Supporting Learners in their Development and Growth

Home of the Medical Council of Canada, Royal College with our faculty holding key leadership roles

The Ottawa Hospital is one of the largest teaching hospitals in Canada and is the main training site for 160 medical students and over 1000 residents

Ottawa: ‘Canada’s best place to live’ in both 2016 and 2017!

Our Department champions the role of the clinician teacher

More than $2.5M in fellowship funding

For our medical students

Elective students will have the opportunity to provide direct clinical care while working with the many general internists on service.

For our residents

Guided by an outstanding academic team committed to promoting excellence in education, we offer nationally and internationally recognized, high-quality accredited programs in a wide range of sub specialties. 

For our fellows

Discover how these highly sought-after programs offer you a one-of-a-kind opportunity to sharpen your research skills, gain in-depth clinical knowledge and be creative in your pursuit of scientific thought—all by working alongside leaders in medicine today.

What We Offer

  • Medical Students
  • Direct Entry Residency Programs (PGY1)
  • Subspecialty Residency Programs (PGY4)
  • Fellowship Programs (PGY6+)

Our Undergraduate Medical Education Team hosts over 400 students each year during their 3rd and 4th year of medical training.

Clerkship

Our core programs host students from the University of Ottawa for their mandatory clerkship rotations in Medicine.

Students spend 6 weeks with us in 3rd year, familiarizing themselves with Core Internal Medicine on one of our Clinical Teaching Units and then return in 4th year for 2 weeks spent in a subspecialty of their choice.

If you are a University of Ottawa student with questions about your clerkship experiences and/or opportunities in Medicine, please contact our Program Administrators at: internalmedcoordcivic@toh.ca

Electives

Our elective program hosts local, national, and international students, for elective rotations in many of our subspecialty programs.

Are you hoping to complete your residency or eventually practice in Ottawa? If so, come and do an elective with us!

Pre-CaRMS elective opportunities are in high demand so make sure you know the application deadlines and apply early!!

Students from other schools can get more information and apply for an elective opportunity with us via the AFMC portal: https://www.afmcstudentportal.ca/

University of Ottawa students can contact the Internal Medicine elective coordinator directly at: electivesGIM@toh.ca

If you would like to know more about medical student electives at the University of Ottawa in general please visit https://med.uottawa.ca/undergraduate/education/electives or email elective@uottawa.ca

If you have questions about the pre-requisites for our elective opportunities in Medicine, please contact us at: electivesGIM@toh.ca and we can direct your enquiry to the right person.

We hope to see you soon!

Our Team

Program Director – Doctor Vladimir Contreras-Dominguez

Civic Campus Site Director – Doctor Justine Chan

General Campus Site Director – Doctor Isabelle Desjardins

Program Administrators – Mélanie McCallum and Matthew Armour

The Department of Medicine offers the following Direct Entry Residency programs:

“The training opportunity given to residents by the University of Ottawa Internal Medicine program is above par. All of our CTUs are staffed by general internists rather than subspecialists; we are given early responsibility within the program and are now granted earlier access to outpatient care. As we progress in our training, we build on our consultant skills and learn the broad scope of what a career in internal medicine can lead us towards. The environment in Ottawa is friendly and beyond collegial. The program is large enough that you have ample resources and fellow residents to lean on, yet small enough that you get to know the staff well and become a colleague rather than a trainee who gets lost in the shuffle. Most of the residents who train here ultimately choose to pursue fellowships and attending positions in Ottawa. I highly recommend this program – if you are considering coming to Ottawa, you will not be disappointed by your choice!” ~ PGY3 Resident

Core Internal Medicine Team

  • Loree Boyle, Program Director
  • Nadine Gauthier, Associate Director
  • Rakesh Patel, Associate Director
  • Babak Rashidi, Associate Director
  • Rachel Glennie, Program Administrator
  • Jeanne Lemaire, Program Administrator
  • Justine Fortier, Administrator Assistant

For all correspondence contact Rachel Glennie at rglennie@toh.ca or 613-737-8899 ext. 78726.

 

Applying to Ottawa for Internal Medicine residency?

University of Ottawa Internal Medicine Residency Training Program is a fully integrated program in cooperation with the three campuses of the University’s teaching hospital: The Ottawa Hospital: General Campus (including the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre and The Rehabilitation Centre), the Civic Campus (including the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre) and the Riverside Campus. We also are fortunate to have affiliation with the Montfort Hospital (community site in Ottawa) to offer a Francophone stream as well as a close relationship with NOSM. The patient resources, available to support residents in their learning, are excellent in terms of volume, variety and complexity. The University of Ottawa offers three years of Internal Medicine as entry into a medicine subspecialty program.

 

Selection Criteria

  • For application details and program description visit https://www.carms.ca/
  • To reduce unnecessary travel and expense, we review and select applicants based on the submitted package (personal letter, curriculum vitae, transcript, Dean's letter and 3 letters of reference).  Only candidates who submit complete applications will be considered for file review.
  • We select candidates based on a solid academic record, excellent reference letters, strong interpersonal skills and extracurricular success. A strong interest in Internal Medicine and the University of Ottawa must be evident. Research experience is considered an asset. All applications will be reviewed and interviews offered based on a file review score.

How do I prepare for CaRMs application? Inteview?

The key to preparation is to know yourself as a person, your values, your priorities. What do you want from a program? Do they provide what you need to help you achieve success as a physician? Be sure to consider the city, proximity to family, supports and long-term goals. Practice the interview out loud with mentors, supervisors, and colleagues. Prepare to be concise with broad questions, try to structure you answer, have examples of common situations the interview may ask, research the program and have questions for that program ready for the end of the interview or at the meet and greet.

Electives in Internal Medicine

  • Elective opportunities are available and further details may be found on the UGME and PGME links below. Should you have any further inquiries about the elective opportunities you may contact the respective electives coordinator via the links below. We look forward to meeting and working with you on your elective!
  • Please note that we do not require applicants to have done onsite electives. We do, however, strongly encourage applicants to have completed at least one Internal Medicine based elective.
  • Note that resident observer-ships are not available in the Core Internal Medicine Specialty.

Why Ottawa’s Internal Medicine Residency Training Program

  • We have strong, supportive, caring, invested top notch staff and residents who are all truly happy and friendliest ever.  The program is resident focussed to ensure engagement across all areas. Incredible strong GIM group. Early and graded responsibility. Stellar kinship of trainees with our program and with other programs here at Ottawa.
  • We have excellent patient volume, variety and complexity which prepares trainees very well for entry into the subspecialty programs. Direct access to world class innovation and research (OHRI, DIME, Heart Institute). Large, state of the art simulation Centre accessible to all programs/learners. Formal mentorship at all levels (Medical Students, Residents, Staff). Numerous opportunities for teaching at all levels (PSD, PBL, CTU….).

Our Core Internal Medicine Residency Training Program

University of Ottawa Internal Medicine Residency Training Program is a fully integrated program in cooperation with the three campuses of the University’s teaching hospital: The Ottawa Hospital: General Campus (including the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre) and the Civic Campus (including the University of Ottawa Heart Institute) and the Riverside Campus. We also are fortunate to have affiliation with NOSM and the Montfort.

The general medicine experience is provided on inpatient clinical teaching units (CTUs) at led by general internists. Ambulatory care experience is obtained on various subspecialty rotations and on ambulatory care rotations. Selective and elective rotations allow for flexibility for various career paths in both community and academic environments. The program is designed to provide increasing responsibility to the trainee through all years. from many other community hospitals across the Ottawa region.

What does the core Internal Medicine Program clinical training entail?

PGY-1

As a PGY1, the trainee is assigned to inpatient units under the supervision of a senior Resident and an attending physician. It is composed of 16 weeks of general internal medicine, 4 weeks of cardiology, 4 weeks of ICU and 4 weeks of emergency medicine are mandatory. The remainder of the rotations is in any of the following subspecialty rotations: endocrinology, geriatrics, hematology, nephrology, neurology, medical oncology, palliative medicine and rheumatology. An additional four weeks in cardiology may also be completed.

PGY-2 to 3

The senior resident role is provided by a PGY 2 or PGY 3 resident. SMRs supervise medical students and PGY 1s from IM and BCT.

PGY-2 residents complete 20 weeks of General Internal Medicine as senior resident on one of six CTUs and senior on the General Medicine Consult service, 8 weeks of electives (community, external, research), 16 weeks of subspecialty rotations and 8 weeks of either CCU or ICU.

The PGY-3 year, the resident also gains experience and responsibility by participating in the consultation/triage service, the ambulatory care rotation, and a community based General Internal Medicine rotation. This year consists of 16 weeks of General Internal Medicine on the General Medicine Consult service, 4 weeks of electives (community, external, research) and 24 weeks of subspecialty rotation. The other 8 weeks are either CCU or ICU rotation (whichever was not completed during the PGY-2 year).

One 4-week rotation in Community GIM and at least one 4-week Ambulatory GIM rotation are completed during the PGY2/3 year.

What are the research opportunities, structure and support?

Residents in Core IM at U of O are required to complete at least one research project during their training. The faculty in the Department of Medicine are very supportive of resident research. Faculty research activities are collated and provided to residents as a resource. The Department of Medicine is proud to have a Director of resident research to assist in developing the curriculum to promote and mentor residents to achieve excellence in research.

In July and August, protected academic time is available to PGY2 and PGY3 residents so that they may work on their scholarly projects. Residents are expected to present at least one research project at the Department of Medicine’s annual Research Day during their training. There is also an opportunity for a dedicated research block during core years to promote scholarly endeavors.

Formal Academic Teaching?

A structured, protected, formal teaching schedule exists for all core IM trainees. This includes CTU Daily Morning Report, noon hour rounds, Medical Grand Rounds, M&M rounds, Resident Journal Club and Landmark Trials, several simulation curricula (POCUS, ACLS, ACES, procedural OSCE), dedicated half day learning targeted uniquely for each level of trainee among other sessions; Royal College preparation for the R3. These sessions are taught by our clinical staff who have been identified as leaders in education/clinical teaching. Access to NEJM Knowledge Plus® and other NEJM perks for all core trainees. Access to our state of the art Skills and Simulation Centre. There are numerous opportunities to develop and hone skills in teaching and mentorship at the PGME and UGME levels.

Do I have access to financial support?

Program trainees who attend conference(s) and/or present their scholarly work may apply for financial support annually. Formal educational seminars are also provided through the Postgraduate medical education office including sessions on conflict resolution skills and Residents as teacher’s skills. In addition, there are funds for electives, upon application, that trainees may access.

How am I evaluated?

Each trainee is evaluated by end of rotation evaluations (ITERs), 360-degree evaluations, an annual Comprehensive OSCE Examination, a Procedural Skills OSCE and as we implement Competency based education, observed clinical assessment tools (such as the OCAT for the ambulatory rotation) and clinical portion of subspecialty rotations will be utilized for review with Academic Coaches and the Competence Committee. Training for the new CBD will occur for all new trainees entering the program as well as ongoing support.

How does the program recognize trainees and staff?

This is a big deal for us! We have an annual DoM recognition ceremony where learners and staff alike are recognized for their contributions, innovation, etc. It is one of our biggest events for DoM. The University also has a Faculty of Medicine awards ceremony that awards staff, trainees, students for all the great things they do. Our DoM has a weekly newsletter to feature key events, news, announcements and successes. Our twitter page regularly highlights trainee achievements (@OttawaIM). In addition, the Core IM program celebrates our graduating R3s in an end of year recognition for them and serves as a great venue to award our trainees form all levels awards in the CanMeds roles and other important awards such as “going the extra mile”, “mentor”, “innovation”, etc.

How is balance and wellbeing achieved and maintained?

Ottawa is a great city that is not only bilingual but wonderfully multicultural, offering endless opportunities for foodies, night life, outdoor enthusiasts, cultural festivals and fairs, performing arts, museums and so much more. Our program has an annual retreat to Tremblant. The DoM puts on a winter party each January that is attended by staff, trainees, administrative personal and their guests. PARO also has several events to promote wellness and balance that is fully supported by the program. Many opportunities to trainees to become involved in the are available. The program also funds the weekly sports night where trainees can go and join others in activities such as soccer, volleyball, etc. TOH also has a GoodLife gym area at the General with staff rates to promote physical activity and wellness. We also hold “Christmas Grand Rounds” that is lead by the Resident body and is lighthearted “roast” of the GIM personel. Other events such as the R3 Farewell Dinner/Party, R3 Match Party, R1 welcome Night, and the R1 match socials.

How does the program help my career development?

We have mandatory mentorship with staff, as well as mentorship with more senior residents to help answer questions and provide guidance.  Access to all the major medicine subspecialties and staff who have an open-door policy to discuss their career, (sub) speciality, and training on site.  Financial support for each resident to attend or present at conferences. Formal preparation series for CaRMS medicine subspecialty match. Yearly career night to allow for networking with subspecialty program directors in a more informal, relaxed setting.

What Our Residency Program Can Offer You.

Under the leadership of Dr. Danny Lelli, our Residency Program has continued to thrive.

Established in 1969 and fully accredited in 1971, our program boasts a 100% pass rate on the Royal College examinations for over 20 years.

Numerous initiatives (expansion of longitudinal clinics, hierarchical resident integration on-call and on CTU, OSCE, etc) have enriched the neurology residency program resulting in residents expressing high levels of satisfaction with their education. This has lead to recruitment of excellent Canadian Medical Graduates and International Medical Graduates over the past number of years.

In addition to traditional weekly neuroscience rounds, the Division of Neurology has gradually integrated a wide spectrum of subspecialty rounds: neurovascular, stroke research, neuromuscular, journal club, basic neuroscience.

The philosophy of our residency program has always been to offer a wide exposure to all aspects of clinical neurology as well as the basic sciences, which are so vital to understanding neurological disease. Our resident graduates are prepared to undertake further training through Fellowships and to ultimately pursue any career path they may choose- from pure clinical to pure research. We are proud of our resident graduates who have assumed both community Neurology and geographical full-time academic positions at prestigious hospitals and institutions throughout Canada and the US. Twelve of our former residents are presently staff members in the Division including five GFT staff.

Program Overview

Our five-year program includes one year of core Internal Medicine and subspecialties, as well as rotations in Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, Neuroradiology and Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation.

Approximately 2 ½ of the 3 ½ core Neurology years are clinical, including Neurology CTU, an inpatient consultation service, various subspecialty clinics, and the Pediatric Neurology service.  Residents also attend their own monthly General Neurology Clinic longitudinally throughout the last three and a half years of the program.

