Anatomical Pathology Residency Program

On behalf of all our faculties and residents, welcome to the University of Ottawa Anatomical Pathology Residency Program website. Here you will find all the information you need about our program.

Our mission is to cultivate future anatomical pathologists with in-depth, centralized training in scholarship, leadership and clinical practice in Anatomical Pathology. From your first days in our program, our anatomical pathology residents experience hands-on, active learning. We are committed to our residency program and our residents. As such, mentorship along with individualized, flexible training schedules helps our residents achieve their career goals while promoting resident well being. Throughout the course of their residency, our residents actively participate in a variety of research opportunities.

We are part of a large hospital network, EORLA (Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association), that provides lab medicine and anatomical pathology service to 16 member hospitals in the Champlain LHIN. As a result, we have a large and dedicated teaching faculty providing centralized anatomical pathology services at The Ottawa Hospital. In addition, there are additional teaching faculty at community hospitals in Ottawa (Montfort Hospital and Queensway Carleton Hospital) and Cornwall, Ontario.

I invite you to explore our website to learn more about our program. Feel free to reach out to myself or any of our residents should you have any additional questions.

I am truly fortunate to be the program director of one of the strongest anatomical pathology residency programs in the country.


Bibianna Purgina, MD, FRCPC

Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, uOttawa
Program Director, Anatomical Pathology, uOttawa

The University of Ottawa provides a 5-year comprehensive training in Anatomical Pathology (AP), leading to eligibility to write the Royal College specialty examinations and to practice as a competent pathologist. According to the newly adapted Royal College Competency-By-Design (CBD) pathway, the 5-year training is divided into 4 Stages, namely, Transition to Discipline (TTD), Foundation (F), Core (C) and Transition to Practice (TTP) of the CBD pathway (please, click for details). Throughout the 5 years, there is a weekly academic day (whole day Monday) dedicated to formal lectures, seminars, and research: this is protected time for residents, i.e. no service duties. The department annually sponsors an active visiting professor program attracting world-class pathologists and scientists. A journal club is held monthly. The program emphasizes heavily on the CanMEDS roles in keeping with the newly implemented CBD-model with close monitoring of work-based practice assessments/evaluations of residents' clinical and other academic performances with annual Multi-Source Feedback mechanism for all residents using electronic platforms.

The Department offers Pathology Laboratory Medicine Rounds (PALM), held every other week for both faculty and residents. Senior residents are also expected to actively take part in these rounds. Residents attend a number of conferences throughout the year and are encouraged to make presentations at national and international meetings. Residents are required to play Champions of CanMEDS Roles and give a presentation at a Lunch and Learn session. The Curriculum Map offers dedicated research time, electives and in-depth exposure to subspecialties ensuring adequate exposure to achieve the Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA) of all the Stages of training. The program is based on a 13-block lunar calendar, the majority of the rotations being 1-3 blocks (each block is 4 weeks) in duration. The residents’ progress is closely monitored by the Clinical Competence Committee (CCC) during the various rotations with graded responsibilities and teaching sessions, and by a formal practice written & oral examination, once a year in addition to end of rotation practice tests. Residents are required to write the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Resident-In-Service-Exam (RISE) each year.


Upon completion of training, a resident is expected to be a competent specialist in Anatomical Pathology capable of assuming a consultant’s role in the specialty. The resident must acquire a working knowledge of the theoretical basis of the specialty, including its foundations in the basic medical sciences and research. Residents must demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes for effective patient-centred care and service to a diverse population. In all aspects of specialist practice, the graduate must be able to address issues of gender, sexual orientation, age, culture, ethnicity and ethics in a professional manner.

At the completion of training, the resident will have acquired the following competencies and will function effectively as a:

Medical Expert

  1. Function effectively as consultants, integrating all of the CanMEDS Roles to provide optimal, ethical and patient-centred medical care.
  2. Establish and maintain clinical knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to Anatomical Pathology.
  3. Establish and maintain clinical knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to Anatomical Pathology.
  4. Perform a complete and appropriate assessment of a case.
  5. Demonstrate proficient and appropriate use of diagnostic and procedural skills.
  6. Seek appropriate consultation, recognizing the limits of their own expertise.


  1. Convey effective oral and written information about a case.
  2. Develop rapport, trust, ethical and professional relationships with clinical colleagues.
  3. Accurately elicit and synthesize relevant clinical and pathological information and perspectives of patients and families, colleagues, and other professionals.
  4. Accurately convey relevant information and explanations to colleagues and other professionals, as well as patients and families when appropriate.
  5. Develop a common understanding on issues, problems, and plans with patients, families, and other professionals.


  1. Participate effectively and appropriately in an interprofessional health care team.
  2. .Work with other health professionals effectively to prevent, negotiate, and resolve interprofessional conflict.


  1. Participate in activities that contribute to the effectiveness of their health care organizations and systems.
  2. Manage their practice and career effectively.
  3. Allocate finite health care resources appropriately.

Health Advocate

  1. Respond to individual patient diagnostic needs and issues as part of patient care.
  2. Respond to the health needs of the communities that they serve.
  3. Promote the health of individual patients, communities, and populations.


  1. Maintain and enhance professional activities through ongoing learning.
  2. Critically evaluate medical information and its sources, and apply this appropriately to practice decisions.
  3. Facilitate the learning of other health professionals, residents, students, patients, families, the public, and others, as appropriate.
  4. Contribute to the development, dissemination, and translation of new knowledge and practices.


  1. Demonstrate a commitment to their patients, profession, and society through ethical practice.
  2. Demonstrate a commitment to their profession, clinical colleagues, patients, and society through participation in profession-led regulation.
  3. Demonstrate a commitment to physician health and sustainable practice.
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