The University of Ottawa has three separate sites where residents train during their time in Ottawa. The University of Ottawa Eye Institute (EI), the Riverside Eye Care Centre (RECC), and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).
The University of Ottawa Eye Institute, located at The Ottawa Hospital - General Campus, is where residents spend the majority of their time. This centre offers a centralized facility with access to a large volume of sub-specialists, specialized ophthalmic diagnostic testing, and an ophthalmic imaging suite. Two dedicated operating rooms (ORs), a minor procedure room, the Emergency Eye clinic (Clinic C), multiple sub-specialty clinics, and our Ophthalmology Surgical Simulation Centre (OSSC) are all housed within the Eye Institute. The EI is also home to the Ophthalmic Medical Technologist training program, which provides a unique interprofessional training experience for residents. You can find the EI on the 3rd floor of the Critical Care Wing of The Ottawa Hospital. Teaching sessions, when in person, are held in the conference room on the 3rd floor. Residents can be found in the clinics, ORs, or in the resident lounge!
The Riverside Eye Care Centre is a high volume surgical centre that performs over 9000 intraocular procedures each year. There are four dedicated eye ORs for cataracts, retinal procedures, cornea surgery, and glaucoma surgery. In PGY-3, 4 and 5, residents take part in a series of rigorous cataract surgery blocks at the Riverside, where they are given the opportunity to perform hundreds of cataract surgeries, and hone their skills over a dedicated period of time. Residents also spend time in the Riverside Eye Care Centre Emergency Eye Clinic, busy subspecialty clinics led by teaching faculty, and the laser procedure room.
CHEO is the main training site for Pediatric Ophthalmology in Ottawa. The state of the art (and recently renovated) eye clinic is fully equipped with all the tools and resources to best examine and care for young patients. Residents spend five blocks in pediatric ophthalmology during their PGY-3 year, where they see pediatric outpatients, emergency consults and take part in strabismus surgery.
The clinical space at the University of Ottawa is also in close proximity to basic science research labs at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Throughout residency, residents are supported by these researchers and have the opportunity to partake in research projects. Graduate students and scientists regularly join us for Grand Rounds, Research Day, and Faculty Journal Clubs.
During the PGY-1 off-service training, residents may spend time at The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus for inpatient rotations. Although not a main site for ophthalmology training, residents may be consulted for inpatients and premature neonates at the Civic Campus.
We are fortunate to have additional training opportunities from many ophthalmologists who have offices in the community. Comprehensive and subspecialty training in areas including Retina, Cornea and Anterior Segment, Oculoplastics and Glaucoma are available to us as needed.