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University of Ottawa - Diagnostic Radiology - Ottawa

2022 R-1 Main Residency Match - first iteration
CMG Stream for CMG

Last approved on March 08, 2022

Summary of changes

Approximate Quota:

 6 

Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria


Dr. Raman Verma
Diagnostic Radiology 
The Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus  
1053 Carling Avenue, Room C159
Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 4E9
613-761-4054
Department of Radiology
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Program Contacts

Taylor Widenmaier
Program Administrator
twidenmaier@toh.ca
613-761-4054

Dr. Raman Verma
Program Director

Dr. Taryn Hodgdon
Associate Program Director


Important Information

Please be aware the Ministry of Health has mandated all hospital and health care employers establish, implement and ensure compliance with a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.  The Ministry directive can be reviewed here. Residents matched to any Ontario residency program must ensure they are able to comply with the Ministry directive in order to start training July 1, 2022.  

It is important to understand this is an evolving issue. You are required to review Provincial, Hospital, University and Program information to ensure you are in continued compliance with directives.  

All candidates must meet the Ontario Criteria of Eligibility found here.

MCCQE (Medical Council of Canada qualifying examination) Part 1 results:

Trainees will be required to disclose their MCCQE Part 1 examination results if taken, upon entry into any of the University of Ottawa's training programs. Please note that the MCCQE Part 1 is not a requirement to begin residency. The purpose of this disclosure is to allow for resources to be provided to the few residents who would benefit from extra support early in their residency in an effort to maximize their success.

Failure to meet or provide proof of any of the stated requirements may result in an applicant’s file not being reviewed or removed from the Rank Order List.

Casper Test - Required

All applicants are required to complete the Casper Test (Altus Suite) to assist with our selection process for the 2022 Application Cycle. 

Casper is an online test that assesses non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics. To complete Casper visit TakeAltus.com to create an account. In implementing Casper, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.  

The Casper test comprises 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for Casper, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at TakeAltus.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. We strongly urge you to take advantage of the 12-section practice test, which will not only immerse you in the test environment but will also ensure you meet the technical requirements to access and complete the test. 

The test dates for postgraduate programs are in December 2021 and January 2022 and carry a cost to you of $100 (CAD). After your results are processed you will be notified by CaRMS to log in so that CaRMS will assign your Casper score to the programs you've applied to who request the test score. You will not receive your own score.

Casper test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it. This is because your score is reported as a z-score within the group of all other applicants of the same year.

More information is available under Supporting Documentation > Additional Documents (Required)


General Instructions

Program application language: English

Thank you for your interest in the University of Ottawa's Diagnostic Radiology program!
Please read the specific details about our process and requirements related to the application and contact us if you have any questions.


Supporting Documentation

Applicants are advised to only provide the documents requested by the program. No other documents submitted will be reviewed.
Canadian citizenship
CaRMS partners with third-party organizations to verify your citizenship or permanent resident status. If your status is verified by one of these organizations, you will not need to provide citizenship documents in your application. If your citizenship status is not verified, you must provide one of the documents listed below.
Document must be notarized/certified
Required
Submit one of the following documents to verify your Canadian citizenship:
• Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
• Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
• Confirmation of Permanent Residence in Canada
• Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
• Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides of card)
• Proof of pending Canadian citizenship / pending permanent residency
• Record of Landing, clearly showing the date of landing in Canada

Proof of legal status must be submitted to CaRMS by the File Review opening deadline. (Photocopies acceptable). No other forms of verification are acceptable.

The following must be accompanied by photo ID; e.g. driver's license, health card, or other government-issued photo I.D.

  • Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence in Canada
  • Proof of pending Canadian citizenship/pending permanent residency
Language proficiency
Required
Submit one of the following documents to verify your language proficiency:
• Letter of language proficiency

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY APPLIES TO CMG's (Canadian Medical Graduates) only if the Medical Degree language of instruction is in FRENCH.

Proof of language proficiency will also be accepted as follows:

Written attestation from the applicant confirming the ability to work in English, both written and spoken.

Important:  It is at the discretion of the program, who may require further proof of a language test or letter from a school official after File Review has begun.

Reference documents
Required
Number requested: 3

3 reference letters required. At least one letter must be from a mandatory internal medicine or surgical rotation (mandatory selectives count). Please give some thought before selecting a referee. Ideally, a referee is a person who knows you well and who can comment on your clinical and interpersonal skills, your strengths and weaknesses, your interest in radiology, and who can compare your performance to the expected standard for your level or other students they have worked with. We value input from people you have worked with closely, and do not necessarily value the opinion of radiologists over those from other specialties. References from Canadian referees are encouraged.

