Residents practicing how to place a splint.

The Department of Emergency Medicine offers a 4 weeks elective program for Residents. Residents are paired with staff physicians.


Welcome to the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Ottawa Hospital.  Our Emergency Departments are amongst the busiest in Canada, allowing you excellent opportunities to gain experience with ambulatory care and emergency medicine.

In addition to being a gatekeeper of the hospital, Emergency Physicians and Housestaff represent the Ottawa Hospital to the community.  We ask that you consider this and remain respectful of this in your patient interactions, personal appearance and professional conduct.

Emergency Medicine is an applied science.  You will be required to view the patients you care for as your own, with all of the responsibilities to them that you would have to patients in your family practice, outpatient clinic, or hospital ward.

It is our expectation that you will present your cases to us in an orderly fashion, beginning with a presumptive diagnosis and relevant differential diagnosis.  This will be followed by a pertinent history and physical exam followed by a summation and treatment plan.

You will find our input in the management of your patients to be based on current Emergency Medicine research and literature, providing you with the tools to more effectively manages your next similar case.  The experience you gain from this rotation will be directly proportional to your efforts.

You will receive feedback to assist you in identifying those areas that may require improvement prior to the final evaluation by the Emergency Physicians of the Department.

As well as direct patient care, emergency care encompasses many other aspects of medicine.Those of you rotating through the Department for the second time will realize the importance of triage, appropriate timely referral, bed management, effective utilization of medical and nursing staff/skills, and our responsibility to the local emergency pre-hospital care system in effectively accommodating ambulance traffic.  As a large team of administrative staff, orderlies, nurses, social workers, pastoral care workers, respiratory therapists, housestaff and staff physicians entrusted with managing and directing significant hospital resources, we recognize that your Emergency rotation may provoke some anxiety.  Remember that your staff will always closely supervise you as you manage patients.  The staff is available to enhance your learning experience.  Feel free to discuss any difficulties with us and we will gladly help in any way that we can.

We look forward to working with you and anticipate that your rotation will be a rewarding experience, both personally and professionally.

Andrew Stiell, MD, CCFP
Off-Service Resident Education Program Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Ottawa

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