Dr. Nirit Bernhard is a general paediatrician and Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. She holds a Hon B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Toronto and completed her Medical Doctor degree from Western University in 2003. She completed post-graduate training, as well as a year of Chief Residency with the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto, in 2008. She graduated from the Education Scholars Program at the Centre for Faculty Development. She is recognized for her clinical work in the Down Syndrome Clinic at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).
Education and experience
- June 2007: Fellow Royal College of Physicians of Canada, Paediatrics Board Certification
- July 2003–Oct. 2007: Postgraduate Medical Education University of Toronto, Department of Paediatrics
- Sept. 1999–June 2003: Doctor of Medicine, University of Western, Ontario, Faculty of Medicine
- Sept. 1997–Aug. 1999: Masters of Science, Program in Neuroscience, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
- Sept. 1993–May 1997: Bachelor of Science, Honours B.Sc. with high distinction
Major: Human Biology, Minors: Psychology & Spanish, Faculty of Arts and Science University College, University of Toronto
- 2016–2018: Education Scholarship Program. Centre for Faculty Development. University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
- 2007–2008: Chief Resident and Associate Staff, Department of Paediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
- 2003–2007: Paediatric Resident, Department of Paediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
- Variations in blood glucose levels following gastrostomy tube insertion in a paediatric population. Bernhard N, McAlpine K, Moineddin R, Connolly BL. Pediatr Radiol. 2014 Jul;44(7):863-70. doi: 10.1007/s00247-014-2891-6. Epub 2014 Feb 18. PMID: 24535115
- Massive intrathoracic tumor in a relatively asymptomatic boy. Bernhard N, Morris SK, Taylor G, Oudjhane K, Baruchel S. Pediatr Ann. 2007 Oct;36(10):632, 634-5. No abstract available. PMID: 17969530
- A behavioral and genetic dissection of two forms of olfactory plasticity in Caenorhabditis elegans: adaptation and habituation. Bernhard N, van der Kooy D. Learn Mem 2000 Jul-Aug; 7(4):199-212
- 2018–2020: The Whole is greater than the sum of its parts: How relationships provide synergy to reflection, Self-Assessment and Feedback in a Competency based Undergraduate Medical Curriculum. Bernhard, N, (PI), Talarico, S., Tait G., Bryden P., Ng, S. Education Development Fund and Paediatric Consultants Research Grant
- 2019–2020: Learning in Listening: The Junior Scholar Experience. Dec 2018 Talarico, S. (PI) Bernhard, N. (Co-PI), Bernstein, S. and Bryden P. Medical Humanities Education Matching Funding Grant.
- 2017–2020: Learning in Listening: A Qualitative Study of the Resident and Faculty Experience as Facilitators in an Undergraduate Medical Education Reflective Practice Course. Talarico, S., Bernhard, N (Co-PI), Bernstein S., Bryden, P. Paediatric Consultants Education Research Grant.
- 2020–2022: Congenital Heart disease: Impact on Learning and Development in Down Syndrome (CHILD-DS). Marini, D. and Bernhard, N. (CO-PI), Huber, J. NIH, NHLBI, PHN through INCLUDE (Investigation of Co-occurring conditions across the Lifespan to Understand Down syndrome) Project.
- 2020–2022: Vascular Health and Risk Factors in Children with Down syndrome. McCrindle, B. (PI) and Bernhard, N. (Co-PI). NIH, NHLBI, PHN through INCLUDE (Investigation of Co-occurring conditions across the Lifespan to Understand Down syndrome) Project.