Neonatology

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The University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine’s program in neonatal-perinatal medicine is a 2 to 3 year residency training program designed to train academic neonatologists. Trainees wishing to complete 1-2 years of training for a non-academic role can be considered for admission to the program as well. The program is open for Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) subspecialty certification to trainees who have a Royal College Certification in pediatrics or have completed at least 3 years of a Royal College approved training program in pediatrics. Clinical fellows may also be accepted to the program for one or more years to gain additional training in neonatal-perinatal medicine, although they will not receive certification by the RCPSC.

Clinical training takes place in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and in the Neonatal-Perinatal Unit of The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) - General Campus (the regional perinatal centre). These two hospitals are connected by an aerial walkway which passes through the buildings housing the Faculties of Medicine  and Health Sciences, the CHEO Research Institute (CHEO RI) and the Centre for Practice Changing Research (CPCR). There are approximately 14,000 live births annually in Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec and the Baffin Island region of Nunavut.

Our training program has several unique features. Trainees work in two tertiary level three NICUs that offer very different experiences. CHEO is a pediatric hospital that has full pediatric subspecialty representation including a pediatric cardiovascular surgery program while The Ottawa Hospital - General Campus is the high-risk perinatal centre for the region.

The region’s large catchment area allows for exposure to a wide variety of neonatal pathology. At the same time, our program allows our trainees to gain hands-on experience with all aspects of caring for sick neonates and learning to run a level three academic NICU.

Our division members are a diverse and dynamic group of individuals who are at various stages in their careers. Many have trained in units around the world and have a wide variety of clinical and research interests.

The program has a strong commitment to clinical teaching and mentorship and utilizes resources at the CHEO RI to augment research training.

We offer competitive remuneration, diverse clinical experience and a multitude of research opportunities.

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