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.

View the Sport and Exercise Medicine Resident Handbook

Program Structure

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)

Horizontal Rotations

  • 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

  • Musculoskeletal physical skills development medical student tutor
  • Lectures to medical students
  • Participation in Academic Day teaching for Family Medicine residents


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


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.


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