The University of Ottawa Physiatry curriculum is highly structured. It is comprehensive in its integration of all the CanMEDS core competencies.
The curriculum includes the following education components:
Academic half-day occurs every Wednesday afternoon. Attendance is mandatory for all PM&R trainees.
The first 90 minutes of half day is comprised of Medical Expert content. The second 90 minutes is comprised of other CanMEDS Roles teaching (Communicator, Collaborator, Professional, Manager, Scholar, and Advocate). All sessions are supervised by at least one faculty member. Both residents and faculty contribute to the teaching sessions.
Weekly Grand Rounds
Grand rounds occur on Fridays. Residents and faculty contribute to the rounds, as well as invited guest speakers. Trainees receive formal feedback on their presentations. The first grand rounds of the year in September is dedicated to an update on scholarship activities of the division, to assist residents in identifying research projects of interest.
Monthly Journal Club
Journal Club occurs monthly on Wednesday afternoon. Two journal articles are discussed per session. Residents and faculty contribute to these sessions.
Annual Research Day
The Physiatry research day occurs once every year. All residents are expected to present an update of their Physiatry residency project. Also, all residents are expected to complete one scholarly project during their training. Examples of scholarly projects include:
- Examining the effect of cognition on lower extremity arthroplasty outcomes
- Defining success and satisfaction with functional abilities after upper limb amputation
- Primary care of spinal cord injured patients
- Histology of the human knee capsule in end-stage osteoarthritis with and without contracture
- Virtual reality exercise training in stroke patients