Undergraduate medical education programs in Canada leading to the MD degree are accredited through the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS). Every eight years, MD programs must conduct a full survey of resources, learning environment, curriculum, faculty, and student services to maintain accreditation.
To learn more about accreditation, visit the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine Accreditation Frequently Asked Questions page.
Does the CACMS meet with students? Is any student invited to attend meetings to talk with CACMS?
The site visit team evaluating a medical education program will meet with a group of first year and second year students over lunch on the Monday of the site visit, and with a group of third year and fourth year students over lunch on the Tuesday of the site visit. The program and its students will determine which students meet with the team. Students also guide the team on inspection tours of the school’s educational facilities.
How and when am I assessed on my cultural competence and skills?
Students are assessed for their cultural competence and skills in a few ways:
Through the second year of ePortfolio, students are asked to reflect on such ideas as the diversity of patients and health care colleagues, the evolving social contract between physicians and society, and the individual needs of patients, which include cultural needs different from the physician's own cultural background. Coaches for the ePortfolio program can help students identify and address biases in their thinking when these occur during the process of reflective practice.
At the end of both Years 1 and 2, as part of their SIM assessment, students write reflective essays on a choice of topics, one of which generally concerns caring for patients from vulnerable groups.
Several CBL cases present scenarios that require discussion of cultural sensitivity, and participation in these discussions is assessed by the tutor. For example, in Unit II the CBL case on diabetes and indigenous people covers the education to ethnic variations and predispositions to certain diseases; treatment approaches that take into consideration cultural variations, in particular in the case of nutrition and physical activity.
Effective August 2018, the Clerkship and Evaluation committees agreed to add a new criterion to the clinical preceptor evaluation form of students: “Communicates well with members of other cultures/backgrounds”. This form is completed throughout Clerkship Year 3.
How are residents informed of my learning objectives?
All residents are made aware of MD student learning objectives prior to engaging in teaching activities through the following:
Mandatory one-day orientation session (at the start of residency) which includes a session that covers MD program educational & learning objectives.
Residents and fellows are required to complete a mandatory e-learning module entitled: “Teaching Medical Students: A Toolkit for Residents.”
Residents and fellows have an action assigned to them via their One45 account to confirm that they have reviewed the rotation specific and overall objectives as well as required clinical encounters.
before each block, PGME sends a message to residents to remind them to review the MD program objectives and required clinical encounters.
When and how do I learn about ethical aspects of research involving humans?
The Tri-Council Policy Statement has developed CORE (TCPS 2: CORE) modules that include chapters on:
ethics and framework;
scope and approach;
the consent process;
fairness and equity in research participation;
privacy and confidentiality;
governance of research ethics review;
conflict of interest;
research involving the First Nations; Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada;
human biological materials including materials related to human reproduction; and
human genetic research.
These self-learning modules are assigned to students during the Foundation Unit as well as Units I, II and III.
How has the medical students’ access to CBL rooms, call rooms, lockers and lounge space improved?
CBL rooms are reserved for the MD program (24 hours per day). When not in use for learning events, students can use them to study.
TOH has made improvements to their policies and procedures to manage their lockers and added 32 lockers to their Civic and General campuses.
A dedicated call room for medical students on their OB/GYN rotation has been established at the TOH General campus.
An additional lounge reserved for MD students has been built in a convenient area close to CBL rooms. The lounge has an eating area with access to a kitchen and is equipped with audio-visual equipment that includes two large screens.
Do male and female medical students receive equal opportunities to participate in required clinical encounters in their OB/GYN rotation?
Previously, male students have indicated in responses to surveys they are being denied equal opportunities to participate in certain required clinical encounters in the Ob/GYN rotation. A review of the T-Clerk responses comparing completion rates for these encounters has shown that there is equal or greater participation in these experiences for male compared to female students.
What do I do if I am injured in the clinical setting (e.g have a needle stick injury)?
Alert your clinical instructor of your accident and seek first aid;
Be sure to go to the emergency department for assessment and treatment;
you suffer an injury (scalpel cut, needle prick, etc.) in the clinical setting or when the incident could have resulted in being injured because of a violation of the occupational health and safety standards;
the injury results in an absence from the clinical setting.
