Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Postgraduate Program

University of Ottawa Physiatry Mission Statement

“We strive to provide comprehensive training of the highest quality, tailored to meet the educational needs of individual residents.  We prepare our graduates to be competent and respected physiatrists in the practice they choose – be it general, sub-specialty, academic or community-based.”

The University of Ottawa Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency training program is a direct entry 5 year program fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).  The U of O PM&R program has been hailed as a “model for the country” by the RCPSC accreditors.

There are 2 PGY-1 positions available per year.  The PGY-2 to PGY-5 training consists of 3 blocks each in Neurology, Orthopedics and Rheumatology with the rest of the training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation inpatient and outpatient services. Our program contains all the core Physiatry rotations as well as other sub-specialty rotations not commonly seen in other programs – Pediatric and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation.

The PM&R Division has an independent education infrastructure with its own Education Committee encompassing undergraduate (UG), postgraduate (PG) and continuing professional development (CPD) components, each chaired by a faculty member.  The Division conducts an annual needs assessment to create its own weekly PM&R grand rounds, monthly journal clubs and annual research day.

There are 12 dedicated academic physiatrists who contribute actively to the training program.  Our faculty members have diverse clinical and scholarship interests so that our curriculum easily integrates the seven CanMEDS core competences within the curriculum. The competencies are explicitly taught in our formal curriculum and reinforced in our informal curriculum with 1:1 teaching.

The strength of the program lies in its comprehensive yet flexible structure with an open and transparent feedback process.  Trainees are provided with regular, well-timed feedback. Mid and final rotation evaluations are conducted on every rotation. Similarly, residents provide faculty regular feedback on their teaching abilities and on the rotation.

To learn more about our program, please visit:  www.ottawaphysiatry.com