University of Ottawa – Internal Medicine – Ottawa
Program Director

Dr. Loree Boyle

Program Administrator

Rachel Glennie

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University of Ottawa – Internal Medicine – Ottawa

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Resident Experience

Annie, Jennifer, and Charlenn
Annie: PGY3 Jennifer: I am current in my third year. Charlenn: PGY3
Annie: The quality of the training, exposure to in-house medicine subspecialties, and no limit to being able to do what you are passionate about. Our unique training location at a big academic site in eastern Ontario means that we see a large volume of patients with a great variety of disease processes. Within the University of Ottawa umbrella, we are able to rotate through a wide variety of subspecialty services locally, which allows us to fully explore our subspecialty interests and attain our educational goals. In addition, we have world-class researchers who are eager to mentor budding researchers and the program is very supportive of QI projects, community outreach, and advocacy. If you have an idea, you will find someone here in Ottawa who is ready and eager to collaborate with you! Jennifer: The people are definitely what make the program. We spend a lot of time together at work and have a great group of residents and staff. Everyone is always looking out for each other, and I’ve been able to find so many incredible mentors. Charlenn: The IM staff are helpful and approachable. The hospital as a whole is known for its collegiality. Secondly, the PD always has your back. Thirdly, my co-residents are like another family to me.
Annie: The camaraderie! We are a close-knit group of residents who support each other both on and off the wards. Residency is incredibly rewarding, but it can feel like a long and arduous journey at times. It makes it that much easier to have a great group of friends and colleagues to share the experience with. Jennifer: The program is incredibly supportive in helping you reach your own personal career goals. Whether I’m looking to tailor my schedule to best fit my learning needs, or trying to find research opportunities, the program always works with me to achieve those goals. Charlenn: There is a good balance between independence and supervision. The medium sized program allows you to get to know all your co residents but also big enough for find your “core” group within the larger context. The PD and Program Admin will text me back on a weekend! The yearly resident retreat is such a bonding experience and sets the tone for the rest of the year.
Annie: We have a very strong sense of community within the program, not only amongst the residents ourselves, but also by our program administration and leadership. They have an “open-door policy” and are easily approachable, responsive to feedback, and go above and beyond to look after us. Jennifer: It’s an incredibly close knit and supportive community. The residents are always getting together outside of work and going for dinners, hikes and other activities around our beautiful city. Our program administrators are also the best and there’s an open-door policy if you ever need to chat or debrief. It really feels like a family. Charlenn: Its amazing! You feel connected to your co residents, staff and program administration! The program admin is in a sense like another caring parent to me!
Annie: Ottawa is an incredible city to live in. It has all the benefits of being a big city while still feeling cozy and close to nature. Many of us take advantage of this proximity to nature to go for a long bike ride, rafting, hiking, skiing, and skating. Within the city itself, there are many amazing restaurants and plenty of sights to see. There is something for everyone in Ottawa! Jennifer: Ottawa is a beautiful city with so much to do. I love to spend my time-off exploring our beautiful parks and hiking trails and trying all the different restaurants. The food scene in Ottawa is definitely underrated! Charlenn: Having moved to Ottawa and not knowing anyone I have found a great group of friends within my program and residents outside of my program. I enjoy cycling, travelling and reading! Ottawa always has something to do with great hiking, cycling, festivals and restaurants.
Annie: In addition to the already strong sense of community within the program, our program is always looking for ways to be even better than it already is. As part of that drive, we have a resident-led Wellness Committee which has implemented initiatives such as a “Resuscitation Cupboard” full of snacks for those late-night munchies, regular small group Reflection Rounds to debrief with IM residents across the different PGY cohorts, Wellness Half-Days where we have protected (lecture-free!) time to look after ourselves, and regular social events like beach days and pub nights. Jennifer: The program is very supportive of resident wellness. We have a wellness committee that plans events focused on wellbeing and fostering collegiality, and also helps to address any issues that affect resident wellness. There is also a hospital-wide peer support program that many of our residents are part of. Charlenn: As mentioned, the program consists of residents that really care for each other and their well being. We check in on each other and make efforts to hangout. The program assists this by encouraging such get togethers as well as supporting a wellness committee that helps to organize more events and initiatives.
Annie: Too many to choose just one. I cannot wait to celebrate the success of my co-residents in our upcoming Medicine Subspecialty Match and I am super excited for our annual Resident Retreat and Christmas Grand Rounds! Jennifer: To seeing where all of my amazing co-residents match for their subspecialty training! Charlenn: I will hopefully be doing my respirology sub-specialty training! I look forward to counting to grow in my knowledge and experience. I know that once I am finished my fellowship, my core IM program will be proud and see me as a new staff, even though at one point I was a little R1.
Annie: The quality of the training, exposure to in-house medicine subspecialties, and no limit to being able to do what you are passionate about. Our unique training location at a big academic site in eastern Ontario means that we see a large volume of patients with a great variety of disease processes. Within the University of Ottawa umbrella, we are able to rotate through a wide variety of subspecialty services locally, which allows us to fully explore our subspecialty interests and attain our educational goals. In addition, we have world-class researchers who are eager to mentor budding researchers and the program is very supportive of QI projects, community outreach, and advocacy. If you have an idea, you will find someone here in Ottawa who is ready and eager to collaborate with you! Jennifer: The people are definitely what make the program. We spend a lot of time together at work and have a great group of residents and staff. Everyone is always looking out for each other, and I’ve been able to find so many incredible mentors. Charlenn: The IM staff are helpful and approachable. The hospital as a whole is known for its collegiality. Secondly, the PD always has your back. Thirdly, my co-residents are like another family to me.

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