The faculty in the Division of Urology is actively involved in the undergraduate curriculum facilitated by the Undergraduate Program Administrator. The faculty and residents are frequent recipients of teaching awards and we strive to provide an educational environment. Urology lectures and seminars in years one and two are built into the renal block. In year two, relevant physical exam is included in a seminar entitled “the sensitive clinical exam”. In the transition period to clerkship, the urology service participates in 1 week placements to orient students to the hospital environment.
Year three offers a two week rotation on the urology service as part of the surgery block and a total of four hours of lectures on adult and pediatric urology. Elective opportunities are sought after by students from across the country in years three and four in preparation for the CaRMS match. Below is a list of elective opportunities and contact information.
The Faculty Members in the Division of Pediatric Urology is actively involved in the teaching of medical students.
The pediatric urology lectures are part of the Surgery Academic Day program for the third year medical students and to Back-to-Basics Block for the fourth year students in preparation for their LMCC exam. The third year medical students have a two-week rotation at the CHEO Division of Urology with ample opportunities for clinics, ward, ER and OR activities.
The Urology undergraduate curriculum for the Division of Urology at the University of Ottawa is under the direction of the Undergraduate Program Administrator. We also receive fourth year medical students from across the country who are in preparation for CaRMS.
Urology Residency Program
The Urology Residency Program at The University of Ottawa is a fully accredited five-year program having received full accreditation from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) in 2016. The ratio of residents to faculty in our program is 1:1, and first-time success at the Royal College Principles of Surgery and Final Specialty Certification Examinations is above the national average. All Urological subspecialties are represented at The University of Ottawa.
The first two years of training are core surgery. The first year (PGY-1) consists of 13 four-week rotations. Mandatory rotations include 12 weeks of Urology and eight weeks of General Surgery. Most of the remaining 32 weeks are elective and structured to the individual's needs.
The second year of training (PGY-2) is the core surgical year, consisting of three months of General Surgery, three months of Vascular Surgery, three months of Urology and three months of Surgical ICU. The final three years of training (PGY-3 to PGY-5) are in Urology. Rotations are at The Ottawa Hospital and at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), and usually include three to six months of Paediatric Urology.
Teaching in a supportive environment is our strength at The University of Ottawa Urology Residency Training Program. Residents receive graduated instruction in the operating room. Teaching activities outside of the operating room include staff-led dedicated academic half-day lectures, Uro-pathology and Uro-radiology rounds, Examination prep rounds ("Hot Seat Rounds"), and monthly Journal clubs. Surgical skills teaching and simulation at The Ottawa Surgical Skills and Simulation Center at The University of Ottawa will further enhance the resident's experience and training.
Resident research is mandatory, and research-in-progress days are held twice a year at which time residents present their ideas and work-to-date. Residents are also encouraged to make presentations at the annual Department of Surgery Research Day (Collins Surgical Day) as well as at national and international meetings.
New: Effective summer 2011, foreign trained physicians interested in applying to a fellowship program at the University of Ottawa are required to upload their application online.
Applications will then be sent to Program Directors for consideration and if interested in interviewing the candidate, the file will be returned to us for verification of academic and financial admissibility.
Note that there will be no change to the way we currently process resident applications.
Important: Fellowship applications are no longer accepted by mail, fax or email. ALL candidates must submit their file online during the months of August or September.
Pediatric Urology Residency Program
The Urology Residency program at The University of Ottawa is a fully accredited five-year program by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).
Residents rotate at CHEO on their first and third year, and there is opportunity to spend some time in Paediatric Urology in their last year. During their rotation, the residents are involved in a busy training schedule which includes clinics, ward, emergency and OR.
There is a monthly Urology Rounds at The Ottawa Hospital General Campus that is presented by the resident who is rotating at CHEO. Rounds with radiology and nephrology are carried out twice a month and participation in the Tumor Board meetings for discussion of uro-oncological patients.
Other activities include pediatric journal club, "hot-seat rounds" for preparation of the chief resident for the oral exams and half academic day lectures every Monday afternoon. We strongly support research work during the period they spend in pediatrics, which frequently results in abstract presentation at national and international meetings and journal publication.