Year 3 and 4 Electives

There are a limited number of elective positions available in Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Preference is given to students in their last year of medical studies. Please look over the policy carefully to ensure that you have the requirements needed to process your application. Medical students from the University of Ottawa should apply through our separate application form: you may contact your EMIG rep for more information.

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. This elective affords 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. The student will be supervised by clinical teachers of emergency medicine. The student 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. We also offer dedicated teaching sessions and simulation sessions just for elective students which occur approximately every two weeks.

During our peak elective period from September to November pre-CaRMS applications, electives will only start every other Monday. Only 2 or 4 week electives during this time will be accepted. Outside of this period, 3 week electives will be available but not preferable.

Cancellation Policy:

Emergency Medicine has a restricted number of elective positions, which are in high demand by your colleagues. If you decide to cancel this elective, you must inform us 6 weeks prior to the start date to allow us to offer this elective to other students. Cancellation of this elective later than 6 weeks prior to start will be considered an unprofessional behaviour; and a note reflecting this will be sent to your undergraduate Dean.

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