Community Physicians

Student tending to a patient

As rural or Distributed Medical Education continues to grow, many community physicians are being called upon to take on greater teaching roles. The University of Ottawa and the Faculty of Medicine recognize and appreciate the dedication and investment from physicians contributing to educating our students. Teaching opportunities are available at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The needs of the learners are different depending on their level of training. Below are the opportunities that you may have to teach these students. 


Pre-Clerkship rotations take place in the years 1 and 2 of Medical School. Students at this level are practising their history taking and honing their physical exam skills.


At the University of Ottawa, the mandatory clinical rotations are also known as core rotations. A subset of mandatory rotations is offered in rural communities where students can do four to five week rotations in third year in the following disciplines: DME – Family medicine, DME – Psychiatry, DME – Obstetrics and gynecology, DME – Surgery.

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