Applications to our residency program must be made through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS).

Application Process and Selection

Initial Filtering

We prefer recent medical graduates and most importantly who have an interest in Anatomical Pathology and have recent and relevant clinical experience in the field within the last 7 years. We would like all IMGs to have taken and passed the MCEE exam with a passing score in spoken English required by the University of Ottawa and The National Clinical Exam (NAC OSCE) in order to apply for 1st  year residency position.

File Review

After the initial selection process, the files are sent to the program director (PD) and the residency coordinator for their review.  The candidates are scored on a 1-5 scale (5 being excellent) individually by the PD and the residency coordinator. The things that are primarily looked for in this selection process are candidates’ interest in the field, recent exposure and experience, scholarly activities and letters of references.

Interview Process

The interviews will start with a welcome meeting with the Program Director. The candidates will then meet individually with the Program Director, members of (RPC) and the Chief Resident on a Multiple Mini-­‐Interview set up.  The interview process assesses the candidates CanMEDS roles (Medical knowledge, Professionalism, Collaboration, Communication, Manager and Advocacy roles as physicians) and the candidates’ interest in the Ottawa program. The candidates are scored on a 1-5 scale (5 being excellent) on each of these CanMEDS roles by each members. Each interview will last about 20 minutes with each member of the team. 

Observership Program

UPDATE: The Anatomical Pathology Residency Program is not currently offering the one day observership. For the candidates who are applying fo CaRMS, this will not affect your application to the Program.

The Anatomical Pathology program at the University of Ottawa offers a one day observership program to have an exposure to Anatomic Pathology.This activity will take place from 9:00AM to 5:00PM on a Monday during the academic year (July –April).

Activities include but not limited to:

  • A lab tour
  • Sitting in unknown slide rounds presented by staff and/or residents
  • Staff lecture
  • gross round
  • Autopsy round
  • Interview with Program Director

Applicants interested in Anatomic Pathology should send their application to Sheila Schnupp for approval:

Sheila Schnupp
Office and Program Administrator
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Faculty of Medicine
University of Ottawa
451 Smyth Road, Room 4155
Ottawa, Ontario
K1H 8M5
Telephone: 613-562-5422
Fax: 613-562-5442
Email: [email protected]

Once approved, applicant will receive confirmation via email. The applicant will report to The Chief Resident Anatomic Pathology/designate at 8:45 am at the Resident room located on the 4th Floor of the Critical Care Wing at the General Campus of the Ottawa Hospital.

Sites of Rotations

Request for Rotation in Pathology

To request a rotation in Pathology for off-service residents, please contact Sheila Schnupp at [email protected] with the date, rotation and name of the resident. All requests must be received by the end of April.