Update as of June 3, 2020: TOH, Bruyère, Hôpital Montfort, and The Royal have decided to extend the suspension of ALL visiting elective resident physicians from outside the University of Ottawa for blocks 1,2, and 3.

Update: As of May 15th, 2020, TOH has decided to extend the suspension of ALL visiting elective resident
physicians from outside the University of Ottawa until September 22, 2020 placed at TOH as well as
those at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) who are overseen and supported by TOH
Education. Over the course of the nest few months TOH will take the necessary steps to re-evaluate the
organization’s readiness to resume these educational opportunities.

The exception to this direction is that TOH will continue to permit resident physicians from other
Canadian universities who are requiring mandatory rotations at TOH under the auspices of pre-existing
Inter-University Agreements (IUAs) between their home university and the University of Ottawa. These
requests will be reviewed for approval by TOH Education.

Given the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, we will continue to monitor and adhere to the standards set by Ottawa Public Health (OPH). We therefore recommend that you do not make any travel nor accommodations arrangements until closer to the date, in case the elective needs to be cancelled due to changes in direction from OPH, or further to direction from your home school. As no PGME office can predict nor guarantee that there will be no last minute rotation cancellations due to COVID-19 related events, it is incumbent upon visiting residents to be aware that uOttawa cannot compensate trainees for expenses related to rotation cancellations as a result of COVID19 – directives.

Please note that a self-isolation period may be required before entry into any of the hospitals within the Ottawa region. It will be your responsibility to verify this requirement with the program you are going to, and the hospital’s occupational health services prior to arranging your travel and accommodations.

Thank you for your understanding and attention in this important matter.

The University of Ottawa offers elective opportunities to residents and fellows who:

  • Apply at least two months prior to the elective start date
1 Wednesday, July 1, 2020 May 1, 2020
2 Tuesday, July 28, 2020 May 28, 2020
3 Tuesday, August 25, 2020 June 25, 2020
4 Tuesday, September 22, 2020 July 22, 2020
5 Tuesday, October 20, 2020 August 20, 2020
6 Tuesday, November 17, 2019 September 17, 2020
7 Tuesday, December 15, 2020 October 15, 2020
8 Tuesday, January 12, 2021 November 12, 2020
9 Tuesday, February 9, 2021 December 9, 2020
10 Tuesday, March 9, 2020 January 9, 2021
11 Tuesday, April 6, 2021 February 6, 2021
12 Tuesday, May 4, 2021 March 4, 2021
13 Tuesday, June 1, 2021 April 1, 2021


  • Are Canadian or a permanent resident currently registered in a recognized postgraduate medical education program in Canada or the U.S.
  • Apply for an Educational Certificate of Registration from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) 2 months prior to the elective start date

Electives must not exceed six (6) months in duration.

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