Palliative Care Postgraduate Program

Palliative Medicine Residency & Fellowship Program

The Palliative Medicine Residency Program is a one-year program that is jointly accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and the College of Family Physicians. It stands fully accreditated and was last reviewed in 2010 . Interested residents must have an FRCPC or a CCFP designation and hold an educational or independent practice license in Ontario.

The program is comprised of rotations on the Palliative Care Unit at Bruyère Continuing Care, a 36-bed unit that is the largest palliative care unit in Canada. There are also rotations with the Palliative Pain and Symptom Management Consultation Service (PPSMCS) working in the community, and at both the Civic and General campuses of The Ottawa Hospital. The Civic campus offers a variety of experience in both malignant and non-malignant diseases, including consultations at The Ottawa Heart Institute. The General Campus is situated at the site of the Regional Cancer Program. There is a rotation on the Pain Service, including exposure to interventional techniques, lidocaine infusions, and a complex cancer pain clinic. An oncology rotation provides outpatient experience in both medical oncology and radiation oncology. Two blocks of electives allow the learners to pursue rotations relevant to their interests and future career goals.

Along with clinical experience, residents are supervised by one of the Division of Palliative Medicine faculty members to carry out a scholarly project. One half day per week is protected for residents to work on their scholarly project or other academic pursuits. Residents also attend formal teaching sessions including Academic Half-Day Seminars on a weekly basis, National Academic Half-Day Seminars, the Palliative Care Research Seminar Series (WIPs), weekly Journal Club, and bi-weekly Palliative Care City-Wide Academic Rounds. Mentoring and resident wellness are incorporated into the year’s schedule.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the Program Administrator for details on the application process. For residents looking to apply for the start of a July 1st academic year, applications are due October 1st of the preceding year.

Electives in Palliative Medicine by Residents from Other Programs

A palliative pedicine rotation, usually 1 month long, is mandatory for residents at the University of Ottawa in medical oncology, radiation oncology, haematology, psychiatry, and family medicine (Montfort site). Other residents at the University of Ottawa and other Canadian universities are also welcome. Residents complete their palliative medicine block at one of several sites, including the √Člisabeth Bruy√®re Palliative Care Unit, the Supportive & Palliative Care Consultation Team at the Ottawa Hospital (General or Civic Campus), or the PPSMCS in the community. Every effort is made to place a resident in their location of choice.

University of Ottawa residents interested in an elective rotation should contact the Program Administrator. Residents from other universities should apply for an elective as directed by the Office of Postgraduate Medical Education:

Residency Program Director: Christopher Barnes, MD, CCFP

Email or Tel: 613-562-6262 extension 4007

Residency Program Administrator: Sarah Marsaw

Palliative Medicine Residency Program

Bruy√®re Continuing Care, √Člisabeth Bruy√®re Hospital

43 Bruyère Street, Room 284-J, Ottawa, ON  K1N 5C8

Telephone: (613) 562-6262 extension 4007

Fax: (613) 562-6371