Program Information

The program goals and objectives are the minimum requirements to graduate in Ophthalmology following four core years of training. Individual differences in talent and capacity will be recognized. The Department provides training through didactic sessions as well as observation and hands on experience. It is the responsibility of the residents, to take the fullest possible advantage of these opportunities to not only qualify for the examinations, but also to become an accomplished ophthalmologist.

The day-to-day performance in the clinic, rounds, operating room, Journal Club and teaching sessions provides the basis for the resident evaluations. Mock orals and the examinations throughout the year provide additional opportunities for assessment.

General Goals

To produce a high-quality ophthalmologist who can function as a:

Medical expert by

  • demonstrating diagnostic and therapeutic skills for ethical and effective patient care;
  • accessing and applying relevant information to clinical practice;
  • demonstrating effective consultation services with respect to patient care, education and legal opinions.

Communicator by

  • establishing therapeutic relationships with patients and families;
  • obtaining and synthesizing relevant history from patients / families / communities;
  • listening effectively
  • discussing appropriate information with patients/families and the healthcare team.

Collaborator by

  • consulting effectively with other physicians and healthcare professionals;
  • contributing effectively to other intra-disciplinary team activity.

Leader by

  • utilizing resources effectively to balance patient care, learning needs and outside activities;
  • allocating finite healthcare resources wisely;
  • working effectively and efficiently in the healthcare organization;
  • utilizing information technology to optimize patient care, learning and other activities

Health advocate by

  • identifying the important determinants of health affecting patients;
  • contributing effectively to improve health of patients and communities;
  • recognizing and responding to those issues where advocacy is appropriate;

Scholar by

  • developing, implementing and monitoring a personal continuing education strategy;
  • critically appraising sources of medical information;
  • facilitating learning of patients, house staff/students and other health professionals by contributing to development of new knowledge.

Professional by

  • delivering highest quality care with integrity, honesty and compassion;
  • exhibiting appropriate personal and intrapersonal professional behaviours
  • practising medicine ethically, consistent with obligations of a physician.
  • To provide an opportunity to develop research skills.
  • To provide an opportunity to develop teaching skills.
  • To provide the basic and clinical knowledge and skills to pass professional examinations in the specialty (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and American Boards).
Curriculum Overview

The University of Ottawa provides a five-year comprehensive training in ophthalmology, leading to eligibility to write the Royal College specialty examinations in ophthalmology. Following the PGY-1 year, which is designed to give a broad-based clinical exposure, the residents start their four core years of ophthalmology with a two-month basic science course in Toronto (TORIC) and introduction to general ophthalmology. Throughout the four years, there is weekly dedicated formal lecture time and seminars which continue through the academic year. The Department sponsors an active visiting professor program attracting world-class clinicians and scientists. A Journal Club is held monthly with both faculty and community ophthalmologists participating. Residents attend a number of conferences throughout the year and are encouraged to make presentations at national and international ophthalmic meetings. The new curriculum encompassing four years of training has dedicated research time, electives and more in-depth exposure to subspecialties. The resident's progress is closely monitored in the clinics, operating room and teaching sessions and by practice oral examinations. All residents write the OKAP exam in the spring of each year and have an oral examination in December of each year. Evaluations are performed twice per year and are based on academic knowledge as assessed by the oral exams or the OKAP and clinical, surgical, ethical, communications ability, patient interaction evaluation by all faculty members involved with the resident during the evaluation period.

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