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Centralized Student Services

Centralized Student Services was launched in 2013 to provide a one-stop shop for all the student needs.

Centralized Student Services

Centralized Student Services was launched in 2013 to provide a one-stop shop for all the student needs. At Holland Bloorview, we aim to provide every student with the optimal student experience.

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital offers students the opportunity to make a difference, impacting the lives of children and youth.

As a teaching hospital with unique expertise in pediatric rehabilitation, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital has a strong commitment to sharing our knowledge and expertise with future healthcare professionals locally, nationally and internationally.

What is a student?

The key characteristics that define a “student” at Holland Bloorview include:

  • They have a defined supervisor who is responsible for their actions;
  • They have articulated learning objectives;
  • Their performance is evaluated in some way; and
  • They are registered in a program offered by an institution with which we have an affiliation agreement.

Student orientation

Students, from all disciplines, indicated that a positive learning experience is supported by receiving complete, clear and consistent information about the organization and its expectations. To meet this goal, students will receive a welcome email from the Teaching and Learning Institute prior to the start of their placement, outlining everything they need to know. Student Orientation is available for all students at the beginning of their placement.

Clinical placements

Holland Bloorview offers clinical placements in the following areas:

  • Child life
  • Child and youth worker
  • Clinical dietetics
  • Clinical technology - Prosthetics/Orthotics
  • Early childhood education
  • Music therapy
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Occupational/Physiotherapy assistant
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology - see below dropdowns for more information on:
    • Psychology Practicum Program
    • Psychology Predoctoral Internship Program
  • Research
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Social work
  • Speech language pathology/Communicative disorders assistant/Audiology
  • Therapeutic recreation

Learn more about our placements and programs

Developmental Paediatrics Subspecialty Residency Program

The Division of Developmental Paediatrics at the University of Toronto offers a two-year subspecialty residency training program based at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. This program received full accreditation from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2007. In 2009, Developmental Paediatrics transitioned to a discipline with certification by examination.

The objectives of the University of Toronto program are to provide trainees with expertise in diagnosing, managing and supporting children with a wide range of congenital or acquired disorders affecting development and behaviour and understanding their individual trajectories. Conditions such as cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, genetic disorders, neuromuscular disorders, spina bifida, learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are encountered in training. Candidates are supported in developing skills in counseling and advocacy by interacting and working in teams with other professionals and community organizations. Training is based at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; however, community and other tertiary care sites such as Surrey Place Centre,Toronto East General Hospital, Eglinton West Satellite Clinic, St. Michael's Hospital, and Sick Kids are utilized to complete required rotations. In addition to the clinical experience, trainees are expected to develop a research project in an area within Developmental Paediatrics with support from the program’s research advisor and research trained faculty. Trainees are also actively involved in educational activities for medical students and residents.

We also accept applications from international medical graduates who have completed a paediatric residency and are interested in a two-year fellowship in Developmental Paediatrics. Fellows in this program receive the same training as subspecialty residents and are expected to complete on call duties.


If you are interested in receiving more information regarding the application process, please contact:

LJ Sands
Executive Assistant, Medicine and Academic Affairs

Summer Medical Student Scholarship Program

The Premise

This paid clinical summer opportunity is open to second year medical students from several Ontario Universities. The Program provides medical students an exciting opportunity to broaden their pediatric knowledge, gain clinical experience and explore future career interests in pediatric rehabilitation and child development.  Spend time developing your paediatric rehabilitation clinical skills with interdisciplinary teams on our inpatient Brain Injury Rehabilitation Ward, Specialized Orthopaedic and Developmental Rehabilitation Ward, and Complex Continuing Care Ward.   There is also the opportunity to participate as an active team member in a variety of out-patient clinics providing care to clients with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, muscular dystrophy, epilepsy, spina bifida and other neurodevelopmental conditions. There will be one week of in-class teaching at the beginning of the program and 1 week of vacation.


The program is open to all 2nd year Medical Students at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, the University of Ottawa, Queen’s University, Schulich School of Medicine (London and Windsor campuses) and the University of Toronto (Mississauga and Toronto campuses).


The program runs from June 17 - August 9, 2024.

Scholarship Amount

You will be paid on a bi-weekly basis at an hourly rate of $16.55 based on a 37.5 work week (full time), less statutory deductions, including 4% in lieu of vacation and relevant statutory holiday pay.

