Dr. Asad Mir Ghassemi

Program Director

Michelle Akimov

Program Administrator
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Canadian Medical Graduates

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International Medical Graduates

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Program Highlights

Our residency program prides itself on a long track record of being national leaders in Anesthesia education. The department has many highly enthusiastic teachers on staff who are deeply committed to resident education.

The 135 faculty members in Ottawa provide a wide breadth of leaders not only in education but also in research innovation and a world class quality and patient safety program.

We are committed to fostering a close support relationship between faculty and residents through our social activities, Mentorship and Wellness programs.

The Ottawa anesthesia program offers flexibility and accessibility wherein we are small enough to individualize each resident’s experience while also being large enough to offer a full range of anesthesia experiences.

Particular strengths of the Ottawa program include an innovative pilot Competency Based Medical Education training program.

Our residency training program benefits greatly from our national leaders in sub-specialty training including: regional anesthesia, pediatric anesthesia, cardiac anesthesia, Pain Medicine, Thoracic, vascular and obstetrical anesthesia, as well as a vibrant POCUS program.

Our simulation program is a national leader in innovative programs to support residents training in Crisis Management and managing rare events.

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General Information

Program application language: English

Please be sure you have reviewed and understood the requirements for your application before submitting. Photo must be a passport size.

In addition, all candidates must meet the Ontario criteria of eligibility.


Supporting Documentation

Reference documents — required

Letter of reference — Maximum number accepted: 3


PGME Promotion video


Please visit our program website and social media platforms for upcoming events such as a townhall (time and date TBA) for applicants and links to a video series showcasing our training program.

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Salary Information

Post graduate salaries and benefits differ by province and are determined by two things: your training year, and the province you work in. See below the salaries and benefits for University of Ottawa - Anesthesiology - Ottawa.
Effective October 4th, 2023 
Professional Leave
7 working days/year
Additional time off provided for writing any CND or US certification exam, leave includes the exam date and reasonable travel time to and from the exam site. Additional RCPSC & CFPC Certification Examination
Prep Time
  1. Subject to operational requirements and at the request of a resident, a resident will not be scheduled for call duties for a period up to fourteen days prior to a CFPC or RCPSC certification exam.
  2. Subject to operational requirements and at the request of a resident, a resident *will be granted up to seven consecutive days off during one of the four week*s preceding a CFPC or RCPSC certification exam.
Annual Vacation
4 weeks
Meal Allowance
Frequency of Calls
1 in 4 In-hospital, 1 in 3 home
Pregnancy Leave
17 weeks
Parental Leave
35 weeks, 37 weeks if resident did not take pregnancy leave
Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB) Plan
Top-up to 84% 27 weeks for women who take pregnancy and parental leave; 12 weeks for parents on stand-alone parental leave.
Provincial Health Insurance
Extended Health Insurance
Provincial Dues (% of salary)
Dental Plan
85% paid for eligible expenses
CMPA Dues Paid
Under current arrangements, residents are rebated by Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for dues in excess of $300.
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Yes – 70% of salary, non-taxable.
Statutory and Floating Holidays
2 weeks leave with full pay and benefits;
10 stat days plus 1 personal floater.
Residents are entitled to at least 5 consecutive days off over the Christmas or New Year period, which accounts for 3 statutory holidays (Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day), and 2 weekend days.
Life Insurance
Yes, 2x salary
Salary and Benefit Continuance
A resident that can’t work due to illness or injury will have salary and benefits maintained for 6 months or until end of appointment (whichever occurs first)
Call Stipend
$127.60 in-hospital; $63.80 home call or qualifying shift on shift-based services.
Weekend premium:
$140.36 in-hospital; $70.18 home call or qualifying shift on shift-based services.
Updated October 4, 2023

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Explore Location

Ottawa parliament buildings from the river
Ottawa is Canada’s capital, in the east of southern Ontario, near the city of Montréal and the U.S. border. Sitting on the Ottawa River, it has at its centre Parliament Hill, with grand Victorian architecture and museums such as the National Gallery of Canada, with noted collections of indigenous and other Canadian art. The park-lined Rideau Canal is filled with boats in summer and ice-skaters in winter.