Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The PGY3 Enhanced Skills program in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Medicine within Queen's Family Medicine is the only national residency program focused on IDD. The flexible six-month or twelve-month program provides residents with extensive clinical opportunities to gain the confidence and the competence to manage complex IDD-related physical and mental health issues. The program also focuses on both the ethical and the communication challenages with this population. A core two-month to four-month rotation incorporates clinical experiences with family physicians who provide consultations in this field as well as clinics with other health and health-related professions including psychiatry, genetics, neurology, and physical and rehabilitation medicine.

There are additional rotations with specialty clinics (e.g. enteral feeding, seating, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder). Clinical experiences across Ontario and Canada are also available, as well as International rotations in Australia with Monash University and in New York with the Westchester Institute for Human Development. The resident also provides primary care to group homes residents locally during their two-month or four-month horizontal block, which guranatees an excellent continuity of care experience! Research projects are encouraged and supervisors with a variety of interests in the IDD field are available.

For more information about our IDD Program, please email Dr. Meg Gemmill at For information about our PGY1 IDD rotation, please visit the PGY1 Core Medicine Rotation website; for our IDD-related research, please visit the Centre for Studies in Primary Care website; and for our IDD Health Check Program, please visit our IDD Health Check website.