How do I appeal a grade or professionalism sanction?
First, discuss the grade or concern with the respective Pre-Clerkship or Clerkship director. If you are not satisfied with the grade or wish to appeal an academic sanction for professionalism issue approved by the Student Promotion Executive Committee (SPEC), you may request a grade review or appeal academic sanction to the Faculty Council Appeals Committee according to the following procedure.
First level of appeal
Notify the Chair of the Faculty Council Appeals Committee in writing (a Notice of Appeal and a Statement of Appeal) within a maximum of ten (10) working days after receiving their final grade and/or academic sanction. Include a) the title of the course, the grade assigned, or the academic sanction being appealed, b) the grounds for the appeal, c) other relevant documents. The Chair of the Faculty Council Appeals Committee will acknowledge receipt of the appeal.
Chair or his/her delegate may, at his/her discretion, extend time limit at request of appellant where exceptional circumstances exist.
Chair of the Faculty Council Appeals Committee will provide a copy of the Statement of Appeal and supporting documentation to the Chair of the SPEC within five (5) working days. The Chair of SPEC or a delegate will be invited to provide a Responding Statement and supporting documentation in response to the student’s Statement of Appeal within ten (10) working days. The Chair of the Faculty Council Appeals Committee will forward a copy to the student. The Chair (or a delegate) may, at his/her discretion, extend this time limit at the request of the Chair of the SPEC where exceptional circumstances exist.
Following receipt of the Statement of Appeal and the response from the Chair of the SPEC, the Chair of the Faculty Council Appeals Committee, or his/her delegate, will send the documentation to the members of the Faculty Council Appeals Committee and will schedule the appeal within fifteen (15) working days.
The Committee will meet to consider the appeal and inform both the student and the Chair of the SPEC of the decision within ten (10) working days.
Second level of appeal: Appealing to the Senate Appeals Committee
You may approach the Senate Appeals Committee to contest decisions handed down by the Faculty of Medicine. For more information please view the Senate appeals procedure web page.
What should I do if I’m experiencing academic difficulties?
Students are encouraged to self-declare if they are experiencing academic difficulty. You can contact your Director (Pre-Clerkship or Clerkship), the respective Unit Leader or Rotation Director; the Academic Advisor, Student Academic Success Service (SASS), the Assistant Dean Academic Affairs, or your Faculty Mentor. Any of these individuals can inform you of resources available and will be able to assist you.
Students identified by the MD program as having academic difficulties are required to attend mandatory counselling sessions and are also informed of all the optional and additional support services.
What type of support is available to provide me with career advice?
The MD Program Career Advising Curriculum has the following mandate:
To guide, counsel and support University of Ottawa medical students throughout their process of career considerations.
To help students become aware of their personality traits and encourage self-reflection on personal interests, values and goals.
To help students gather information on various medical specialties and gauge their interests in these specialties in regard to various domains (clinical experience, research, education and social accountability).
To help students reconcile their personal medical academic profile with their best possible medical career options.
To help students navigate the decision-making process of selecting their career paths.
To guide the students throughout the residency matching process by monitoring and advising on the specific components of application, preparation for interviewing and final ranking strategies.
To support students that go unmatched.
MD Program Career Advising Curriculum components:
Career Advising Core Curriculum:
This program involves six mandatory phases:
Self-evaluation through the AAMC Careers in Medicine (CiM) program which is to be completed by the end of Year 2: each student will be registered and mandated to complete all modules of the CiM
Exploration of options through electives: at least three specialties should be explored
Attendance at specialty information group sessions
Advice on elective choices can be obtained from members of the Career Advisory Team, from Rotation Directors, and mentors/preceptors who are appropriate to a student’s objectives.
Career Advisory Team:
Student Affairs Office (SAO) Advisors
Academic Advisor (AA)
Vice Dean UGME
Assistant Dean Academic Affairs
MD Career Advisors
How do I get disability insurance?
You are informed of the process during the first sessions offered within the four-year financial curriculum. The course is entitled Financial Management 101 for Medical Students and includes managing risk and disability insurance.
In addition, information sessions on the importance of obtaining disability insurance and how to obtain it are organized with representatives from the OMA and other financial institutions. Students can also access a video of the sessions via StudentZone.