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September 10, 2012

Sharing education with the world – from Toronto

This summer, over 200 doctors from the Philippines are taking advantage of the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s experts in children’s developmental health.

The doctors, a mix of general paediatricians and subspecialists, are attending Continuing Medical Education (CME) sessions in Toronto as part of a SickKids International collaboration with Holland Bloorview. UBM Medica, a health-care information provider, is partnering with the two Toronto hospitals to deliver the curriculum through their “Centre for Learning Excellence.”

The program materials were developed by SickKids and Holland Bloorview and are designed to update physicians on the latest research and treatment options for a variety of conditions that can affect children. The program focuses on developmental paediatrics and its nutritional aspects and include topics such as growth and development, autism spectrum disorders and motor development and cerebral palsy.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for SickKids to be involved in this collaboration with Holland Bloorview and UBM Medica,” says Dr. Suzan Schneeweiss, Director of Continuing Education and a Staff Physician in the Department of Paediatric Emergency Medicine at SickKids. “We worked hard to develop a program that promotes knowledge and experience-sharing among participants and presenters.”

There are five sessions in total, which began in May and will run through October.  The program has two components: a lecture series; and the completion of case studies developed specifically for the program.

“Through these partnerships with SickKids and UBM, developmental paediatricians at Holland Bloorview have been able to share their clinical and research expertise with paediatricians in the Philippines,” Dr. Gold Milo-Manson, Vice President of Medicine and Academic Affairs. “Our goal is to improve the care for children with disabilities and their families around the world.”

“SickKids has a long history of commitment to training health-care professionals from around the world,” says Lara Pietrolungo, Manager, International Program Development at SickKids International. “As we build on the success of this program, we look forward to welcoming more of our global colleagues.”