The Infectious Diseases program enables trainees to obtain the required core knowledge of pediatric infectious diseases while being flexible enough to facilitate any research interests they may have. In this context, there are excellent opportunities for the trainee to acquire skills in basic as well as clinical research in infectious diseases.
The opportunity also exists to take graduate-level courses in microbiology/immunology or clinical epidemiology as well as in-field epidemiology through the Public Health Agency of Canada as part of the second year of the program. The structure of the program enables trainees to have protected time to consolidate their knowledge base without being overwhelmed by service commitments.
In addition, the program includes a dedicated group of support staff members. Because of the integrated nature of the training program at the university level, there is a close working relationship with members of the Division of Adult Infectious Diseases at The Ottawa Hospital and the medical/clinical microbiologists at the Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association (EORLA). As a result, trainees have the opportunity to benefit from broader research mentorship and exposed to a variety of aspects of adult infectious diseases while at the same time being focused in their pursuit of a career in pediatric infectious diseases.
Stipends are in accordance with the resident's level of seniority and correspond to the schedule paid throughout Ontario, as do benefits. Support for attendance at activities such as educational meetings or start-up research is available.