Centralized Student Services

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

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.

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 (Practicum placements only. See below for information about Predoctoral Psychology Internship Program)
  • Research
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Social work
  • Speech language pathology/Communicative disorders assistant/Audiology
  • Therapeutic recreation

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
416-425-6220 ext. 3645

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.

Visiting Elective Program

The Undergraduate Medical Education Elective program at the University of Toronto operates one of the largest medical Electives Program in Canada. Each year we place several categories of students: University of Toronto medical students during their Clerkship Elective block, visiting students from AFMC/AAMC accredited medical schools and visiting students from International FAIMER accredited medical students.

For more information check the University of Toronto visiting students page.

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:

Romana Karnetova
Executive Assistant, Medicine and Academic Affairs
416-425-6220 Ext. 3586

Summer Medical Student Scholarship Program

The Summer Medical Student Scholarship Program at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital provides medical students an exciting opportunity to broaden their paediatric knowledge, gain experience, and explore future career interests in paediatric rehabilitation and development. During The PROGRAM there will be the expectation of weekend overnight in-house call with physician back-up. The first week will be didactic teaching around general paediatric rehabilitation and development as well as orientation to the various programs at Holland Bloorview. The rest of the time will focus on ward and outpatient clinic rotations.

The PROGRAM is open to all 2nd year medical students from Ontario Medical Schools.

The PROGRAM runs for 9 weeks during the summer months: from June 10 - August 9, 2018. There is 1 week of vacation. It is not possible to miss the first week as it is mandatory scheduled orientation and didactic teaching. Vacation pay will be 4% of your bi-weekly pay plus any relevant statutory holiday pay.

You will be paid on a bi-weekly basis and the total will be approximately $3600.00

The PROGRAM is open to 4 candidates from an Ontario Medical School.

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

Applicants to The PROGRAM are expected to apply by January 18, 2019, at 16:00. Late applications are not accepted. Interviews dates are tentatively scheduled for January 28 and 29, 2019. It is possible to make arrangements for the interview to be held via video conference. Successful candidates will be notified 1-2 weeks after the interviews are concluded. Please email your cover letter and CV to rkarnetova@hollandbloorview.ca

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

Romana Karnetova
Department of Medicine and Academic Affairs
Ph:416-425-6220 ext. 3586

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.


Nursing Student Placement Coordinator
416-425-6220 ext. 3429

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.

Predoctoral Psychology Internship

The Predoctoral Psychology 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 2019.

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.

Please find the application and reference forms 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.