What makes us unique?
Our faculty members have diverse clinical and scholarship interests so that our curriculum easily integrates the seven CanMEDS core competences within the curriculum. The competencies are explicitly taught in our formal curriculum and reinforced in our informal curriculum with 1:1 teaching.
Our program contains all the core Physiatry rotations and other sub-specialty rotations not commonly seen in other programs – Pediatric and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. Trainees receive comprehensive training in Ottawa and are not required to travel to other centres to complete any aspect of their training. Residents may wish to travel to other programs to complete electives in a specific area of interest.
After the PGY-1 BCY training, residents may chose the order in which they complete their off-service and Physiatry core rotations. The program director meets with all the residents in January to create the academic schedule for the upcoming year and to guide residents in their rotation choices.
The strength of the program is the open and transparent nature of the feedback process. Trainees are provided with regular, well-timed feedback. Mid and final rotation evaluations are conducted on every rotation. Similarly, residents provide faculty regular feedback on their teaching abilities and on the rotation.
Trainees participate in a semi-annual practice examination. The information is used to assist trainees in assessing their progress in the program and to prepare trainees in the RCPSC examination process.
Semi-annual program reviews are conducted with the faculty, residents and the program director. All components of the curriculum are reviewed. Changes to the program are made accordingly.