Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome to the Pain Medicine residency program at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. Pain medicine is a new medical subspecialty concerned with the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of the whole spectrum of acute, chronic, non-cancer and cancer pain. We are very pleased to be one of the first programs in Canada accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons to train pain medicine residents. Our program officially began training pain medicine resident(s) on July 1, 2015. This should not be surprising as Ottawa has a strong reputation of excellence in education and development of innovative clinical programs in all areas of pain medicine including: acute pain, chronic pain and cancer pain in adults and children. We firmly believe that the pain medicine residency is a vital program for training specialists how to prevent, diagnose and manage pain using best practices and that our graduates will be leaders in finding solutions to this critically important and growing health care problem in Canada and beyond.

Our pain medicine residents rotate through several academic and community sites during the two (2) years of training. The Ottawa Hospital General and Civic campuses are the base sites for the Multidisciplinary Pain rotation, Acute Pain rotation, Neurology, Rheumatology and Psychiatry rotations. The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario is one of a few multidisciplinary pain clinics in Canada and hosts the pediatric pain rotation which includes exposure to chronic pain, acute pain and palliative cancer pain. The musculoskeletal rotation is hosted at The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre as well as select clinics at Élisabeth Bruyère Rehabilitation Centre. The addiction rotation is hosted at the Royal Ottawa Hospital with opportunities to work with community addiction specialists, such as those working in the Oasis program at the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre. A variety of interesting electives are also available in Ottawa, including but not limited to: education and curriculum development, research, interventional pain management (including neuromodulation), pelvic pain, diagnostic imaging, adolescent pain, public health and preventative medicine, community pain medicine, orthopedics and spine surgery, and sleep medicine.