Bariatric Medicine Clinical and Research Fellowship

The Ottawa Hospital Bariatric Centre of Excellence offers a Bariatric Medicine Clinical and Research Fellowship

Who can apply?

Applications are encouraged from MDs who have completed or will complete General Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, or Family Medicine residencies.

What are the training streams?

Bariatric Medicine Fellowship Streams and General Objectives

1 year Clinical Fellowship: To consolidate expertise in Bariatric Medicine

2-3 years Clinical and Research: To become a clinical investigator Fellowship in Bariatric Medicine (Fellows enroll in a Masters Program in the Department of Epidemiology or a basic science department at the University of Ottawa)

What does TOH Bariatric Medicine Program have to offer?

The Bariatric Centre of Excellence at The Ottawa Hospital is an active, academic, tertiary care service in the Departments of Medicine (Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism) and Surgery (Division of General Surgery). Research interests include: database development and cohort studies, genotype-phenotype associations, genomics and physiology of weight loss resistance, pulmonary function, adipose tissue cellular remodeling, psychotropic agents, smoking, health care utilization.

Active Clinical Service

This is a comprehensive Bariatric Medicine Program with behavioural and surgical treatment programs. This involves:

  • patient assessment and working with patients to decide on the optimal treatment
  • monitoring high-risk patients through either one of two separate medical programs:
    • a six month lifestyle modification program and a 12 week total meal replacement of 900 kcal {Optifast 900®, currently owned by Nestle Nutrition}.
    • a six month program with monthly meetings with physician and dietitian.
  • follow-up after those programs
  • assessment of patients for bariatric surgery
    • our clinic is designated by the Ministry of Health of Ontario as one of four Bariatric Centres of Excellence.
  • follow-up after that surgery.

Specialized Bariatric Medicine Faculty

Although this is a new specialty, our faculty has done pioneering work in establishing the specialty:

Dr Erin Keely MD FRCPC

Dr Judy Chow MD

Dr Joe Mamazza MDCM FRCSC

Dr Robert Dent MDCM FRCPC (Director)

Dr Ruth McPherson MD PhD FRCPC

Dr Eric Doucet PhD

Dr Amy Neville MD FRCSC

Dr Alison Dugan MD FRCPC

Dr Judy Shiau MD FRCPC

Dr Rami Habib MD FRCPC

Dr Alexander Sorisky MDCM PhD FRCPC

Dr Mary Ellen Harper PhD

Carl van Walraven MD FRCPC

Dr Pascal Imbault PhD

Dr Jean Denis Yelle MD FRCSC

Learning Opportunities and Research Infrastructure

The fellowship is structured such that in addition to clinical practice, all fellows prepare and pursue other learning opportunities (self directed learning, monthly journal club and research training). There will be interaction with surgical fellows who will also be a part of this program. The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) regularly offers research education workshops and seminars. Research methods support is available from statistical consultation to database development and data entry, through the OHRI Clinical Epidemiology Program’s Methods centre. http://www.ohri.ca/programs/clinical_epidemiology/methods_centre.asp

How Do I Apply?

Canadian-trained applicants, kindly submit an email with a statement of interest and your CV no later than 1 April 2014 to Dr. Robert Dent, Medical Director of the Bariatric Centre; bdent@toh.on.ca