A fellow is a postgraduate medical education trainee undertaking post-certification training to acquire specialized expertise not normally obtained during residency training. Fellowship training takes place outside the specialty or subspecialty training requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or College of Family Physicians Canada (CFPC) and cannot be credited toward national certification requirements. Fellowship programs include trainees registered in Areas of Focused Competence.

Fellowships must: 

  • have clearly defined written educational goals and objectives, as per the standards of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO)
  • be affiliated with an accredited residency training program with a designated fellowship director/supervisor
  • include formal periodic and final evaluations of performance (minimum of four per year) 

Fellows will receive a University of Ottawa certificate of completion of training upon confirmation of satisfactory completion by the Vice-Dean, fellowship director and supervisor. The term of a fellowship is generally a minimum of six months and can be renewed up to three years. Any additional period must be approved by the CPSO.

You can find more information on the Fellowship Application System for International Medical Graduates and on the FAQ page.

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