The Neurological Sciences rotations include neuropathology, EMG, EEG and neuroscience research blocks. Six months of elective/selective time are also available, allowing residents to cater their education experiences according to their career goals. In the PGY 4 year, residents act as PBL tutors for the neuroscience undergraduate block.

As well our Postgraduate Program takes pride in its dynamic didactic program, arranged in the form of academic half-days, case rounds and journal clubs.

Tuesday afternoons are protected time for residents to attend their academic half-day, where a rich 2-year interactive curriculum covering clinical neurology, neuroscience and core CanMeds competencies is presented by the University of Ottawa teaching staff and invited speakers from across Canada.

Over the summer months, the half-days are run by residents and focus on basic sciences and neuroanatomy.

On Wednesday morning case rounds, a patient from the ward is examined and the selected condition is discussed.

Friday morning grand rounds are comprised of one hour of neuroradiology case discussions, followed by a roster of highly academic presentations by local and invited speakers (neurology, neurosurgery, neuropathology, basic sciences, pediatric neurology).

Monthly clinical epidemiology journal clubs teach residents to critique the neurological literature, and less formal monthly subspecialty dinner journal clubs allow residents to keep abreast of current developments in neurology.  Bi-weekly stroke journal club review latest publications and trials in vascular neurology.

Our residents are frequently evaluated: bi-annual Royal College-style written exam and OSCEs (including standardized patients), annual RITE exams and a monthly Preston session, where a senior resident undergoes a long-case exam, allowing assessment of examination techniques (STACER) and diagnostic formulation.  Resident progress is closely monitored and the passing rate at fellowship exams for the past 20 years has been 100%.

If you require further information about our program please contact Janis Crawley, Neurology Residency Program Administrator, at jacrawley@toh.on.ca.

The Division of Dermatology, University of Ottawa, provides a well-balanced educational experience for residents in a small cohesive program. Residents are exposed to a wealth of clinical material at both the The Ottawa Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. In addition residents develop excellent dermatological surgical skills including MOH’s Surgery. Residents are taught Dermatopatholgy in seminars and electives with our experienced Dermatopathologist. Our division is recognized as a center of excellence in Contact Dermatitis, Skin Ulcer Care, MOH’s Surgery, and Laser Therapy. Our staff are experienced, friendly, and treat residents with respect.

Residents have a good teaching to service ratio. The program has 14 residents (PGY1-5) sharing on-call. Our weekly Academic half day includes Dermatology Rounds with interesting cases, Basic Science seminars, Therapeutics, Pathology, and Morphology.

Residents present both nationally and internationally. They also partake in clinical research projects which are usually published.

Residents have clinics and in-patient services at The Ottawa Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. The Division of Dermatology is based at the Civic site of the The Ottawa Hospital where there is a resident’s room with computer access.

Our residents spend at least one week in Nunavut during their program under the guidance of Dr. S. Shukle.

Sample Schedule

PGY1 – 13 block rotations distributed across Paediatrics, Wards, General Medicine (CTU), Rheumatology, Vascular surgery, Adultt and Pediatrics Emeregeny, Geriatrics, Plastic surgery and Dermatology.

PGY2 – 13 block rotations including Ambulatory Medicine and Pediatrics, General Medicine (CTU), Medical Oncology, Hematology, Rheumatology, Infectious Disease, Medical Genetics, Family Medicine and Dermatology.

PGY1 & PGY2 receive longitudinal pathology teaching at academic half day.

For further information, please contact:

Anne Grose, Program Administrator (agrose@toh.ca)

Tel: 613-798-5555 ext. 14774

Our residency program is a five-year training program consisting of one year of basic clinical training; three years of core Nuclear Medicine; 6 months of cross-sectional imaging relevant to nuclear medicine; and 6 months of approved residency in subspecialty training in nuclear medicine. The three years of nuclear medicine include rotations in general nuclear medicine; nuclear cardiology; cross-sectional imaging in diagnostic radiology; PET-CT; and pediatric nuclear medicine. The residents will have an opportunity to rotate at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute for the Nuclear Cardiology rotation. Two sites are available in Ottawa for PET-CT rotation (General Campus at The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa Heart Institute). Inter-university arrangements have also been made with McGill University at the Montreal General Hospital and Jewish General Hospital, to enhance residents’ exposure to a variety of pathologies. In their senior years residents will do a 3-month rotation in Pediatric Nuclear Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and St. Justine Hospital in Montreal.

The residents are provided protected time to attend academic half days one morning every week. Interesting Case Rounds, Research Rounds, Morbidity & Mortality Rounds, Chief Rounds and Journal Club meetings are held regularly. City-wide Nuclear Medicine Grand Rounds are held monthly where residents, staff physicians, and visiting professors make presentations. Residents are encouraged to participate in a research project during their PGY4 training, and they are invited to present their research topic at the annual Residents’ Research Day. They are also encouraged to apply for the Resident Research Awards offered by the University of Ottawa.

Highlights

The Division of Nuclear Medicine is a very important division within the Department of Medicine. There are two clinical sites which feature state-of-the-art cameras (the General and Civic Campuses):

  • 11 gamma cameras including 3 SPECT-CT
  • 2 BMD scanners
  • 1 state of the art PET-CT for Oncology
  • 1 PET-CT for Cardiac at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Nuclear Medicine has a strong clinical and research PET Program at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. General Nuclear Medicine research is strongly encouraged.

For More information about the residency training program, please contact:

Stephen Dinning, MD, FRCPC, Residency Program Director through Bilquis Hyder Ali, Executive Program Administrator: bhyderali@toh.on.ca

University of Ottawa Physiatry Mission Statement

“We strive to provide comprehensive training of the highest quality, tailored to meet the educational needs of individual residents.  We prepare our graduates to be competent and respected physiatrists in the practice they choose – be it general, sub-specialty, academic or community-based.”

The University of Ottawa Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency training program is a direct entry 5 year program fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).  The U of O PM&R program has been hailed as a “model for the country” by the RCPSC accreditors.

There are 2 PGY-1 positions available per year.  The PGY-2 to PGY-5 training consists of 3 blocks each in Neurology, Orthopedics and Rheumatology with the rest of the training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation inpatient and outpatient services. Our program contains all the core Physiatry rotations as well as other sub-specialty rotations not commonly seen in other programs – Pediatric and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation.

The PM&R Division has an independent education infrastructure with its own Education Committee encompassing undergraduate (UG), postgraduate (PG) and continuing professional development (CPD) components, each chaired by a faculty member.  The Division conducts an annual needs assessment to create its own weekly PM&R grand rounds, monthly journal clubs and annual research day.

There are 12 dedicated academic physiatrists who contribute actively to the training program.  Our faculty members have diverse clinical and scholarship interests so that our curriculum easily integrates the seven CanMEDS core competences within the curriculum. The competencies are explicitly taught in our formal curriculum and reinforced in our informal curriculum with 1:1 teaching.

The strength of the program lies in its comprehensive yet flexible structure with an open and transparent feedback process.  Trainees are provided with regular, well-timed feedback. Mid and final rotation evaluations are conducted on every rotation. Similarly, residents provide faculty regular feedback on their teaching abilities and on the rotation.

To learn more about our program, please visit:  www.ottawaphysiatry.com

The Department of Medicine offers the following subspecialty residency programs for trainees who have completed their Core Internal Medicine training.

Cardiology Postgraduate Program

Physicians at the Heart Institute hold teaching appointments within the University’s Faculty of Medicine, overseeing students in their cardiac rotations, residency, and Fellowship programs.

Residency training for Cardiology includes rotations in the Coronary Care Unit, Catheterization Lab, Consultation Service, Cardiology Ward, Electrophysiology, Echocardiography, Non-Invasive Testing, Nuclear Cardiology, Research, Cardiac CT, Pediatric Cardiology, Adult Congenital Cardiology, and Ambulatory Cardiac Care.

Fellowships and Research Fellowships are also offered in Echocardiography, Invasive Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiac CT, and Positron Emission Tomography (PET). The scope of all of the educational programs extends beyond normal parameters, encompassing areas such as advanced practice nursing, research methodology, biostatistics, and medical ethics.

Our Cardiology Program is a fully accredited postgraduate training program by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. It is a three-year program that provides training in all of the clinical and technical aspects in cardiology.

Requirements for Postgraduate Training in Cardiology are as follows:

  • Three years of training in Internal Medicine in an approved training program including a maximum of six months in clinical cardiology
  • Three years of training in cardiology

General objectives of the Cardiology Training Program include:

  • To produce a specialist in Cardiology with a high degree of skill and knowledge in all aspects of modern clinical cardiology, with a demonstrated ability to act as a consultant to other physicians including other specialists and surgeons.
  • To provide training in specific sub-specialties of cardiology and to meet guidelines developed by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society.
  • As per the guidelines of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Heart Institute provides full training in Adult Cardiology as follows:
    • 14 blocks of clinical residency:
      • Four blocks acute cardiac care
      • Six blocks clinical cardiology (including cardiology CTU and consultation)
      • Two blocks ambulatory cardiology
      • Two blocks pediatric cardiology
    • 14 blocks of laboratory-based residency:
      • Four blocks cardiac catheterization
      • Four blocks echocardiography
      • Two blocks electrophysiology / pacemaker
      • Two blocks ECG / ambulatory ECG monitoring / exercise stress testing
      • Two blocks nuclear cardiology
      • Four blocks elective
      • Four blocks research (clinical and/or basic)

Residents rotate through the clinical services primarily during their first two years of training; generally performing two consecutive blocks at once. Residents do two blocks of dedicated time in the Ambulatory Care Clinic. This can be performed at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, the Ottawa Hospital – General Site, or the Ottawa Cardiovascular Centre (which is a private practice group in the City of Ottawa). Residents also do out-patient clinics during specific rotations such as the Clinical Teach Unit service (Team Blue), the Arrhythmia Service (for both in-patient and out-patient consultations), and the Adult Congenital Clinic.

In-patient clinical experience is the primary duty of the residents while they are performing pediatric rotation at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Finally, third-year residents will run a longitudinal clinic – a one-year clinic where they spend one day per week with an attending cardiologist. The resident is assigned patients and expected to manage all aspects of their cardiac care using the staff cardiologist as a resource.

Residents are given graded responsibility with close supervision of their activities in the first year, with increasing autonomy in the second year. Third year residents, while on call, do call from home allowing them to provide a consultative support to more junior house staff.

Laboratory rotations are organized throughout all three years. Residents receive graded instruction in various technical aspects with examinations at the end of each of these rotations. During their third year, the residents are given additional opportunity to focus on a specific area of special interest. For example, residents are given the opportunity for extra time in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory if they are pursuing an Interventional Fellowship program.

Research: Four blocks of research are also spread out throughout the entire three years. Residents are contacted to discuss research and introduced to research projects under way at the Heart Institute. At least one research project is identified and conducted during their three-year residency.

Residents are required to make one presentation during the Heart Institute Research Day during their first two years and all residents are required to present a research topic during their third year. Residents are encouraged to present their research material at national and international meetings.

Elective Rotations: In addition to core cardiology training, the Division of Cardiology at the Heart Institute encourages residents from other centres to perform electives. Residents contact the Program Director to arrange these electives in all areas of subspecialty cardiology. Our program has particular strengths in Interventional and Cardiac Catheterization, Echocardiography, Electrophysiology, Nuclear Medicine / PET Imaging, and Cardiac Transplantation.

The training program is three years with further Fellowship training available in subspecialties. The program includes the following clinical and laboratory aspects of cardiology: Electrocardiography,  Echo Doppler, Nuclear Cardiology including PET Imaging, Invasive Cardiology, Angiography and Hemodynamics,  Electrophysiology, and Pacemaker/Defibrillator.

Principal goals are to develop clinical diagnostic skills with emphasis on history taking and physical examination and the use of sound principles of logic and deduction to make an accurate bedside diagnosis in all aspects of adult cardiovascular disease. Other skills involve a wide variety of cardiology subjects including:

  • Selection of patients for surgery
  • Indications for and use of rehabilitation programs
  • Pharmacology of drugs
  • Dietetics
  • Psychological aspects of cardiac disease
  • Preventive cardiac medicine

Skills will relate to all aspects of acute coronary care, including prevention and management of dysrhythmias and the use of invasive techniques such as intra-arterial catheter insertion and Swan-Ganz catheter insertion, for example. Training involves using drugs in the management of low output states and cardiogenic shock, familiarity with methods of mechanical support of the circulation and indications for and management of cardiac transplantation.

Other skill development involves the use of non-invasive forms of investigation, including:

  • ECG Exercising Testing and Holter Monitoring
  • Echocardiography and Doppler Ultrasound
  • Imaging and functional testing using radioisotopes including PET Scanning

Program Content: A flexible rotation list is combined with a wide variety of teaching rounds with attending cardiologists for daily rounds in the Coronary Care Unit and weekly professor rounds. Weekly conferences cover hemodynamics, electrocardiography and non-invasive testing procedures, and weekly lectures and combined rounds with the departments of Cardiac Surgery and Pathology. In addition, a weekly one hour post-graduate course covers aspects of basic and clinical science and a regular journal club is available.

The rotation plan is influenced by individual need:

  • CCU: 4 months
  • Echo Doppler: 4 months
  • Nuclear Cardiology: 2 months
  • Cath Lab: 4 months
  • Congenital Heart Disease: 2 months (including pediatric cardiology)
  • Electrophysiology: 4 months
  • Heart Failure & Transplantation: 2 months
  • Research: 4 months
  • Electives: 4 months
  • Electives: 4 months

Our program is designed to accommodate level 2 training Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) in Echo Doppler or Cardiac Catheterization. In addition, one year of training can be provided towards North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology (NASPE) qualifications in EP. Electives are offered in Research, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Preventive Cardiology, Lipidology Hypertension, or further training in the basic rotations. Cardiology Training for Residents in Internal Medicine, Anesthesia, Family Practice, and Emergency Medicine Trainees in Internal Medicine at the University of Ottawa rotate through the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and gain experience in bedside diagnosis and management, coronary care, and the insertion of Swan-Ganz and transvenous pacemakers. In selected cases, a one-year training program in Cardiology is available to those residents who wish to continue their training in Internal Medicine with a special interest in Cardiology. In addition, training periods are provided for residents in Anesthesia, Family Practice, and Emergency Medicine, particularly in electrocardiography and acute coronary care.

Program Training Committee A Program Director, Chief of Cardiology, Chief Cardiology Resident, four staff cardiologists from various subspecialty aspects (including representation from the Ottawa Hospital – General Site) and an elected cardiology resident form the training committee, which meets every month. Residents are interviewed quarterly with the Director. The Chief Cardiology Resident plays an important part in the committee and participates in all discussions.

