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October 27, 2009

SickKids Exceptional Trainee becomes certified ABMM Diplomate

Dr. Kaede Ota has been certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM). ABMM certification is the highest credential that a doctoral-level clinical microbiologist can earn in the United States and a rare accomplishment for a Canadian clinician.

To become an ABMM Diplomate, Ota first met rigorous educational and experiential eligibility requirements and then passed a comprehensive written exam. She had to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to direct laboratories engaged in the microbiological diagnosis of human disease.

“It was validation that the training system at the University of Toronto prepares trainees to work anywhere,” said Dr. Kaede Ota, a Research Fellow at SickKids. “My second year of work at SickKids was a crucial and important part of that training.”

Ota earned her MD and completed a paediatric residency at McMaster University. Following this, she completed another residency in paediatric infectious diseases at SickKids. She has also completed her medical microbiology residency at the University of Toronto and SickKids.

Ota, who has a Restracomp scholarship this year, was recognized as a SickKids Exceptional Trainee last year – an honour bestowed annually to one trainee from each of the seven research programs at SickKids. She was nominated by her supervisor Dr. Susan Richardson, Head of Microbiology and Senior Associate Scientist in Physiology & Experimental Medicine at SickKids and Associate Professor in Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Toronto.

“This is a terrific achievement and a fitting recognition of Kaede’s hard work,” said Dr. Richardson. “She has contributed greatly to the Microbiology team at SickKids.”

Ota will complete her fellowship this year and she hopes to continue her work as a medical microbiologist in a paediatric centre.