.
Registration information to follow.
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This Week in Pediatrics
University of Saskatchewan
Royal University Hospital
103 Hospital Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W8
F: 306-975-3767 (administrative)
F: 306-844-1531 (clinical)