Applications should be sent to:

Dr. Michael Froeschl  Program Director (Adult Cardiology) University of Ottawa Heart Institute 3411-40 Ruskin Street Ottawa, ON CANADA K1Y 4W7

For further information, please contact:

Karen Bell, Program Administrator (KBell@ottawaheart.ca)

The Adult Critical Care Training Program at the University of Ottawa is a 2 year program and is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  Due to its multidisciplinary approach to the critically ill patient, candidates from emergency medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, or anesthesia base specialty programs are eligible to apply. Candidates must have completed training in their base program on entry to the Adult Critical Care Medicine program. The number of residents accepted to the program varies annually.

The University of Ottawa offers a comprehensive Residency program in Adult Critical Care Medicine. It has received full accreditation from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), with strengths in clinical training and excellence in medical education and research.

Please visit  the Adult Critical Care Training Program website for general information on the program.

For further information, please contact:

Gabrielle Lockhart, Program Administrator (glockhart@toh.ca)

Tel: 613-737-8701

The fellowship program in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Ottawa provides you with a dynamic, stimulating environment with a strong focus on residency education.  A large catchment area ensures exposure to all types and severity of endocrine disease.   Numerous initiatives within the program (longitudinal clinics with increasing levels of responsibility, expanded academic ½ day curriculum, opportunities for rotations in specialized clinics, opportunities to pursue research training) have resulted in residents expressing high levels of satisfaction with their training program.

A 2 year program has been designed to provide the trainee with the appropriate skills to maintain a consultative practice in Endocrinology and Metabolism. The first year of the program is primarily clinical and the trainee will be exposed to a variety of clinics in Endocrinology and Metabolism, and the In-Patient Endocrinology and Metabolism consult service. A key component of the clinical experience is the Longitudinal Clinic. Residents will be assigned a supervisor for this clinic and follow patients in this clinic throughout their 2 years of training. The second year of the program may be tailored to the resident’s learning needs and future career goals with an increased emphasis on research if desired.

A comprehensive academic ½ day curriculum has been designed to cover all major topics within Endocrinology and Metabolism. A fellow’s Journal Club for landmark trials also occurs on this day. Teaching of non-medical expert CanMeds roles is also provided with workshops within the academic ½ day curriculum.

In addition to the weekly academic ½ day, endocrinology residents have access to a large number of weekly educational rounds including Endocrinology Grand Rounds (a weekly city wide round, often with guest speakers), a dedicated journal club specifically for endocrinology trainees, visiting professor series, case discussion rounds, and research retreats. Trainees gain experience in basic science and laboratory methodology with a 1 month rotation at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Exposure to community endocrinology and pediatrics is provided through 1 month rotations. Additional rotations in these areas will be provided if desired by the trainee. Trainees also have the opportunity for electives and for specialized rotations in, obesity, reproductive endocrinology, ophthalmology, medical complications in pregnancy and women’s health.

The philosophy of the Endocrinology and Metabolism training program at the University of Ottawa has always been wide exposure to all aspects of Clinical Endocrinology grounded in a solid basic science base.  Graduates from our program are well prepared to pursue further training through fellowships and ultimately to pursue the career path that they choose through the spectrum of pure research to purely clinical.  We are proud of the graduates from our program who have assumed community endocrinology positions as well as geographical full time positions at academic institutions across Canada and worldwide.

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For further information, please contact:

Kristen Rae-Schoo, Program Administrator (krae@toh.ca)

Tel: 613-738-8400 ext. 82239

The Division of Gastroenterology subspecialty program is a fully accredited two-year residency.  Residents enter the program after completing three years of internal medicine.  The first year of the GI training program allows residents to complete their requirements for internal medicine and to write the internal medicine Royal college examinations.  After completing the second year of the GI program, residents qualify to write the gastroenterology examinations of the Royal College.

The GI program in the Department of Medicine has always been recognized as a strong clinical program, with excellence in resident teaching.  The large referral base of the Ottawa hospital provides an excellent opportunity for residents to see a multitude of common and rare medical conditions and emergencies as well as outpatient gastroenterology related illnesses.  This large referral base also exposes residents to a multitude of both emergency as well as routine endoscopic procedures including a variety of specialized procedures. This large referral base provides a strong foundation for our teaching program – facilitating both clinical teaching as well as research opportunities.

Participation in IBD Rounds, Academic ½ Day, M&M Rounds, journal Club and GUT Club are expected over the course of both years regardless of which rotation the resident is doing.

Longitudinal clinics occur in both years.  In the first year one half day per week is given to a longitudinal clinic in general gastroenterology.  In the second year one half day per week is given to a Longitudinal Liver Clinic with either Dr. Tom Shaw-Stiffel or Dr. Linda Scully.  A similar ½ day per week is give to a longitudinal Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic under the supervision of Dr. Saloojee or Dr. Sy.

Longitudinal clinics allow residents the opportunity to perform the initial consultation, and then follow these patients.   These one-half day per week clinics allow the residents to take on the primary caregiver role and therefore the resident is expected to attend these clinics while on their general GI clinic rotations.  The residents are exempt from these clinics only during elective and research periods.  The longitudinal clinics have been an excellent learning experience for our residents and have been highly rated by them.

The program has benefited greatly from the development of the inflammatory bowel disease clinic at the Ottawa hospital.  This clinic serves the needs of the inflammatory bowel disease population by providing a multidisciplinary clinic including a General Surgeon, a Gastroenterologist, and the support of nutrition services.  The clinic has allowed the creation of an IBD longitudinal clinic as well as provided opportunities for research projects.  Currently Drs Saloojee and Sy attend IBD clinic as does Dr. M. Friedlich from the Department of Surgery.

Being a small program, we have the luxury of having a very close relationship with our residents and an open door policy.  Both the program director and the division chief are easily approachable and responsive to the needs of the residents.  Residents also have close contact with the rotation supervisor and undergo a post rotation evaluation, which also gives the staff an opportunity to discuss matters of career planning, and any concerns the residents may have.  The program director meets with the residents every six months to formally go over their evaluations and to also discuss career planning and any concerns they may have.

Strengths of This Program

  • Diverse clinical experience afforded by the large referral base.
  • Protected educational time. Very good service to educational ratio making this an excellent clinical training program with a record of producing solid gastroenterology.
  • The members of the division are dedicated clinical teachers.
  • The program administrator works tirelessly to better the program, Spearheading such initiatives as videoconference equipment, and the GI website. Through her diligence, the program runs seamlessly.
  • Longitudinal clinics provide residents with a feeling of ownership over patient care. Residents form long term physician-patient relationships and witness the effects of management decisions.
  • Multidisciplinary IBD clinic allows a concentrated exposure to IBD patients and collaboration with surgeons and other personnel.
  • The multitude of rounds, Journal clubs, and Gut clubs ensures a complete exposure to issues in Gastroenterology.
  • The enthusiasm of our colleagues in pathology, radiology and surgery add to the learning experience of our residents.

For further information, please contact:

Dorothy Found, Program Administrator (dfound@toh.ca)

General Internal Medicine 2-year Subspecialty Program

The University of Ottawa program is committed to training General Internists for community and academic settings. The University of Ottawa is the only bilingual Faculty of Medicine in Canada and is committed to providing training to health professionals to serve the needs of French-speaking patients. The Ottawa Hospital is the primary institution of the University of Ottawa providing access to academic resources and all levels of patient care from primary to tertiary. The Montfort Hospital is also affiliated with the University of Ottawa and offers community based training in the French language environment.

Trainees in the General Internal Medicine 2-year Subspecialty program will be identified and assigned to primarily community or academic paths, although both can be explored. Trainees will also be assessed for ability to work in the French-language environment. This is not a pre-requisite of the program but those who are able to converse fluently in French will be encouraged to complete appropriate rotations in the unique training environment of the Montfort Hospital.

All trainees in the General Internal Medicine 2-year Subspecialty program must complete a scholarly project regardless of career path. The project will be required to be presented at the University of Ottawa Resident Research Day.

Selection Criteria

Residents enter the 2-year General Internal Medicine program through the CaRMS MSM match. Each applicant’s file is reviewed and evaluated using the following information; performance during IM residency, letters of reference, research experience, and other information as available. Suitable candidates are offered structured interviews with at least two faculty members from the Division of General Internal Medicine, a PGY4/5 GIM Resident and the director of the General Internal Medicine program. The applicants are then ranked and positions offered through the CaRMS match.

In addition, all candidates must meet the Ontario criteria of eligibility.

Program Highlights

Academic Half Days: This is a mandatory activity for all residents in the program. These Half Days will occur on a bi-monthly basis. Time will be protected for attendance. The content will be divided into didactic lectures provided by experts in the field of study, small group sessions, case-based discussions and resident-guided scholarly work.

Ultrasound Skill Course: Our division offers a wide expertise in POCUS. Residents will have the opportunity to participate in a formal POCUS curriculum designed for their learning needs. They will also get a minimum of 6 hours of hands- on instruction, using simulators and standardized patients, from highly qualified instructors.

Research Opportunities: Residents will be expected to perform a research project during the course of the residency. This must be approved by the Program Director. Residents will be supported by a GIM appointed faculty research advisor. Projects may vary in complexity from a quality project to a master’s thesis level project.

Program Curriculum

This residency program is for 2 year(s)

Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.

Core Rotations

Each rotation follows the Postgraduate Rotation Schedule: Mandatory rotations include:

DescriptionDurationSites in which this training may be taken
General Internal Medicine consultation service (which could be in the emergency department (consult internist); inpatient setting (junior attending team leader) or in a community setting3 blocksCivic or General Campus Montfort Hospital Other community settings as approved by the Program Director
General Internal Medicine in a junior attending/team leader role2 blocksCivic or General Campus
Medical Consultation in Pregnancy *can be done concurrently with periop1 blockBase – General Campus; individual clinics – Civic, Riverside, Montfort and Queensway Carleton Hospital
Peri-operative Medicine *can be done concurrently with medical complications in pregnancy1 blockThe Ottawa Hospital
Community General Internal Medicine1 blockSites with training under direct supervision of General Internist in a Canadian community setting with potential to be a future practice location
Ambulatory General Internal Medicine clinic in longitudinal format4 blocksRiverside Campus
Critical Care (coronary care and/or intensive care)1 blockICU – The Ottawa Hospital ICU – Community Option – Montfort and Queensway Carleton Hospital CCU – Ottawa Heart Institute
Cardiac Diagnostic1 blockOttawa Heart Institute Ottawa Cardiovascular Centre – Community option
Research Project1 blockThe Ottawa Hospital
Additional General Internal Medicine or Clinical areas pertinent to future General Internal Medicine3 blocksThe Ottawa Hospital or Community option

Elective Rotations

DescriptionDurationSites in which this training may be taken
Community General Internal Medicine Path3 blocksSites with training under direct supervision of General Internist in a Canadian community setting with potential to be a future practice location
Community General Internal Medicine PathMax 6 blocksClinical area of interests with approval of Program Director
Academic General Internal Medicine Path3 blocks to max 9 blocksThe Ottawa HospitalAdvanced training in area of academic interest which may include registration in a Master’s Program

For further information, please contact:

Allison Coutts, Program Administrator (acoutts@toh.ca)

Tel: 613-798-5555 ext. 13062

Geriatric Medicine Residency Training Program

The Geriatric Medicine Residency Training Program provides an excellent 2 year subspecialty training experience with a focus on education. The philosophy of our Program is a strong commitment to the CanMeds competencies and ensuring a broad exposure to clinical medicine grounded in a research base. The first year of the Program is predominantly clinical. The trainee will be exposed to Geriatric Medicine in a variety of settings including 3 months training in Geriatric Psychiatry, which is a major strength and key component of the Ottawa Program. There is also attendance on the Geriatric Medicine Inpatient Unit at the Ottawa Hospital, consultation services to both Campuses, outpatient clinics and a unique exposure to Geriatric Medicine in Rural Clinics.

Throughout the two years of training, the trainee attends Longitudinal Clinics with increasing levels of responsibility and a strong and comprehensive Academic Half Day Curriculum. Trainees are expected to participate in research and Ottawa has developed a particular expertise in driving and dementia.

We provide a great degree of flexibility in the Residency Training Program in the second year in order to meet the career needs of our candidates. Elective time can be individualized based on the trainees future goals i.e. Research, Education, Administration or a particular Clinical focus. Several members of the Division have significant administrative roles in the Undergraduate Education Program and this provides trainees with opportunities to broaden their education and teaching experiences.

We are proud of our graduates who have been successful in establishing academic and community based careers across Canada.

For further information, please contact:

Debbie Clement, Program Administrator (dclement@toh.ca) or 613-761-4795.

Hematology Residency Training Program

  • PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Dr. Andrea Kew
  • PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Vincent Paul

The Hematology Residency Training Program is proud to provide an extremely strong training experience. The residents who complete our program are fully prepared to excel in independent practice.

We have a world-class Bone Marrow Transplant Program as well as an internationally renowned Thrombosis Program with impressive research funding and productivity.  We provide a great degree of flexibility in the Residency Training Program in order to meet the career needs of our candidates, with significant elective time for each resident to individualize their program based on their particular interests.

The division is extremely supportive of the Hematology Training Program with a strong commitment to education and the CanMEDS philosophy.  Strengths of our educational program include a rigorous academic curriculum, a culture of ongoing formative evaluation and unique longitudinal clinics that teach residents to become independent medical experts in hematology. Our graduates have established successful careers with a wide range of interests including community hematology, basic science research, clinical research and academic practice with many becoming internationally recognized leaders in their fields.

The University of Ottawa Division of Infectious Diseases offers a two year training program in adult infectious diseases that is fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Trainees are exposed to the breadth and depth of clinical infectious diseases such as community and nosocomially acquired infections, infections in critically-ill patients, opportunistic infections in immunocompromised hosts including HIV and recipients of solid organ and hematological stem cell transplants. Dedicated ambulatory care clinics exist for viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, infections in returning travelers, and patients requiring home parenteral antibiotic therapy.

The program content fulfills the training requirements for eligibility to sit the Royal College Subspecialty Examination in Infectious Diseases. The Program focuses on equipping trainees with the necessary skills for an academic career that encompasses laboratory based research supervised by Facultyclinician-scientists. However, the six months of elective rotations allow sufficient flexibility that permit trainees to tailor their training to suit their own career pathway.

