Contact Information

Manon Levesque Departmental Secretary of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
451 Smyth road,
Room 4155
Ottawa, Ontario
K1H 8M5

Telephone: 613-562-5422
Fax: 613-562-5442
Email: mlevesq2@uottawa.ca

Sheila Schnupp
Office and Residency Program Administrator (Anatomical)
Telephone: 613-562-5800 ext. 8342
Fax: 613-562-5442
Email: sschnupp@uottawa.ca

John P. Veinot, M.D., F.R.C.P.C (Canada)
Chairman, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Tel: 613-562-5422
Fax: 613-562-5442
Email: sschnupp@uottawa.ca

Medical Microbiology Residency Program

Residency Program Overview

Program Curriculum – Medical Microbiology

Medical Microbiology PGY-1

This year consists of 16 weeks of Medicine/Medical Specialties, 4 weeks of Surgery, 4 weeks of Pediatrics, 4 weeks of Emergency Medicine, 4 weeks of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 4 weeks of Family Medicine, 4 weeks of Psychiatry, and 12 weeks of Microbiology.

Medical Microbiology PGY-2 to 4

Medical microbiology is a five year program with the first year structured for successful completion of MCCQE Part II. The second year is the first year of the core microbiology training, with rotations at all three laboratory sites. The third year includes 6 months of additional core microbiology training followed by 6 months of clinical training. This includes Infectious Diseases but may also include additional medical rotations of particular relevance to Microbiology. The clinical training will also include clinics in general Infectious Diseases, HIV, travel and tropical diseases, TB, Hepatitis, and STDs. The fourth year includes 6 months of core microbiology training and 6 months of clinical rotations. The core microbiology training will provide 48 weeks of bacteriology, 16 weeks of virology, 8 weeks of mycology, 8 weeks of mycobacteriology, 12 weeks of pediatric microbiology, 8 weeks of parasitology, and 4 weeks of infection control.

Medical Microbiology PGY-5

The final year of training is flexible and planned according to the needs and interests of the resident to provide further experience in microbiology and to provide the trainee with a greater level of responsibility. It may be consist of clinical, laboratory, or basic microbiology rotations. This may also consist of electives at other centres.

Medical Microbiology Research

The research interests of members of the Division of Microbiology and the Division of Infectious Diseases are diverse and include: molecular diagnostics, laboratory detection and molecular epidemiology of antimicrobial resistant bacteria, epidemiology of hospital-acquired infections, viral pathogenesis and vaccine development, hepatitis, basic and clinical aspects of HIV/AIDS, tropical diseases, etc. Residents are strongly encouraged to participate in research activities and to present and publish their results. Support is available for residents to attend meetings and present their research.

Medical Microbiology Resources

Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory (at the Ottawa Hospital - General Campus)

  • General bacteriology
  • Mycobacteriology
  • Molecular diagnostics
  • Clostridium difficile testing
  • Mycology
  • Pulsed field gel electrophoresis

Regional Virology Laboratory

  • Molecular virology
  • Rapid diagnostics
  • Viral culture

Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario

  • Pediatric bacteriology
  • Parasitology

All 3 sites have patients with a wide range of common and uncommon infectious disease problems. At the Ottawa Hospital, General Campus there is a regional HIV clinic, bone marrow and renal transplant programs, inpatient hematology and oncology, and the Eye Institute. All the regional pediatric services are centralized at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

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