The Community Residency Program at the Department of Family Medicine offers selected residents the opportunity to spend their two years of family medicine training in a community medical practice. The practice sites range from the core of downtown Ottawa to rural settings about forty five minutes outside of the city.

About Us

If you choose the community practice stream, you will work at a designated community practice alongside our experienced preceptors for your core rotations (or block time). You will also be affiliated with one of our academic teaching units (Bruyère Family Medicine Centre, Primrose Family Medicine Centre, Civic Family Health Team or Riverside Family Health Team) for your formal teaching, where you will do the same rotations as your in-unit counterparts. For instance, those residents in a community practice associated with the Ottawa Hospital Civic site would rotate through the same services as the in-unit family medicine residents.

We pride ourselves on providing a training program in a community setting that graduates residents who are ready to “hit the ground running” and begin full time practice on their own.

A Family Medicine resident in a Community Teaching Unit

Teaching & Learning Opportunities

In the community setting, there are a variety of practice types and styles, including: solo practices, group practices and Community Health Centres. In settings where there are multiple physicians, one physician will be paired with you as the primary preceptor at the site yet you may have the opportunity to work with other physicians. All of our primary preceptors in the community hold a faculty appointment with the Department of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa.

Some primary preceptors have one resident in their practice, others two. In practices where there are two residents, it’s a combination of first and second year residents. Each resident we assign to a community practice will stay at the practice throughout their two years of residency.

In a community practice, you have a one-on-one relationship with your preceptor and are able to observe a role model whose practice setting and responsibilities can be quite different from an academic unit-based practice. In addition, you learn the business side of running a community-based practice.

Accepting residents in 2024 are marked bold with an "x". | Please select preceptor below for site description: 


Patient Population

In the community, the patient mix is unique to the practice location. Because you may be the only learner in the practice, you are often exposed to the greatest variety of patients and conditions that the practice encounters.

Rotation Outline

Note: 1 block = 4 weeks, 13 blocks per year
Family Medicine/Obstetrics (5 blocks)Family Medicine + Obstetrics (4 blocks)
Pediatric EmergencyInternal Medicine CTU
Pediatric WardsFamily Medicine Rural
Family Medicine Hospital ServiceFamily Medicine Hospital Service
Internal Medicine CTUCommunity Pediatrics
Family Medicine RuralFamily Medicine/Palliative
ElectiveElective (2 blocks)

* Community residents are affiliated with one of the following anglophone urban stream Academic Teaching Sites: Civic/Riverside or Bruyère/Primrose

Sample Family Medicine Monthly Rotation

1AMOFFFM ClinicOB CallPost OBTeachingTeachingOFF
1PMOFFFM ClinicOB CallPost OBFM ClinicFM ClinicOFF
2AMOFFFM ClinicFM ClinicFM ClinicTeachingTeachingAfter hours clinic
2PMOFFFM ClinicFM ClinicFM ClinicFM ClinicFM ClinicOFF
3AMOB CallPost CallFM ClinicFM ClinicTeachingAcademic DayOFF
3PMOB CallPost CallFM ClinicFM ClinicFM ClinicAcademic DayOFF
4AMOFFFM ClinicFM ClinicFM ClinicTeachingTeachingOFF
4PMOFFFM ClinicFM ClinicFM ClinicFM ClinicFM ClinicOFF


Chief Residents       

Unit Program Director

Unit Coordinator          

Dr. Olivia Gallarino
Dr. Baher Migally 


Dr. Robin KennieBrady Moran
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