Criteria for Selection

Candidates will be asked to submit a cover letter and their curriculum vitae. Cover letter should include any experience working or volunteering with children and youth. Consideration will be given to:

  • relevance of the applicant's education, career goals and volunteer experience
  • other considerations, as appropriate

Apply By

Applicants to The PROGRAM are expected to apply by February 5, 2024, at 21:00. Late applications are not accepted. Interviews dates are tentatively scheduled for the afternoon of February 20 and 22. The interviews will be held via video conference. Please email your cover letter and CV to


For general information on Holland Bloorview, please see our welcome page. For further information regarding The PROGRAM, please contact:

Sharon Ouellette
Department of Medicine and Academic Affairs

Elective residents

Trainees register as elective residents at the University of Toronto in order to satisfy a specified part of the requirements of the ongoing residency training program in which they are enrolled at their home institution. Elective training is short-term training that does not exceed 6 months in duration. Check the University of Toronto elective training page.


For more information, please contact:

Joanne Jenah
Executive Assistant, Medicine and Academic Affairs

Nursing student placements

Thank you for your interest in nursing student placement in a unique pediatric rehabilitation setting. We are a Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) Best Practice Spotlight organization with an emphasis on client and family-centred care and assessment and management of pain. We offer clinical groups and one-to-one preceptor based placements.

About Nursing

Learn more about Nursing at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

Application process

Please contact your academic institution if you are interested in a placement. We work with the academic placement coordinators to understand more about your placement needs and to determine if we are able to accommodate your request. We do not accept placement requests directly from students. We encourage our academic partners to make requests early; your placement must be fully arranged at least 2 months prior to your intended placement start date.

Please be aware that availability of clinic placements is very limited and is often not suitable for students seeking a final consolidation placement.

A current affiliation agreement needs to in place with Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital prior to any student placement. Please contact the Teaching and Learning Institute to ensure there is an affiliation agreement.

Advanced Practice Nursing placements

Is a placement at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital the right fit for you?

  • Are you in the 2nd year of your NP program?
  • Do you have interest in the care that is provided to children and youth and their families after being discharged home from an acute care setting?
  • Are you self-motivated and enjoy working in a team setting with different professionals?
  • Do you like helping children, youth and families identify their strengths and integrating these into their future care planning?
  • Are you interested in childhood development and the evolving brain?
  • Do you want to become involved in research and evidence based practice?

If you’re nodding your head in agreement right now, then we want to meet you! Please complete and submit the Nurse Practitioner Student Application Form.


Laura Nicholson
Nursing Student Placement Coordinator
Phone: 416-425-6220 ext. 3429

Psychology Practicum Program

Assessment Practicum in Pediatric Neuropsychology

Holland Bloorview currently offers a child assessment practicum specializing in pediatric neuropsychology within the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program. Psychology practicum students in this placement will gain experience in neuropsychological assessment with clients who have sustained moderate to severe acquired brain injuries. There will also be training opportunities through our Concussion Clinic, providing focused neuropsychological assessments and consultations for children and youth with persisting post-concussion symptoms. Students will participate on multi-disciplinary rehabilitation teams and they will learn about brain injury recovery over time and across different levels of severity.

In this placement, students will gain experience working on both the inpatient and outpatient Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team (BIRT), as well as our Concussion Team, with specific training in the administration, scoring and interpretation of neuropsychological tests. Additional training will be provided in conducting intake interviews and feedback sessions, formulating impressions and diagnoses, writing clinical reports and consulting with healthcare providers on multi-disciplinary teams.

For more detailed information regarding our program, including application dates and instructions, please see our Program Brochure.

Psychology Predoctoral Internship Program

The Psychology Predoctoral Internship Program is a one-year full-time paid contract that is supported by a grant from the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation. The internship is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and offers a balance of training in assessment, consultation and intervention with children and youth with disabilities and their families. Interns may have the opportunity to work with both inpatient and outpatient populations, within multidisciplinary teams. There is a strong assessment component to the internship, as well as training in individual therapy and group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).Though interns will acquire unique experience with specialized populations, through the course of their training year they will develop broad-based skills in assessment, consultation and intervention that may be generalized to clinical work in a variety of settings, including schools, mental health clinics and other pediatric health settings. Our internship is part of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) Match process and applicants are required to complete the on-line APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI).

For more detailed information regarding our program please see our Internship Brochure.

High school co-op

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital offers educational opportunities for co-op students 16 years of age or older that involve working directly with our clients.

Placements are available in the mornings, afternoons or full days. We are not able to accommodate alternate day placements.

For further information on this program, including how to apply, click here. A minimum 75 hour commitment is required. Co-op students will be interviewed and are required to complete a training session at 150 Kilgour Rd.


If you are interested in securing a clinical placement at Holland Bloorview, please contact your University or College placement coordinator for details on the process or contact:

Kimberlea Jones-Galley, Student Coordinator, Teaching & Learning Institute
Mailing address

Holland Bloorview Kids
Rehabilitation Hospital
150 Kilgour Road,
Toronto ON M4G 1R8