Application Process

 If you are a Canadian-trained pediatric resident, you must apply through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS)

If you are a foreign applicant, or do not meet the CaRMS requirements in some way, please apply via the University of Ottawa application system.

Reference letters and personal statements

In order to ensure program directors receive the information they need to evaluate applicants, we recommend letters of reference include:   

  • A confidentiality statement indicating whether or not the applicant has seen or will receive a copy of the letter;
  • The date the letter was written
  • The time and duration of the referee’s contact with the applicant
  • Assessment of the applicant’s:
    • Cognitive skills and knowledge
    • Problem solving and patient management skills
    • Behaviour and attitudinal skills
    • Communication skills and working relationships
    • Motivation and punctuality
    • Sense of responsibility
    • Procedural skills specific to the discipline
    • Special qualities and unique contributions

If your referees are unable to comment on a specific component of an applicant’s performance in any of the above categories, they should indicate that they have not observed or do not have knowledge of that specific component in their letter.

Personal letters are written by applicants to introduce themselves to programs and to express their interests. Your personal letter should be well written with appropriate spelling and grammar. It should outline the reasons why you have chosen a particular fellowship-training program. The letter should highlight your accomplishments that make you a strong candidate and why you are interested in Neonatology.

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