Faculty of Medicine


The Faculty of Medicine is founded on two fundamental pillars: education and research. Through the creation and dissemination of scientific knowledge and expertise, our researchers, clinicians and students work not only to address society’s growing health care needs in a wide range of biomedical areas, but also to improve services such as detection, prevention, diagnosis and treatment such as detection, prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The Faculty is now recognized as a national and world leader in medical education and research for these efforts, and our students graduate with the skills and experience necessary to expertly address health care needs of a global population.

Our highly-competitive, bilingual MD program is proud to serve Canada’s three founding cultures, Aboriginal, Francophone and Anglophone. Our Aboriginal Program recruits and supports Aboriginal students and increases the awareness of Aboriginal culture and health issues for all students. Our students rank among the top in Canada on both parts of the Medical Council of Canada’s licensing examinations and in the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) competitive process. More than 97 per cent of our graduates receive their first choice of postgraduate specialty discipline in the national match.

Through our affiliation with five local academic health science centres, one regional hospital and eight rural health centres, the Faculty provides opportunities to train with internationally renowned health experts in world class settings. Additionally, students and residents can train through a number of remote Canadian and international health care centres. Our recent partnership with the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine will also provide staff and students with a number of exclusive opportunities in education and research.

The Postgraduate Medical Education program offers a unique bilingual teaching environment, with one of the largest foreign trainee populations in Canada. Over the last decade, we have increased our number of specialty programs from 40 to 67 and we now rank among the top three in Canada for our range of specialties. These programs all lead to certification by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).

Our MSc and PhD programs are developing the world’s scientific leaders through our five MSc, PhD and MD/PhD programs. Our students and fellows partner with our esteemed academics to conduct groundbreaking research in neuroscience, cardiovascular diseases, regenerative medicine, emerging pathogens and infectious diseases, systems biology, growth and development, epidemiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, nutrition and metabolism, immunology, virology and bacteriology.

Our MD/PhD program offers exceptional students the opportunity to pursue two degrees over seven years. This program attracts the small number of students with the potential to grow into future leaders in the health sciences and allied fields. Based on a single, integrated curriculum, the program combines our existing undergraduate medical school curriculum with approved doctoral graduate programs.

On the research front, we are extremely proud of the progress we have made over the past several years and of the ever increasing recognition we are receiving. For example, the Faculty of Medicine ranks 1st overall in Canada, 68th worldwide for citations per faculty, according to the 2014/2015 QS World University Rankings of more than 800 universities (life sciences & medicine). The 2014 CWTS Leiden Rankings lists the Faculty of Medicine as 6th in Canada for impact and Mapping Scientific Excellence recognizes us for a high probability of publishing excellent papers. The University of Ottawa ranks 7th in Canada for the top research universities of the year for 2014 (Canada’s Top Research Universities – Medical/Doctoral, Research Infosource Inc. 2014). In this latter ranking, the Faculty of Medicine’s contributions are remarkable as it generates close to 60% of all research revenues of the entire University.

The Faculty offers you the chance to learn with state-of-the-art clinical and research facilities. This includes the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre, the second largest of its kind in North America, which gives health care professionals the opportunity for hands-on training.

In short, we are dedicated to delivering excellence in education and research while supporting our students, who are among the best and brightest.


Jacques Bradwejn, MD, FRCPC, DABPN

Disciplines offered