The University of Ottawa provides a 5-year comprehensive training in Anatomical Pathology (AP), leading to eligibility to write the Royal College specialty examinations and to practice as a competent pathologist. According to the newly adapted Royal College Competency-By-Design (CBD) pathway, the 5-year training is divided into 4 Stages, namely, Transition to Discipline (TTD), Foundation (F), Core (C) and Transition to Practice (TTP) of the CBD pathway (please, click for details). Throughout the 5 years, there is a weekly academic day (whole day Monday) dedicated to formal lectures, seminars, and research: this is protected time for residents, i.e. no service duties. The department annually sponsors an active visiting professor program attracting world-class pathologists and scientists. A journal club is held monthly. The program emphasizes heavily on the CanMEDS roles in keeping with the newly implemented CBD-model with close monitoring of work-based practice assessments/evaluations of residents' clinical and other academic performances with annual Multi-Source Feedback mechanism for all residents using electronic platforms.
The Department offers Pathology Laboratory Medicine Rounds (PALM), held every other week for both faculty and residents. Senior residents are also expected to actively take part in these rounds. Residents attend a number of conferences throughout the year and are encouraged to make presentations at national and international meetings. Residents are required to play Champions of CanMEDS Roles and give a presentation at a Lunch and Learn session. The Curriculum Map offers dedicated research time, electives and in-depth exposure to subspecialties ensuring adequate exposure to achieve the Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA) of all the Stages of training. The program is based on a 13-block lunar calendar, the majority of the rotations being 1-3 blocks (each block is 4 weeks) in duration. The residents’ progress is closely monitored by the Clinical Competence Committee (CCC) during the various rotations with graded responsibilities and teaching sessions, and by a formal practice written & oral examination, once a year in addition to end of rotation practice tests. Residents are required to write the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Resident-In-Service-Exam (RISE) each year.