Dr. Carly Kirshen

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Anne Grose

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Program Highlights

Dermatology is a five-year-program consisting of two years of foundational training in medicine and surgery, followed by three years of full-time dermatology.


Rotations occur at:

The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) which has three campuses, Civic, General and Riverside.

The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)

The Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre

Community dermatology offices

Dynacare Laboratories (dermatopathology)

Laserderm and Ottawa Derm Centre (lasers and cosmetics)


A highlight of the program is the opportunity for 1-2 senior residents to accompany the dermatologist, Dr. Jacqueline Shukle, to Iqaluit for a week in January and May each year. These senior independent clinics offer residents a wonderful opportunity to experience the practice of dermatology in the remote Canadian north. The entire visit is sponsored by the Nunavut government. This valuable activity is however only confirmed by Dr. Shukle on a year to year basis.


Specialty Clinics

Patch Testing

Mohs surgery

Pigmented lesions


Vulvar dermatology



Pediatric vascular anomalies


What makes us unique:

Strong clinical focus

Close working relationship with faculty

Dynamic involved faculty comprised of both experienced practitioners and new graduates

Exposure to general dermatology and subspecialties

Tightly knit resident group


Inclusive philosophy regarding community dermatologists

Opportunity for clinical research

Superb dermatopathology training weekly by a fellow trained dermatopathologist

Dedicated PGY5 dermatopathology curriculum weekly

Excellent track record in providing well-rounded consultant dermatologists to the community and the academic health centres.

Dr. Catherine Ruddy Scholarship fund to support national or international electives

Many elective opportunities

Monthly journal club

Resident funding to attend and present at conferences

Resident funds to help purchase textbooks

Visiting professors

Bi-annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting

One morphologic or skin disease per meeting

Experts from around the world present

Special resident only session with experts

Patient viewing related to the topic

Evening social

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General Information

At the University of Ottawa, we believe 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 or sub-discipline.

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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 - Dermatology - 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.

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