For further information, please contact:

Li Kwong-Jedrzejczak, Program Administrator (lkwong@toh.ca)

Tel: 613-737-8899 ext. 74184

Our postgraduate medical oncology residency training program is a two year program leading to a Certificate of Special Competence from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

The program is well established having trained medical oncologists since 1983. The program continues to have full accreditation by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Program Outline

Rotation blocks are 4 weeks each (13 blocks per year). Program requirements are:

PGY 4

  • 1 Block Palliative Care
  • 2 Blocks Radiation Oncology
  • 2 Blocks Hematology
  • 3 Blocks Inpatient service
  • 5 Blocks Outpatient service

PGY 5

  • 6 Blocks Outpatient service
  • 1 Block Inpatient service
  • 5 Blocks Electives
  • 1 Block Radiation Oncology

Educational Activities

Academic Half-Day (Weekly)

  • Medical Oncology session, 1:303:30 - small group session where assigned resident reviews the topic and teaches their peers under the supervision of a staff oncologist.
  • Combined Med-Onc/Rad-Onc session, 4:00-5:30 (Sep to Jun) - didactic session by staff oncologist(s)
  • Current Oncology Rounds (Journal Club), 8:00-9:00 AM (4th Wednesday, of each month, September to June) - resident led sessions reviewing 2 key tumour site specific articles and their methodological issues
  • Longitudinal Clinic Rounds, 12:00-13:00 (Monthly, last Monday of each block rotation all year round) - A new initiative has enabled residents and fellows to have their own clinics and patient roster.  It allows the trainees to have continuity of care and see the outcomes of their decisions longitudinally through all stages of an individual patient’s care.  They are responsible for managing all facets of a patient’s care including complications, advocating for treatments/benefits to government and insurance companies, clinic management etc.  The “Longitudinal rounds” once per month allows the trainees to present one of their patients to their peers and staff to have an open forum for clinical case discussion and educational interaction.

Curriculum for Clinical Research Education Program

  • 2 hour session every 2 months (2 year rotation of topics)
  • coordinated by the Department of Medicine for all PGY4/5
  • taught by The Methods Centre, Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Ottawa Health Research Institute

Annual Retreat

  • Residents coordinated off-site activity
  • Invited speakers to address topics around Can Meds domaine (other than medical expert) e.g. medico-legal, ethics, professionalism, practice management

For further information, please contact:

Arlette Mendicino, Program Administrator (amendicino@toh.ca)

Tel: 613-737-7700 ext. 70241

Leaders in Medical Education, and proven experts in Research (both basic and clinical science)  await you at the Division of Nephrology at the University of Ottawa. Our program operates out The Ottawa Hospital and serves a large catchment area that will provide you with a rich and diverse experience in clinical nephrology.

What Our Residency Program Can Offer You.

The Nephrology Training Program offered through the University of Ottawa and the Department of Medicine has been in existence since 1986, and is fully approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  Since the inception of the program, all trainees have been successful in obtaining their certificate of special competence.

Royal College fellows and Clinical Nephrology fellows train together in our program, which allows for a diverse and supportive learning environment.  We currently have 10 trainees at various stages of expertise.

The Nephrology Division in the Department of Medicine consists of 20 individuals located at three sites, serving a base population of approximately one million. The Civic site has an active consult service, as well as an 18-station hemodialysis unit. The General site is the location for our nephrology CTU, as well as a 32-station hemodialysis unit. The Riverside site is home to the Home Dialysis Unit (including home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis), another 30-station hemodialysis unit and all the ambulatory clinic activity (general Nephrology, pre-dialysis and transplant). We care for about 700 hemodialysis and 140 peritoneal dialysis patients in the region. The renal transplant service cares for over 700 patients, and performs about seventy new transplants per year.

Program Overview

Our 2-year program consists of a structured clinical first year and a flexible second elective year to allow trainees to pursue areas of individual interest.  Rotations are located at all three sites of the Ottawa Hospital.  The first year rotations consist of in-patients/consultation, hemodialysis, home dialysis, transplantation and ambulatory clinics. Each trainee has a personal longitudinal ambulatory care clinic that is held one afternoon a week (Tuesday).

The second year of training can be entirely geared to fulfill the needs related to your eventual career path. In addition to further study of the major areas of nephrology, there is an opportunity for you to spend time in pediatric nephrology, pathology and community nephrology.  Alternatively, you may choose to spend time doing research. Our program has a strong basic science research program through the newly built University of Ottawa Kidney Research Centre, and a strong clinical research component with several of our nephrologists trained as epidemiologists.

We have a well-established fellows’ curriculum in a weekly noon-hour-rounds taught by members of our Division.  In addition, there are weekly nephrology grand rounds, clinical case discussions, biopsy rounds, evidence based nephrology and journal clubs.

The Division also offers a 12 month fellowship in renal transplantation; the program is accredited with the ASN/AST. This fellowship is geared for those individuals who have completed Nephrology training but would like to extend and expand their expertise in renal transplantation. The training program includes a minimum 6 month core clinical experience in the inpatient and outpatient setting as well as two months of laboratory transplantation in the tissue typing lab and pathology. Four months are set aside for possible elective experiences depending on the fellow’s research and/or clinical interests. The fellowship accepts 1-2 trainees per year; applications are due by October 16thof each calendar year with decisions made by mid-November.

For further information, please contact:

Lesli Ransome, Program Administrator (lransome@toh.ca)

Tel: 613-798-5555 ext.82509

The Department of Medicine is pleased to offer a two-year subspecialty residency program in Adult Palliative Medicine.  For details on the Program, its goals, and the application process, please refer to the CaRMS Medicine Subspecialty Match website.

Clinical fellowships in palliative medicine may also be available.  The Division also supports an Enhanced Skills Family Practice Program in Palliative Care, which is sponsored by the Department of Family Medicine.

You are invited to contact the Program at pmrp@bruyere.org

The University of Ottawa offers a 2 year (PGY 4-5) respirology training program, for residents who have completed 3 years of core internal medicine training. We strive to offer the best possible clinical and academic training in adult respirology, in a collegial and friendly environment. Our trainees benefit from a broad range of clinical exposures and an extensive educational curriculum. The clinical experience includes general respirology and specialized outpatient clinics, in both hospital- and community-based settings. Trainees are exposed in all relevant areas of respiratory medicine including sleep, critical care, interventional pulmonology, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary rehabilitation, and respiratory infectious diseases.

All trainees participate in the medical school curriculum, providing lectures and leading learning groups for medical students of all levels. Scholarly activity is encouraged. Mentorship and formal training in clinical research is offered.

The curriculum is designed to provide comprehensive training in all aspects of general respirology, with the flexibility for each trainee to tailor their education experience to best suit their unique career goals. Our trainees graduate to successful respirology careers in both academic and community settings.

Some Program Highlights:

Highly committed faculty: 100% of our faculty directly participates in resident education. A recent Royal College survey cited the “collegial and highly supportive faculty” as a particular strength of the program.

Broad clinical exposure: We have a referral base of over 1 million patients and specialty clinics encompassing the breadth of respiratory medicine.

Extensive technical experience: Our trainees will have the opportunity to perform a large number of procedures in the course of their training. The technical experience will likely be further enhanced by the recent acquisition of a state-of-the-art bronchoscopy simulator.

Diverse clinical settings: Training will take place not only at the campuses of the Ottawa Hospital but also private respirology offices and satellite community clinics. Interested trainees will have the opportunity to attend an aboriginal respirology clinic in Nunavut.

Extensive educational curriculum: Trainees benefit from a large number of formal rounds and workshops, provided by faculty from the divisions of Respirology, Thoracic Radiology and Thoracic Pathology.

Clinical research mentorship: Direct research mentorship is available from several experienced and highly successful faculty clinician researchers.

Please not that only residents who are currently enrolled in a Canadian Internal Medicine training program are eligible to apply. All applications are to be submitted through CARMS and will be reviewed by the program director. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

For inquiries regarding any of our programs or to arrange an elective, please contact the Program Coordinator, Crystal Lameira  at (613) 737-8899 ext. 73994 or email clameira@toh.on.ca.

The Division of Rheumatology offers a two-year program and applicants must have completed at least three years of training in Internal Medicine in an accredited program recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  Our program is based at the Arthritis Centre located at the Riverside Campus of the Ottawa Hospital.

The first year consists of clinical rotations in adult rheumatology both at the Arthritis Centre and with community rheumatologists. Residents are also involved in covering the in-patient consultation service at the Civic and General campuses of the Ottawa Hospital. Residents are involved in teaching of medical students and other trainees. We encourage residents to function as tutors in problem-based learning sessions related to the musculoskeletal system for medical students.

The second year is a flexible one. Residents have the option of doing further rotations in adult rheumatology and/or taking part in a variety of electives are available including MSK radiology, orthopedics, orthotics and laboratory techniques. Residents are strongly encouraged to take part in a clinical or basic research project and have the opportunity to involve themselves in course work in research methods and clinical epidemiology. Residents are required to complete at one month of pediatric rheumatology.

During both years of training, residents are expected to spend half a day per week on a research project.  We have a variety of rounds including a core curriculum series, subspecialty rounds, and journal clubs, inter hospital rounds and combined Rheumatology/MSK radiology rounds.

Contact Us-

Program Director: Dr. Ines Midzic

Coordinator: Susan Duffield

Phone: 613 738-8400 ext 81850

Fax: 613 738-8228

e-mail: sduffield@toh.on.ca

A BOLD PATH to greater professional growth

Blaze your trail as a medical practitioner here at the University of Ottawa’s Fellowships Program, offered in connection with The Ottawa Hospital (which includes the Ottawa Heart Institute and The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute), Bruyère Continuing Care and Montfort Hospital.

Discover how these highly sought-after programs offer you a one-of-a-kind opportunity to sharpen your research skills, gain in-depth clinical knowledge and be creative in your pursuit of scientific thought—all by working alongside leaders in medicine today. Dr. Nha Voduc, Director of Fellowships is focused on achieving excellence in fellowship training. The Fellowship Director’s portfolio extends across fellows, clinical scholars and scholars registered in AFC (Areas of Focused Competence) diploma programs.

Whether your goal is to obtain specialized clinical skills, mentoring to take your research to the next level or preparation for a career in academic medicine, Ottawa’s Department of Medicine’s range of fellowships provide you with the right fit, designed to suit your interests, ambition and drive to learn more.

Click on the fellowships below to learn more, including application deadlines.

What We Offer You

The Advanced Clinical Cardiology Fellowship provides experience in the overall care of cardiac patients, including the use of specific cardiac treatment modalities and the integration of cardiac treatment with the treatment of co-existing not cardiac conditions.  During the fellowship, trainees will gain experience in the state of the art care of CHF, Acute Coronary Syndromes, Valvular Heart Disease and Arrhythmias, and the integration of this care with treatment of co-existing non cardiac conditions in consultation with consultants in relevant areas.  Fellows will also gain practical experience in the practice of medicine in a Canadian context.  This will include the practical delivery of medical care, dealing with the issues that affect length of stay, the planning of long-term care and working with social agencies and community services to optimize long-term outcomes.

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is a dedicated cardiac centre with a unique Advanced Clinical Cardiology Program. The core fellowship program will consist primarily of in-patient clinical service.

Application Details:

  • Prerequisite(s): MD with training in Internal Medicine or Cardiology Eligible for educational license in Ontario
  • Estimated % clinical workload: 80%
  • Number of positions annually: 1-2
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Start date: July 1st, however flexible
  • Application deadline:  Fall of preceding year
  • Contact: Cecilia Donnelly @ cdonnelly@ottawaheart.caor (613) 696-7273
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Richard Davies

What We Offer You

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute offers Clinical Fellowships and Research Fellowships in the following fields: Echocardiography; Electrophysiology; Heart Failure; Interventional Cardiology; Nuclear Cardiology; Cardiac CT; Positron Emission Tomography (PET).

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is a dedicated cardiac centre with a unique Cardiac Imaging Program. Trainees work in a centre with dedicated CT, MRI, PET and Nuclear Cardiology equipment and staff. They learn under the guidance of world leaders and internationally recognized experts in Cardiac Imaging.

During the fellowship, the trainees will obtain clinical expertise in cardiac imaging. There is strong emphasis on clinical competence and excellence. In addition, trainees acquire research skills that are relevant for cardiac imaging.

Application Details:

  • Prerequisite(s):  Cardiologist (≥PGY-6), Nuclear Medicine or Radiologist. Foreign Medical Graduates may have different requirements depending on institutional/national requisites/training needs.
  • Estimated % clinical workload:  67-80%
  • Number of positions annually:  2 – 4
  • Duration:  2-3 years
  • Start date:  July 1, however start dates are negotiable
  • Application deadline:  Fall of preceding year
  • Contact: Cecilia Donnelly @ cdonnelly@ottawaheart.ca or (613) 696-7273
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Benjamin Chow

What We Offer You

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) is one of the largest cardiovascular institutions in Canada. The UOHI provides the full spectrum of advanced cardiovascular care with annual volumes of > 1,400 open-heart surgical procedures, > 8,000 catheterizations/PCIs, > 600 EP ablations and > 900 EP devices. The UOHI has active programs in advanced cardiac care including: cardiac transplantation, LVAD, TAVI, MV clip, percutaneous paravalvular regurgitation closures, LAA occlusion, ethanol septal ablation, complex EP ablation and adult congenital heart intervention. The UOHI Echocardiography Laboratory is one of the largest and most active cardiovascular ultrasound units in Canada.  Annual volumes include > 16,000 TTEs, > 900 TEEs (not including intra-operative) and > 600 stress echocardiograms (exercise and pharmacological). Routine 3D and contrast imaging has been integrated into daily clinical care. The laboratory has 11 rooms dedicated for ultrasound imaging, 13 echo systems and 15 sonographers on staff. The laboratory was fully digitized in 2004 and has had ongoing accreditation with the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) since 2008. The laboratory has been also accredited by the CCN (Ontario Cardiovascular Care Network) since 2015. The UOHI echocardiography is staffed by 7 full-time academic, Level III echocardiographers (including two clinician scientists) covering a range of sub-speciality expertise. The UOHI echocardiography laboratory provides 24/7 on-call services.

The UOHI echocardiography laboratory has had a very successful adult echocardiography Fellowship Program since 1988, which has attracted numerous national and international trainees. In 2014, the laboratory was the first site in the country to receive formal accreditation by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada to provide training in order to be eligible for the area of focus (AFC) echocardiography sub-specialty diploma. The Fellowship provides an extensive and structured academic curriculum, delivered on a weekly basis. During their training, Fellows are exposed to a large volume and range of clinical cases and are involved in multiple scholar activities. All clinical and research activities are centred at the UOHI.

