Medical Oncology Postgraduate Program

Our postgraduate medical oncology residency training program is a two year program leading to a Certificate of Special Competence from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

The program is well established having trained medical oncologists since 1983 (see current and former residents page). The program continues to have full accreditation by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Program Outline

Rotation blocks are 4 weeks each (13 blocks per year). Program requirements are:


  • 1 Block Palliative Care
  • 2 Blocks Radiation Oncology
  • 2 Blocks Hematology
  • 3 Blocks Inpatient service
  • 5 Blocks Outpatient service


  • 6 Blocks Outpatient service
  • 1 Block Inpatient service
  • 5 Blocks Electives
  • 1 Block Radiation Oncology

Educational Activities

Academic Half-Day (Weekly)

  • Medical Oncology session, 1:30 – 3:30 - small group session where assigned resident reviews the topic and teaches their peers under the supervision of a staff oncologist.
  • Combined Med-Onc/Rad-Onc session, 4:00-5:30 (Sep to Jun) - didactic session by staff oncologist(s)
  • Current Oncology Rounds (Journal Club), 8:00-9:00 AM (4th Wednesday, of each month, September to June) - resident led sessions reviewing 2 key tumour site specific articles and their methodological issues
  • Longitudinal Clinic Rounds, 12:00-13:00 (Monthly, last Monday of each block rotation all year round) - A new initiative has enabled residents and fellows to have their own clinics and patient roster.  It allows the trainees to have continuity of care and see the outcomes of their decisions longitudinally through all stages of an individual patient’s care.  They are responsible for managing all facets of a patient’s care including complications, advocating for treatments/benefits to government and insurance companies, clinic management etc.  The “Longitudinal rounds” once per month allows the trainees to present one of their patients to their peers and staff to have an open forum for clinical case discussion and educational interaction.

Curriculum for Clinical Research Education Program

  • 2 hour session every 2 months (2 year rotation of topics)
  • coordinated by the Department of Medicine for all PGY4/5
  • taught by The Methods Centre, Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Ottawa Health Research Institute

Annual Retreat

  • Residents coordinated off-site activity
  • Invited speakers to address topics around Can Meds domaine (other than medical expert) e.g. medico-legal, ethics, professionalism, practice management


For further information, please contact:

Arlette Mendicino, Program Administrator (

Tel: 613-737-7700 ext. 70241