University of Ottawa - Vascular Surgery - Ottawa

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

Under revision

Last approved on October 06, 2021

Summary of changes

Approximate Quota:


Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria

Dr. Dalibor Kubelik
Division of Vascular Surgery 
The Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus 
1053 Carling Avenue, Room A280
Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 4E9
613-798-5555 x 10274
University of Ottawa Department of Surgery - Vascular Surgery Division

Program Contacts

Dr. Dalibor Kubelik
Program Director
613 761-4766

Cassandra Osins
Program Administrator
613-798-5555 x10601

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.

General Instructions

Program application language: English

All candidates must meet the Ontario criteria of eligibility.

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
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
Submit one of the following documents to verify your language proficiency:
• Letter of language proficiency

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

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


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
Number requested: 3
Additional documents
Personal Letter 

Candidates may wish to describe important achievements, extracurricular activities, personal goals during residency, etc.

Custom Résumé / CV 

Medical School Transcript 

Order from your Registrar.


Medical Student Performance Record 

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


Undergraduate Transcript (Bachelor's Degree) 

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

All files are reviewed by the Program Director and selected members of the Residency Training Committee.



  • March 8, 2022
Interviews are scheduled virtually on Tuesday March 8, 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 applicants will be selected for an interview based on their application and its full contents.  Candidates to be interviewed will be contacted via email by the Program Administrator. Interviews will be conducted via an online platform by the Program Director and selected members of the Residency Training Committee 

Selection Criteria

Sought after criteria to achieve a high ranking include:

1.Demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment to the specialty of Vascular Surgery.

2.Well rounded individuals with interests both within and outside of medicine.

3.At least one elective to have been carried out in Vascular Surgery - this requirement will be waived for the 2021 Match 

Program goals

Mission is to achieve Goals and Objectives of Vascular Surgery training in an environment that fosters education, critical appraisal and intellectual curiosity in a collaborative, stimulating and supporting atmosphere. 

Upon completion of the training, a resident is expected to be a competent specialist in Vascular Surgery capable of assuming a consultant’s role in the specialty.  The resident must acquire a working knowledge of the theoretical basis of the specialty, including its foundations in the basic medical sciences and research. Residents must demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes for effective patient-centered care and service to a diverse population.


Selection process goals

The Vascular Training Program in Ottawa is a strong clinical program with emphasis on solid clinical and surgical training. The successful candidates must have strong interpersonal and communication skills, empathy, resiliency and integrity and must fit into the collegial mold of the program.  They possess the skills and attributes to achieve all competencies in CanMEDS roles, such as; Medical Expert, Communicator, Collaborator, Leader, Health Advocate, Scholar and Professional.

File review process

Review team composition : Application Review Committee comprising of Program Director, Vascular Surgery Staff of the Program.

Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 0 - 50

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 51 - 75 %

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV Educational background, elective experience, research experience, extra-curriculars, work experience
Electives Broad range of electives including one in vascular surgery (for 2021 Match this requirement is not stringent)
Examinations We do not evaluate this file component.
Extra-curricular Evidence of interests outside of medicine that contributes to personal fulfillment
Leadership skills Evidence of previous experience in leadership positions, leadership philosophy
MSPRs Ensure no red flags such as failed rotations or professionalism concerns
Personal letters Memorable, personal and honest, shows interest in Vascular Surgery
Reference documents Attestation from supervisors concerning suitability of candidate for career in Vascular Surgery
Research/Publications Participation in academic research
Transcripts Overall academic performance and successful completion of all pre-requisites
Other file component(s) Pre-Medicine Undergraduate Studies transcript.

Elective criteria

We encourage applicants to have completed at least one elective in our discipline.
We do not require applicants to have done onsite electives.

At the University of Ottawa, we believe that the best residents are those who have been able to explore the breadth of the medical profession through suitable electives while enrolled in medical school.  We do not preferentially rank applicants who have only pursued electives in one discipline.  We support the concept that students should do a minimum of at least 2 week electives in 3 different specialties. 

