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Program Highlights

We are a mid-sized program. This means we have opportunities for a broad spectrum of exposures, with many subspecialty clinics, together with the opportunity for a personalized program, to get to know your staff well, and to get lots of one on one training.

CHEO sees patients of all ages at one site, providing maximal exposure to all age groups equally throughout training.

Residents are involved in longitudinal Resident clinics, Northern Ontario clinics and a Genetic Counselling curriculum on top of their regular blocks.

Residents have the opportunity to speak French during many patient encounters, although knowing French is not a mandatory component of our program at all.

CHEO is the host site for Newborn Screening Ontario, and the lead site for the Care4Rare Consortium. This allows our trainees direct and early exposure to world-class research and the process of newborn screening.

The Genetics Diagnostic Laboratories are located next to the clinic.

CHEO has 9 MD Geneticists, 6 PhD Geneticists, 2 Genomic Specialists and 12 Genetic Counsellors, a Metabolics Dietitian, a Metabolics Nurse, 4 Metabolic Geneticists and numerous support staff. Our Physicians all have specific areas of expertise allowing broad exposure to trainees.

Ottawa is a city of just over 1 million people. This affords big city amenities, with the benefits of a smaller-town feel and less traffic than a larger city. Gatineau Park is a short drive away and offers an opportunity for many outdoor activities.

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General Information

All candidates must meet the Ontario criteria of eligibility.

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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 - Medical Genetics and Genomics - 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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