Faculty of Medicine
“At the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine, we believe that success comes through innovation. The Faculty of Medicine defies the conventional in the groundbreaking ways we seek to improve health care and medical education.”
- Jacques Bradwejn, former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine
The Faculty of Medicine believes that a great medical school is defined not only by its achievements but also by its commitment to serve the public good. We strive to accelerate promising research, recruit top talent and enrich medical education.
We offer a highly regarded MD Program that focuses on developing key competencies through patient contact in hospital, community, rural and international settings. And, we have forged research partnerships with leading institutions in Ottawa and around the world.
Here are some of the projects your donation to the Faculty of Medicine will help support:
The Brain and Mind Research Institute
The institute brings together more than 150 scientists and clinicians, a research team that ranks among the largest and the best in the country and includes stars like Dr. Michael Schlossmacher, a leader in Parkinson’s research who came to uOttawa from Harvard University.
Working together, scientists and clinicians will find ways to boost the natural mechanisms that allow the brain to resist disease, repair itself and recover from damage caused by stroke, Parkinson’s or other disorders. They will test new treatments and work on innovative clinical care research. Patients will have access to new clinical trials and new approaches to managing disease. Family members and caregivers will also get support and training.
Ten New Research Chairs: Building on our Strengths
The University ranks second in the country for research intensity in medicine and science. Our strategy is to focus our efforts in areas of expertise where we are already leaders—neuroscience, cardiology, vascular disease, thrombosis, asthma, kidney disease, cancer, stem cells—as well as knowledge translation, which means turning discoveries and advances in medicine into high-quality, evidence-based health care for patients.
We are seeking to fund ten new research chairs in a wide range of areas, including medicine, surgery, psychiatry, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology, family medicine, epidemiology and brain-mind disorders. These chairs will focus on our research strengths, including vascular disease, pain medicine and knowledge translation. They will allow us to build our teams by recruiting top talent and to support our very best, like cardiac surgeon Dr. Marc Ruel, who combine clinical practice with research programs.
The University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre: Teaching to Heal
At the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre, medical students, residents and physicians practise procedures like intubation on lifelike mannequins. The mannequins breathe and have a pulse. Their skin colour changes if their oxygen level drops too low. Students and residents can practise procedures hundreds of times.
The Centre is the largest facility of its kind in Canada, and is run in partnership with the Ottawa Hospital. Residents have told us that that they have found themselves better prepared for rare emergency situations because of their training at the Centre, which has two operating theatres, an emergency room and resuscitation areas.