Medical Students that have completed an elective in the Division of Vascular Surgery with The Ottawa Hospital/University of Ottawa will have better insight to our program and will help them with the application process however this is not a prerequisite to apply.

*Due to the current restrictions imposed on electives as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic situation, leniency will be exerted when reviewing the elective recommendations, as the program understands these opportunities may not have been possible*

Interview process

Interview format :

We do not re-schedule interviews for applicants after we have completed the scheduling process.

Interview evaluation criteria :
Interview components Criteria
Collaboration skills Approach to teamwork with use of pre-determined scenario question.
Collegiality Kind and professional interactions with everyone throughout the interview process.
Communication skills Clear, concise and focused verbal and non-verbal interactions; appropriate emotional intelligence.
Health advocacy Demonstrates appreciation for the physician's role as advocate for individual patients and communities.
Interest in the discipline Demonstrated knowledge of its scope of practice; exposure to the field clinically or for research.
Interest in the program Demonstrated knowledge of offered training experiences; asks relevant questions about program.
Leadership skills Evidence of leading groups, being captain, having great responsibility in healthcare/other setting.
Professionalism Evidence of good moral reasoning, compassion, commitment and resilience in medical/other scenarios.
Scholarly activities Describes experiences conducting research; describes future interests in research.

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

The Ottawa Hospital is one of the largest teaching hospitals in Canada providing more than adequate patient volumes to ensure a comprehensive educational experience.  The Vascular Program is a fully accredited Royal College training program that has a long and successful track record of training Vascular Surgeons. It is a strong clinical program with emphasis on solid clinical and surgical training, as well as a family atmosphere between residents and staff physicians. The University of Ottawa 5 year Vascular surgery curriculum is designed to meet and exceed the minimum training requirement standards and to include educational content that incorporates the full scope of the seven CanMEDS roles;

Medical Expert, Communicator, Collaborator, Leader, Health Advocate, Scholar and Professional.

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.


The University of Ottawa 5 year Vascular surgery curriculum is designed to meet and exceed the minimum training requirement standards set forth by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. All with the ultimate goal of producing a competent Vascular Surgery consultant.


Academic Half Day:




Vascular rounds (1 hour)

Current Topics in Vascular Surgery

Medical Expert seminar series (2 hours)

Case Based interactive discussions of selected topics from Rutherford’s textbook of Vascular surgery

Alternating sessions

(1 ½ hours) of:

 1.Hands on skills training,

 2.Non Medical Expert CanMEDS


 3.Research Methodology

   didactic teaching






The Vascular Surgery Training Program covers a period of five clinical years with the option of including additional research years enfolded within the residency after the PGY-2 year. As of the 2021-2022 academic year, the  Vascular surgery programs in Canada will be moved to the Competence- By- Design model. This allows for curricula to be modified slightly to ensure residents' attain their assessments of Enstrustable Professional Activities. Throughout the 5 years, residents will be exposed to the following:

  • Surgical Foundations curriculum
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Surgery- Trauma
  • ICU
  • Vascular U/S
  • Neurovascular/ Stroke Service
  • Amputation Rehabilitation (Physiatry)
  • Limb salvage clinic/wound care 
  • Interventional Radiology
  • General Medicine
  • Research
  • Cardiac surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Internal Medicine


Training Sites

Vascular Surgery Program

Training Sites include: The three campuses of The Ottawa Hospital and the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

The program offers a balanced volume of learning encounters in both open surgery and the full scope of endovascular procedures. The Ottawa Hospital is the tertiary referral center for Vascular disease in Eastern Ontario providing more than adequate patient volumes to ensure a comprehensive educational experience.  The surgical faculty are dedicated to ensuring trainees leave the program ready for practice.  The Ottawa Hospital also runs an ICAVL accredited Vascular lab where trainees rotate through to learn the complete inventory of non invasive vasular diagnostics.

Additional Information

Contact the Program Administrator if additional information is required.


Please contact the Program Administrator for any specific questions.

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