Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Queen’s Department of Family Medicine has a long history in providing its family medicine residents with a strong foundation in caring for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The IDD Program for PGY1 residents include didactic teaching, as well as opportunities for family medicine residents to participate in the clinical Health Check Program. This program focuses not only on educating residents about providing primary care to IDD patients, but also on fostering an understanding among residents abou the ethical and the medical considerations specific to IDD patients. We also have a PGY3 Enhanced Skills Program in Intellectual and Developmental Medicine.

Family Medicine residents also have the opportunity to do an elective in Care of Adults with Intellectual and Development Disabilities through Queen's. This four-week rotation includes complex continuing primary care of adults with IDD, adult IDD consulting clinic, dual diagnosis psychiatry, developmental genetics clinic, epileptology and sleep disorders clinic, and physical and rehabilitation medicine clinics. There are also special clinics such as seating clinic and enteral feeding clinic, as well as opportunities to observe allied health professional assessments (i.e. OT, PT, SLP, and psychology). The elective is open to interested family medicine residents.

For Information about all our IDD Programs, please visit the department’s Intranet or contact Dr. Meg Gemmill, Director of Developmental Disabilities, at the following email: iddprogram@dfm.queensu.ca.