University of Ottawa – Neurology – Ottawa
Program Director

Dr. Danny Lelli

Program Administrator

Janis Amell-Crawley

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University of Ottawa – Neurology – Ottawa

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Ricarda Konder
PGY2
The highlights of the program are numerous! At the end of PGY1, you will choose a dedicated research or clinical stream based on your career goals – both are equally well supported and equally encouraged, so this program is a great fit for those yet undecided on a specific career stream (i.e. academic vs. community practice). In your senior years, you will have your own longitudinal clinic where you follow your own patients. This program has had a 100% pass rate on the Royal College exam over the last 20+ years of resident cohorts! There are unique opportunities for outreach clinics in Nunavut, and the program has an extremely supportive culture surrounding family planning/parental leave during residency.
As a resident in Ottawa, you get the best of both worlds: you are at a program with all subspecialties represented where you can realize your career goals, whether that’s pursuing fellowship at an Ivy League institution, going directly into community practice, or anything in between – all while still reaping all the benefits of our small-program feel and close-knit resident and staff group.
Within the program, the community is extremely close-knit and collegial! Despite all of us having lives and communities outside of residency, we all still choose to spend a decent chunk of our free time together, for example: residents working out with staff at the hospital gym, residents going to afternoon spin class together after Tuesday half-days, taking trips away together, regularly having dinners together as a large group or as a single cohort.
As a general rule, residents in our program have vibrant lives and priorities outside of medicine. Several residents are heavily involved in athleticism of various types (e.g. cycling, yoga, weightlifting) while many of our residents are also raising small children at home, sometimes with other residents! (i.e. our scheduling is flexible).
We have a very reasonable call frequency (4-5 calls per 4-week block as a PGY1, and this frequency decreases as you get more senior). Mandatory, consistently enforced post-call days with absolutely no post-call rounding (morning handover happens at 8, and you usually will leave the hospital by 8:30). We also have monthly Wellness Rounds during academic half-day where we are divided into small groups (residents only) and discuss recent victories or things we struggle with and/or want guidance on. We have an extremely close-knit resident cohort that supports one another extensively (see above). We also have a generous resident wellness budget, allowing for group dinners out, 1-2 retreats/year, free snacks in the resident room, and yearly gift cards with any leftover funds (previous years, we each received $100 gifts cards to a spa, Lululemon, Starbucks, etc.). We also have an extremely supportive program director (Dr. Lelli) and program coordinator (Janis) who have strong track records for advocating for resident wellness.
I’m looking forward to exploring more of the many nature trails in Ottawa and surrounding areas. Of course we are all looking forward to getting to welcome another brilliant cohort of new residents to our Ottawa family!
The highlights of the program are numerous! At the end of PGY1, you will choose a dedicated research or clinical stream based on your career goals – both are equally well supported and equally encouraged, so this program is a great fit for those yet undecided on a specific career stream (i.e. academic vs. community practice). In your senior years, you will have your own longitudinal clinic where you follow your own patients. This program has had a 100% pass rate on the Royal College exam over the last 20+ years of resident cohorts! There are unique opportunities for outreach clinics in Nunavut, and the program has an extremely supportive culture surrounding family planning/parental leave during residency.

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