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Dual Certifications

Dual Certification Training in Nuclear Medecine

The Division of Nuclear Medicine is offering a two-year nuclear medicine training program which is designed for physicians who have just completed their training in radiology from a Royal College accredited program. After completing our two-year training program, the trainee will be eligible and is expected to sit for the RCPSC examination in nuclear medicine, thereby achieving full dual-certification.

General structure

The two-year training in nuclear medicine provides extensive training in the full spectrum of nuclear medicine, including physics, radiopharmacy, radionuclide therapy, SPECT/CT, PET/CT and nuclear cardiology (at the renowned University of Ottawa Heart Institute).

Trainees are expected to attend and contribute to: weekly didactic lectures, weekly interesting case conference, monthly City-Wide Nuclear Medicine Grand Rounds, monthly Journal Club meetings, monthly Research Rounds, and quarterly Morbidity and Mortality Rounds.

Trainees are encouraged to pursue at least one research project during their training.

There are no weekday calls, however, trainees are scheduled for occasional weekend calls per month as initial contact person, staff physician is available for backup. Call stipend will be given as per PARO agreement. The trainees will not be scheduled for any calls two months preceding their Royal College examination.

Upon completion of the training program, the trainee will be thoroughly proficient in all aspects of clinical Nuclear Medicine and will be able to function independently as a Nuclear Medicine consultant. After completion of the two-year training, the trainee will be eligible to sit for the RCPSC examination in Nuclear Medicine.


Applicants to our two-year funded program must be certified by the RCPSC in diagnostic radiology following completion of a Canadian residency program.

The Program will entertain one trainee per year.

Application process

Trainees who are currently in their PGY4 training in a Royal College accredited radiology program and are planning on completing their training program, are eligible to apply for a position which will begin post-graduation in radiology.

For July start, interested applicants are requested to submit their applications for consideration in August/September of the previous year. Interviews of the selected candidates will be scheduled in October/November.

Upon successful acceptance, the trainee will be funded in accordance with the level of PGY6-7.

Following documents are required to be sent to the Program:

  • Personal statement
  • Updated resume
  • Copies of medical and specialty degrees
  • Transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation, including 1 from the program director
  • Letter of good standing from the university

Contact information

Bilquis Hyder Ali
Executive Program Administrator

Program Director: Dr. Stephen Dinning, MD, FRCPC

Assistant Program Director: Dr. Xuan Pham, MD, FRCPC