General Internal Medicine Postgraduate Program

General Internal Medicine 2-year Subspecialty Program

The University of Ottawa program is committed to training General Internists for community and academic settings. The University of Ottawa is the only bilingual Faculty of Medicine in Canada and is committed to providing training to health professionals to serve the needs of French-speaking patients. The Ottawa Hospital is the primary institution of the University of Ottawa providing access to academic resources and all levels of patient care from primary to tertiary. The Montfort Hospital is also affiliated with the University of Ottawa and offers community based training in the French language environment.

Trainees in the General Internal Medicine 2-year Subspecialty program will be identified and assigned to primarily community or academic paths, although both can be explored. Trainees will also be assessed for ability to work in the French-language environment. This is not a pre-requisite of the program but those who are able to converse fluently in French will be encouraged to complete appropriate rotations in the unique training environment of the Montfort Hospital.

All trainees in the General Internal Medicine 2-year Subspecialty program must complete a scholarly project regardless of career path. The project will be required to be presented at the University of Ottawa Resident Research Day.

Selection Criteria

Residents enter the 2-year General Internal Medicine program through the CaRMS MSM match. Each applicant’s file is reviewed and evaluated using the following information; performance during IM residency, letters of reference, research experience, and other information as available. Suitable candidates are offered structured interviews with at least two faculty members from the Division of General Internal Medicine, a PGY4/5 GIM Resident and the director of the General Internal Medicine program. The applicants are then ranked and positions offered through the CaRMS match.

In addition, all candidates must meet the Ontario criteria of eligibility.

Program Highlights

Academic Half Days: This is a mandatory activity for all residents in the program. These Half Days will occur on a bi-monthly basis. Time will be protected for attendance. The content will be divided into didactic lectures provided by experts in the field of study, small group sessions, case-based discussions and resident-guided scholarly work.

Ultrasound Skill Course: Our division offers a wide expertise in POCUS. Residents will have the opportunity to participate in a formal POCUS curriculum designed for their learning needs. They will also get a minimum of 6 hours of hands- on instruction, using simulators and standardized patients, from highly qualified instructors.

Research Opportunities: Residents will be expected to perform a research project during the course of the residency. This must be approved by the Program Director. Residents will be supported by a GIM appointed faculty research advisor. Projects may vary in complexity from a quality project to a master’s thesis level project.

Program Curriculum

This residency program is for 2 year(s)

Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.

Core Rotations

Each rotation follows the Postgraduate Rotation Schedule: Mandatory rotations include:

Description Duration Sites in which this training may be taken
General Internal Medicine consultation service (which could be in the emergency department (consult internist); inpatient setting (junior attending team leader) or in a community setting 3 blocks Civic or General Campus Montfort Hospital Other community settings as approved by the Program Director
General Internal Medicine in a junior attending/team leader role 2 blocks Civic or General Campus
Medical Consultation in Pregnancy *can be done concurrently with periop 1 block Base – General Campus; individual clinics – Civic, Riverside, Montfort and Queensway Carleton Hospital
Peri-operative Medicine *can be done concurrently with medical complications in pregnancy 1 block The Ottawa Hospital
Community General Internal Medicine 1 block Sites with training under direct supervision of General Internist in a Canadian community setting with potential to be a future practice location
Ambulatory General Internal Medicine clinic in longitudinal format 4 blocks Riverside Campus
Critical Care (coronary care and/or intensive care) 1 block ICU – The Ottawa Hospital ICU – Community Option – Montfort and Queensway Carleton Hospital CCU – Ottawa Heart Institute
Cardiac Diagnostic 1 block Ottawa Heart Institute Ottawa Cardiovascular Centre – Community option
Research Project 1 block The Ottawa Hospital
Additional General Internal Medicine or Clinical areas pertinent to future General Internal Medicine 3 blocks The Ottawa Hospital or Community option

Elective Rotations

Description Duration Sites in which this training may be taken
Community General Internal Medicine Path 3 blocks Sites with training under direct supervision of General Internist in a Canadian community setting with potential to be a future practice location
Community General Internal Medicine Path Max 6 blocks Clinical area of interests with approval of Program Director
Academic General Internal Medicine Path 3 blocks to max 9 blocks The Ottawa HospitalAdvanced training in area of academic interest which may include registration in a Master’s Program

For further information please contact:

Dr. Samantha Halman – GIM 2-year Subspecialty Program Director (shaman@toh.ca)

Allison Coutts, Program Administrator (acoutts@toh.ca)

Tel: 613-798-5555 ext. 13062

Fax: 613-761-4036