Postgraduate Education

Division of urology residents group photo

The Urology Residency Program at The University of Ottawa is a fully accredited five-year program having received full accreditation from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) in 2010. The ratio of residents to faculty in our program is 1:1, and first-time success at the Royal College Principles of Surgery and Final Specialty Certification Examinations is above the national average. All Urological subspecialties are represented at The University of Ottawa.

The first two years of training are core surgery. The first year (PGY-1) consists of 13 four-week rotations. Mandatory rotations include 12 weeks of Urology and eight weeks of General Surgery. Most of the remaining 32 weeks are elective and structured to the individual's needs.

The second year of training (PGY-2) is the core surgical year, consisting of three months of General Surgery, three months of Vascular Surgery, three months of Urology and three months of Surgical ICU. The final three years of training (PGY-3 to PGY-5) are in Urology. Rotations are at The Ottawa Hospital and at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), and usually include three to six months of Paediatric Urology.

Teaching in a supportive environment is our strength at The University of Ottawa Urology Residency Training Program. Residents receive graduated instruction in the operating room. Teaching activities outside of the operating room include staff-led dedicated academic half-day lectures, Uro-pathology and Uro-radiology rounds, Examination prep rounds ("Hot Seat Rounds"), and monthly Journal clubs. Surgical skills teaching and simulation at The Ottawa Surgical Skills and Simulation Center at The University of Ottawa will further enhance the resident's experience and training.

Resident research is mandatory, and research-in-progress days are held twice a year at which time residents present their ideas and work-to-date. Residents are also encouraged to make presentations at the annual Department of Surgery Research Day (Collins Surgical Day) as well as at national and international meetings.

Application Information

Application to our residency program must be made through the  Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS).

Contact Information

For additional information about the Urology Residency Program, please contact:

Dr. James D. Watterson, Program Director,
Urology Postgraduate Education,
Division of Urology University of Ottawa
The Ottawa Hospital - General Campus
501 Smyth Road, Ottawa, ON K1H 8L6

Tel: 613-737-8899 ext. 78373
Fax: 613-521-7742

Marika Valle, Program Administrator
Division of Urology Residency Program

Tel: 613-798-5555 ext. 10601
Fax: 613-737-8831

New: Effective summer 2011, foreign trained physicians interested in applying to a fellowship program at the University of Ottawa are required to upload their application on-line. This new webpage will be available on our website during the months of August and September at the following link:

Applications will then be sent to Program Directors for consideration and if interested in interviewing the candidate, the file will be returned to us for verification of academic and financial admissibility.

Note that there will be no change to the way we currently process resident applications.

Important: Fellowship applications are no longer accepted by mail, fax or email. ALL candidates must submit their file on-line during the months of August or September.