University of Ottawa

College of Family Physicians of Canada
Emergency Medicine Residency Program CFPC(EM)

Program Contact Quota (approx): 5
Dr. Avik Nath, Program Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Ottawa / The Ottawa Hospital
Civic Campus, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 4E9
Tel: 613-798-5555 ext. 18649, Fax: 613-761-5488
E-mail: anath@ottawahospital.on.caLise Levesque, Postgraduate Coordinator
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Ottawa/The Ottawa Hospital
Civic Campus, Rm. M206
Tel: 613-798-5555 ext 18649 Fax: 613-761-5488

Supporting Documents

  1. Reference Letters
    Three letters are required and each must be accompanied by the “Referee Assessment of Applicant”.
    Click here to access the “Referee assessment form”
  2. Assessment by Program Director
    One letter from your family medicine program or unit/site director which must be accompanied by the “Family Medicine Program Director’s Assessment of Applicant”.
    Click here to access the “Family medicine program / site director’s assessment of applicant form” 
  3. Personal Letter
    A letter describing your career interest is required. Please include your reasons for wanting to do your emergency medicine training in Ottawa. Please keep this letter to a word count of less than 400 words.

International medical graduates (IMG) who are Canadian citizens/permanent resident AND registered in a Family Medicine residency program IN ONTARIO are eligible to apply.  IMG’s who have completed their Family Medicine training in other provinces are eligible to apply to the Ministry of Health and  Long-Term Care’s Re-entry program to access PGY3 training: recruit/reentry_training.html

Review Process

Applications submitted after File Review has opened will not be considered

References and other supporting documents which arrive after File Review has opened will not be considered


Date(s) of Interview: Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Invitation/ Notification Information:

All applicants will be contacted about the status of their application and whether they received an interview or not by October 20th, 2014. Please note: due to the limited number of interview spaces, we still rank candidates even if an interview has not been granted.

Details regarding the interview:

Department of Emergency Medicine – Civic Campus
University of Ottawa / The Ottawa Hospital
1053 Carling Ave., F-Main, Room M-206, Box 227
Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 4E9

Additional Information Regarding interviews:

Applicants will meet with the selection committee for two separate half hour interviews and will have an opportunity to meet with residents currently in the program. All interviews will take place at The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus and a hot lunch will be provided. This is a full day event.

Program Information


The year is split into four-week blocks of:

  • Adult Emergency Medicine – Five blocks are spent in the emergency department at The Ottawa Hospital. A new training site at the Montfort can also be considered.
  • Longitudinal Pediatric Emergency Medicine – During 4 of your 5 adult emergency medicine rotations at The Ottawa Hospital, you will be assigned shifts in the emergency department at The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
  • Community Emergency Medicine – One block in a community emergency medicine setting
  • ICU – Two blocks of adult ICU
  • CCU – One block at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute
  • Anaesthesia – One block (2 weeks adult, 2 weeks pediatrics)
  • Orthopaedic and/or plastic surgery – One block
  • Electives – Two blocks of elective time

During clinical shifts, residents are supervised by staff emergency physicians. This allows for one on one time with staff MD’s who are national, and world leaders in research, ultrasound, and medical education.

The academic curriculum comprises of a weekly academic half-day (AHD), arranged in a series of medical specialty blocks within emergency medicine. The first 10 weeks are dedicated to resuscitation and trauma skills. Academic sessions are run by staff emergency medicine physicians. Rounds are mostly held separate from the Royal College EM Program allowing for a more focused curriculum to meet CCFP-EM objectives.

Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds precede AHD weekly. Grand Rounds are of a national conference level and given by faculty and senior residents. Every year the Department of Emergency Medicine invite a number of internationally renowned guest speakers to present Grand Rounds and give AHD. There are weekly resident case rounds throughout the year, combined with the FRCP residents.

From January through June, residents will have practice orals in preparation for the CCFP-EM core competency exam. Two practice written exams will be given in December and June to help residents prepare for their CCFP-EM written core competency exam.

All residents are trained in Ultrasound and receive certification by the end of the academic year. During one of the Adult EM Blocks, 2 weeks of protected time with supervised scanning shifts are given to residents to develop their US skills with an US trained supervisor.

A new state of the art Simulation Center opened in Oct 2010. At the start of every year, a 2 day SIM Boot camp is organized for residents where they get to learn key procedural skills. During their adult emergency medicine rotations, they will have 2 SIM sessions per block to focus on more practical / hands on experiences of the curriculum. Workshops include pigtail catheter insertions, nasopharyngeal scope use, trauma scenarios, chest tube insertion and the opportunity to receive direct observation and feedback on leadership and code running skills. Residents will also have the opportunity to have SIM sessions at CHEO (The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario). A hand lab led by a plastic surgeon is held annually.

The Department of Emergency Medicine holds its journal club every month at a restaurant or at the Civic hospital over a catered meal. Residents present a brief summary and then critically appraise previously circulated articles.

All residents are required to undertake a small scholarly project (academic/research project/chart audit), which they present at the Department of Emergency Medicine Research Day, as well as the Department of Family Medicine Research Day. This is a very structured project with deadlines throughout the year to help guide residents. Each resident will have a faculty methodologist and a faculty supervisor to help. Past residents have found this an extremely rewarding experience.

Information on the location(s) of training

TThe University of Ottawa program in Family Medicine/ Emergency Medicine is based at the Ottawa Hospital, which is a multi campus hospital providing primary, secondary and tertiary care to the people of Ottawa and the surrounding region. Visit or for more information on living in Ottawa.

Additional information

The one-year program in Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa was the first in Canada, and has been offered since 1979. It received full approval at its last accreditation survey in 2010.

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