Academic Curriculum Teaching:

The core curriculum teaching schedules run on a 2-year curriculum, where the residents are taught all areas of ophthalmology twice over the course of 4 years. The core curriculum sessions are protected academic time for all the residents. The sessions are usually held on Friday mornings from 8am to 12pm (noon).

The topics covered during the core curriculum sessions include the following:

  • Anatomy
  • Oculoplastics
  • Microbiology
  • Surgery
  • Neuro Ophthalmology
  • Step Wise Approach to Research
  • Cornea
  • Paediatrics
  • Retina
  • Glaucoma
  • Uveitis
  • Optics & Refraction
  • Epidemiology


Morning Professor Rounds:

Professor rounds are early morning 1-hour teaching sessions for the residents, given by our teaching faculty. These sessions are held twice a week. At least 1 session per month is a program admin session where the Program Director meets with all the residents.


Grand Rounds:

The Department of Ophthalmology has weekly grand rounds every Wednesday from 7:30am to 8:30am. The grand rounds are held at the Ottawa Hospital, General Campus, Critical Care Wing, 5th floor, Room #W5225. The grand rounds can be viewed live or reviewed through the archived grand rounds sessions.


Pathology Review:

Dr. James Farmer, an experienced ocular pathologist at TOH and Kingston, provides an extensive pathology review for uOttawa residents to assist with OKAP and mock oral examination preparation.


Fluorescein Angiography (FA) Rounds:

Retina rounds are held once a month by our retina teaching faculty.


Cornea Journal Club:

Precision Cornea Centre, a site affiliated with the University of Ottawa Eye Institute, hosts international weekly educational rounds from Cornea, Anterior Segment, Cataract, and Refractive Surgery Clinics from around the world.


Journal Clubs:

The Department of Ophthalmology offers Journal Club sessions 7 times a year. All faculty, residents and fellows are invited to attend these sessions. The sessions are held on a weeknight at the Ottawa Hospital, General Campus, Critical Care Wing, 5th floor, Room #W5225. Light refreshments are available. Twice a year, the Journal Club sessions are held at a local convention centre along with a formal dinner.


Sally Letson symposium:

The Sally Letson Symposium brings together six to eight renowned international experts in the field of ophthalmology for a symposium featuring one major topic.

It was the wish of General and Mrs. Letson that the symposium be of current interest to ophthalmologists and feature lectures, question periods, and an exchange of experience among attending ophthalmologists.

Many of our faculty members along with the residents, fellows, ophthalmic medical technology staff and ophthalmic medical technology students attend this conference every year.

You can find more information regarding the Sally Letson Symposium.


Annual Resident Research Day:

Our Department’s Research Day consists of presentations by the PGY 2, PGY-3 and PGY-4 Residents, the Ophthalmic Medical Technology (OMT) students in their final year, and the basic science students as well as the JD Allen Lecturer, an invited guest.

Each presenting resident can apply for internal funding for their Research Day project for up to $5,800 annually from our Research Day and Department of Ophthalmology Research Fund (DORF) Committees following a set of guidelines, which were established by the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and by our Department of Ophthalmology Research Day/DORF and Executive Committees. Our Department’s Executive Committee provides final approval of the funded projects.

The Research Day is held in mid-May, with an invited guest speaker who generally presents Grand Rounds to the Department and the J.D. Allen named lecture during the early afternoon. About 80 registered attendees, predominantly members from the Department of Ophthalmology as well as other invited guests, usually attend the Rounds and the remainder of the Research Day. The Research Day is followed by a reception where prizes are awarded to the most highly ranked presentations, which are scored and selected by our invited guest with some feedback provided by the Staff Supervisors when this is requested and indicated.


OKAP Review Series:

The Department of Ophthalmology holds OKAP preparation teaching sessions for the residents, given by our teaching faculty in February and March each year.

Anatomy Lab:

Our oculoplastic division faculty staff, Dr. David Jordan, puts together an intense five-day course in eyelid, nasolacrimal and orbital anatomy involving a thorough dissection of a human cadaver orbits. This unique opportunity offered to University of Ottawa Ophthalmology residents is the only remnant of the original basic science course at the University of Ottawa and remains an unparallel experience among other Canadian ophthalmology programs to learn orbital anatomy.

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