PGY3 Enhanced Skills Applicants

General Application Requirements

InformationThese do not apply to the Emergency Medicine and Palliative Medicine programs. Instructions on how to apply to these programs are detailed separately.


To be eligible for uOttawa’s Postgraduate Enhanced Skills Family Practice Program, you must be:

  • Currently enrolled as a PGY2 in the Family Medicine Residency program at a Canadian university and will be starting the PGY3 year within 12 months of graduation; or
  • A practicing physician interested in the program.*

*Please Note: Practicing physicians must apply separately through the re-entry program of the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care and not directly to the university.


To apply to the PGY-3 Enhanced Skills for Family Practice program, you will need to submit all of the following online before the Application Deadline:

  • A completed application form (login: rtest3, password: 2016);
  • Letter of intent;
  • Updated curriculum vitae;
  • Three letters of reference (for applicants still in residency, one of the letters should be from your Family Medicine Program Director);
  • Reference Questionnaires: Please forward the appropriate questionnaire to each of your references to be submitted along with the letter of reference before the deadline;

Program Director Questionnaire (also available in French); and,

General Questionnaire (also available in French ).

If you are applying to the Self Design program, you will also need to include the following as part of your application:

  • Learning objectives and a completed schedule; and,
  • Supporting documentation from the preceptor and/or institutions with whom you will be training (email correspondence will suffice). For contact information of various University of Ottawa departments, please visit the PGME webpage.


Applications to any of the programs offered at uOttawa follow the timelines agreed to each year by the Ontario Enhanced Skills Program Directors. 

For the 2017-2018 academic year (starting July 1st):

Applications will be accepted starting on (August 2017)

The application deadline is (To be confirmed)

Interviews will be conducted from October 20 – November 20.

December:  Once decisions on program applications are made, you will receive an email with one of the following responses:

  • You will be offered a position;
  • We cannot offer you a position at this time; or,
  • We cannot offer you a position at this time, but we wish to put you on a waiting list.

If you are offered a position or offered a position on the waiting list, you will have until a specific date to notify the Department that you have accepted or rejected the offer.

If any positions go unfilled, we will proceed down our waiting list to make additional offers.

Formal letters of acceptance will be sent out by regular mail; however, you will receive an email notifying you of the decision once it is made.  We do not accept late applications- Please be sure to adhere to the deadlines.

Emergency Medicine

The PGY-3 Emergency Medicine program is administered through CaRMS.

Palliative Medicine

The Palliative Medicine program has a separate application process but follows the same timelines and deadlines listed above. Please forward your letter of application, curriculum vitae, goals and three references (if you are still in residency, one of the letters must be from your current Program Director) to:

Palliative Medicine Residency Program

Bruyère Continuing Care - Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital
43 Bruyère Street, Room 284-J
Ottawa, ON K1N 5C8

There are two rounds of interviews, one at the end of the calendar year, and one at the beginning of the calendar year. If you are selected for an interview, you will be notified by email. You will be interviewed by a panel of palliative care staff, including the Palliative Medicine Program Director. Your interview will be approximately one hour and will include standard interview questions, and conversation. You will have an opportunity to ask questions of the panel members at the end of the interview.

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