The University of Ottawa is pleased to offer trainees the opportunity to design a PGY3 year tailored to specific community gaps or needs.  This application process requires more effort on the part of the resident, so potential applicants are encouraged to set-up a meeting with Enhanced Skills PGY3 Director well in advance of the application date.

Things to consider before applying for a Self-Designed PGY3

Self-designed PGY-3 training is intended to provide the resident with the skills and knowledge to address a demonstrated gap in the community.  Networking with MDs practicing in this area, community leaders, or organizations is helpful in defining community needs.  Letters of support from these sources can be added to an application to assist in demonstrating need.  

Self-designed PGY3 programs are not intended to replace or mimic already well-established and CFPC accredited PGY3 programs, including but not limited to Emergency Medicine and Palliative Care.

Below are the major constituents of a self-designed application:

  1. All regular components of a PGY3 application must be completed;
  2. A detailed letter outlining the proposed training, and rationale, including how the training fits with a community’s needs;
  3. A completed rotational schedule for the desired training period, with each block assigned to a particular rotation.  A schedule template is available in the How to Apply section;
  4. Email or written confirmation that each rotation is secured from future supervisors or relevant administrators associated with scheduling trainees;
  5. Learning Objectives completed for each block, in keeping with the Can Meds FM roles;
  6. Additional optional letters of support for your application from community leaders and/or organizations where applicable;
  7. Residents are strongly encouraged to find a faculty member who is willing to be a mentor during their year of study.  This mentor should have an academic appointment at the University of Ottawa;
  8. An evaluation plan for the year, including plans for evaluation of any horizontal activities; and,
  9. Proposed training periods are ideally 6-12 months in duration.


Example: Addiction Medicine

Choosing to tailor a self-designed program as a PGY3 in Addiction Medicine allows residents to develop skills and knowledge in the management of substance use disorders in the outpatient and inpatient settings. View a sample program outline.

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