Program Curriculum

The University of Ottawa Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program

Our radiology program is structured to make optimal use of resources at each of the major teaching hospitals. The program aims to produce radiologists who can supervise, advise and perform imaging procedures and act as competent consultants to referring physicians. Knowledge, technical skills and communication skills are stressed. 


Basic clinical training includes thirteen four-week rotations include internal medicine, general surgery, neurosurgery, pediatrics, respirology, orthopedic surgery, emergency, intensive care, radiation oncology and radiology. Three selective blocks, which the residents choose from a list of specialties, surgical, medical and non-clinical block. 

PGY-2 to 5

Thirty-seven months of core training in four hospitals, meeting all Royal College requirements. The PGY2 year consists of basic radiology rotations that include body and neuro computed tomography, ultrasound, thoracic, musculoskeletal, emergency and gastrointestinal radiology, and mammography. During the PGY3 and PGY4 years, angiography, interventional radiology, magnetic resonance imaging, obs/gyn ultrasound and cardiac radiology rotations are included. The PGY5 year combines the remaining required rotations, suggested rotations, and elective rotations. 

Call begins in October of the PGY2 year and is home-based. PGY5 residents are relieved of call duties approximately four months before their Royal College exams. All PGY5 residents have mock oral exams prior to their Royal College exams so that they are best prepared for the examination. All PGY2 to PGY5 residents undergo an annual, mandatory radiology OSCE examination, oral examination and the American College of Radiology written examination. 


Completion of at least one research project by the end of the PGY4 year is mandatory. Protected research time is incorporated into the core training schedule, and additional research time is available on an elective basis. All residents are given a four-week research block during their PGY3 year, with a completed research project to be presented at the Ottawa Radiology Research Day. There is financial support for presentations at major conferences. 


Tuesday academic afternoons consist of three to four hours of lectures and case presentations by staff radiologists or invited lecturers. Lectures are organized by body system and CanMEDS objectives into blocks that follow a two-year cycle. A physics curriculum is integrated into the half-day lectures. Daily teaching rounds are provided at all campuses both in the morning (with the exception of Tuesdays) and over the lunch hour by our staff radiologists. These rounds cover all aspects of radiology including nuclear medicine and obstetrical US. 

Regular Radiology Grand Rounds are prepared and given by residents and fellows. Residents are called upon to prepare a Grand Rounds in their PGY3 year. Our journal club meetings promote scholarly learning including question formulation, biostastistics, and ethics. Regular Radiology-Pathology correlation rounds for all staff are presented by residents and are based on collected cases. This is an excellent opportunity for both teaching and quality assurance. The Visiting Professor Program allows for invited speakers to provide two days of quality resident education each. Six to eight visiting professors are scheduled every year. 

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