At the University of Ottawa, we are dedicated to excellence in emergency medicine teaching. This mission certainly extends to our elective students. Students will have the opportunity to assess and manage a broad range of patients presenting to the emergency department of a tertiary care university teaching hospital. Students will hone their ability to do focused history and physical exams, develop a differential diagnosis, and make decisions regarding patient investigations, treatment and disposition, with level-appropriate expectations. Our electives afford the opportunity for hands-on care and procedures for the full range of patient presentations from minor complaints to major life-threatening illness and injury. Students will be supervised by experienced clinical teachers of emergency medicine. Students will be able to participate in a variety of teaching opportunities: monthly journal club and weekly academic day, PGY1 rounds, emergency case rounds and Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds.

The Department of Emergency Medicine offers a 10-20 hour preclerkship elective program for 1st and 2nd year University of Ottawa medical students. Each student is paired with either a senior resident or staff physicians whom he/she will shadow for the duration of the elective.

Also available is our senior elective program, for students in their final year(s) of study. Students will work at both campuses with multiple staff members over 2-4 weeks to maximize their exposure to cardinal emergency medicine presentations and help them gain confidence directing workup and management of sick patients.We also offer dedicated teaching sessions and simulation sessions just for senior elective students which occur approximately every two weeks.

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