University of Ottawa - Dermatology - Ottawa


Program Director

Dr. Carly Kirshen


Program Coordinator

Anne Grose

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Dermatology is a five-year-program consisting of two years of foundational training in medicine and surgery, followed by three years of full-time dermatology.

Rotations occur at:

  • The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) which has three campuses, Civic, General and Riverside.

  • The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)

  • The Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre

  • Community dermatology offices

  • Dynacare Laboratories (dermatopathology)

  • Laserderm and Ottawa Derm Centre (lasers and cosmetics)

A highlight of the program is the opportunity for 1-2 senior residents to accompany the dermatologist, Dr. Jacqueline Shukle, to Iqaluit for a week in January and May each year. These senior independent clinics offer residents a wonderful opportunity to experience the practice of dermatology in the remote Canadian north. The entire visit is sponsored by the Nunavut government. This valuable activity is however only confirmed by Dr. Shukle on a year to year basis.

Specialty Clinics

  • Patch Testing

  • Mohs surgery

  • Pigmented lesions

  • Rheumatology-Dermatology

  • Vulvar dermatology

  • Dermato-Oncology

  • Biologics

  • Pediatric vascular anomalies

What makes us unique:

  • Strong clinical focus

  • Close working relationship with faculty

  • Dynamic involved faculty comprised of both experienced practitioners and new graduates

  • Exposure to general dermatology and subspecialties

  • Tightly knit resident group

  • Camaraderie

  • Inclusive philosophy regarding community dermatologists

  • Opportunity for clinical research

  • Superb dermatopathology training weekly by a fellow trained dermatopathologist

  • Dedicated PGY5 dermatopathology curriculum weekly

  • Excellent track record in providing well-rounded consultant dermatologists to the community and the academic health centres.

  • Dr. Catherine Ruddy Scholarship fund to support national or international electives

  • Many elective opportunities

  • Monthly journal club

  • Resident funding to attend and present at conferences

  • Resident funds to help purchase textbooks

  • Visiting professors

  • Bi-annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting

  • One morphologic or skin disease per meeting

  • Experts from around the world present

  • Special resident only session with experts

  • Patient viewing related to the topic

  • Evening social

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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 electives while enrolled in medical school. We do not preferentially rank applicants who have only pursued electives in one discipline or sub-discipline.

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What is the housing situation?

Residents have not expressed any difficulty in obtaining appropriate accommodation.

They tend to live near the Civic Hospital, centrally near downtown or the Glebe. The cost of an average one-bedroom apartment is $1300-$1800/mo plus Hydro.

Do I have to have a car?

This is desirable as sites can be quite far from each other, and timelines between clinics short. It is particularly helpful to have one's own transport when on call.

Dermatology residents take call from home.

The Ottawa Hospital does run a free shuttle service between the Civic, General and Riverside campuses, running half-hourly from 6am to 5:30pm. CHEO is located close to the General Campus.

Parking is available for a fee.

What sort of workload can I expect?

The dermatology program is very demanding. Residents are often surprised at the volume of knowledgeand expertise they have to acquire within 5 years of training.

Preparation for Fellowship examinations is a challenge.

Reading is expected during weeknights and on weekends.

Work days tend to be long, with clinic time alone covering as many as 30 hours a week. This residency is not 9-5

On call can be demanding but is shared amongall residents.