Three fully funded positions are usually available. Training duration is a minimum of 12 months, but can extend to 24 months. Typically, training starts July 1.

Candidates should apply 15-18 months before start dates. Positions are typically offered 12 months before the start date. Preliminary enquiries can be sent to lbeauchesne@ottawaheart.ca

Application Details:

  • Prerequisite(s):  Adult cardiology training
  • Estimated % clinical workload:  80%
  • Number of positions annually:  3
  • Duration:  1-2 years
  • Start date:  July 1, however start dates are negotiable
  • Application deadline:  Spring of preceding year
  • Contact: Cecilia Donnelly @ cdonnelly@ottawaheart.ca or (613) 696-7273
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Luc Beauchesne

Click HERE for a printable copy of the details of fellowship program

What We Offer You

Full EP/Arrhythmia fellowship focusing entirely on heart rhythm management: diagnostic EP, ablation, Cardiac implantable electrical devices (CIED) implantation and follow-up, Inherited Arrhythmia Clinic, arrhythmia related research.

This is a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) accredited Area of Focused Competence (AFC) Program.

Application Details:

  • Prerequisite(s): Completion of Royal College Cardiology or equivalent
  • Estimated % clinical workload: 70%
  • Number of positions annually: 2
  • Duration:  2-3 years
  • Start date: July 1st, however flexible
  • Application deadline:  1 year prior to intended start
  • Contact: Cecilia Donnelly at cdonnelly@ottawaheart.ca or (613) 696-7273
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Mouhannad Sadek

What We Offer You

This is a 1-2 year fellowship dedicated to the management of patients with advanced heart failure including cardiac transplantation and advanced mechanical support (left ventricular assist devices). Fellows will learn how to manage these patients both acutely in the in-patient setting and chronically in out-patient clinics.

Fellows are responsible for rounding on the heart failure service and attending clinics. There will be a small component of on-call work (1 weekend/month).

Application Details:

  • Prerequisite(s): Completed General Cardiology residency
  • Estimated % clinical workload: 85%
  • Number of positions annually: 1-2
  • Duration: One year minimum, second year with increased research focus may be an option
  • Start date: July 1st, however flexible
  • Application deadline:  Fall of the year prior to starting
  • Contact: Cecilia Donnelly at cdonnelly@ottawaheart.ca or (613) 696-7273
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. E. Stadnick

What We Offer You

The adult interventional cardiology program offers comprehensive training in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and percutaneous structural interventions.  Our program provides trainees with a regimented educational program in a high-volume environment inclusive of both stable and unstable coronary syndromes and multiple state-of-the art structural interventional technologies.  Trainees obtain educational opportunities in the cardiac catheterization laboratory, ambulatory clinic and research settings.  In additional to hands-on training, trainees attend multiple didactic and interactive rounds weekly.  Our interventional program is also one of the first in Canada to be approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for an Area of Focused Competence (AFC) accreditation.  All graduates of the program are eligible for AFC diploma certification (see below).

The Area of Focused Competence (AFC) Program:
[Please see Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Website]

The AFC program is competency-based as per the Royal College (C Standards).  Upon satisfactory completion, graduates can receive a Diploma of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (DRCPSC), and will be recognized nationally and internationally as individuals who have sought to advance their knowledge and expertise with additional complementary skills and competencies.

To be eligible for the AFC program, candidates must be Royal College certified or eligible for Royal College examinations in Cardiology or its equivalents. Equivalency must include at least:

  • eight (8) months of clinical cardiology (including at least four (4) months of CCU)
  • three (3) months of cardiac catheterization
  • four (4) months of echocardiography
  • one (1) month of electrophysiology
  • one (1) month of nuclear cardiology/exercise stress testing

Internationally-trained cardiologists will require demonstration of equivalency for entrance.

Program in Structural Heart Disease Intervention:

Further fellowship focusing on complex structural intervention is also offered.   Interventions including TAVI, mitral clip, ASD, PFO closure and left atrial appendage closure are included in the curriculum. This is offered only to candidates who have completed at least one year of core training in percutaneous coronary interventions and have proven competency as per Royal College AFC requirements.

Application Details:

  • Prerequisite(s): Adult Cardiology training as per above
  • Estimated % clinical workload: 80%
  • Number of positions annually: 4-5
  • Duration:  1-2 years
  • Start date: July 1st, however flexible
  • Application deadline: Typically 14-18 months prior to start date
  • Contact: Cecilia Donnelly at cdonnelly@ottawaheart.ca or (613) 696-7273
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Derek So

What We Offer You

The Adult Critical Care Medicine Fellowship program offers a two year Fellowship program with training opportunities at multiple sites in the region; Intensive Care Units at The Ottawa Hospital – Civic and General Campuses, Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and Community ICU sites at the Queensway Carleton Hospital and Montfort Hospital.

We offer flexible electives geared toward individual career paths.  The Program has weekly Academic Half Days, monthly Noon Round and Journal Clubs, and a yearly scholarship day amongst numerous other academic activities.

Application Details:

  • Prerequisite(s): Completed base specialty training, considered equivalent to the training in Canada, in one of these four base specialties; Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery or General Internal Medicine.
  • Estimated % clinical workload: Varies
  • Number of positions annually: 2-3
  • Duration:  2 years
  • Start date: July 1st
  • Application deadline: September 30th of preceding year
  • Contact: Gabrielle Lockhart at glockhart@toh.ca or (613) 737-8899 ext. 78701
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Gianni D’Egidio

What We Offer You

The Division of Dermatology, University of Ottawa and Laserderm offers a 1 year training program in laser surgery for dermatologists certified by the Royal College, the American Board, or international medical graduates who obtain equivalency from the Royal College of Canada.

Dr. Laughlin played a lead role in developing treatment protocols for several laser manufacturers on how to best use their systems in most of the procedures you may need.

The resident/fellow will act as a consultant in cutaneous laser surgery and medicine, and will supervise medical and non-medical personnel in the operation of a laser facility that meets the required provincial or national standards.

Application Details:

  • Prerequisite(s): Completed residency training in dermatology. Postgraduate certification from Royal College (Canada) or the American Board of Dermatology. PGY5 at time of application.
  • Estimated % clinical workload: 90%
  • Number of positions annually: 1
  • Duration:  1 year
  • Start date: July 1st
  • Application deadline: December 1st
  • Contact: Sunny Kim (613) 722-4436 or skim@laserderm.ca
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Sharyn Laughlin

What We Offer You

Trainees have the option between a 1 year clinical fellowship to consolidate their expertise in bariatric medicine or a 2-3 year clinical investigator fellowship in bariatric medicine.  Clinical investigator fellows enroll in a Master’s Program in the Department of Epidemiology or a basic science department at the University of Ottawa. 

Trainees will spend time at two locations: 1. The Ottawa Hospital Weight Management Clinic, tertiary care site that is a Bariatric Centre of Excellence and 2. LEAF Weight Management Clinic, a community-based academic site.  Trainees will learn about the medical and surgical management of obesity and work closely with allied health. In addition, rotations with the pediatric bariatric program, eating disorder clinic, sleep disorder clinic, and preoperative care clinic will be arranged.

All trainees are encouraged to pursue a research topic in bariatrics. Research interests include database development, program development, cohort studies, genotype-phenotype associations, genomics and physiology of weight loss resistance, pulmonary function, adipose tissue cellular remodeling, psychotropic agents, smoking, health care utilization.

The fellowships are structured such that in addition to clinical practice, trainees will prepare and pursue other learning opportunities (self-directed learning, monthly journal club and research training such as Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) research education workshops). All North American trainees will write the American Board of Obesity Medicine exams that are held in December. Regular teaching sessions will be held in preparation for the exam.

LEAF Weight Management Clinic, a community-based academic site.

Application Details:

  • Prerequisite(s):  GIM, Endo or family Med graduate. Will consider as fifth year of GIM
  • Estimated % clinical workload:  70%
  • Number of positions annually: 1-2
  • Duration:  1-2 years
  • Start date:  Flexible
  • Application deadline: N/A
  • Contact: Dr. Judy Shiau at dr.shiau@leafwmc.com
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Judy Shiau

What We Offer You

The Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism Fellowship in Thyroid and Thyroid Cancer offers a customizable program depending on your interest.  A University of Ottawa Certificate of Completion is provided upon successful completion of the fellowship training.

We have a dedicated thyroid cancer clinic as well as regular thyroid nodule clinics where ultrasound is used for performing fine needle aspiration biopsies.

We encourage trainees to be involved in a quality improvement project and a research project that may involve a systematic review and to write a case report. Fellows are encouraged to attend at least one meeting such as the American Thyroid Association Meeting and to submit an abstract at that meeting. Fellows usually attend 1-2 clinics per week depending on their research component. Fellows are expected to attend our academic rounds including the monthly multidisciplinary rounds with nuclear medicine, diagnostic imaging, thyroid surgeons. As well we have quarterly pediatric thyroid multidisciplinary rounds and a Cancer Care Ontario supported Community of Practice that meets quarterly in regard to the topic of thyroid nodule and thyroid cancer.

Application Details:

  • Prerequisite(s):  Must be an Endocrinologist or equivalent
  • Estimated % clinical workload: Customized depending on interest in research
  • Number of positions annually: 1-2
  • Duration:  1 year
  • Start date: Flexible, generally July 1st
  • Application deadline: Inquiries and applications are accepted anytime
  • Contact: Kristen Rae-Schoo@  krae@toh.ca or 613-8400 ext. 82239
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Amel Arnaout

What We Offer You

This fellowship provides you the avenue to gain exposure to a large number of advanced endoscopic procedures and to pursue research opportunities in varied fields (quality in endoscopy to epidemiological studies to translational studies.)  You will be offered advanced procedural and clinical training, beyond the level expected from trainees who have completed their Gastroenterology Residency Program at an accredited Canadian institution.

As a trainee in this program you will learn the following: 

ERCP: Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography is a procedure that allows examination and therapeutic intervention of the ducts (tubes) that drain the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas with the assistance of fluoroscopy.  Approximately ~800 cases are done annually at our center.

EUS: Endoscopic ultrasound has become essential in early cancer diagnostics, staging, and management. Using a miniature ultrasound at the tip of an endoscope (echoendoscope), an ultrasound can be performed from within the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach, duodenum, and distal colon) allowing closer examination of the luminal wall, surrounding organs and tissue sampling can be performed by fine needle aspiration.  Approximately ~350 cases are done annually at our center.

EMR: Endoscopic mucosal resection is a technique with which superficial lesions of the gastrointestinal tract mucosa and submucosa can be removed endoscopically (a less invasive alternative to a surgical approach).

Additional therapeutic interventions which the ATE Fellow will be exposed to include stenting of luminal or biliary strictures, megapolypectomy, deep enteroscopy, and endoscopic diverticulotomy, to name a few.

Finally, the ATE Fellowship will allow opportunities to participate in research in quality in endoscopy, and collaborative research with radiation oncology, GI oncology, the department of epidemiology, as well as translational research with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.

Application Details:

  • Prerequisite(s):  Gastroenterology Fellowship, preferred experience training in North American setting, proficiency with the English language.
  • Estimated % clinical workload:  70%
  • Number of positions annually:  1
  • Duration:  1 year
  • Start date:  July 1st
  • Application deadline:  November 1st
  • Contact: Jennifer Albert at jalbert@toh.ca or (613) 737-8899 ext. 79916
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Avijit Chatterjee

What We Offer You

The Ottawa Hospital Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic was developed to enhance the care of the IBD patient through a collaborative working environment involving gastroenterologists, colorectal surgeons, and nutrition services.The IBD Fellowship enhances the academic goals of the department by providing an environment conducive to clinical research and ongoing staff, resident, and student education. The attributes of the fellowship are further enhanced by bimonthly multidisciplinary IBD rounds and Journal Club.

The third year fellowship allows trainees to see new IBD cases, see those sent for second opinions, follow patients through exacerbations and remissions, evaluate the effects of treatment decisions, and form long term physician – patient relationships. Furthermore, the fellow will become expert in managing urgent and complicated IBD cases.

The general objectives of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program is to develop knowledge of all aspects of IBD, including relevant basic sciences. This includes the genetics, patho-physiology and treatment of IBD. The program emphasizes IBD research. This is a critical component on the Fellowship year.  The expectation is for the trainee to complete a clinical or translational research project to present at a national/international meeting with later submission to a peer review journal. The resident will master consultancy, research and teaching skills as they relate to IBD.

Application details:

  • Prerequisite(s): 2 year completion of formal Gastroenterology training
  • Estimated % clinical workload: 75%
  • Number of positions annually: 1
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Start date:  July 1st
  • Application deadline: January 2nd
  • Contact: Dorothy Found at dfound@toh.ca
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Nav Saloojee

What We Offer You

The Ottawa Hospital Hepatology Fellowship program offers a one-year clinical fellowship aimed at enhancing consultancy expertise in caring for patients with liver disease. The fellow will also master research and teaching skills as they relate to hepatology. Our collaborative team provide excellent learning and mentoring environment. Our vision is to form strong clinician hepatologists who will be leaders, in academic or community settings.

During the one-year program, the hepatology fellow is actively involved in ambulatory and inpatient care. Through longitudinal clinic with a large variety of referrals, trainees foster long-term physician-patient relationships while developing knowledge and proficiency in managing patients with common as well as complex liver diseases. In addition, the inpatient hepatology experience allows trainees to become expert in management of urgent liver disease and complications. Their exposure can be personalized depending on interest and time spent along different hepatologists, each with specific expertise, as in general hepatology, viral hepatitis, autoimmune liver disease, as well as liver transplantation.

The experience is further enriched with additional activities. The trainees participate in the weekly hepatobiliary round with collaboration with the multidisciplinary team, discussing management of hepatocellular carcinoma. We have monthly teleconference with Liver Transplant Center at the University Health Network (Toronto), where trainees participate in discussion of patients pre and post liver transplant.

Our fellowship program has an additional focus in providing mentorship for clinical research. The trainee is expected to complete clinical or quality improvement research project to present at a national/international meeting with later submission to a peer review journal. The trainee is expected to participate in teaching activities through journal club, pathology round, and supervision of gastroenterology residents.

Application details:

  • Prerequisite(s): 2 year completion of formal Gastroenterology residency training in Canada or other countries; or Canadian trainee who has completed 3 year of Internal Medicine residency training
  • Estimated % clinical workload: 75%
  • Number of positions annually: 1-2
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Start date:  July 1st
  • Application deadline: January 2nd
  • Contact: xixiong@toh.ca
  • Fellowship Director:Dr. X. Xiong

What We Offer You

The fellowship is a clinical / clinical research fellowship in either malignant hematology, combined malignant hematology and hematopoietic cell transplantation, or hematopoietic cell transplantation.

