Undergraduate training opportunities
We have an active clinical environment that is ideal for medical students seeking elective rotations that will provide them with patient counselling skills, information on the latest developments in clinical and laboratory genetics as well as enough time to read about the genetic conditions they encounter. We provide electives for both junior and senior medical students and the spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Our clinicians and laboratory scientists also participate in lectures and case-based learning (CBL) as part of the medical undergraduate curriculum.
Postgraduate training program
We are committed to excellence in the teaching and mentoring of residents and fellows. Our regional program hosts the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine’s five-year Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada postgraduate training program in Medical Genetics. The high faculty to resident ratio facilitates individual counselling regarding career options at all stages of the five-year program. At the end of five years, there is the expectation that the resident will successfully complete the Royal College examination and will be fully trained to practice as a consulting medical geneticist. For those individuals interested in pursuing a laboratory-based career, there is the option of an additional fellowship. Career opportunities are good in Canada and North America in general, with several job openings and few adequately trained candidates.
We are also designated by the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG) as a comprehensive centre for clinical genetics service and training. In partnership with our clinical laboratories and metabolic colleagues, we offer two and three-year CCMG fellowships in biochemical genetics, clinical genetics, cytogenetics and molecular genetics.
We are proud of our perfect record of accreditation by both national bodies.
Additional postgraduate training
We routinely welcome residents and fellows from other disciplines for clinical rotations. These include residents in Pediatrics, Neonatology, Dermatology, Neurology, Obstetrics and Pathology in addition to fellows in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. We also offer rotations to midwives and to students pursuing a Master’s degree in Genetic Counselling from Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.