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Café-au-lait Macules (CALM) Screening Clinic

170 Elizabeth St., Clinic 7, Black Wing, Main Floor

About the Clinic

The aim of the clinic is to facilitate timely assessments of children with CALMs and prompt identification of patients with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1) or other rare diagnoses. An increase in patients has led to this clinic expanding to two to three times per month. This clinic runs in conjunction with a Geneticist/Genetic Counsellor. 

Pre-appointment Instructions

What to bring:

  • Past photos of your child’s skin issue, if available 


The Dermatology Clinic is located in Clinic 7 on the Main Floor of the Black Wing. The clinic is located near the Shoppers Drug Mart and the University Avenue entrance. 

What to Expect During Your Visit

At the start of your visit, a nurse will take your child to a room to capture your child’s height, weight, blood pressure and take photos. There may be times when this will not be done first, but at some point in the visit. A resident or fellow will then perform an assessment and will review their findings with staff. The resident or fellow will return with a staff physician to confirm the initial assessment and direct a plan. 

Other dermatology residents and fellows may be asked to join the team in the room to learn. That’s because SickKids is a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto, so we help train doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals. As a result, this may mean that a clinic visit may take longer to complete. Please be prepared to be here for the better part of a morning or afternoon. We suggest that you bring extra diapers, feedings for babies and a favourite toy for your child. Your child may be asked to be fully undressed during the appointment in order for the doctors to examine your child’s skin.   

Clinic schedules may change at any time. If this does happen, clinic staff will contact you to notify you of the appointment change. 

More information:

Visit the Department of Dermatology

Fax for General Inquires: 416-813-7055 
Fax for New Referrals: 416-813-7848 

Coming to a clinic appointment

It's important to come prepared and be on time for a clinic appointment. Visit Coming for Clinic Appointments to read appointment guidelines that are applicable for most clinical appointments at SickKids.

You’ll find information on how to prepare and what to bring, what to do if you/your child are sick before your appointment or you need to cancel,  and important things to know about the SickKids philosophy.

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