Nephrology Postgraduate Program

Leaders in Medical Education, and proven experts in Research (both basic and clinical science)  await you at the Division of Nephrology at the University of Ottawa. Our program operates out The Ottawa Hospital and serves a large catchment area that will provide you with a rich and diverse experience in clinical nephrology.

What Our Residency Program Can Offer You.

The Nephrology Training Program offered through the University of Ottawa and the Department of Medicine has been in existence since 1986, and is fully approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  Since the inception of the program, all trainees have been successful in obtaining their certificate of special competence.

Royal College fellows and Clinical Nephrology fellows train together in our program, which allows for a diverse and supportive learning environment.  We currently have 10 trainees at various stages of expertise.

The Nephrology Division in the Department of Medicine consists of 20 individuals located at three sites, serving a base population of approximately one million. The Civic site has an active consult service, as well as an 18-station hemodialysis unit. The General site is the location for our nephrology CTU, as well as a 32-station hemodialysis unit. The Riverside site is home to the Home Dialysis Unit (including home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis), another 30-station hemodialysis unit and all the ambulatory clinic activity (general Nephrology, pre-dialysis and transplant). We care for about 700 hemodialysis and 140 peritoneal dialysis patients in the region. The renal transplant service cares for over 700 patients, and performs about seventy new transplants per year.

Program Overview

Our 2-year program consists of a structured clinical first year and a flexible second elective year to allow trainees to pursue areas of individual interest.  Rotations are located at all three sites of the Ottawa Hospital.  The first year rotations consist of in-patients/consultation, hemodialysis, home dialysis, transplantation and ambulatory clinics. Each trainee has a personal longitudinal ambulatory care clinic that is held one afternoon a week (Tuesday).

The second year of training can be entirely geared to fulfill the needs related to your eventual career path. In addition to further study of the major areas of nephrology, there is an opportunity for you to spend time in pediatric nephrology, pathology and community nephrology.  Alternatively, you may choose to spend time doing research. Our program has a strong basic science research program through the newly built University of Ottawa Kidney Research Centre, and a strong clinical research component with several of our nephrologists trained as epidemiologists.

We have a well-established fellows’ curriculum in a weekly noon-hour-rounds taught by members of our Division.  In addition, there are weekly nephrology grand rounds, clinical case discussions, biopsy rounds, evidence based nephrology and journal clubs.

The Division also offers a 12 month fellowship in renal transplantation; the program is accredited with the ASN/AST. This fellowship is geared for those individuals who have completed Nephrology training but would like to extend and expand their expertise in renal transplantation. The training program includes a minimum 6 month core clinical experience in the inpatient and outpatient setting as well as two months of laboratory transplantation in the tissue typing lab and pathology. Four months are set aside for possible elective experiences depending on the fellow’s research and/or clinical interests. The fellowship accepts 1-2 trainees per year; applications are due by October 16th of each calendar year with decisions made by mid-November.

For further information, please contact:

Lesli Ransome, Program Administrator (

Tel: 613-798-5555 ext.82509