Dr. Vikas Bhagirath

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Kim Rozon

Program Administrator
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Program Highlights

The Winchester Residency Program is offered in conjunction with the Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH). Our team of physicians and staff work with residents to support your learning needs.


We offer:

Updated 24/7 emergency services, acute care, obstetrical in-patient services, urology, newborn care, cardiology and day surgery;

A state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging unit, which includes a CT scanner, ultrasound and digital mammography;

A laboratory, diagnostic imaging and pharmacy services support our clinical programs; and,

We are a partner in several regional programs, including operating as a key site for cancer care (breast cancer screening, surgery and chemotherapy); chronic kidney disease (dialysis); and other specialty clinics.


Teaching & Learning Opportunities

WDMH offers a two year horizontally integrated rural family medicine curriculum. We focus on developing the skills and competencies you will need to meet the full scope of practice that family physicians deliver in rural and remote communities. Your family medicine experience will include both hospital in-patient care and family medicine clinics. You will have exposure to emergency medicine, geriatrics (home visits and nursing home visits), psychiatry, internal medicine, cardiology, ophthalmology, diagnostic imaging, out-patient clinics, ambulatory pediatrics and obstetrics. The maternity/child team includes obstetricians, GP-OBS, midwives and OBS nurses. You may also spend one or two days at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa for you and our pediatrician to visit in-patients from the Winchester area. You will be first surgical assist and do lumps and bumps clinics while in general surgery.


Patient Population

Our patient population includes residents from local communities within the broader areas of Dundas, Stormont, Glengarry and Russell Townships. We also draw on Ottawa South’s growing population. Servicing 3300 square kilometres, we have a patient volume of approximately 96,000 people per year.

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General Information

Applications may be submitted in either English or French. If you are applying to more than one stream you may submit only ONE PERSONAL LETTER with a statement identifying which other streams you are applying to and the reasons. Reference letters will be accepted in both languages. Please note that all selected candidates must master the English language (oral and written).


Communication Preference

Our preferred manner of communicating with all applicants is via email.

Please note that in our program it is important that residents have an independent means of transportation.


Enhanced Skills training/PGY 3 opportunities

Our program offers a number of training opportunities beyond the 2 years of residency. We offer PGY-3 training in Emergency Medicine leading to a certificate of special competence issued by the College of Family Physicians of Canada as well as Palliative Medicine training and Enhanced Skills training in care of the elderly, anaesthesia, women’s health, sport medicine, mental health, paediatrics and maternal health care. We also welcome proposals for self-directed Enhanced Skills training.


Websites of Interest

Médecine familiale / Family Medicine

Winchester District Memorial Hospital

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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 - Family Medicine - Rural Winchester.
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

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Rural Winchester
Located 45 kilometres south of Downtown Ottawa, Winchester is a charming village in the township of North Dundas. The area was originally settled by Ben Bates in 1835 and was first called “Bates Corners.” By 1855, the town had grown to have a general store, blacksmith shop, carriage maker, and farm produce business. It was then known as “West Winchester” until 1888, when the community was incorporated as a village and officially became Winchester.

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