Université d’Ottawa

Updated October 6, 2011


The University of Ottawa is the only University in Ontario which offers a bilingual postgraduate teaching environment. The patient population is quite diverse and comes from every region of Eastern Ontario. The Montfort Hospital offers a completely French Family Medicine program and plans are underway to offer a significant portion of specialty training in French.

The Faculty of Medicine is committed to the advancement of health through education, research and exemplary patient care for the well-being of the society it serves. It has one of the largest multicultural student population with approximately 180 foreign residents coming from various middle-eastern countries. This provides its student population with an international aspect to learning and a better understanding of cultural differences.

At the University of Ottawa, we believe the best residents are those who have been able to explore the breadth of the medical profession through suitable elective placement while enrolled in medical school. We do not preferentially rank applicants who have only pursued electives in one discipline or sub-discipline. We support the concept that students should do a minimum of at least 2-week electives in 3 different specialties.

Most of our programs offer plenty of opportunities to pursue elective rotations in the community as well as under serviced or northern Ontario communities. Some of our programs also offer its residents the opportunity to pursue elective training in such locations as Iqaluit, Nunavut.

Finally, as the nation’s Capital, Ottawa is an excellent place to live. With plenty of green space, cycling paths and easy access to the ski hills, one can be sure that keeping fit is simple. Don’t forget the famous Rideau Canal for skating in the winter. The downtown core is always bustling with festivals and offers a night life second to none with plenty of restaurants, clubs and entertainment for every taste or style. Visit www.ottawa.com or www.ottawa.ca for more information on living in Ottawa.

All residents will be required to disclose their MCCQE1 examination results upon entry into any of the University of Ottawa’s training programs. Please note that this is a post selection process and will not affect one’s opportunities for successful matching to our programs. The purpose of this disclosure is to allow for resources to be provided to the few residents who would benefit from extra support early in their residency in an effort to maximize their success.

Programs offered

In addition to some 55 positions in Family Medicine, over 125 Specialty positions and a wide variety of Subspecialty programs are offered.

For all PGY1 specialty residents,  regular teaching activities are complemented by a faculty-wide Academic Symposia series which focuses on issues such as professionalism, palliative care, patient boundaries, teaching skills, bioethics, quality assurance and medico/legal issues. Again, these symposia are in addition to program specific academic activities which occur during protected time, and are mandatory for all PGY1 residents.

Teaching Hospitals

The Ottawa Hospital

(Includes the General, Civic & Riverside Campuses as well as the Rehabilitation Centre)

Number of beds 1,149
Number of deliveries/year 6,538
Number of emergency patients 158,684

The Ottawa Hospital is a 1,200-bed academic health sciences centre, affiliated with the University of Ottawa. Its services are concentrated on four campuses: the Civic, General, Riverside, and Rehabilitation Centre. Bringing health discoveries from bench to bedside, the Ottawa Health Research Institute is the research arm of the Ottawa Hospital. The Ottawa Hospital is one of the largest teaching hospitals in Canada and one of the Ottawa area’s largest employers. It provides comprehensive, high quality, patient-focused health care services, in English and French, to over 1.5 million residents of eastern Ontario as well as specialized and complex services for residents of North eastern Ontario.

The Ottawa Hospital, General Campus

This is a modern bilingual hospital which includes: designated level III Perinatal unit, high risk pregnancy, lead trauma hospital and burn centre for the Ottawa region, and operational magnetic resonance imaging. It is linked by walkways to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, the Royal Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre and the Faculty of Medicine.

The Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus

Important features of the hospital include the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, the Family Medicine Centre, the Geriatric Assessment Unit and the new Skills and Simulation Centre.

The Ottawa Hospital, Riverside Campus

Ambulatory Care Centre

The Ottawa Hospital, Rehabilitation Centre

The Rehabilitation Centre provides tertiary level rehabilitation services for in-patients and out-patients.

Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Number of beds 195
Number of emergency patients 66,330

The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario is committed to making a difference in the lives of children and youth. It feels so strongly about this commitment that they have made it their mission statement. As was the case when CHEO first opened nearly three decades ago, children and youth continue to require dedicated and specialized pediatric health services. CHEO has established an excellent team of highly qualified personnel, first class treatment, as well as world-renowned research activities to meet the needs of the young patients. CHEO believes in a family-centered approach to caring for children and youth, and strives to cultivate an environment of compassion and hope for patients and their families. This dedication is apparent in the devotion of its staff towards the children and youth who walk through its doors. Equally dedicated to research, CHEO continues to evolve with the changing times. CHEO is poised to lead with new advances in care and the development of a comprehensive health system for children and youth, with the ultimate goal of improving patient recovery. As a teaching hospital, CHEO is affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. CHEO is also partnered with 17 other hospitals in Eastern Ontario, to provide specialized services, exchange knowledge and share expertise. The medical staff at CHEO includes a range of specialists who ensure comprehensive care for children and youth. The multi-disciplinary approach to caring for patients ensures that all aspects of the care are coordinated and thorough. The highly-dedicated staff, the commitment of volunteers and the generosity and support of community continues to be its strongest assets.

Royal Ottawa Health Care Group

Number of beds 284

The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre (ROMHC)

The ROMHC is the provider of specialized mental health services in Eastern Ontario for people with serious, complex and recurring mental illness. As a teaching hospital of the University of Ottawa, it provides an integrated approach to advancing the treatment of people with mental illness. The hospital offers both inpatient and outpatient programs that are designed to meet the treatment needs of people with a mental illness. Treatment is tailored to individual needs and is developed in conjunction with patients and their support system.

The Brockville Mental Health Centre (BMHC)

Number of beds 183

The BMHC is affiliated with the University of Ottawa as a teaching hospital. It provides educational placements for students from a variety of post secondary health and human service programs in the region.

Hôpital Montfort

Number of beds 300
Number of deliveries/year 2,800
Number of emergency patients 50,000

Hôpital Montfort is a university medical centre offering acute care services. It offers its clientele a broad range of high quality and state-of-the-art primary and secondary care. Its services are offered in both official languages. Moreover, the hospital distinguishes itself by its francophone character. On an academic level, since its inception, the Direction des affaires académiques de Montfort maintains partnerships with the University of Ottawa and La Cité collégiale. The partnerships aim to train francophone professionals in medicine, as well as other health professions such as psychology, nursing, physiotherapy and pharmacy. To this day, the academic goals of the Direction are materializing mainly thanks to the activities of the Bureau des affaires Francophones (BAF) of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ottawa, and the Centre national de formation en santé (CNFS), a Canada-wide consortium of institutions. Together, the teaching institutions meet the medical training needs of francophones outside Quebec. The training programs participate in the continuous development of Montfort by making it a desirable destination for medical students wishing to complete their residence in a francophone milieu. Admittedly, the network continues to evolve; the new partnership with the Armed Forces, for instance, is clearing the way for a vast array of new possibilities in teaching as well as in research.

Elisabeth Bruyère Health Centre

Number of beds 743

See Family Medicine program description for details about this facility.

Other Training Sites

Other community hospitals in Ottawa, and Northeastern Ontario are used for rotations in some programs. Additionally, many programs offer rotations in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Elective rotations can be done throughout Canada on approval by the Program Director.

Salary & Benefits

See Provincial PARO/CAHO agreement 

Accommodation for out-of-city rotations – arranged by trainee

ACLS courses provided – yes – fully certifiable

University Registration Fees

University registration fees – 600.00 for the regular academic year 2013-2014 (July 1 to June 30) with a $50.00 increase yearly to a maximum of $700.00.

Tuition Fees

There is currently no resident tuition fees charged to Canadian medical graduates at the University of Ottawa (subject to change).

Program Start Date

All University of Ottawa programs commence July 1 of each year.


A 100 unit apartment building located on the Civic Campus hospital grounds is available for accommodation for residents. Contact the Medical Education office of the Ottawa Hospital for details at (613) 737-8455.

Visit the Off Campus Housing web page for other housing opportunities in Ottawa, at www.uottawa.ca.


Each hospital holds an Orientation Day for all new residents.

Additional Comments

Detailed descriptions of rotations and other academic related inquiries are available directly from the programs.

General Inquiries on Admissibility to CaRMS match:
University of Ottawa Postgraduate Manager – Francine Brisebois
E-mail: fbrisebo@uottawa.ca; Telephone: 613-562-5413

University Postgraduate Medical Education Website: www.medicine.uottawa.ca/postgraduate

University of Ottawa Website: http://www.uottawa.ca.

Please read the Ontario Provincial Criteria