Dalhousie Pediatric Infectious Diseases Residency Training Program

Welcome to Dalhousie!

Welcome to the Pediatric Infectious Diseases (PID) training program at Dalhousie University! I am Dr. Karina Top and I have been the Program Director since 2013 . I am an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie, and an Investigator at the Canadian Center for Vaccinology (CCfV).

 

 About Our Residency Program

Our excellent two-year training program in pediatric infectious diseases is fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). Residents complete rotations in inpatient and ambulatory pediatric and adult infectious diseases, infection prevention and control, and medical microbiology at two sites in Halifax: the IWK Health Centre and the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Residents also have the opportunity to receive specialized training in transplant ID and pediatric HIV at other centres.

Based at the IWK Health Centre, the only tertiary care pediatric centre in the Maritime Provinces, the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases provides inpatient and outpatient consultative services to a broad spectrum of infants, children, and youth with complex acute and chronic infections. Residents gain exposure to infections in patients with immunocompromising conditions, including cancer, stem cell and solid organ transplant, and primary immunodeficiency, as well as preterm neonates, post-surgical patients, immigrants, and refugees. Outpatient services also include coordinated follow-up of Maritime children living with HIV and a specialized  immunization clinic for high-risk patients.

The overall goal of the PID training program is to train residents to  be well-rounded, broad-based pediatric infectious disease consultants with clinical competency in infectious diseases, expertise in critical analysis of the scientific literature and its application to practice, and research skills in pediatric infectious diseases.  Although PID has traditionally been primarily an academic, research-based specialty, consultants work in a range of fields including public health, medical microbiology and industry. As a small program, we have the flexibility to tailor our residents’ training program according to their interests and career goals. Opportunities are available for additional formal training in vaccine research, epidemiology, immunology, medical microbiology, and medical education.

Division of Infectious Diseases Research Day/CCfV Symposium, 2015

Division of Infectious Diseases Research Day/CCfV Symposium, 2015

Program Highlights

Our program provides exposure to a broad spectrum of patients seen at the IWK Health Centre. Our close affiliation with the adult Infectious Disease and Medical Microbiology residency programs ensures that our trainees receive excellent training in those areas and have the opportunity to interact with trainees from those programs. The Clinical Immunology service at the IWK offers residents a unique opportunity to gain experience in investigation and management of patients with a broad range of primary immunodeficiencies.  Finally, the research environment at the Canadian Center for Vaccinology is world class, providing many opportunities for training in basic science, clinical, and translational research.

Our Faculty

Our dynamic team of highly experienced PID physicians provides exceptional guidance to our trainees. All are experienced faculty members and educators, and most are full professors and internationally recognized researchers.

Dr. Karina Top is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University. She is the Program Director for the Pediatric Infectious Diseases (PID) training program at Dalhousie University. Her primary research focus is vaccine safety, specifically, the clinical management of patients who have experienced adverse events following immunization, the risk of adverse events in patients with underlying conditions and vaccine safety and effectiveness in immunocompromised patients.

Dr. Scott Halperin’s numerous professional positions include: Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology and Immunology at Dalhousie University; Head of Infectious Diseases at the IWK Health Centre; and Director of CCfV. His research focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of pertussis (whooping cough) and other vaccine-preventable diseases such as influenza.

Dr. Joanne Langley is a Professor of Pediatrics and Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University. She currently serves as Associate Director for the Evaluation Group at CCfV, and as Medical Director of the Infection Prevention and Control Program at the IWK Health Centre. Dr. Langley’s main research interests are in the epidemiology and prevention of respiratory infections, particularly Respiratory Syncytial Virus and influenza.

Dr. Tim Mailman is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Dalhousie University.  He is a co-author of the Nova Scotia Lyme Disease Guideline and has published on the Nova Scotia experience with Lyme arthritis in children.  He is currently Chief of the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Head of Clinical Microbiology.

For More Information:

For more information on resident electives and applying to our program, please visit the Department of Post Graduate Medical Education’s webpage, and the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS).

Contact:

Program Administrator  
Kelly LeFurgey

Dalhousie University, IWK Health Centre
Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Goldbloom Pavilion, 4th Floor
5850/5980 University Avenue
Ph:  902-470-7561
Fax: 902-470-7232
kelly.lefurgey@iwk.nshealth.ca

Program Director 
Dr. Karina Top

Dalhousie University, IWK Health Centre
Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Goldbloom Pavilion, 4th Floor
5850/5980 University Avenue
Ph:  902-470-8141
Fax: 902-470-7232
karina.top@dal.ca