University of Ottawa - Internal Medicine - Ottawa


Program Director

Dr. Loree Boyle


Program Director

Rachel Glennie

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  • Opportunity to train in a bilingual environment at both The Ottawa Hospital and L’Hôpital Montfort, a francophone community hospital that is recognized as the only francophone university hospital in Ontario.

  • Exposure to critical care experience early in your training as a PGY1 with great support.

  • Supportive Competency Based Medical Education (CBME) training atmosphere with mentorship and guidance from CBME coaches who help develop personalized learning goals.

  • Exposure to world renowned clinician scientists and opportunity to take part in the Research Plus program, a pipeline research focused program intended to assist you in developing your research aptitude during residency.

  • Resident centered program where residents drive innovation and learning by playing an integral role in curriculum design and delivery tailored to resident needs.

  • Strong online learning curriculum including NEJM Qbank, NEJM plus learning modules and articles.

  • In the age of COVID, strong virtual learning platform, including lunchtime teaching, review of landmark trial, radiology rounds.

  • Plenty of leadership opportunities available to stay engaged in the program including CBME representatives, academic half-day representatives, CTU task-force and more!

  • Our program (both sites) has an exceptionally supportive environment with great clinicians, mentors, teachers, and researchers.

  • Ottawa is big city with a hometown feel where culture and diversity is celebrated.

  • Ottawa is a nature lover’s paradise filled with nature trails and scenic beauty. The city offers plenty of year-round activities from biking and hiking in the spring/summer/fall seasons to skiing and skating in the winter.

  • In addition to activities, Ottawa makes our cold Canadian winter fun with festivities including Winterlude and skating on the Rideau canal, Canada’s largest outdoor skating rink. Last winter, during Winterlude, our IM resident team took part in the World Ice Dragon Boat Race which speaks to our comradery and friendship.

  • Opportunity to learn/practice French skills in the city, and teaching courses offered by the University of Ottawa medical school.

  • Plenty of amazing multicultural restaurants and coffee shops in the downtown and surrounding area — a wonderful city for all food enthusiasts!

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All candidates must meet the Ontario criteria of eligibility.

General program information will be available on the CaRMS website

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Do Ottawa IM residents receive ultrasound training?

Yes, point of care ultrasound (PoCUS) training is an integral part of our core curriculum. Residents get PoCUS teaching as early as the R1 year with hands on practice at the Skills and Simulation Centre. Residents have the opportunity to learn and showcase their PoCUS skills at the annual Sonowars which is a daylong event with workshops and intra-disciplinary ultrasound competition.

What does an R1’s rotation schedule typically look like?

During the R1 year, internal medicine residents will complete 5 CTU medicine blocks. Early critical care experience is offered, and residents will complete one ICU rotation during R1. Residents also complete one block of cardiology in their R1 year. The remaining 6 blocks are filled by subspecialty rotations, for example, endocrinology, respirology, nephrology, and many others that you can choose from!