University of Ottawa - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Ottawa


Program Director

Dr. Deanna Quon


Program Administrator

Crystal Adam

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  • Well structured academic curriculum for half days with a strong emphasis on CanMEDS roles, which enables us to train well rounded physiatrists.

  • Multiple training sites with exposure to all core physiatry sub-specialties, including pediatric physiatry, and respiratory and cardiac rehab.

  • Track record of training a wide range of both community and academic physiatrists who have gone into many different subspecialties.

  • Annual anatomy half days in the University of Ottawa anatomy lab, simulation sessions at the Sim Centre and ultrasound training sessions.

  • Strong culture of feedback and ability to adapt and be flexible, as demonstrated recently in the setting of a pandemic.

  • Biannual Practice Written and OSCE examinations.

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All candidates must meet the Ontario criteria of eligibility.

  • Our program is well supported by PM&R and off-service staff who are genuinely interested in meeting your learning needs/objectives and are engaged in resident education.

  • Tight-knit resident group from a variety of different backgrounds/experiences who organize multiple social events together every year.

  • Ottawa is the 4th largest city in Canada and often voted by MacLean's and MoneySense magazine as a top community to live in overall. It is home to a range of museums, art galleries, even an NHL hockey team. Perfect city to raise a family in!

  • Close proximity to amazing national/provincial parks, and great access to hiking, cycling, nordic and alpine skiing, and skating.

  • Ottawa is a bilingual city, with multiple job opportunities for partners as it is a large economic centre with diverse jobs in high-tech, government and other important sectors such as health and education.

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How is ultrasound education incorporated into the program?

There are academic half day workshops every year in ultrasound, and opportunity and support to learn US on our own, with machines available during our summer half days. Multiple staff use ultrasound in clinic for MSK procedures and botulinum toxin injections. You can also seek out opportunities for electives.

What is Ottawa looking for in its applicants?

There is no one type of applicant that we are looking for. We are interested in having residents that are genuinely interested in physiatry who have a positive attitude, and are hardworking, accepting of feedback and keen to learn. They should also be easy to get along with and work well with others.

Do I need to be bilingual to study in Ottawa?

No! French-speaking is an asset, but in no way a requirement to live and perform training in Ottawa.

Will I be socially isolated if I come from out of town?

There is no denying that a move across the country can be difficult for anyone. But rest assured, our residents are very close to one another, and we are looking forward to adding two new members to the family! We make sure to touch base frequently, even if is physically distanced, as during the Covid-19 pandemic. Plus, the proximity to other major urban centres and to an international airport facilitates transport anywhere in the world!

Are there practice opportunities at the end of Residency?

Yes! There will be a new Civic Hospital campus built within the next few years with a planned move into a new state of the art rehabilitation facility. There will be both University based academic Physiatry opportunities as well as community hospital and even private office opportunities within the Ottawa region. Ottawa is a large city with various "pockets", ensuring there are multiple practice opportunities available. Ottawa is also close in proximity to multiple smaller communities with hospitals, many of which are in need of physiatrists!