A fellow is a postgraduate medical education learner undertaking post-certification training outside the specialty or subspecialty training requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). A fellowship cannot generally be credited toward national certification requirements. 

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 certificate of completion of training upon confirmation of satisfactory completion by the 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.

Applications must be submitted through the Postgraduate Medical Education Office via email to pgmerte@uottawa.ca. 

You must provide this information in the body of the email:

  • Name:
  • Email:
  • Program & Type of Fellowship:
  • Country of Citizenship:
  • Legal Status in Canada (Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, OR None):

Documents required in the application for clinical/research fellowship are:

(Must be included as attachments to the email)

  • personal statement
  • CV
  • copy of medical degree (including original and English translation)
  • copy of specialty degree (including original and English translation) in the specialty or sub-specialty sought
  • proof of English proficiency
  • three (3) letters of recommendation
  • proof of sponsorship, if applicable 

There is a three-year limit of licensure for all clinical fellowships. Please note that a clinical fellowship does not lead to any type of Canadian certification.

If admitted, all foreign clinical fellows must undergo a Pre Entry Assessment Progra

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