DM Paediatrics


The Department of Child and Adolescent Health offers a full-time degree leading to the award of a Doctor of Medicine (Paeds) degree. The programme aims at providing exit qualifications for graduates to practice independently at Consultant Paediatric level. The programme has graduated over 100  paediatricians and many of them have remained in the region servicing the many Caribbean islands. Other graduates are employed in the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom.

The DM graduate will be equipped for independent practice in the community and hospital based settings (inpatient and ambulatory). He/she should be able to collaborate with other segments of the health team (including subspecialties) as well as community resources.  He/she should be a health advocate who is sensitive to the cultural, social and ethnic needs of the community, in addition to having a commitment to life long learning and personal development.


Programme Overview

DM I (Years 1 and 2)

  • Rotations: inpatient, nursery, ambulatory (clinics, walk-in, emergency)
  • Core general paediatric content
  • Basic sciences as applied to general paediatrics
  • Normal infant, child and adolescent growth and development
  • Common primary care problems
  • Common emergencies
  • Community paediatrics
  • Common subspecialty problems
  • Public health, health promotion and prevention issue
  • Basic research methods and skills


DM II: Year 3

  • Completion of research project
  • Subspecialty core rotations
  • Elective

DM II: Year 4

  • Elective
  • Senior supervisory role
  • Pathophysiologic mechanisms related to growth, development and disease
  • Subspecialty exposure and training
  • Focused development of the following areas to enhance supervisory function:
  • Clinical Decision Making
  • Team leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Professional development
  • Scholarly activity
  • Health Advocacy
  • Health Care Management