Additional documents
Required
Personal Letter 
Word count
Minimum : None
Maximum : None

A personal letter is required in English as program training is in English.

Custom Résumé / CV 

Photo 
[Note: Photograph is used as memory aid only]

Medical School Transcript 

Order from your Registrar.

Medical Student Performance Record 

(Dean’s letter) Order from the Undergraduate Office.

Undergraduate Transcript (Bachelor's Degree) 

Order from your Registrar.

Graduate Transcript (Master/PhD Degree) 

Order from your Registrar.

CASPer exam 

Casper Test - admissions assessments of non-cognitive skills 

All applicants applying to the Diagnostic Radiology residency program at the University of Ottawa are required to complete the Casper Test (Altus Suite), to assist with our selection process for the 2022 Application Cycle. 

 

How to Complete Casper 

In order to take the Casper Test, you will be responsible for securing access to a laptop or desktop computer with webcam and audio capabilities. You will require the following for both account creation and completing Casper:  

  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Valid email address (the same one you will use to submit your application)
  • Working webcam
  • Working microphone
  • Reliable high-speed internet connection

  

Please go to www.TakeAltus.com to sign up for Altus Suite for Canadian Postgraduate Medical Education (CSP-20201 – Canadian Postgraduate Medical Education) after selecting Canada as the country which the school you are applying to resides in.

  1. Register using your CaRMS ID and a piece of government-issued photo ID.  
  2. Select a Casper test date. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your Casper test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly and that you have used for your application; there may be updates to the test schedule. 
  3. Important: To account for identity verification and payment processing timeline, ensure that you register for your test at least 3 days before your preferred test date and time. Last-minute bookings are not recommended. 
  4. Ensure you have selected CaRMS for distribution before the posted Distribution Deadline. Likely, there will be no additional tests scheduled, but the most up to date information can be found by browsing the Test Dates and Times  on TakeAltus.com
  5. Please direct any inquiries on Altus Suite to support@altus.as. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the TakeAltus.com website. 

 

Accommodations: If you require testing accommodations for the Casper Test you will need to submit the Accommodations Request Form signed by you and your qualified professional 3 weeks in advance of your desired test date. More information regarding accommodations can be found here. 

  

More About Casper 

The Casper test comprises 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for Casper, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at TakeAltus.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. We strongly urge you to take advantage of the 12-section practice test, which will not only immerse you in the test environment but will also ensure you meet the technical requirements to access and complete the test. 

 

Casper test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it. 

 

For a more detailed look at the Casper test, please see this video

 


Review Process

Applications submitted after file review has opened on January 31, 2022


Supporting documents (excluding letters of reference) that arrive after file review has opened  on  January 31, 2022


Letters of reference that arrive after the unmasking date on January 31, 2022


A short list of candidates will be selected by the Resident Selection Committee for personal interviews.  Interview dates will be coordinated with other radiology programs across Canada. This year, due to the COVID19 pandemic, all interviews will be virtual.

***Please note that the Program Office will contact all applicants with respect to their interview status.  Contacting the Program Coordinator or Program Director directly will not expedite or improve outcome***

Interviews will be conducted by members of the Interview Committee, which may include the chief resident, resident representatives, residency program director, and other staff radiologists.

Interview questions vary each year, but every candidate will be asked similar questions.  All interview candidates will be given a chance to tour the facilities virtually and talk to radiology residents not involved in the interview process. 


Interviews

Dates:

  • March 7, 2022
  • March 8, 2022
  • March 9, 2022
Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.
A short list of candidates will be selected by the Resident Selection Committee for personal interviews.  Interview dates will be coordinated with other radiology programs across Canada. This year, due to the COVID19 pandemic, all interviews will be virtual.

***Please note that the Program Office will contact all applicants with respect to their interview status.  Contacting the Program Coordinator or Program Director directly will not expedite or improve outcome.***

Interviews will be conducted by members of the Interview Committee, which may include the chief resident, resident representatives, residency program director, and other staff radiologists.

Interview questions vary each year, but every candidate will be asked similar questions.  All interview candidates will be given a chance to tour the facilities virtually and talk to radiology residents not involved in the interview process. 


