Our office strives to provide quality continuing professional development course for physicians. CPD is a tool that benefits physicians and the public as in ensure that medical practitioners of all kinds maintain and enhance their competence and meet the highest standards possible in their practice.

Message from the Vice-Dean

The Office of Continuing Professional Development at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Medicine supports physicians, scientists, medical educators and affiliated healthcare professionals in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec by providing innovative, practical and evidence-informed education programs.

Professional development for physicians includes areas beyond clinical education that address other aspects of the practice of medicine. We support our academics through a series of program aimed at building and expanding teaching, research and career development skills and promote scholarship in the work we do.

We also encourage physicians and other healthcare professionals to use a variety of learning formats that extend beyond traditional learning settings to include small groups, self-directed learning, assessment projects and technological support tools such as web-based learning. The Office of CPD supports this diversity through programs it builds, collaboration with others who are building programs, and services such as program accreditation, educational consultation and conference planning.

We provide services to both the individual physician as well as to others who are developing education programs and services. In addition, to facilitate the engagement of the Faculty of Medicine within our community, we provide medical education programs to the general public in our Mini-Med School.

Dr. Eric Wooltorton
Dr. Eric Wooltorton

Our vision/mission statements were recently updated to reflect an increasing focus on practice improvement and health outcomes. We strive to motivate our planning committees to incorporate the tenets of quality improvement and to create objectives and learning formats that will result in practice change in those who participate in our programs.


To enhance practice improvement through innovative, practical and evidence-informed continuing professional development leading to better healthcare outcomes.   “Enhancing healthcare through CPD


Enable and support effective lifelong learning of physicians, medical educators and scientists and other healthcare professionals by:

  1. Addressing professional practice learning and performance needs
  2. Promoting self-directed learning with a competency-based framework
  3. Integrating best evidence
  4. Integrating patient perspective
  5. Promoting scholarship and research
  6. Incorporating appropriate educational technologies
  7. Embracing social accountability by integrating the needs of our diverse stakeholders and communities
  8. Recognizing the bilingual character of our community

Strategic Plan

Our vision and mission statements are aligned with the Faculty of Medicine’s Vision and Mission which is summarized by the phrase “We teach to heal”.   The goals and objectives for the Office of CPD are aligned with our Vision and Mission and are summarized in the OCPD's Strategic Plan, 2018-2021 (Docx, 38 kb), updated January 2019.