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Welcome to the Department of Paediatrics

Children constitute approximately 20 per cent of the population and, although most are healthy, childhood illnesses cover the entire spectrum of medical and surgical subspecialities including some that are unique to paediatrics (e.g. neonatology). Even diseases common to both adult and child health have different manifestations, management and outcomes in children who can never be approached as 'miniature adults.' Paediatrics is, therefore, an important and independent subject that deals with child health comprehensively from the trivial to the life-threatening, both in the acute and community setting, and poses great challenges from a professional, ethical, social and academic point of view.

The Academic Department of Paediatrics was set up as an independent Department in the Medical School, separate from adult medicine, in 1990 and has evolved into a 'stand-alone' Department that is committed to promote the teaching of child health in close collaboration with the Clinical Department of Paediatrics, currently based in a custom-built Paediatric unit at Mater Dei Hospital. The Department is primarily focused on undergraduate teaching, but also has a pivotal role in various postgraduate training programmes and research. This website highlights these academic roles and provides an overview of the work undertaken at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.



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