Selection Criteria

The committee considers all aspects of the application and values proven academic and clinical excellence. Scholarly work including research and teaching, significant extra-curricular achievements and reference letters will also be assessed. The committee reviews all files, and two people independently read and score every application. The top scoring applications will be selected for interviews.

Elective Requirements: We are looking for and rewarding applicants who have completed a broad range of electives including in our specialty.

On Site Elective: We do not require applicants to have done onsite electives.

 

Program goals

We are looking for collegial and affable individuals with proven academic and clinical excellence who have a strong work ethic and are committed to patient care; individuals with a growth mindset who are welcoming of feedback, seek opportunities for learning, work well both individually and in a team environement, demonstrate a high level of professionalism, and are a good fit with our program's culture.

Selection process goals

We are looking for collegial and affable individuals with proven academic and clinical excellence who have a strong work ethic and are committed to patient care; individuals with a growth mindset who are welcoming of feedback, seek opportunities for learning, work well both individually and in a team environement, demonstrate a high level of professionalism, and are a good fit with our program's culture.

Applicants who demonstrate the above characteristics will be considered first. 

File review process

Review team composition : The applications are reviewed by radiology residents and staff radiologists. Applications are reviewed at minimum in duplicate.

Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 51 - 200

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 26 - 50 %

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV Evidence of academic & clinical excellence, high level of professionalism, work ethic, collegiality
Electives Evidence of academic & clinical excellence, high level of professionalism, work ethic, collegiality
Examinations Evidence of academic & clinical excellence
Extra-curricular Evidence of excellence, high level of professionalism, work ethic, and collegiality
Leadership skills Evidence of excellence, high level of professionalism, work ethic, and collegiality
MSPRs Evidence of academic & clinical excellence, high level of professionalism, work ethic, collegiality
Personal letters Evidence of academic & clinical excellence, high level of professionalism, work ethic, collegiality
Reference documents Evidence of academic & clinical excellence, high level of professionalism, work ethic, collegiality
Research/Publications Evidence of excellence, high level of professionalism, work ethic, collegiality
Transcripts Evidence of academic excellence

Elective criteria

We are looking for and rewarding applicants who have completed a broad range of electives including in our discipline.
We do not require applicants to have done onsite electives.

Interview process

Interview format :



We may accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants due to weather, technology failure, or unforeseen circumstances.

Interview evaluation criteria :
Interview components Criteria
Collaboration skills Evidence of facility collaborating with others
Collegiality Evidence of collegiality and the ability to work effectively in a team
Communication skills Evidence of effective communication skills
Health advocacy Evidence of health promotion
Interest in the discipline Evidence of interest and an understanding of the discipline
Interest in the program Evidence of interest in the program
Leadership skills Evidence of excellent leadership skills
Professionalism Evidence of the highest standards of professionalism
Scholarly activities Evidence of academic and clinical excellence

Information gathered outside of CaRMS application

Specifically, we may consider:







Ranking process

The behavior(s) exhibited below during the interview process may prevent an applicant from being ranked by our program :
   
   
   


Program Highlights

Thank you for your interest in the University of Ottawa's Diagnostic Radiology program. We have much to offer you! 

We have state of the art equipment, including:
- 7 MRI units in our teaching hospitals, including 3T clinical units
- 8 multi-detector CTs, including advanced techniques (Dual energy, etc)
- Breast Tomosynthesis, with tomosynthesis-guided stereotactic biopsy
- Nuclear Medicine departments have up-to-date equipment including PET/CT

Program Specifics
- Broad clinical practice, from general radiography, to subspecialized multi-modality imaging from both tertiary and community settings in the Ottawa and surrounding area and as far north as Nunavut!
- Call frequency and workload is similar to other Canadian programs. Our residents are well supported by motivated and dedicated radiologists who strive on maintaining a friendly, collegial/relaxed atmosphere in the program
- Flexibility required to meet demands of individual residents. We also promote and facilitate regional, national and international electives. This includes rural/community electives (not mandatory) as well as novel electives include physics, leadership, etc. 
- Robust preparation to ensure our residents are well-suited to sit the Royal College exam, with a very high success rate
- Strong resident research program and support; residents regularly present at CAR, ARRS and RSNA and publish in high quality journals such as Radiology, AJR, European Radiology and the CARJ. 
- Pediatric radiology at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
- Work is ongoing for the CBD curriculum, pending implementation 2022.
- Vertical mentoring program

