About the Paediatric Chairs of Canada
Founded in 1960 as the Assembly of Canadian University Paediatric Department Heads, the Paediatric Chairs of Canada (PCC) represent all 17 university affiliated teaching hospitals in Canada. Half of all Canadian paediatricians work within PCC Departments of Paediatrics which provide health care to children in diverse regions across Canada.
The mission of the Paediatric Chairs of Canada (PCC) is to provide national leadership in paediatric research and education to promote the health and health care of children and youth.
Goals & Objectives
The goals and objectives of this national organization are to:
- Enhance our national and international advocacy for paediatric education and research to improve the health of infants, children and youth.
- Enhance our role in the development of high quality, high impact paediatric oriented research that spans the continuum from prevention to promotion of paediatric health.
- Promote and enhance our role as leaders in paediatric education at the undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education levels.
- Promote and assist in the development of effective human resource planning for academic paediatrics and child and youth health care delivery.
- Work together to promote child and youth access to coordinated health services in the best possible environment within academic health science centres and the communities they serve.
- Develop collaborative relationships with other national and international organizations that will assist PCC in fulfilling its mission.
Addressing the Challenges of Canadian Departments of Paediatrics
PCC is committed to implementing transitional strategies and processes to address the priorities and challenges of many Canadian Departments of Paediatrics.
Priorities & Challenges
- Building on the individual strengths of academic paediatrics across Canada by establishing a national infrastructure to address key child and youth health issues.
- Increasing the national profile of paediatrics within all levels of government, research agencies, etc.
- Sustaining optimal clinical care programs for children & youth.
- Achieving and sustaining the required critical mass to deliver tertiary care across all regions.
- Achieving and sustaining the required critical mass needed to address current research challenges.
- Defining the needs and uniqueness of “Academic Paediatrics” within the current climate of “Health Care Reform”.
- Achieving optimal recognition within health sciences centres without being free-standing children’s hospitals.
Transitional Strategies & Processes
- To provide evidence that supports the need for transitional strategies and processes
- To identify strategies for “Best Practice” in the continuous and comprehensive care of children and youth with chronic health conditions
- To determine health care priorities for the care of children, youth and families across Canada
- To address the discontinuation of care and treatment between paediatric and adult services
- To focus on treatment needs to include ongoing health maintenance and monitoring
PCC values its close linkages with many national and international organizations:
- Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC)
- Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP)
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
- Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS)
- Pediatric Scientist Development Program (PSDP)
- Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs (AMSPDC)