Undergraduate Medical Education

Members in the Department of Medicine provide significant leadership to Stage 1 of the undergraduate curriculum. Annually, the Department provides approximately 30% of the teachers/leaders for the Year 1 and Year 2 curriculum by contributing to formal teaching as tutors of case-based learning session, giving lectures, small group seminars or workshops, teaching physical examination skills and mentoring portfolios. Members serve as Block Chairs, Content Experts, coordinator of the Physical Skills Development Course, Link Block, and Back to Basics Course.

The Department is also responsible for organizing and implementing Stage 2 of undergraduate medical education including the coordination of the Year 3 medical clerkship and Year 4 Selectives/Electives. The third year clerkship is a six-week rotation primarily organized through the General Medicine Clinical Teaching units at the General and Civic campuses of the Ottawa Hospital. Fourth year students rotate through subspecialty services during a two-week Selective and many Elective students participate in rotations in various ambulatory and clinical departmental services.

Medical Clerkship Team

  • Dr. Vladimir Contreras-Dominguez, Program Director
  • Dr. Isabelle Desjardins, Associate Director, General Campus
  • Dr. Justine Chan, Associate Director, Civic Campus
  • Fatim Chaki, Clinical Rotation Administrator

 For more information on clerkship, please email fchaki@toh.on.ca


All electives requests are processed through the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. For more information on how to apply for Department of Medicine electives, visit electives.uOttawa.ca