Anatomical Pathology Residency Program

Dr. Islam

Thank you for your interest in uOttawa Anatomical Pathology Residency program. Here at the University of Ottawa, we are committed to train the next generation of anatomic pathologists in this time of change.  We have a large faculty dedicated to teaching physicians not only to be competent and thorough clinicians, but also to be academic researchers.  Our residency leadership team is dedicated to providing our trainees with a superior educational experience in a maximally supportive environment. Our goal is simple: to provide you with the best possible clinical training in an academic and supportive environment conducive to learning. We achieve this through close mentorship, modeling professionalism and a commitment to our patients, and by setting high academic standards. We are proud of our program. We offer many unique opportunities that reflect our commitment to innovation.

I invite you to explore our website to learn more about these and other opportunities. There is no better way to learn about uOttawa program than directly from our wonderful residents. When you visit our site, please make sure to click on the link that lists our residents. I encourage you to drop any one of them an email to ask about uOttawa.

I am proud to be the leader of what I believe to be an exceptional training program and I look forward to helping you to learn more about us.

 

Shahid Islam, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FCAP
Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, uOttawa
Program Director, Anatomical Pathology, uOttawa

The University of Ottawa provides a 5-year comprehensive training in Anatomic Pathology (AP), leading to eligibility to write the Royal College specialty examinations and to practice as a competent pathologist. Following the PGY-1 year, which is designed to give broad- based clinical exposure, as well as 3 months in Autopsy Pathology and one month in Lab Medicine, the residents start their 4 core years of AP training. Throughout the 5 years, there is a weekly academic day (whole day Monday) dedicated to formal lectures, seminars, and research: this is protected time for residents, i.e. no service duties. The department annually sponsors an active visiting professor program attracting world-class pathologists and scientists. A journal club is held monthly.

Lab Medicine Grand Rounds are held three times a year at some of Ottawa’s finest restaurants for both faculty and residents. Residents attend a number of conferences throughout the year and are encouraged to make presentations at national and international meetings. Residents are required to play the role of a Champion of CanMEDS Roles and give a presentation at a social event followed by a dinner at a restaurant. The curriculum encompassing 4 years of core AP training has dedicated research time, electives and in-depth exposure to subspecialties. The program is based on a 13-block lunar calendar, the majority of the rotations being 1-3 blocks (each block is 4 weeks) in duration. The evaluations and programs are structured to conform to the Royal College training specialty requirements including the CanMEDS 2005 objectives. The residents’ progress is closely monitored during the various rotations with graded responsibilities and teaching sessions, and by a formal practice written & oral examination, once a year in addition to end of rotation practice texts. Residents are required to write the ASCP In-Service exam each year.

Goals

Upon completion of training, a resident is expected to be a competent specialist in Anatomical Pathology capable of assuming a consultant’s role in the specialty. The resident must acquire a working knowledge of the theoretical basis of the specialty, including its foundations in the basic medical sciences and research. Residents must demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes for effective patient-centred care and service to a diverse population. In all aspects of specialist practice, the graduate must be able to address issues of gender, sexual orientation, age, culture, ethnicity and ethics in a professional manner.

At the completion of training, the resident will have acquired the following competencies and will function effectively as a:

Medical Expert

  1. Function effectively as consultants, integrating all of the CanMEDS Roles to provide optimal, ethical and patient-centred medical care.
  2. Establish and maintain clinical knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to Anatomical Pathology.
  3. Establish and maintain clinical knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to Anatomical Pathology.
  4. Perform a complete and appropriate assessment of a case.
  5. Demonstrate proficient and appropriate use of diagnostic and procedural skills.
  6. Seek appropriate consultation, recognizing the limits of their own expertise.

Communicator

  1. Convey effective oral and written information about a case.
  2. Develop rapport, trust, ethical and professional relationships with clinical colleagues.
  3. Accurately elicit and synthesize relevant clinical and pathological information and perspectives of patients and families, colleagues, and other professionals.
  4. Accurately convey relevant information and explanations to colleagues and other professionals, as well as patients and families when appropriate.
  5. Develop a common understanding on issues, problems, and plans with patients, families, and other professionals.

Collaborator

  1. Participate effectively and appropriately in an interprofessional health care team.
  2. .Work with other health professionals effectively to prevent, negotiate, and resolve interprofessional conflict.

Manager

  1. Participate in activities that contribute to the effectiveness of their health care organizations and systems.
  2. Manage their practice and career effectively.
  3. Allocate finite health care resources appropriately.

Health Advocate

  1. Respond to individual patient diagnostic needs and issues as part of patient care.
  2. Respond to the health needs of the communities that they serve.
  3. Promote the health of individual patients, communities, and populations.

Scholar

  1. Maintain and enhance professional activities through ongoing learning.
  2. Critically evaluate medical information and its sources, and apply this appropriately to practice decisions.
  3. Facilitate the learning of other health professionals, residents, students, patients, families, the public, and others, as appropriate.
  4. Contribute to the development, dissemination, and translation of new knowledge and practices.

Professional

  1. Demonstrate a commitment to their patients, profession, and society through ethical practice.
  2. Demonstrate a commitment to their profession, clinical colleagues, patients, and society through participation in profession-led regulation.
  3. Demonstrate a commitment to physician health and sustainable practice.
AP Standardized Rotation Schedule (2017-2018)

PGY1

Autopsy (3 months)

Laboratory Medicine (1 month)

Gyne Oncology (1 month)

Radiation Oncology (1 month)

General Surgery (1 month)

Pediatrics Emergency (1 month)

Adult Emergency (1 month)

Radiology (1 month)

CTU (1 month)

Medical Oncology (1 month)

Elective (1 month

PGY2

Gastrointestinal Pathology (1 month)

Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology (1 month)

Dermatopathology – TOH (1 month)

Gynecological Pathology (1 month)

Breast Pathology (1 month)

Lung Pathology (1 month)

Genitourinary Pathology (1 month)

Research (1 month)

Forensic Pathology (1 month)

Lymph nodes Pathology (1 month)

Head and Neck Pathology  (1 month)

Cardiovascular Pathology (1 month)

Cytopathology (1 month)

PGY3

Breast Pathology (1 month)

Gastrointestinal Pathology (1 month)

Genitourinary Pathology (1 month)

Gynecological Pathology (1 month)

Lung Pathology (1 month)

Research (1 month)

Dermatopathology – Gamma  (1 month)

Pediatrics Pathology – (2 months)

PGY4

Neuropathology (2 months)

Cytopathology (2 months)

Lung Pathology (1 month)

Head and Neck Pathology  (1 month)

Lymph nodes Pathology (1 month)

Forensic Pathology (1 month)

Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology (1 month)

Quality Assurance (1 month)

Molecular Pathology - CHEO (1 month)

Renal Pathology (1 month)

Research (1 month)

PGY5

Cytopathology (1 month)

Molecular Pathology – TOH (1 month)

Consult block (1 month)

Elective (10 months)

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