The Children's is one of a kind
What makes The Children's unique is the true spirit of the hospital -- a
wonderful blend of caring, innovation, uncompromising standards, and dedication
to public service that has characterized the institution since its beginning.
Over the years, the hospital has become known for its wealth of expertise in
various fields, particularly cardiology and cardiac surgery, trauma care,
neurology and neurosurgery, developmental pediatrics and mental health.
The Montreal Children's Hospital is a tertiary care pediatric teaching Hospital
affiliated with McGill University. It is also the only pediatric facility
serving the McGill Réseau Universitaire Intégré Santé (RUIS). In simple terms,
this means that it must offer its patients the most advanced care possible to
teach the newest, most leading-edge techniques to new generations of healthcare
professionals. The MCH constantly pioneers new expertise through research,
innovation and sharing of knowledge to meet the ever-changing needs of our
Here are a few examples that illustrate what makes The Children's one of a kind.
Care is centered on the child and family
All those who care for patients at the hospital first listen to the child and
their family. They encourage them to share their feelings and point of view, as
they are considered an integral part of the care team. Respect for the child
and family in a diverse cultural and socioeconomic clientele is a key value
that comes to life every day though the hospital's multiculturalism services,
social services, child life and school services and pastoral services, just to
name a few.
This has also had a major impact on the hospital's approach to care over the
years. For example, the award-winning MCH Intensive Ambulatory Care service was
among the first to offer in-home ventilation services, long-term antibiotic
therapy and palliative care. This unit also enables patients to recover at home
who would have previously been confined longer in hospital.
Expert nursing is tailored to each child's needs
Nursing is carried out differently here than in other pediatric institutions. At
the MCH, nurses become their patients' advocates the moment their care begins.
Nurses coordinate care with all the services required, support the family and
are actively involved in treatment decisions with physicians. With care
becoming more and more sophisticated, nurses also play an important role in
teaching parents how to care for their sick child after discharge from the
Our nurses carry more responsibility and have a direct impact on each child's
care. They are encouraged to continue their education by achieving university
and post-graduate degrees. More than 54% of MCH nurses have earned a Bachelor's
degree or higher-and the percentage is rising steadily.
The care team involves all appropriate professionals
Allied health care professionals such as social workers, respiratory therapists,
and others play an enormous role in health care teams. Their input to the care
team allows a better 360-degree view of the child, and plan for his care in the
hospital and beyond. Our philosophy of care requires use of all team
information to present and teach a treatment plan to the family.
Ongoing training every day throughout the hospital
Part of the commitment to providing children with the best possible care lies in
maintaining the high standards of MCH training programs and actively
participating in the exchange of expertise between healthcare institutions.
Physicians in large groups doing rounds are one of the training groups most
visible to parents. At The Children's, doctors in training not only learn about
illnesses and treatments, but about important aspects of care such as respect
for patients and a positive bedside manner. more »
Training extends beyond The Children's medical staff. It occurs every day at all
levels of this hospital, from support staff training on cleaning techniques to
new volunteers training for a specific task or medical imaging technicians
learning about new equipment upgrades. In every case, our training has one
simple objective, better care for the children we treat.
Training extends beyond the hospital walls. The
Telehealth program and The Child, Youth and Family Health Network enable
hospital experts to share their knowledge with other professionals. This is a
natural progression for The Children's since healthcare professionals have been
traveling to remote parts of the province and abroad to offer care and teaching
Research is conducted from the bench to the bedside
What does it mean to always put the child first? It can often involve finding
answers when none exist, and developing better techniques to achieve better
results. This has been the motivation behind much of the hospital's research
and innovation. When problems persist at the bedside, or a series of problems
recur within a population, a solution must be found. Physicians, nurses and
healthcare professionals at The Children's use the information they get from
their patients in their research. In turn, when the research yields results,
they are immediately applied at the bedside. This guarantees the most
up-to-date care and treatments possible.
Demystifying the physician in training:
Medical School - four years
Medical students perform clerkships in hospitals during which eight weeks are
dedicated to pediatrics. They spend four weeks on the wards, two weeks in
neonatal intensive care and two weeks in the emergency room. During these
clerkships, the students are under the supervision of the residents and the
attending staff member. They have limited patient responsibilities and are
Once they graduate from medical school, students become medical doctors (M.D.)
and can be licensed to practice medicine.
Specializing in pediatrics - Another five years
For three years, residents rotate though all the specialties of pediatric
medicine before they choose to remain a general pediatrician or become a
specialist in one particular pediatric area. If they choose a subspecialty,
they become fellows in that particular field. Residents are under the
supervision of the attending physician and adopt more and more responsibility
with experience. They are also responsible for teaching medical students.