uOttawa Student Guidelines

Undergraduate Student studying in a library

This section is meant to provide you with guidance in regards to the planning of your electives. You will find the guidelines and policies specific to Pre-clerkship and Clerkship that you are expected to follow throughout the MD program.

The general information below pertains to all years:

  • Professionalism
    We strongly encourage you to familiarize yourself with the professional standards listed in the Student Guide under section 1.
  • Appropriate appearance
    We strongly encourage you to familiarize yourself with the guidelines regarding appearance while encountering patients listed in the Student Guide under section 7.6.
  • Accidents in the clinical setting
    We strongly encourage you to familiarize yourself with the procedures to follow in case of injury while on elective or selective listed in the Student Guide under section 7.1.
  • Letter of good standing
    There are many organizations who will request a letter of good standing. The Undergraduate Office will provide you the letter if your tuition fees have been paid for the current session and if you comply with the risk management requirements. You can request a letter of good standing by completing the this online form.
  • Risk Management
    It is your responsibility, as a medical student, to ensure your immunization record, your CPR certification, and N95 mask fitting are up-to-date for the upcoming academic year or before they expire. You also have to submit, on a yearly basis, a current copy of your police record check. Students who do not meet these requirements will not be eligible to participate in their clinical placement. For more information, please consult the Office of Risk Management website.
  • Insurance
    Registered students at the University of Ottawa are covered for malpractice insurance and comprehensive liability with the limit per occurrence of $5 million (CAD) inclusive for bodily injury, personal injury and property damage while on clinical placements during the academic year, whether in Canada or abroad.
  • Support
    If you experience difficulties such as personal wellbeing or stress related issues during an elective, please do not hesitate to contact the following resources:
    • Years 1, 2, and 3: Electives Coordinator at elective@uottawa.ca or 613-562-5800 x8552 (toll free: 1-877-868-8292 x8552).
    • Year 4: Liaison Officer, Year 4 at medyear4@uottawa.ca or 613-562-5800 x3808 (toll free: 1-877-868-8292 x3808) or Electives Coordinator at elective@uottawa.ca or 613-562-5800 x8552 (toll free: 1-877-868-8292 x8552).

The Office of Student Affairs also offers a confidential counseling and referral service to undergraduate medical students. Students who are experiencing difficulty with stress related to personal and academic demands are encouraged to consult with a professional counselor in Student Affairs. See their website for more information on all their services.

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