Children's health was first taught at Queen's Medical School in 1861, when Dr. Michael Lavell offered a course in Obstetrics and Diseases of Women and Children. The teaching of Paediatrics as a separate discipline began in 1925 with the appointment of Dr. R.R. MacGregor.
The first full-time Chair in Paediatrics (held by Dr. A.M. Bryans) and a Paediatric Residency program were established in 1951. The department's strengths today are in Neonatology, Genetics, and Developmental and Ambulatory Paediatrics. The department is centred at Hotel Dieu Hospital with Neonatology and Medical Genetics units at Kingston General Hospital.
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