Pediatric endocrinology training program

Program Director :
Rachel Scott MD FRCPC

The pediatric endocrinology program at Ste Justine Hospital welcomes candidates who have completed at least three years of training in pediatrics. The program is recognized by the Collège des médecins du Québec, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and by The American Board of Pediatrics. Once having successfully completed the program, candidates will be eligible to write the pediatric endocrinology and metabolism exam of the Royal College and the American pediatric endocrinology exam (if all other eligibility criteria have been filled). The working language of Ste Justine Hospital is French, so good knowledge of both spoken and written French is necessary to undertake clinical training. Knowledge of French is not necessary for research trainees.


General Objectives

Endocrinology and metabolism is the study of illnesses of the endocrine organs, hormonal systems, their target organs, and the metabolism of glucose and lipids. The resident will acquire the knowledge and attitudes necessary to manage endocrine disorders. The resident will learn how to work within a multidisciplinary team. The pediatric endocrinology program of the University of Montréal aims to train pediatric endocrinologists who will be competent consultants who establish and maintain professional relationships with their patients, families and colleagues.



Practical Teaching

Clinical training takes place in multiple settings: hospitalized patients, outpatient clinics, functional testing in the day treatment center, and the outpatient teaching program for new diabetics. Residents are also introduced to endocrine laboratory methods.



Other teaching opportunities available to endocrinology residents include:

  1. Orientation sessions at the beginning of the fellowship that cover endocrine emergencies, functional testing, the therapeutic dosage guide, and genetic diagnosis in endocrinology.
  2. One weekly scientific meeting (journal club, seminars)
  3. Pre and post clinic meetings – presentation and discussion of all cases seen in clinic, including diagnostic, therapeutic, and ethical issues.
  4. Weekly grand rounds of the Department of Pediatrics and the hospital’s research center.
  5. A course in clinical and fundamental endocrinology, over 1.5 years.

Research Training 

Our team helps fellows be exposed to clinical and or basic science research through the numerous research projects of our members, according to the fellow’s interest. The ultimate goal is to prepare fellows for a career in academic medicine. All fellows are encouraged to complete a research project and bring it to the point of publication in a peer-reviewed journal. For the information on the Ste Justine Hospital Research Center, consult the web site

Training Duration

Our fellowship program is two years long, with 13 periods of 4 weeks each per year. It is possible to do one or two additional years in clinical or basic science research, although funding must be obtained through research scholarships or bursaries.



The endocrinology and diabetes service has outpatient clinics in general endocrinology, endocrinology for cancer survivors, diabetes, lipid disorders and bone metabolism. Teaching for new diabetics takes place in the day treatment center. Endocrinology consultations for inpatients encompass all sectors of the hospital. Each resident is also expected to attend Camp Carowanis, a summer camp for diabetic children, for at least one week in the summer. Residents can also organize rotations outside of Ste Justine Hospital/CHUM with at least nine months of advance notice and if the rotation is approved by the program committee and the university.



The endocrinology and diabetes service is made up of eight pediatric endocrinologists, Drs Guy Van Vliet, Céline Huot, Nathalie Alos, Patricia Olivier, Rachel Scott, Lyne Chiniara, Despoina Manousaki and Melanie Henderson. There are also two pediatricians specializing in diabetes, Drs. Louis Geoffroy and Maria Buithieu.

To contact any of our members, consult the University of Montreal staff directory ( or contact Dr. Rachel Scott, program director, at the following address:

CHU Sainte-Justine
Service d'endocrinologie

3175, chemin de la Côte-Ste-Catherine
Montréal (Québec)
Canada, H3T 1C5
Téléphone : (514) 345-4735
Télécopieur : (514) 345-4988

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Updated on 7/10/2020
Created on 8/27/2014
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