Sport and Exercise Medicine

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Sport and Exercise Medicine

The uOttawa Sport and Exercise Medicine program is a one year clinical fellowship for Sport and Exercise postgraduate residents. It is designed to build the core competencies set out by the Fellowship Committee of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM), including the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are essential to master. Residents sit the CASEM Diploma in Sport Medicine examination after successfully completing the year. The resident will contribute to the curriculum structure, allowing for flexibility in mastering essential competencies while elaborating on others.

"The great team of Sport Medicine physicians are always available, fun to work with, and dedicated to your success - You won't regret your choice, that's for sure!"

Dr. Marie-Ève Roy, Graduate

"The faculty are very flexible to your needs and work hard to adapt to your needs. Come in ready to learn and challenge yourself and you will come out feeling confident to practice comprehensive primary care Sports Medicine."

Dr. Jim Niu, Graduate

"Not only did the fellowship open many unexpected doors in my career but it also connected me with colleagues who are now lifelong friends."

Dr. Heather Henry, Graduate

Residents in the Sport and Exercise Medicine program

Program Structure

View the Sport and Exercise Medicine Resident Handbook

The year is divided into 13 blocks, each of which is 4 weeks in length:

  • Primary care sports medicine (6 blocks)
  • University of Ottawa (1 block)
  • Carleton University (2 blocks)
  • Optimize Physiotherapy and Sport Medicine (1 block)
  • MedSport Ottawa (1 block)
  • Adult orthopaedic surgery (1 block)
  • Pediatric orthopaedic surgery (1 block)
  • Plastic surgery (upper limb and hand clinics) (1/2 block)
  • MSK radiology (diagnostic readings and interventional techniques) (1/2 block)
  • Rheumatology (1 block)
  • Physiatry (physical and rehabilitation medicine) (1 block)
  • Cardiac rehabilitation (1 block)
  • Elective (1 block)
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  • Family medicine (half-day once weekly or full day every 2 weeks)
  • Longitudinal MSK fellows clinic (one evening every 2 weeks)

We build half or full days into your schedule to offer you knowledge in the following allied health fields:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Athletic therapy
  • Orthotics
  • Bracing
  • Nutrition
  • Massage therapy
  • Exercise physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Sport psychology
  • Concussion care
  • Osteopathy
  • Eating Disorders Clinic
  • Sport-specific assessment (running, cycling, golf, etc.)

You must do a minimum of 50 hours of documented supervised event coverage, as it is a prerequisite to take the CASEM Diploma examination. Game and event coverage may include varsity sports (hockey, football, soccer, rugby, etc.), Ottawa Redblacks, Ottawa 67s, Ottawa Senators, Ottawa Marathon, national sport team coverage and other local, national and international events.

Teaching Experience

Residents in the Sport and Exercise Medicine program
  • Musculoskeletal physical skills development medical student tutor
  • Lectures to medical students
  • Participation in Academic Day teaching for Family Medicine residents

Academics

You will have one half day per month of a didactic and a hands-on Academic Day which includes at least an hour of Ultrasound curriculum per academic day. You will also be exposed to Carleton Sport Medicine Rounds, sports medicine journal clubs, research projects, CASEM Diploma in Sport Medicine preparation and readings, along with specialty rounds.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in:

  • Anatomy lab for cadaveric examination and review
  • Ontario Medical Association Sport Medicine meeting
  • Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) annual symposium
  • Sports First Responder

Evaluation

Your time in the program will be evaluated using standardized forms available through the Department of Family Medicine’s one45 system. Field notes allow us to collect direct observation evaluations.  Residents will also meet with the Program Director regularly throughout the residency period.

HOW TO APPLY

Graduate Testimonials

The University of Ottawa Sport and Exercise medicine program is one of the greatest because of its diversity of exposition to multiple specialties including orthopedic surgery, physiatry, rheumatology, radiology, and cardiology. In all the different specialty rotations you are warmly welcomed as a member of the team. You are involved in all clinical activities that you wish to participate in. The educators are all devoted to your learning and success. The teaching is individualized for your needs and is limitless. You have the unique opportunity to be the team physician of two varsity teams throughout your fellowship and to participate in numerous opportunities for event coverage. Finally, you become comfortable in doing ultrasound-guided injections enough to be able to do some independently in your future career. The great team of Sport Medicine physicians are always available, fun to work with, and dedicated to your success - You won't regret your choice, that's for sure!

Dr. Marie-Ève Roy


The Sport and Exercise Medicine Program at the University of Ottawa was a formative year that allowed me to become a confident physician who can deal with a full range of musculoskeletal complaints and sports-related injuries. The healthy and supportive learning environment offered a stimulating and positive year with both essential clinical first-hand experience and didactic learning integrated together. Each teacher we were exposed to brought a different perspective and thus aided in providing a well-rounded view on the sports medicine world. The addition of ultrasound learning, the stressed importance of research and conference attendance and teamwork truly made the program at University of Ottawa an amazing fellowship experience for me.

Dr. Mickey Moroz


Ottawa's Sports Medicine program is comprehensive and overall a great fellowship. All the team members are very friendly, and you get a wide exposure to all of Sports Medicine (primary care sports med, ortho, physiatry, allied health, event coverage and ultrasound-guided procedures). The faculty are very flexible to your needs and work hard to adapt to your needs. Come in ready to learn and challenge yourself and you will come out feeling confident to practice comprehensive primary care Sports Medicine.

Dr. Jim Niu


Overall, the program is extremely valuable if you are interested in a career in sports medicine. Very knowledgeable preceptors that allow for the right level of autonomy. Great clinical/field of play experiences. The program provides an important dedicated focus on ultrasound-guided clinical interventions which is extremely useful once you are establish your own practice.  I highly recommend this program.

Dr. Keith Morgan


After completing the sport and exercise medicine fellowship, I took my skills to Nunavut, where I was able to provide comprehensive MSK care to those living in remote arctic communities.  I've also had the incredible opportunity to work as the lead doctor for the women's Canadian Rugby 15s team. Not only did the fellowship open many unexpected doors in my career but it also connected me with colleagues who are now lifelong friends.

Dr. Heather Henry

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