The fellowship training is tailored to the interests and needs of the trainee.  Each fellowship year has specific objectives based on the trainees’ goals and the skills / knowledge needed to function as a subspecialist in malignant hematology +/- HCT.

Research is an important part of training and at minimum, fellows must complete a clinical project including meeting abstract submission and manuscript preparation.  For those with a stronger research interest the fellowship can include completing a Masters or extended laboratory experience depending on the trainee.

The University fellowship is the only program in Canada performing transplants for autoimmune diseases.

Application details:

  • Prerequisite(s):  Preference for candidates with prior internal medicine and hematology training in a Canadian, British, Australian, New Zealand or US programme.  Candidates who do not meet University of Ottawa training criteria will be required to complete a PEAP prior to start of program.
  • Estimated % clinical workload: varies
  • Number of positions annually:  1-2 positions
  • Duration:  1-2 years
  • Start date:  July 1st, however flexible
  • Application deadline:  Late fall,  however flexible
  • Contact: Alycia-Anne Martin at alymartin@toh.ca
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Andrea Kew

What We Offer You

The Thrombosis Fellowship Program is well established and has been training fellows for over a decade.  Three fellowship streams are offered: a 1-year Clinical Fellowship to consolidate expertise in thrombosis; a 2-3 year combined clinical and research fellowship for those interested in becoming a clinician investigator in thrombosis; and a 2-3 year clinical and education fellowship for those interested in becoming a clinician educator in thrombosis.

The Ottawa Hospital Thrombosis Program provides an ideal training environment and offers an active thrombosis clinical service, specialized thrombosis faculty and a highly successful research program.

The Thrombosis Fellowship program provides the opportunity to learn from respected world leaders in venous thromboembolism research, diagnosis and management.  Faculty members have developed niche areas of expertise including thrombosis and cancer; thrombosis and pregnancy; diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism; management of thrombosis; genetic aspects of thrombosis and thrombosis education.

Investigators with the thrombosis program have established successful research collaborations both within Canada and throughout the world.  At present, 7 multicentre clinical studies are being coordinated out of Ottawa.

Additional learning opportunities for Thrombosis Fellows include weekly Thrombosis Rounds, Blood Club and Journal Club. Fellows pursuing the Clinical and Research Fellowship stream also enroll in the Masters of Clinical Epidemiology Program at the University of Ottawa where they receive formal research training. Fellows pursuing the Clinical and Education Fellowship stream enroll in a formal post-graduate training program related to education.

The fellows are expected to do in-patient service and clinics under supervision (25% of time for research and education fellows; 50% for clinical fellows).  The expectation is that at the end of training the candidate will be able to perform as an expert thrombosis consultant. Fellows also perform call with the back-up of a staff hematologist (currently one in four to one in six weeknights and one in four to one in six weekends) during the fellowship.

Thrombosis Fellows present a topic once monthly at Thrombosis Rounds.

Applications are encouraged from MDs who have completed/will complete General Internal Medicine, Respirology and/or Hematology training.  Foreign medical graduates with equivalent qualifications are eligible to apply.

Application details:

  • Prerequisite(s):  Internal Medicine, Hematology or Respirology
  • Estimated % clinical workload:  25-50%
  • Number of positions annually:  4-5
  • Duration:  1 year-clinical only; 2-3 years –research or education
  • Start date:  July 1st but flexible
  • Application deadline:  September 1st
  • Contact: Alycia-Anne Martin at alymartin@toh.ca
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Marc Carrier

What We Offer You

The Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Ottawa, offers a one-year fellowship in Antimicrobial Stewardship. Building on the fundamental knowledge gained during subspecialty infectious diseases training, this fellowship provides theoretical and practical experience that will allow you to implement and manage a hospital-based antimicrobial stewardship program.  

You will work most closely with the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) team (two ASP physicians, and dedicated ASP pharmacists). Regular interaction occurs with infectious diseases faculty and trainees, pharmacists, clinical teams, and infection prevention and control and quality department members. Opportunity exists to collaborate with local and regional partners, such as Public Health Ontario.

The 12-month program includes 8 weeks of clinical inpatient consultation service as attending ID staff, split between both inpatient campuses, with some overnight and weekend call.  Involvement in education (e.g. of medical students, residents, pharmacists) and ASP quality improvement project(s), and completion of a relevant research project, are also expected. We also provide the opportunity to gain added experience in leadership, quality improvement, epidemiology and statistics, and antimicrobial stewardship in pediatrics.

Application details:

  • Prerequisite(s):  Successful completion of adult infectious diseases training (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or equivalent)
  • Estimated % clinical workload:  8 weeks of inpatient service, no outpatient
  • Number of positions annually:  1
  • Duration:  12 months
  • Start date: July 1st, however flexible
  • Application deadline:  November 30th
  • Contact: Li Kwong-Jedrzejczak (lkwong@toh.ca; 613-737-8899 ext. 74184)
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Kathryn Suh (ksuh@toh.ca) & Dr. Caroline Nott (cnott@toh.ca)

What We Offer You

The Department for Innovation in Medical Education (DIME) and the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre (uOSSC) are offering a Fellowship in Medical Education/Simulation. The overall aim of this fellowship is to prepare the candidate for an academic career as a clinician educator.

The program will include:

  • Training through the Health Education Scholar’s Program; a structured formal weekly education session from September-May that covers a broad overview of the field of health professions education (curriculum, teaching and learning, assessment, research methodology and leadership).
    • Mentorship from both MDs  and PhDs
  • The initiation, design and conduct of innovative research relevant to the field of health professions education and practice.
    • Involvement in DIME activities; journal club, rounds, research day
    • Optional Training in simulation through a formalized program (FEAST)

DIME and the uOSSC have established collaborations with the Medical Council of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Canada.

Application Details:

  • Prerequisite(s): MD
  • Estimated % clinical workload: Minimum 50% protected non-clinical time/duties
  • Number of positions annually: 1-2
  • Duration:  1 year
  • Start date: July 1st
  • Application deadline: International applicants September 14, 2015. Canadian applicants March 1, 2016 for a July 1, 2016 start.
  • Contact: Dr. Susan Humphrey-Murto at shumphrey@toh.on.ca
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Susan Humphrey-Murto

What We Offer You

Gain clinical research skills in Medical Oncology in a networking-positive environment where you work and learn alongside internationally renowned Medical Oncology staff.

The Oncology Fellowship Program is unique in that Fellows have their own longitudinal “Fellows Clinic” where the fellow runs their own practice and learns many of the skills required for subsequent independent practice as a specialist physician.

Great opportunity to do a meaningful Clinical Research training in medical oncology and become a clinical expert at developing, enrolling and implementing clinical and research projects. Have the opportunity to teach residents and medical students in their chosen disease site in medical oncology.

Research Fellowship is for those wanting to obtain a higher level of clinical exposure in general oncology or specific disease site, clinical duties are typically 60-80% of your workload (5-7 half day clinics per week) and it also involves teaching, academic and research activities of their primary discipline as assigned by their primary supervisor.

Application details:

  • Prerequisite(s):  Completed three years of Internal Medicine and 2 years in Medical Oncology in a recognized University
  • Estimated % clinical workload: 60-80%
  • Number of positions annually:  1-2
  • Duration:  1-2 years
  • Start date: July 1st
  • Application deadline:  September 30th
  • Contact: Arlette Mendicino at amendicino@toh.ca or (613) 737-7700 ext. 70241
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Timothy Asmis

What We Offer You

Background

The University of Ottawa advanced chronic kidney disease Fellowship is a one-year program designed to provide advanced training in the medical management of patients with severe chronic kidney disease, as well as the managerial skills required to head a multidisciplinary clinic. 

You will gain experience in a large and diverse program working with faculty with expertise in medical education, clinical research, vascular access, home dialysis, in-center hemodialysis and kidney transplantation.   You will be expected to participate in scholarly activity in the form of research or   quality improvement projects, while developing clinical expertise in the care and management of these patients.

The University of Ottawa Nephrology training program offers an adult nephrology education program, affiliated to the University of Ottawa and accredited by the Royal College. In addition, we also have an AST and RCPSC accredited transplantation fellowship, ASH accredited hypertension fellowship and fellowships in home dialysis, acute kidney injury, and hemodialysis.

Training will take place within the Division of Nephrology at the Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa. The Division provides multidisciplinary clinical care to severe kidney disease patients in a tertiary care hospital that serves a population of approximately 1 million. The multidisciplinary severe chronic kidney disease program delivers outpatient care to approximately 700 patients in the Multi Care Kidney (MCK) clinic.

Aim of the Program

The program will foster clinical knowledge and research in the field of severe kidney disease, introduce the important concept of quality assurance and teach the roles and obligations of a medical director of a multidisciplinary clinic.

Specifically, the trainee will achieve the following competences:

  1. Ability to independently assess a patient with severe kidney disease, to determine optimal timing of dialysis start within an intent-to-defer strategy, and to prescribe the initiation of dialysis.
  2. Ability to provide conservative management to patients with severe kidney disease who have chosen not to have renal replacement therapy.
  3. Ability to work up patients with severe kidney disease for pre-emptive transplantation.
  4. Ability to taper immunosuppressive medications in patients with a failing kidney transplant.
  5. Ability to independently assess and monitor patients with decreased kidney function and alter medications to delay progression of kidney disease.
  6. Gain expertise in the management of hypertension in the context of advanced CKD
  7. Ability to identify, investigate and treat complications of severe kidney disease such as electrolyte abnormalities and bone-mineral disorders.
  8. Ability to manage comorbidities that have an important impact on CKD, particularly congestive heart failure.
  9. Become a medical expert in vascular access for elective start of dialysis, including choice of appropriate access.
  10. Become familiar with the use of decision aids to provide patient-centered care in determining dialysis modality of choice.
  11. Gain knowledge of the responsibilities of a medical director of a multidisciplinary severe chronic kidney disease program, including the ability to perform ongoing quality assurance monitoring. This also encompasses effectively interacting with allied health personnel and hospital administration staff involved in the multi-disciplinary care of individual patients as well as the management of the overall program.

Training

The following structure is proposed for this clinical fellowship which is planned for a period of 12 months:

  • Initial two-month rotation in the MCK Clinic following the objectives and schedule of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (RCSPC) training program. This will be evaluated using the rotation specific ITER that is also used by the RCSPC nephrology training program.
  • Following the satisfactory completion of the initial two-month orientation period
  • Four months of inpatient care on the consult or in-patient service.
  • Five months spent in the CKD multidisciplinary clinic focusing on various aspects of care of patients with severe CKD including kidney transplant recipients.
  • One month dedicated to a CKD research project, this could be a traditional clinical research project or a quality improvement project. Mentors with research expertise will guide the candidate in the inception and publication of the project.
  • Attendance at vascular access clinic, half a day once a month while doing MCK clinics.
  • Attendance half a day once a month at peritoneal dialysis access clinic while doing MCK clinics.
  • Attendance at all MCKC management meeting while on doing MCK clinics.

Benefits

The program is expected to raise the level of knowledge in the management of patients with severe CKD and increase awareness of concepts related to the care of these patients. Upon graduation, the fellow will be a clinical expert in clinical management of patients with severe kidney disease as well as in the administrative responsibilities of a multidisciplinary clinic.

Application details:

  • Prerequisite(s):  Certification in Nephrology
  • Estimated % clinical workload: 75% 
  • Number of positions annually:  1
  • Duration:  1 Year
  • Start date:  July 1st (not including PEAP period if required)
  • Application deadline:  September 15th
  • Contact: Lesli Ransome at lransome@toh.ca or (613)738-8400 ext. 82509
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Ayub Akbari

What We Offer You

The University of Ottawa Hemodialysis Fellowship is a one-year program designed to give you advanced training in the medical management of hemodialysis patients, strong and practical technical knowledge of hemodialysis and water treatment equipment as well as the managerial skills required to head a hemodialysis program.

You will gain experience in a large and diverse program working with faculty with expertise in medical education, clinical research, vascular access and technical support of hemodialysis and water treatment and administration of health care.  You will be expected to participate in scholarly activity including a quality assurance or improvement project, while developing clinical expertise in the care and management of patients.

The University of Ottawa Nephrology training program offers an adult nephrology education program, affiliated to the University of Ottawa and accredited by the Royal College. In addition, we also have an AST approved Transplantation fellowship, ASH approved Hypertension fellowship and a Home Dialysis fellowship.

Training will take place within the Division of Nephrology at the Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa. The Division provides hemodialysis care in a tertiary care hospital that serves a population of approximately ~ 1 million. The hemodialysis program is one of the largest in Canada and delivers care to approximately 750 hemodialysis patients in 2 large in-centre hemodialysis units as well as in 6 satellite hemodialysis units of various sizes spread within 120km of the tertiary care centre. 

 

Aim of the Program

The program will foster interest in clinical knowledge and research in dialysis field, introduce the important concepts of quality assurance and improvement and introduce the roles and obligations of a medical director of a dialysis unit.

Specifically, the trainee will to achieve the following competences:

  1. Ability to independently assess a patient’s dialysis prescription, and adjust based on clinical and laboratory parameters.
  2. Ability to write, monitor and adjust initial dialysis orders and identify, investigate and treat complications of dialysis such as intradialytic hypertension, intradialytic hypotension and cramps.
  3. Ability to independently provide longitudinal medical follow-up for patients on hemodialysis including monitoring of dialysis adequacy, and prevention and management of long-term complications of renal disease (such as anemia, bone disease and cardiac disease).
  4. Knowledge of the responsibilities of a medical director of a hemodialysis program, including the ability to perform ongoing quality assurance monitoring. This also encompasses effectively interacting with allied health personnel and hospital administration staff involved in the multi-disciplinary care of individual patients as well as the management of the overall program.
  5. Knowledge of the equipment necessary for hemodialysis water treatment. Ability to understand and apply the international standards for water quality testing.
  6. Become a medical expert in vascular access for hemodialysis, including choice of appropriate access, monitoring and management of access-related complications.
  7. Gain an acceptable level of understanding of modern hemodialysis machines including the ability to troubleshoot most common equipment issues.

