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Welcome from Program Director

Welcome to the University of Ottawa’s RCPSC Emergency Medicine Residency! The exemplary residency program 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 dedication that our over 90 emergency staff physicians have to our residency training program. Our physician group includes national and international experts in many fields - all who have a love for emergency medicine and for training residents. The support that is received from this group is evident by way of continuous teaching, coaching, academic support, resources, social events and mentorship for the residents. It is clearly an environment where staff and residents work well together to train and succeed.

We have a full year a Competency By Design (CBD) under our belt and are embracing it's new educational opportunities. Our first CBD cohort thrived in this new environment and are now experts and ambassadors for this new curriculum.

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, Geriatrics, Quality Improvement and International Health.

Meeting the PD: 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 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 (lilevesque@toh.ca). Feel free to contact Lise to attend one of these meetings even if you are not on elective but are interested.

Finally, Ottawa is a fantastic place to live! It is a beautiful urban, multicultural city with great nightlife, fantastic restaurants and active music, arts and cultural scenes. There are more festivals in Ottawa than any city in Canada celebrating everything from poutine and beer to all musical genres. Ottawa is a city for the active as well with its extensive cycling/walking/cross-country skiing pathways, Rideau Canal, beaches, Gatineau park and nearby skiing.

We look forward to meeting you!

Dr. Lisa Thurgur, MD, MSc., FRCPC
Program Director
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. Garrick Mok and Dr. Nicholas Schouela
Chief Residents – 2019 -2020

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