Resources
- Conventional and electronic libraries of up-to-date resources
- Program subscribes to several on-line resources including Stat-Dx, Radprimer and RadExam
- Home of the “Annual Radiology Review Course”, now entering its 12th year, preparing residents for the RC exam
- Home of the “Prep for Call Course”, ensuring PGY2 residents are ready to start call
- Resident resource rooms at both main campuses
- Funding for conferences, AIRP, wellness initiatives and more!
- Large number of adjustable work-stations

Highlight: Simulation
We have a comprehensive simulation curriculum which includes procedural training at the Simulation Center that is integrated with resident Clinical Procedural Education. Simulation workshops include: Call Preparation, Oral Exam Skills, Communication Skills, Crisis Management (collaboration with Anaesthesia), Musculoskeletal, Neuroradiology, Breast, Chest and Abdominal technical skills. This program continues to grow and evolve every year. The University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Center is one of the largest and best equipped in the country (http://uossc.ca).

New this year: Dedicated access to an Ultrasound simulator, "ScanTrainer" to work on those technical skills of scanning, being built-in to the rotation curriculum.

Ottawa
Living in Ottawa is a thrill! The Nation's Capital city is large enough to provide big-city services, but not too big to be overwhelming. Housing and cost of living is more affordable than in larger or similar sized cities and walking, biking or running to work is entirely feasible. Nature trails and parks abound, rivers and lakes are plentiful, and skiing is only fifteen minutes away. What a great place to spend a residency because studying is not all there is to it. You must also live through it! For more information and great photos, please visit https://www.ottawatourism.ca/ and https://ottawa.ca/en .

We are very proud of our residency program and hope you will consider applying. Come and be part of it!


Program Curriculum

This residency program is for 5 years.

Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.

Our radiology program is structured to make optimal use of resources at each of the major teaching hospitals. The program aims to produce radiologists who can supervise, advise and perform imaging procedures and act as competent consultants to referring physicians. Knowledge, technical skills and communication skills are stressed. 

As of July 1, 2022, all Diagnostic Radiology programs in Canada will transition to the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada's (RCPSC) Competence by Design program (CBD). This will effect all "PGY1" residents starting their training as of July 1, 2022.

Those residents who entered Diagnostic Radiology prior to July 1, 2022, will continue in the traditional time-based stream, according to the RCPSC's Standard Training Requirements (STRs). While we undergo this transition, the Residency Training Committee (RTC) continues to map and adapt its current curriculum to also abide by the CBD program. 

The descriptions below are for those residents in the "Time-based" stream, with special comments for those in "CBD". 

In general, CBD has four stages of training:

Transition to Discipline (8-13 blocks)
Foundation of Discipline (6-10 blocks)
Core of Discipline (42-45 blocks)
Transition to Practice (6 blocks)

 

PGY-1
Basic Clinical Training. Thirteen 4-week rotations include internal medicine, general surgery, neurosurgery, pediatrics, respirology, orthopedic surgery, emergency, intensive care, radiation oncology and radiology. Three selective blocks which have the resident choose from a list of specialties, surgical, medical or non-clinical block. Residents will be integrated into the Radiology Program starting in blocks 12 and 13 and will be part of a formal buddy call system with graded responsibility over their first 6 blocks in radiology.

 

CBD: Transition to Discipline

For residents entering July 1, 2022, there will be a total of 8 blocks comprising the initial stage for CBD. This will include 7 clinical rotations and 1 diagnostic radiology rotation early in the clinical year as well as longitudinal radiology exposure throughout the Transition to Discipline stage. The clinical rotations will include mandatory rotations, 1-block each (Pediatrics ER, General Surgery, General Medicine CTU, Adult ER, Intensive Care) as well as 1-block selective in surgery (Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Vascular Surgery or Thoracic Surgery) and 1-block medicine selective (Respirology or Neurology).

As this is the initial year of implementation, we continuously obtain feedback and make changes if needed.

 



PGY2 to 5

Thirty-seven months core training in 4 hospitals, meeting all Royal College requirements. The PGY2 year consists of basic radiology rotations that include body and neuro computed tomography, ultrasound, thoracic, musculoskeletal, emergency and gastrointestinal radiology, and mammography. During the

PGY3 and PGY4 years, angiography, interventional radiology, magnetic resonance imaging, obs/gyn ultrasound and cardiac radiology rotations are included. The PGY5 year combines remaining required rotations, suggested rotations, and elective rotations.

