The objective of the Prehospital and Transport Medicine (PTM) Diploma Program at the University of Ottawa is to create PTM Physician Specialists by providing a robust educational curriculum and create future leaders in PTM as PTM Physician Specialists. Diploma trainees build expertise in all aspects of prehospital medicine; tactical medicine, event medicine, disaster medicine, fixed and helicopter medicine, medical response/amputation team, quality improvement and patient safety, regulatory oversight, education, licencing, research and publication.
The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) is a regional trauma centre with over 140,000 emergency visits/year. TOH is an established leader in clinical medicine and research and is affiliated with the University of Ottawa.
Base Hospital - Regional Paramedic Program for Eastern Ontario
The Regional Paramedic Program for Eastern Ontario (RPPEO) was created in February 2009 when the Ottawa and Kingston Base Hospitals were amalgamated. RPPEO provides medical direction, education and guidance to Paramedics and Paramedic services in nine upper-tier municipalities across Eastern Ontario.
The communities served by the RPPEO are: Prescott-Russell, Cornwall, Ottawa, The County of Renfrew, Lanark County, Leeds and Grenville, Lennox and Addington, Hastings County, Prince Edward County and Frontenac County. Combined, this includes nine paramedic services and more than 1400 Primary Care Paramedics (PCP) and Advanced Care Paramedics (ACP).
The RPPEO champions excellence in Paramedicine, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that our community is provided with the safest and highest-quality clinical care possible.
As the National Capital of Canada with a population of close to 1 million people, Ottawa is a beautiful city with countless festivals, concerts, and cultural attractions to offer. Highlights include a visit to Canada’s Parliament, the Byward Market, the annual Tulip Festival, Winterlude festival, as well as a number of other musical and food festivals each year at the rapidly developing Lansdowne Park.
Ottawa hosts many incredible and family friendly museums and galleries including the National War Museum, the National Art Gallery, The Canadian Museum of History, The Canadian Museum of Nature, and more.
Besides the many museums and cultural attractions, Ottawa is an outdoor lover's paradise. The city has extensive bike paths, jogging trails, the longest skating rink in the world (the Rideau Canal), world class rapids for kayaking, nearby downhill skiing as well as hundreds of kilometers of cross-country skiing trails.
Deadline for applications is the last Wednesday in April for January to December term and last Wednesday in October for July to June term. All applicants invited for an interview will take place either:
In person – 3rd Wednesdays in November
Web based – last Wednesday in November
The start date for PTM diploma program is either Jan 2nd or July 1st.
Please note this is a 12-month diploma program, irrespective of starting date.
Meet Our Team
PTM DIPLOMA - PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Michael Austin, MD, FRCPC (Emergency Medicine), worked as a Wilderness Helicopter Paramedic for 14 years and is the current Prehospital and Transport Medicine (PTM) Diploma Program Director. He is an Assistant Professor with uOttawa and is Clinician Investigator OHRI. He has several research grants and is widely published and is regarded as an international expert in this field specifically in the area of pre-hospital medicine. He holds a Subspecialty in EMS and Disaster Medicine from uOttawa and is an Associate Medical Director with the Regional Paramedic Program for Eastern Ontario, also Medical Directors for University of Ottawa Student Emergency Response Team (UOSERT) and Ontario Police College.
PTM DIPLOMA – ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Andrew Willmore MD FRCPC (Emergency Medicine) graduated medical school in 2009 at the University of Toronto and then took up residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He completed a subspecialty year in Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Medicine at the University of Ottawa and is currently an attending physician at The Ottawa Hospital. He is currently the Medical Director of Emergency Management at The Ottawa Hospital.
His primary academic foci include: disaster preparedness, development and implementation of interprofessional training curriculums, healthcare governance models, and prehospital care.
PTM MONTH – PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Dr. Richard Dionne
More to come
Ms. Lisa Lance
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PTM FACULTY LIST
Specialty and AFC-specific Qualifications
Role in the Program
Dr. Michael Austin
Emergency Medicine, Wilderness Helicopter Intensive Care Paramedic, Associate Medical Director RPPEO, Assistant Professor uOttawa, Clinician Scientist OHRI
PTM AFC Program Director
Expertise in Emergency Medical Services, Disaster Medicine and pre-hospital research
Expertise in Prehospital Education
Expertise Wilderness and Helicopter Medicine
Dr. Andrew Willmore
Emergency Medicine, PTM Physician, Associate Medical Director RPPEO,
Medical Director TOH Dept of Emergency Management, Clinical Lecturer uOttawa
PTM AFC Assistant Program Director
Expertise in PTM, Disaster Medicine, Medical Education, Administration
Dr. Richard Dionne
Emergency Medicine, PTM Physician , Medical Director RPPEO, Associate Professor uOttawa
Expertise in PTM, Disaster Medicine and Administration
Expertise medical oversight
Dr. Andy Reed
Emergency Medicine, Paramedic, Associate Medical Director RPPEO, PTM Physician, Assistant Professor Queens University, Medical Director OPP
Expertise in PTM, Disaster Medicine and CQA/CQI
Dr. Christian Vaillancourt
Emergency Medicine, Associate Medical Director RPPEO, Full Professor uOttawa, Senior Scientist OHRI