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Subspecialty Residency Training Programs (PGY4)

Subspecialty Residency Programs

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

Cardiology

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 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 opportunities 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 underway 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

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. K1Y 4W7
Canada

For further information, please contact:
Karen Bell
Program Administrator
Email:

Critical Care

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 critically ill patients, 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
Email:
Tel: 613-737-8701

Endocrinology & Metabolism

In the absence of electives, we’ve created a short video describing our residency program. Enjoy an Endocrinology and Metabolism virtual elective experience here.

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.

For further information, please contact:
Sylvie Soucie
Program Administrator
Email:
Tel: 613-738-8400 ext. 81941

Gastroenterology

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 GI Division Rounds, IBD Rounds, Academic ½ Day, M&M Rounds, GI/Liver and Path 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. Shaw-Stiffel, Dr. Kelly, Dr. Tsien or Dr. Cheung. A similar half-day per week is given to a longitudinal Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic under the supervision of Dr. Saloojee, Dr. Sy, Dr. McCurdy or Dr. Murthy. There is also a one-half day per month TPN Clinic with Dr. Murthy.

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:
Christine Brown
Program Administrator
Email:

General Internal Medicine

General Internal Medicine 2-year Subspecialty Program

In the absence of electives, we’ve created a short video describing our residency program. Enjoy an Internal Medicine virtual elective experience here.

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:

Elective Rotations

For further information, please contact:
Allison Coutts
Program Administrator
E-mail:
Tel: 613-798-5555 ext. 13062

Geriatric Medicine

Geriatric Medicine Residency Training Program

In the absence of electives, we’ve created a short video describing our residency program. Enjoy a Geriatric virtual elective experience here.

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
E-mail:
Tel: 613-761-4795

Hematology

Hematology Residency Training Program

  • Program Director: Dr. Andrea Kew
  • Program Coordinator: Vincent Paul

In the absence of electives, we’ve created a short video describing our residency program. Enjoy a Hematology virtual elective experience here.

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.

Infectious Diseases

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 travellers, 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
E-mail:
Tel: 613-737-8899 ext. 74184

Medical Oncology

In the absence of electives, we’ve created a short video describing our residency program. Enjoy a Medical Oncology virtual elective experience here.

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, 1:30 – 3:30 – 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 allow 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
      E-mai:
      Tel: 613-737-7700 ext. 70241

Nephrology

In the absence of electives, we’ve created a short video describing our residency program. Enjoy a Nephrology virtual elective experience here.

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 of 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 kidney transplantation; the program is accredited with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as an Area of Focused Competence (AFC) Diploma in Solid Organ Transplantation. This fellowship is geared to those individuals who have completed Nephrology training but would like to extend and expand their expertise in kidney transplantation. The training program includes a minimum of 6 months of core clinical experience in the inpatient and outpatient setting as well as two months of laboratory transplantation in tissue typing 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
E-mail:
Tel: 613-798-5555 ext.82509

Palliative Care

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 .

Respirology

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 note 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 Administrator Crystal Lameira at (613) 737-8198 or email .

Rheumatology

In the absence of electives, we’ve created a short video describing our residency program. Enjoy a Rheumatology virtual elective experience here.

The University of Ottawa Rheumatology Residency program is delighted to provide individualized training and exciting opportunities to meet the needs of our residents in this new Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME) era. We provide training in a wide range of general rheumatology settings (academic and community), but also have several sub-specialty clinics including Vasculitis, MSK Ultrasound, Osteoporosis, Transition Care (Pediatric to Adult), SLE/APLAS, scleroderma and our popular combined clinics including Rheumatology/Respirology, and Rheumatology/Dermatology. We have basic MSK US teaching, with an opportunity for electives in second year. We also have an outreach clinic in Baffin Island.

We have individuals with special expertise in clinical research, clinical epidemiology, MSK ultrasound and research in medical education. The last 6 months of training provide ample opportunity to explore and tailor training to create career opportunities for each individual resident. We are proud to be in the Nation’s Capital. Ottawa provides all the amenities of a big city, such as museums, concerts and professional sports teams, but with a small-town feel and July 1st, we always have the best fireworks in the nation!

Contact Us

Program Director: Dr. Susan Humphrey-Murto
Coordinator: Susan Duffield
Phone: 613-738-8400 ext 81850
Fax: 613-738-8228
E-mail: