The fellowship is one year in duration and is a requirement for fellowship applicants from non-ACGME accredited emergency residency programs before they can be formally admitted into one of the DEM sub-specialized emergency fellowship training programs.
Fellows are awarded an Educational Medical Licence by The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) and work clinically as emergency physicians at The University of Ottawa teaching hospitals. The fellow is at all times under the supervision of a board-certified staff emergency physician. The goals of the fellowship are to expose fellows to the practice of emergency medicine at world class quaternary teaching hospitals and achieve the clinical emergency medicine competencies as set by The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
- Must be a graduate of internationally recognized emergency medicine residency program
- Personal letter of interest
- Curriculum Vitae
- Three (3) letters of reference
- Medical Degree from accredited institution
- English Proficiency Test
- Funding source acceptable to the University of Ottawa
Consideration for a fellowship position is competitive. Eligible applicants will be offered an opportunity to interview. A formal offer for a fellowship position will be sent to the successful candidates following the interview process.
At the commencement of the fellowship program, there will be an orientation, evaluation, and adjustment period, which will ordinarily be from 4 to 8 weeks in length called the Pre-Entry Assessment Program (PEAP). This is mandated by The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), before a fellowship license can be awarded. During this time the Fellow will receive additional instruction, will be assessed on their basic clinical knowledge, skills and attitudes, and will receive support as they adjust to practice in the Canadian medical system. Upon successful completion of this orientation and adjustment period, the trainee will be assigned to the fellowship in a regular capacity.
Pre-Entry Assessment Program (PEAP)
The PEAP is an assessment process that evaluates international medical graduates to determine whether they can function at the level of their Canadian counterparts. The majority of PEAP candidates are on a Visa and are expected to return to their country of origin following completion of postgraduate training. The PEAP process allows for appropriate, supervised clinical activity.
The PEAP may be of four to eight weeks in duration. The objective is to provide assessment of the candidate’s clinical skills, knowledge and judgment in the discipline of emergency medicine. In addition to providing an assessment of whether the candidate is:
- Competent to practice medicine
- Has the ability to practice with decency, integrity and honesty and in accordance with the law
- Has sufficient knowledge, skill and judgment to engage in the kind of medical practice authorized by an educational medical license.
- Can communicate effectively and displays an appropriately professional attitude
If a candidate is unsuccessful in the PEAP, they are not permitted to enter another PEAP in the same discipline in Ontario. An unsuccessful PEAP result will be communicated to all Ontario medical schools. The candidate will not be permitted to progress with their fellowship training.
Before the candidate begins his or her PEAP, he or she must have received an Educational Certificate for PEAP from the CPSO. Upon successful completion of the PEAP, the CPSO will automatically convert the educational certificate for PEAP into a full certificate of registration for Postgraduate Education.