University of Ottawa - Family Medicine - Rural Winchester


Program Director

Dr. Vikas Bhagirath


Postgraduate Program Manager

Kim Rozon

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The Winchester Residency Program is offered in conjunction with the Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH). Our team of physicians and staff work with residents to support your learning needs. We offer:

  • Updated 24/7 emergency services, acute care, obstetrical in-patient services, urology, newborn care, cardiology and day surgery;

  • A state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging unit, which includes a CT scanner, ultrasound and digital mammography;

  • A laboratory, diagnostic imaging and pharmacy services support our clinical programs; and,

  • We are a partner in several regional programs, including operating as a key site for cancer care (breast cancer screening, surgery and chemotherapy); chronic kidney disease (dialysis); and other specialty clinics.

Teaching & Learning Opportunities

WDMH offers a two year horizontally integrated rural family medicine curriculum. We focus on developing the skills and competencies you will need to meet the full scope of practice that family physicians deliver in rural and remote communities. Your family medicine experience will include both hospital in-patient care and family medicine clinics. You will have exposure to emergency medicine, geriatrics (home visits and nursing home visits), psychiatry, internal medicine, cardiology, ophthalmology, diagnostic imaging, out-patient clinics, ambulatory pediatrics and obstetrics. The maternity/child team includes obstetricians, GP-OBS, midwives and OBS nurses. You may also spend one or two days at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa for you and our pediatrician to visit in-patients from the Winchester area. You will be first surgical assist and do lumps and bumps clinics while in general surgery.

Patient Population

Our patient population includes residents from local communities within the broader areas of Dundas, Stormont, Glengarry and Russell Townships. We also draw on Ottawa South’s growing population. Servicing 3300 square kilometres, we have a patient volume of approximately 96,000 people per year.

12/11/2020 CaRMS — Program Contact Information

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Applications may be sumbmitted in either English or French. If you are applying to more than one stream you may submit only ONE PERSONAL LETTER with a statement identifying which other streams you are applying to and the reasons. Reference letters will be accepted in both languages. Please note that all selected candidates must master the English language (oral and written).

Communication Preference

Our preferred manner of communicating with all applicants is via email.

Please note that in our program it is important that residents have an independent means of transportation.

Enhanced Skills training/PGY 3 opportunities

Our program offers a number of training opportunities beyond the 2 years of residency. We offer PGY-3 training in Emergency Medicine leading to a certificate of special competence issued by the College of Family Physicians of Canada as well as Palliative Medicine training and Enhanced Skills training in care of the elderly, anaesthesia, women's health, sport medicine, mental health, paediatrics and maternal health care. We also welcome proposals for self-directed Enhanced Skills training.

Websites of Interest

Médecine familiale / Family Medicine

Winchester District Memorial Hospital

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If I apply to several streams within the Family Medicine Ottawa programs will I be expected to have more than one interview?

No, only one interview will be conducted and your overall application and interview score will be applied to the other streams.

If I apply to more than one program do I need to write a different Personal Letter?

No, we highly suggest to indicate your interest in more than one program within your letter and state the reasons. If you are applying to the francophone program, you should write certain paragraphs in English and in French.

Can a reference letter be in French?

Yes, your reference letters may be in English or French.