 

Training

The following structure is proposed for this clinical fellowship which is planned for a period of 12 months:

  1. Initial two-month rotation in the hemodialysis unit following the objectives and schedule of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (RCSPC) training program. This will be evaluated using the rotation specific ITER that is also used by the RCSPC nephrology training program.
  2. Following the satisfactory completion of the initial two month orientation period:
    1. The fellow is also assigned a 10-month longitudinal rotation in a satellite unit, where he/she will visit patients once per month under the supervision of a senior dialysis expert and provide care for these patients. This will run concurrent to the other months of the rotation.
    2. Four months of inpatient care focusing on providing care of hemodialysis patients admitted under various services at one of the 2 Ottawa Hospital Campus
  3. Two months spent in a large dialysis unit with a focus on care of new chronic hemodialysis patients and well as challenging vascular access cases.
  4. Two months spent in a medium sized dialysis unit combined with time dedicated to patients with AKI and AKI specific renal replacement therapies (i.e. intermitted hemodialysis; slow, low efficiency dialysis (SLED) and continuous-renal replacement therapy (CRRT).
  5. One month dedicated to the as the inception and completion of a quality assurance project in hemodialysis.
  6. One month dedicated to working with the hemodialysis technical team during which time the fellow will perfect knowledge on water treatment, quality assurance of water quality and hemodialysis machine maintenance.
  7. Attendance at weekly hemodialysis access rounds and at least once monthly attendance of a half-day vascular access clinic.
  8. Attendance at all Hemodialysis Management meetings (quarterly) and Hemodialysis Clinical Practice meeting, working closely with the medical director of hemodialysis.

 

Benefits

The program is expected to raise the level of knowledge in the field of dialysis and increase awareness of advanced concepts related to the care of dialysis patients. Upon graduation, the fellow will be a clinical expert in clinical management of hemodialysis patients as well as in the technical and administrative responsibilities of a hemodialysis physician. By improving the knowledge about the running of the dialysis unit the overall standard of care would improve further. 

Application details:

  • Prerequisite(s):  Certification in Nephrology
  • Estimated % clinical workload: 75% 
  • Number of positions annually:  1
  • Duration:  1 Year
  • Start date:  July 1st
  • Application deadline:  September 15th
  • Contact: Lesli Ransome at lransome@toh.ca or (613)738-8400 ext. 82509
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Pierre Antoine Brown

What We Offer You

The University of Ottawa Clinical Fellowship in Critical Care Nephrology is a one-year program designed to provide advanced training in the medical management of patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) and other aspects of critical care nephrology. This includes a focus on developing clinical and technical expertise related to the various renal replacement therapy (RRT) modalities used in the intensive care unit (ICU) setting (including intermittent hemodialysis (IHD), slow low-efficiency dialysis (SLED) and continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT). Fellows will gain experience in a large and diverse program working with faculty who have expertise in medical education, clinical research, vascular access and technical support of IHD, SLED and CRRT.  In addition to clinical training, Critical Care Nephrology fellows will be expected to participate in scholarly activities, including a research project (which may involve clinical or basic science research or quality assurance/improvement), related to critical care nephrology.

The University of Ottawa Nephrology training program program offers an adult nephrology education program, affiliated to the University of Ottawa and accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. In addition, it offers an American Society of Transplantation (AST) approved Transplantation fellowship, American Society of Hypertension (ASH) approved Hypertension fellowship, Home Dialysis fellowship and Hemodialysis fellowship.

Training will take place within the Division of Nephrology at the Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa. Ample exposure to AKI cases and other critical care nephrology issues is ensured as the Division provides critical care nephrology expertise and manages acute RRT (including IHD, SLED and CRRT) for a tertiary care hospital serving a population of over 1.4 million. The Ottawa Hospital includes: a 20 bed inpatient nephrology ward, 32 bed mixed medical-surgical ICU and 10 bed CCU at the Ottawa General Hospital (OGH) campus; an additional 28 bed mixed medical-surgical ICU and 12 bed Neurological ICU (NICU) at the Ottawa Civic Hospital (OCH) campus (the regional trauma centre for Eastern Ontario); the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI), a quaternary referral centre with a 20 bed CCU and 20 bed cardiac surgery ICU (CSICU). IHD is provided in all critical care areas. SLED is provided in both ICUs with CRRT provided at the UOHI in CCU, CSICU and occasionally intra-operatively.

Aim of the Program

The program will foster advanced clinical knowledge and scholarship in the field of critical care nephrology.

Specifically, the trainee will to achieve the following competences:

  1. Ability to independently assess critically ill patients’ need for RRT, write the initial prescription (for IHD, SLED and CRRT, as indicated), and adjust based on clinical and laboratory parameters.
  2. Ability to independently monitor for, identify, investigate and treat complications related to RRT (including IHD, SLED and CRRT).
  3. Ability to independently provide expert longitudinal medical follow-up for patients following an episode of AKI (including ongoing inpatient hemodialysis (outside of the critical care setting), outpatient hemodialysis and in the clinic setting.
  4. Knowledge of the responsibilities of a medical director for Critical Care Nephrology including: the ability to perform ongoing quality assurance monitoring related to the provision of RRT in the ICU setting; effective collaboration with other physicians responsible for the care of critically ill patients (including intensivists, cardiologists and anaesthetists) and allied health personnel and hospital administration staff involved in the multi-disciplinary care of critically ill patients.
  5. Become a medical expert in vascular access for critically ill patients with acute kidney injury or end-stage kidney disease, including choice of appropriate access, monitoring and management of access-related complications.
  6. Gain an acceptable level of understanding of modern hemodialysis/SLED and CRRT machines including the ability to troubleshoot the most common equipment issues.

Training

The Critical Care Nephrology Fellowship is to be undertaken for a period of 12 months, structured as follows:

  1. Two to three months of an inpatient rotation focussed on providing care of patients presenting to the emergency room (ER) or admitted to ICU, CCU, internal medicine Acute Monitoring Area (AMA) (and various other services) at the OGH campus.
  2. Two to three months of an inpatient rotation focussed on providing care of patients admitted to ICU, NICU and internal medicine AMA at the OCH campus and the CCU and CSICU of the UOHI.
  3. Two months of a ICU rotations at the OGH and/or OCH campus(es).
  4. Three months dedicated to the inception and completion of a research project related to critical care nephrology. This may involve clinical or basic science research or quality assurance/improvement.
  5. One month dedicated to gaining technical knowledge related to the provision of RRT. This would involve 2 weeks spent with the hemodialysis/SLED technical team where the fellow would perfect their knowledge of water treatment, quality assurance of water quality and hemodialysis/SLED machine maintenance. An additional 2 weeks would be spent with the technical team and nursing staff involved in providing CRRT at the UOHI CCU and CSICU in order to gain expertise in technical issues related to the provision of CRRT.
  6. One month elective rotation at another centre (requires approval of program director).
  7. Longitudinal bi-weekly, half-day specialized Acute Kidney Injury Follow-up Clinic to achieve expertise in the outpatient medical management of patients after they have recovered from AKI.

Benefits

The program is expected to raise the level of clinical knowledge in the field of AKI and critical care nephrology. Upon graduation, the fellow will be a clinical expert in medical management of patients with AKI and other aspects critical care nephrology. In addition, the fellow will have established the necessary knowledge and skills for conducting ongoing research relevant to the field of critical care nephrology.

Application details:

  • Prerequisite(s):  Certification in Nephrology
  • Estimated % clinical workload: 65%
  • Number of positions annually:  1
  • Duration:  1 Year
  • Start date:  July 1st
  • Application deadline:  September 15th
  • Contact: Lesli Ransome at lransome@toh.ca or  (613)738-8400 ext. 82509
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Edward Clark

What We Offer You

This fellowship position gives opportunities to gain expertise in different aspects of nephrology including Home Dialysis Therapies, Renal Transplantation, Intensive Care Nephrology, Fluid-electrolyte issues and Acute and Chronic Renal Replacement Therapies.

The fellows are expected to rotate through different areas of nephrology throughout their fellowship training to enrich their knowledge and advance their clinical skills.

Clinical fellows are expected to participate in a research project or develop an educational project under guidance of one or more staff members.

The Division of Nephrology at the University of Ottawa is one of the biggest programs in the province.  We are one of the largest Home Dialysis and Renal Transplant programs in the country.

Application details

  • Prerequisite(s):  Certification in Nephrology
  • Estimated % clinical workload: 75% 
  • Number of positions annually:  6-8
  • Duration:  1 Year
  • Start date:  vary depending on availability
  • Application deadline:  September 15th
  • Contact: Lesli Ransome at lransome@toh.ca or (613)738-8400 ext. 82509
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Mohan Biyani

What We Offer You

The  University  of  Ottawa  Home  Dialysis  Fellowship  has  been  designed  to  meet  the  criteria  of  all  its stakeholders.  Most important among these is the prospective fellow, the Nephrology Partners of Ottawa (funding source).

The Home Dialysis program at The Ottawa Hospital is one of largest in the country and is comprised of patients on both home peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis.  The Ottawa Hospital is one of the few centres in the world with an embedded PD catheter program.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in one of our home dialysis research projects and present this at an international meeting.

At the end of your fellowship you should be competent to lead a home dialysis program and receive a Fellowship completion certification from the University of Ottawa.

Application details:

  • Prerequisite(s): Certification in Nephrology
  • Estimated % clinical workload: 75% 
  • Number of positions annually:  1
  • Duration:  1 Year
  • Start date:  vary depending on availability
  • Application deadline:  September 15th
  • Contact: Lesli Ransome at lransome@toh.ca or (613)738-8400 ext. 82509
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Mohan Biyani

What We Offer You

The University of Ottawa Hypertension Fellowship has been designed to meet the criteria of all its stakeholders. Most important among these is the prospective fellow, The Nephrology Partners of Ottawa (funding source). Two streams are available – depending on the trainee’s interest and future goals.

Core Clinical Hypertension Experience (6 months minimum)

a) 6 months of Hypertension clinic

b) 24 ABPM review

c)  Weekly meeting with supervisor to review reading list

d) Presentation of key topics at Monthly Hypertension Rounds

Clinical Stream (6 months). Remaining four months may include a combination of:

a) additional months of hypertension follow-up clinic

b) additional months of Consult service (up to 4 months)

c)  elective months

d) research project

Research Stream (6 months)

Six months dedicated to previously identified research project (project and supervisor must be identified prior to initiation of the fellowship).

Application Details:

  • Prerequisite(s):  Certification in Nephrology
  • Estimated % clinical workload: 75%
  • Number of positions annually:  1
  • Duration:  1 Year
  • Start date:  Vary depending on availability
  • Application deadline:  September 15th
  • Contact: Lesli Ransome at lransome@toh.ca or (613)738-8400 ext. 82509
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Mohan Biyani

What We Offer You

The University of Ottawa Renal Transplant Fellowship is a one year program designed to give you advanced training in the medical management of renal transplantation.  The program is accredited by the American Society of Transplantation/ American Society of Nephrology and has recently been accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as an Area of Focused Competence Program in Solid Organ Transplantation program.  

You will gain experience in a large and diverse program working with faculty with expertise in medical education, clinical research, basic science research, renal pathology and tissue typing.  You will have an opportunity to participate in research and scholarly activity while developing clinical expertise in the care and management of renal transplant patients.

Application Details:

  • Prerequisite(s):  Certification in Nephrology
  • Estimated % clinical workload: 75%
  • Number of positions annually:  1
  • Duration:  1 Year
  • Start date:  July 1st (not including PEAP period if required)
  • Application deadline:  September 15th
  • Contact: Lesli Ransome at lransome@toh.ca or (613)738-8400 ext. 82509
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Stephanie Hoar

What We Offer You

The goal of this program is to provide advanced training in electroencephalography. This is meant to lead to the successful challenge of the Canadian Society for Clinical Neurophysiology (CSCN) EEG examination within the fellowship’s calendar year. The graduate should be able to read and interpret electroencephalograms independently. This performance should be at the very highest of levels. The graduate will be expected to recognize normal and abnormal patterns, as well as normal variants, epileptiform variants, seizures, and more subtly dissect rhythmic and periodic patterns in critically ill patients.

Video electroencephalography training will also be provided to the trainee but the graduate will not be expected to be proficient in this modality of EEG upon completion of the program.

We offer a flexible EEG reading schedule for physician trainees who have clinical practices running during their fellowship training period. Our dedicated staff will provide a rich learning environment and enable the graduate to successfully challenge the CSCN national EEG examination. Didactic sessions will also be offered in anticipation of the examination to review the basic science and technological aspects of electroencephalography.

Application details:

  • Prerequisite(s): We will accept applications from FRCPC trained neurologists as well as foreign trained practicing neurologists who wish to obtain training in this discipline.
  • Estimated % clinical workload: The trainee will be expected to read electroencephalograms (EEG) on a full time basis. Extra flexibility is possible within the program if the physician trainee has a busy clinical practice, in which case provisions are made to draft a schedule whereby 30-40 EEGs are read and interpreted on a weekly basis.
  • Number of positions annually:  1
  • Duration:  6 months
  • Start date: Currently closed, the position has been filled for the 2019 year.
  • Application deadline: The application cycle for the 2020 year will open in September 2019. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis.
  • Contact: Janis Crawley at jacrawley@toh.ca or (613) 798-5555 ext 10966
  • Fellowship Director: Tadeu A. Fantaneanu, MDCM, CSCN (EEG), FRCPC

What We Offer You

This fellowship will offer trainees extensive exposure to headache patients with both primary and secondary headache disorders.  Management of chronic headache disorders will be gained through combining medical, psychological and nursing support in a coordinated multidisciplinary program.

Interventional techniques will include training in Botox injections as well as nerve blocks.

Depending on the interest of the trainee, ample time will be set aside for one or more research projects with the intent of presenting at scientific headache meetings as well as publishing.

This training will prepare the candidate for either a clinical or academic career in Headache Medicine.

Application details:

  • Prerequisite(s): PGY5 or greater. Completion of Neurology subspecialty training
  • Estimated % clinical workload: 50-70%
  • Number of positions annually:  1
  • Duration:  1
  • Start date: July 1st
  • Application deadline: November 15th
  • Contact: Janis Crawley at jacrawley@toh.ca or (613) 798-5555 ext 10966
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Suzanne Christie

What We Offer You

The main objective of this fellowship is to provide a fellow with the skills to care for individuals with both newly diagnosed and later stages of Parkinson’s as well as other movement disorders.  A formal evaluation will take place every three months during the year using the standard assessment form for residents within the division of Neurology.  As a fellow, they will be seeing patients in the Parkinson and Movement Disorders clinic four days a week.  It is during this time they will learn how to assess and treat individuals with movement disorders. 

Trainees will learn all the nuisances of Parkinson’s both the main motor features, non-motor features as well as the management of these problems.  They will learn the various rating scales used in the clinic and those used in clinical research.  Fellows will perform botulinum toxin injections and also be involved in our clinical research trial program where we are testing the newest medications to treat Parkinson’s disease.  They will also have the opportunity to work with Dr. Mestre and Dr Schlossmacher, who also focus on managing movement disorders patients to obtain a different perspective on the care of these individuals. 