Call begins in the October of the PGY2 year and is in-house. PGY5 residents are relieved of call duties approximately 4 months before their Royal College exams. All the PGY5 residents have mock oral exams prior to their Royal College exams so that they are best prepared for the examination. All PGY2 to PGY5 residents undergo a mandatory radiology OSCE examination, oral examination and the American College of Radiology written examination every year.

 

CBD Residents: The current rotations are being mapped to the appropriate Foundations of Discipline and Core of Discipline Stages. No significant changes are being considered, except for the introduction of an Artificial Intelligence lecture series which will be available to both streams of residents (ie. "Time-based" and "CBD")

 

 

Research
Completion of at least one research project by the end of the PGY4 year is mandatory. Protected research time is incorporated into the core training schedule, and additional research time is available on an elective basis. Each resident is given a 4-week research block during their PGY3 year, with a completed research project to be presented at the Ottawa Radiology Research Day. There is financial support for presentations at major conferences. Our residents publish high quality research on a consistent basis in major journals such as Radiology, AJR, European Radiology and CARJ. Residents with further interests in research can apply to the University of Ottawa's Clinician Investigator Program once enrolled in Radiology. 

Academic Half Days
Tuesday academic afternoons consist of 3-4 hours of lectures and case presentations presented by staff radiologists or invited lecturers. Lectures are organized by body system and CanMEDS objectives into blocks that follow a 2-year cycle. A physics and a research curriculum are integrated into the half day lectures. Daily teaching rounds are provided at all campuses both in the morning (with the exception of Tuesdays) and over the lunch hour by our staff radiologists. These rounds cover all aspects of radiology including Nuclear Medicine and Obstetrical US. Our program adapted to a virtual platform due to the COVID19 pandemic.

Regular Radiology Grand Rounds are prepared and given by residents and fellows. Residents are called upon to prepare a Grand Rounds in their PGY3 year. Our Journal Club meetings promote scholarly learning including question formulation, biostastistics, and ethics. Regular Radiology-Pathology correlation rounds for all staff are presented by residents and are based on collected cases. This is an excellent opportunity for both teaching and quality assurance. The Visiting Professor Program allows for invited speakers to each provide two days of quality resident education. 6-8 visiting professors are scheduled every year.

Simulation Curriculum

Our program has a very comprehensive simulation curriculum integrated throughout the PGY2-PGY4 years. Through this curriculum, our residents acquire and practice a variety of skills including, but not limited to: procedural skills (image-guided biopsies, injections, aspirations, drainages of various organs or body parts), diagnostic skills, communication skills (with patients, peers and allied health), collaboration, team-work, managerial skills and other. CanMeds Roles are routinely integrated in many of these simulation sessions. 

 

We have over a dozen yearly sessions that are part of the simulation curriculum, and serve to compliment learning that occurs on rotations. Most of the sessions take place at the Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre. Other sessions take place within the Radiology Department (ex. CT scan suite for CT-guided biopsies or fluoroscopy suite for LPs or GI procedures) or at the University of Ottawa's Anatomy Lab. 

 


Training Sites

The Ottawa Hospital (General, Civic and Riverside Campuses)
https://www.ottawahospital.on.ca/en/ 

The Ottawa Hospital is a provider of comprehensive high quality health care services in English and French to a population of 1.5 million people in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. It boasts specialty centers in cancer, heart, kidney and vision care, as well as rehabilitation services. As one of the largest teaching hospitals in Canada and one of the Ottawa area's largest employers, The Ottawa Hospital is an invaluable asset to the National Capital Region's economic health and helps to make Ottawa one of the country's best cities in which to live, work and raise a family.

Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
https://www.cheo.on.ca/en/index.aspx 


Additional Information

In situations where a discrepancy exists between the CaRMS Program Description, the Postgraduate Office website or CaRMS description, or with the University of Ottawa Radiology website, the information contained on this CaRMS Program Description is considered the most current and accurate.


FAQ

 

Question: When will I hear from the program as to whether or not I have been given an interview?
Answer: All applications are reviewed by the Resident Training Committee. Once the selections for interview have been made, invites for interview will be sent out via email. Calling the Program Administrator will not hurry this decision along.

Question: Will I be notified if I do not receive an interview?
Answer: Yes but there is no guarantee that you will be notified by a specific date. The program administrator and selection committee take the selection process very seriously and will do their best to communicate the outcomes in a timely manner.


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