Postgraduate Medical Education

The Department of Medicine Postgraduate Medical Education provides support for postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) entry level programs including Internal Medicine, Dermatology, Neurology, Nuclear Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  The Department also offers 13 Royal College accredited subspecialty programs for postgraduate year 4 to 6 residents and fellowship opportunities for further specialization in specific fields such as thrombosis and renal transplantation.  Further information can be obtained directly from specific Divisions of the Department.

The Director of Postgraduate Education, Dr. Christopher Johnson, works with the program directors to establish shared curriculum including lectures and workshops on varied topics such as professionalism, quality assurance, patient safety, ethics and critical appraisal with a strong focus on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s CanMEDS roles.  The director also facilitates the development of assessment tools for resident evaluations and oversees the Department’s Royal College accreditation processes.

Department of Medicine Specialty & Subspecialty Programs

The Department of Medicine offers Postgraduate Programs in each of our 17 specialty & subspecialties. More information on individual programs can be found on the following Division specific pages:

Applying to Ottawa for residency?

This FAQ document, prepared by some of our Residency Program Directors provides useful information on subspecialties. Download our ‘Career in Medicine: FAQ Booklet’.

Selection Criteria

PGY-1 residents are selected on the basis of a solid academic record, excellent reference letters, strong interpersonal skills, and extracurricular success. A strong interest in Internal Medicine and the University of Ottawa must be evident. Research experience is considered an asset. All applications will initially be reviewed and interviews offered based on the initial review of the CaRMS application.

The Department of Medicine’s Postgrad Medical Education portfolio is overseen by Dr. Christopher Johnson, Postgraduate Education Director

Dr. Johnson obtained his MD (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Ottawa in 1998, then completed internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at the University of Ottawa. He obtained additional fellowship training in echocardiography and nuclear cardiology at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Dr. Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Johnson is site director for cardiology at the General Campus of the Ottawa Hospital where his practice focuses on cardiac imaging and clinical cardiology in special populations, including cardio-oncology where his educational innovations have received national recognition. Dr. Johnson participates in clinical research related to cardio-oncology and medical education research including the role of eConsults in CME. As a clinician educator at the University of Ottawa, Dr. Johnson is active in teaching medical students, residents, and cardiology fellows, and is the Department of Medicine Postgraduate Medical Education Director. He is a regular speaker and organizer of local, regional and national education events related to cardiovascular disease and cardiac imaging.

Our Core Internal Medicine Residency Training Program

University of Ottawa Internal Medicine Residency Training Program is a fully integrated program in cooperation with the three campuses of the university’s teaching hospital: The Ottawa Hospital: General Campus (including the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre) and the Civic Campus (including the University of Ottawa Heart Institute) and the Riverside Campus. The patient resources, available to support residents in their learning, are excellent in terms of volume, variety and complexity. The University of Ottawa offers three years of Internal Medicine as entry into a medicine subspecialty program.

The general medicine experience is provided on inpatient clinical teaching units (CTUs) led by general internists. Trainees complete rotations on the CTU in the PGY 1 year as a junior and then as a senior resident in the PGY2 year . As senior residents they supervise medical students and PGY1′s from the basic clinical training program and the general medicine program. In the PGY3 year, residents are assigned to a consultation/triage rotation providing consultation in general medicine under the direction of a general internist to the inpatient services and emergency room. Ambulatory care experience is obtained on various subspecialty rotations and on ambulatory care rotations. Selectives are chosen from a variety of subspecialty rotations.

Rotations and Subspecialty Blocks

The program is designed to provide increasing responsibility to the trainee through all years. As a PGY1, the trainee is assigned to inpatient units under the supervision of a senior Resident and an attending physician. The senior resident role is provided by PGY 2 or PGY 3 resident. In the 3rd year, the resident also gains experience and responsibility by participating in the consultation/triage service, the ambulatory care rotation, and a community based General Internal Medicine rotation.


Internal Medicine – 16 weeks of general internal medicine, 4 weeks of cardiology, 4 weeks of ICU and 4 weeks of emergency medicine are mandatory. The remainder of the rotations is in any of the following subspecialty rotations: endocrinology, geriatrics, hematology, nephrology, neurology, medical oncology, palliative medicine and rheumatology. An additional four weeks in cardiology may also be completed.

PGY-2 to 3

PGY-2 residents complete 20 weeks of General Internal Medicine as senior resident on one of six CTUs and senior on the General Medicine Consult service, 8 weeks of electives (community, external, research), 16 weeks of subspecialty rotations and 8 weeks of either CCU or ICU.

The PGY-3 year consists of 16 weeks of General Internal Medicine on the General Medicine Consult service, 4 weeks of electives (community, external, research) and 24 weeks of subspecialty rotation. The other 8 weeks are either CCU or ICU rotation (whichever was not completed during the PGY-2 year).

One 4 week rotation in Community GIM and at least one 4 week Ambulatory GIM rotation are completed during the PGY2/3 year.


Residents are required to complete at least one research project during their training. The faculty in the Department of Medicine are very supportive of resident research. Faculty research activities are collated and provided to residents as a resource. The Department of Medicine is proud to have a new Director of resident research to assist in developing the curriculum to promote and mentor residents to achieve excellence in research.

In July and August, protected academic time is available to PGY2 and PGY3 residents so that they may work on their scholarly projects. Residents are expected to present at least one research project at the Department of Medicine’s annual Research Day during their training.

Formal Academic Teaching

Morning Report occurs daily for all PGY1, PGY2 and PGY3 residents assigned to the General CTU’s and Internal Medicine Consult Service. Noon hour subspecialty rounds occur on a regular basis. Medical Grand rounds occur once a week as do weekly senior and junior bedside rounds. M&M rounds occur monthly as does resident Journal Club and Landmark Trials.

Academic Half-Day sessions are held and protected for all residents on Wednesday afternoons from September to June every academic year. In July and August, structured Academic Half-Day sessions continue for all core IM trainees with content of these sessions geared at the respective trainee levels.

Support from the program for trainees to attend conference may be applied for annually. Formal educational seminars are also provided through the Postgraduate medical education office including sessions on conflict resolution skills and Residents as teacher’s skills.

Each trainee is evaluated by end of rotation evaluations (ITERs), 360 degree evaluations, an annual Comprehensive OSCE Examination, a Procedural Skills OSCE and as we move towards Competency based education, an observed clinical assessment tool (OCAT) for the ambulatory rotation and clinical portion of subspecialty rotations.

The Department of Medicine’s Core Internal Medicine portfolio is overseen by Dr. Loree Boyle, Program Director

Dr. Loree Boyle is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the division of General Internal Medicine at The Ottawa Hospital and at the University of Ottawa. She is a former nurse (University of New Brunswick). She received her MD from Dalhousie University and completed her Core, General Internal Medicine and Critical Care training here in Ottawa. She joined the Department of Medicine in Ottawa in 20110 on the career track as a Clinician-Teacher. She has received the Residents Clinical Teaching Choice Award in 2011, the PARO Excellence in Clinical Teaching award in 2013 and Physician Clinician Recognition award in 2014.

Core Internal Medicine Team

  • Dr. Loree Boyle, Program Director
  • Dr. Nadine Gauthier, Associate Director
  • Dr. Rakesh Patel, Associate Director
  • Dr. Babak Rashidi, Associate Director
  • Odile Kaufmann, Program Administrator
  • Rachel Glennie, Program Administrator
  • Justine Fortier, Administrator Assistant

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