Why choose the MD Program at uOttawa?

Top reasons to study medicine at the University of Ottawa

  • Solid foundational curriculum based on case-based learning and self-directed learning: We offer a dynamic curriculum where students learn through patient contact in hospital, community, rural and international settings. Exposure to the clinical setting begins in the first week of medical school. Students have core clinical rotations in each of the major departments – surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, internal medicine, emergency medicine, anesthesiology, and family medicine – and are able to choose from electives in all specialty areas. Our Faculty includes some of the top specialists in Canada and from around the world.
  • Access to leading health care settings:  We have partnerships and affiliations with over a dozen hospitals in the region, most notably Ottawa’s five academic hospitals (The Ottawa Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Hôpital Montfort, The Royal and Bruyère Continuing Care), along with their research institutes. Additionally, we have one of the largest medical simulation teaching facilities in North America, the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulations Centre.
  • Anglophone and Francophone streams: Our UGME program at uOttawa offers the opportunity to study medicine in either English or French in a fully bilingual learning environment where students of both streams collaborate through electives, extra-curriculars and community-based learning.
  • Indigenous and Students of Low Socioeconomic Status Programs:  Committed to reducing health disparities that affect First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations in Canada, The Faculty of Medicine’s Indigenous Program reserves MD program seats for candidates of First Nations, Inuit and Métis ancestry. In further response to our social accountability mandate, the MD program also reserves seats for students of low socioeconomic status.
  • Innovative MD/PhD Program: uOttawa offers students the opportunity to pursue both an MD and a PhD over the course of seven years. Based on a single, integrated curriculum, the program combines the Faculty of Medicine’s existing UGME curriculum with approved doctoral programs in biochemistry, biology, cellular and molecular medicine, human and molecular genetics, microbiology and immunology, and neuroscience.
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