One day a week will be for a clinical research project.  Fellows will attend bi-monthly meetings of the Parkinson Research Consortium, our division’s weekly grand rounds, divisional clinical rounds and have the opportunity to attend the Canadian Congress of Neurological Sciences and one international neurology meeting to broaden their knowledge base. 

Application details:

  • Prerequisite(s):  PGY 5 or greater, Completion of Neurology subspecialty training
  • Estimated % clinical workload:  80%
  • Number of positions annually:  1
  • Duration:  1 year with an optional second year
  • Start date:  July 1st
  • Application deadline:  November 15th
  • Contact: Janis Crawley at jacrawley@toh.ca or (613) 798-5555 ext 10966
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. David Grimes

What We Offer You

This fellowship offers the training to improve basic knowledge of the disease course and mechanisms in Multiple Sclerosis. Trainees will learn to properly diagnose Multiple Sclerosis and differentiate it from mimicking disorders, along with gaining expertise in the management of patients with Multiple Sclerosis.

Fellows will begin to understand clinical trial design and results from studies of Multiple Sclerosis treatments while gaining expertise in running clinical trials. They themselves will successfully design and conduct a basic science or clinical research project in MS.

Application details:

  • Prerequisite(s): PGY5 or greater, Completion of Neurology subspecialty training
  • Estimated % clinical workload:  70%
  • Number of positions annually:  2-3
  • Duration:  1-2 years
  • Start date:  July 1st
  • Application deadline:  November 15th
  • Contact: Janis Crawley at jacrawley@toh.ca or (613) 798-5555 ext 10966
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Mark Freedman

What We Offer You

The University of Ottawa Neuromuscular Fellowship is a 1-2 year program emphasizing clinical bedside and clinical research experience studying neuromuscular disorders (NMDs). The primary NMD fellowship site is based at the Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus, in Ottawa, Canada. The Ottawa Hospital strives to provide compassionate and evidenced-based care, with an emphasis on tertiary-level and specialty care for patients in Eastern Ontario. The NMD Fellow may also attend NMD clinics at the General Campus, as well as the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (neuromuscular or neurogenetics clinics).

The TOH NMD Fellow will be exposed to outpatient, inpatient and emergency management of neuromuscular disorders. NMD teaching will take place through didactic sessions scheduled throughout the year, neuromuscular clinics, journal clubs, clinical and bench research, extensive electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction study (NCS) clinics, and inpatient/emergency consultations.

Application details:

  • Prerequisite(s): PGY5 or greater, Completion of Neurology subspecialty training
  • Estimated % clinical workload:  75%
  • Number of positions annually:  1
  • Duration:  1 year
  • Start date:  July 1st
  • Application deadline:  November 15th
  • Contact: Janis Crawley at jacrawley@toh.ca or (613) 798-5555 ext 10966
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Jocelyn Zwicker

What We Offer You

The Ottawa Stroke Program offers a 1-year clinical and research fellowship. The overall objective of this program is to provide you with experience in the management of all aspects of neurovascular disease, be it in the emergency department, the stroke prevention clinic, or the Neurological Acute Care Unit (NACU). 

A core component of your fellowship is participation in the assessment and management of patients presenting with acute neurovascular diseases, including the enrollment of those patients in randomized controlled trials. Pending availability, the Ottawa Stroke Program will also offer training experiences in neurosonography and neurocritical care.

Fellows will gain expertise in the assessment and management of patients presenting with acute ischemic stroke and acute intracerebral haemorrhage. They will gain expertise in the design and conduct of randomized controlled trials in neurovascular medicine (acute treatment and prevention), with a focus on the assessment of patients for clinical trial enrolment.

Trainees will be able to participate in research activities related to the management of acute ischemic stroke and acute intracerebral hemorrhage, including but not limited to, the acquisition and interpretation of data, the writing of abstracts and papers, and the presentation of results at local, national, and international meetings. In addition, they will gain expertise in the performance and interpretation of carotid ultrasound and transcranial Doppler. Finally, Fellows will gain expertise in the management of critically ill neurological patients, specifically those with neurovascular diseases.

Application details:

  • Prerequisite(s):  PGY 4 or greater, Completion of Neurology  subspecialty training
  • Estimated % clinical workload:  75%
  • Number of positions annually:  1-2
  • Duration:  1-2 years
  • Start date:  July 1st
  • Application deadline:  November 15th
  • Contact: Janis Crawley at jacrawley@toh.ca or (613) 798-5555 ext 10966
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Michel Shamy
  • Research Director: Dr. Dar Dowlatshahi
  • Medical Director: Dr. Grant Stotts

What We Offer You

The Nuclear Medicine Fellowship Program is designed to provide a well-rounded training environment, encompassing general nuclear medicine, PET/CT, nuclear cardiology and radionuclide therapy with I-131 sodium iodine and Radium 223. 

The Division of Nuclear Medicine at the Ottawa Hospital has eight board certified physicians, and provides secondary and tertiary service to Ottawa and the surrounding regions. The service performs approximately 30,000 diagnostic and therapeutic studies per year, across 2 practice sites including more than 2,000 FDG PET-CT scans. The service has state-of-the-art PET-CT (GE Discovery 64 slice CT), SPECT/CT (3), SPECT (5) and bone densitometry systems (2).  We read studies at the affiliated Ottawa Heart Institute on dedicated cardiac equipment including a dedicated solid state SPECT camera (1), SPECT/CT cameras, and 2 recent-vintage PET-CT scanners.

Learning opportunities for fellows include weekly Interesting Case Rounds, monthly Journal Club and weekly didactic lectures on clinical nuclear medicine, physics and radiopharmaceuticals, offered to both nuclear medicine residents and fellows.  Our fellowship is offered in parallel with the 5-year University of Ottawa Nuclear Medicine Residency.

The fellows are expected to rotate in the clinic under close supervision, with graded responsibilities as their expertise and knowledgebase develops.   They are also expected to present at interdisciplinary rounds under the guidance of a staff member. Fellows are required to present annually at the City Wide Nuclear Medicine Grand Rounds and at the Divisional Journal Club.

Depending on the interest and time availability, it is expected that fellows will engage in at least one research project per annum.

Application details:

  • Prerequisite(s):  Postgraduate training in radiology or nuclear medicine with certification from recognized jurisdiction internationally; must be sponsored by government or institution. Candidates having Canadian citizenship or permanent residency could be self-sponsored.
  • Estimated % clinical workload:  80%
  • Number of positions annually:  1-2
  • Duration:  2 years
  • Start date:  :  Flexible
  • Application deadline:  N/A
  • Contact: Bilquis Hyder Ali at bhyderali@toh.ca (613) 737-8899 ext. 73472

Required Documents for Application: 

  • Personal statement
  • CV, copies of medical and specialty degrees
  • Proof of financial sponsorship/funding
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Stephen Dinning
  • Assistant Director: Dr. Xuan Pham

What We Offer You

Our training program addresses the management of physical symptoms and psychosocial, spiritual, and ethical dimensions of care for persons with advanced life-threatening illness.

Trainees participate in research and educational activities with faculty and complete a scholarly project. The curriculum of the Palliative Medicine Fellowship mirrors that of the Palliative Medicine Residency Program.  However, the Fellowship exists to allow access to training for candidates that do not have FRCPSC or CCFP designation.

Fellows will experience a broad range of exposure to patients with malignant and non-malignant illness. Experience is gained from one of the largest palliative care units in Canada with an internationally recognized faculty.  Primary teaching sites include The Ottawa Hospital and Bruyère Continuing Care. The program excels in interprofessional collaboration and integration of palliative care with medical, oncologic, surgical, and primary care services across the Ottawa region.

Application details:

  • Prerequisite(s):  Completed PGY2 or greater (or international equivalent). Applicants must hold or be eligible for an educational or independent practice license in Ontario.
  • Estimated % clinical workload:  90%
  • Number of positions annually:  1-2
  • Duration:  1 year
  • Start date:  July 1st of the academic year (or as negotiated)
  • Application deadline:  October 1st (subject to annual adjustment)
  • Contact: Sarah Marsaw at pmrp@bruyere.org  (613) 562-6262 ext.  4007
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Christopher Barnes

What We Offer You

The qualified Neuro-Respiratory Fellow will be a highly motivated learner and clinician. The fellowship will be undertaken at the Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre and the Ottawa Hospital, under the direct guidance and supervision of Dr. Douglas McKim, Medical Director (co-chair of the first Canadian Guidelines on Home Mechanical Ventilation).

Fellows are involved in the assessment and care of patients enrolled in the Respiratory Rehabilitation Program as well as patients with neuromuscular diseases (NMD), both in the outpatient clinics and within the hospital.

With one-on-one supervision, fellows will learn to investigate and recognize signs of inadequate cough capacity, aspiration risk, and ventilatory insufficiency.

Application details:

  • Prerequisite(s): PGY 5 or greater, Respiratory Medicine and permitted to practice Internal Medicine in Ontario.
  • Estimated % clinical workload: 80%
  • Number of positions annually: 1
  • Duration: 6 months (no research project), 9 months (with research project)
  • Start date: Nov 1 to April 30 (6 months), Nov 1 to July 31 (9 months)
  • Application deadline: March 31st
  • Contact: Crystal Lameira at clameira@toh.ca or 613-737-8899 ext 73994
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Douglas McKim 

“I chose to do fellowship training in Ottawa with Dr. Amjadi due to the depth and volume of clinical experience. The pleural disease experience specifically is unmatched anywhere in North America in terms of tunneled catheter usage and medical thoracoscopy training. The ability to work alongside Thoracic surgery and as a part of the multidisciplinary cancer assessment unit is key. In terms of endoscopic interventions the program has a high volume of endobronchial ultrasound exposure, but also focuses on complex airway management with endobronchial ablative therapies and stent placement all done via flexible fiberoptic bronchoscope. Having trained with Dr. Amjadi I feel very well prepared to take on the challenges of Interventional Pulmonology practice and he continues to serve as a mentor to this day.” 

~Dr. Robert Kyskan, Interventional Pulmonology Fellow

What We Offer You

As a fellow in in one of the largest centres in North America for the management of pleural effusion and ascites, you will have the opportunity to have exceptional training in endobronchial ultrasound, interventional bronchoscopy and the insertion and management of indwelling catheters for palliative purposes.   

You will be required to appraise/critique scholarly research in diagnostic and interventional techniques and to stay abreast of current techniques. You will be equipped to understand procedural indications, contraindications, and risks to patients and be able to manage complications and employ infection control.   

Our fellows are enabled to be compassionate, professional, effective communicators, collaborators, health advocates and to efficiently manage patients, procedures and resources.

Application details:

  • Prerequisite(s): PGY 5 or greater, Respiratory Medicine and permitted to practice Internal Medicine in Ontario.
  • Estimated % clinical workload: 80%
  • Number of positions annually: 1
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Start date: October 1st of the academic year (after Respirology Exam)
  • Application deadline: January 31st
  • Contact: Crystal Lameira at clameira@toh.ca or 613-737-8899 ext 73994
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Kayvan Amjadi

What We Offer You

Our program offers multidisciplinary exposure to all of aspects of sleep medicine and Circadian rhythm disorders with special focus on laboratory aspects. All fellows attend general sleep clinics, as well as clinics in psychiatry, neurology and pediatric sleep medicine. Fellows attend general sleep clinics at the university hospital as well as independent health facilities in urban and rural settings.

In the laboratory, fellows will learn the technical aspects of data acquisition, data scoring, and study interpretation for nocturnal baseline and therapeutic polysomnograms as well as MSLT/MWT testing, portable monitoring and actigraphy. Teaching is based on AASM criteria as well as CPSO Ontario standards.

Candidates are examined internally during and at the end of the program and are encouraged to write the European Sleep medicine examinations. Many of our fellows focus on clinical training. However, if the candidate wishes to pursue a research pathway, there are opportunities for collaboration with the Centre for Practice Changing Research.

Application details:

  • Prerequisite(s): FRCP in one of the three disciplines: Respirology, Neurology or Psychiatry
  • Estimated % clinical workload: 100%
  • Number of positions annually: 1
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Start date: November 1st
  • Application deadline: January 31st preceding year
  • Contact: Crystal Lameira at clameira@toh.ca or 613-737-8899 ext 73994
  • Fellowship Director: Dr. Judith Leech

START the application process

1. Apply to Program

Are you an International trainee? Please apply by following the uOttawa Faculty of Medicine Fellowship Application process.

Canadian trainees can apply directly to a Fellowship program by selecting one of our programs listed.

2. Letter of Offer

The program informs the chosen candidate in writing providing details such as CPSO & CMPA registration, fees, immunizations, VSS, housing, academic schedule and expectations.

Once you receive your letter of offer, follow the next steps to formally register.

3. Letter of Eligibility (Letter of Appointment)

Program Checklist

4. CPSO (College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario)

Trainee must apply for Postgraduate Education Certification of Registration from CPSO immediately. International trainee must complete source verification of their medical degree with the Physician Registry of Canada.

5. CMPA (Canadian Medical Protective Association)

Trainee to start application process for CMPA coverage. Once CPSO license is issued trainee can complete application for CMPA coverage.

6.  Immunization

Must complete immunization form.

7. VCC Police Check

Must complete VCC police check.

8. Work Permit/Visa (International trainees)

Applications should be started immediately after receiving letters of eligibility and employment. Once work permit is received, a copy needs to be sent to CPSO and PGME office.

9. Confirmation of training date by Program

Program to request for Fellow PrivilegesProgram to request for Hospital Network Access.

10. Starting Fellowship

Trainee must check in with PGME office at the Faculty of Medicine to confirm:

  • Health Insurance (international trainee)
  • CPSO license
  • CMPA coverage
  • Completion of immunization
  • VSS police check

11. Starting Fellowship

Trainee must attend Medical Education office at Hospital to acquire ID badge.

12. Program Orientation

Program provides hospital network access, email account and any additional orientation material.

13. PEAP
(International trainees only)

Trainees must successfully complete the Pre-Entry Assessment Program (PEAP). The duration of PEAP may vary from 8-12 weeks. * Depending on the Program the PEAP period may not count as time towards Fellowship training.

Coming in the Spring of 2020...

The Department of Medicine Research Day will feature presentations by both clinical residents/fellows and trainees from the Basic Science laboratories of the Department. MD/PhD students and MD students who undertook research projects in summer 2019 are also invited to submit their abstracts.