Undergraduate Education

The Division of Pediatric General Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) is actively involved in clinical teaching at undergrad and postgrad levels. We are dedicated and committed to engage and inspire students and residents during the time they spend in their rotation with us.

In 2010, Dr. Bettolli took the lead for undergraduate teaching. As the product of two different medical educational cultures, he has had the opportunity to experience a diverse range of teaching styles. During his early years at the University in Argentina, he came to the realization that dedicated and passionate professors can spark curiosity and generate interest, regardless of the topic.

To ensure students and residents’ exposure and education to acute pediatric surgical problems, they are expected to join the surgery team at morning and evening ward rounds on in-patients, and occasionally, participate in acute care coverage limited to 0800h to 2300h. Together, this combined exposure furthers the students and residents’ education by providing a balance that facilitates their assessment of patients with both acute and elective surgical conditions. This process also provides the students with an opportunity of more directed teaching exposure with residents and staff.

In addition to the daily rounds, students and residents have an active role in the Pediatric Surgical Outpatient Clinic. The outpatient clinic provides an excellent opportunity for informal and personal clinical teaching and mentoring. Depending on the year of training (postgraduate year 1 to 4, residents), fundamental principles of pediatric surgery, anatomy, pathophysiology, and surgical techniques are reviewed while sharing individual experiences and opinions about previous similar cases on a daily basis. Our goal as staff is to work as a partner in a team approach to care for patients, increase knowledge of pediatric surgery, and stimulate critical thinking when encountering patients with potential surgical problems. By the end of their rotation, the students and residents have an appreciation for the management of the common surgical conditions referred to the surgical clinic.

Students and residents are encouraged to present and participate in weekly Pediatric Surgery Academic Rounds that are in duration of 2 hour sessions and are accredited in our Pediatric Surgery Residency Programme.

Residents receive formal and informal teaching in the ward, in clinics, and in the operating room where we are able to guide junior and senior residents through different procedures according to their level of expertise and dexterity.

We believe that role modeling is a powerful tool to influence learning. We make a purposeful effort to demonstrate positive, professional attitudes and behaviors to learners at all times by conveying a consistent sense of enthusiasm, good humor, hard work, respect, responsibility, reliability, team playing, efficiency, effectiveness, and a firm grasp of current knowledge. We attempt to teach in a manner that is kind, honest, respectful, and inclusive while providing candid feedback and positive reinforcement.