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Welcome from Program Directors

Welcome to the University of Ottawa’s RCPSC Emergency Medicine Residency! The 5-year specialty residency in emergency medicine at the University of Ottawa is designed to graduate clinicians with superlative skills, while providing our trainees the opportunity to foster their own interests within emergency medicine and in doing so, produce the leaders of tomorrow of our great specialty. 

One of our huge strengths is the diversity of talent within our faculty that includes over 70 physicians. Our group includes national and international experts in simulation, EMS, ultrasound, medical education, forensics, journal editing; our teachers have been awarded in excellence and have been rated among the best in the Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Ian Stiell, our past academic chair, is highly recognized internationally for his major research contributions to emergency medicine and leads a team of fantastic researchers in our department (if you are interested in doing research in emergency medicine, the University of Ottawa is definitely the place for you).

Our core training sites include the Ottawa Hospital General Campus, The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).
Recent fellowships that our residents have pursued include: Masters of Science in Clinical epidemiology, Critical care, Paediatric emergency medicine, Emergency ultrasound, Medical education, EMS, Masters of Health administration, Masters of Business administration.

Meeting the PD’s: If you are here on elective with us and are interested in our program, then we’d like the opportunity to meet with you! During our elective student season, the PD’s will regularly have sessions with groups of medical students who are interested in our program. Please contact Lise Levesque, our program coordinator, before you arrive if you are interested in attending one of these meetings .

Program Director
Dr. Lisa Thurgur, MD, FRCPC
Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa

Welcome from Chief Residents

Welcome to the Royal College Emergency Medicine residency page at the University of Ottawa! This phenomenal program is one of the best emergency medicine residencies in North America. We boast excellent clinical training, early point of care ultrasound exposure, frequent high fidelity simulation and a world renowned research program. In addition, Ottawa EM residents participate in a nation leading EMS curriculum involving air and land ride-outs. As you progress through your residency, a wide variety of fellowships and areas of special interests are available to pursue with mentorship from internationally recognized experts in areas of such as clinical research, education, ultrasound and EMS. Canada’s vibrant capital attracts well-rounded people with various interests, making us a very tight knit group with frequent social outings. We encourage you to explore our city, and thank you for your interest in our training program. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us, as we would be happy to discuss our excellent program!


Dr. Shawn Chhabra and Dr. Nicholas Prudhomme
Chief Residents – 2018 - 2019

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