Dr. Constance Ling and Dr. Adam Garber
The obstetrics and gynecology residency program oﬀers an excellent clinical and surgical experience in all aspects of obstetrics and gynecology with all subspecialties being represented. There is a signiﬁcant volume and breadth of clinical cases. In addition to standard rotations, the program boasts a range of clinical highlights including the Foundations Block designed to ease the transition to residency, the Longitudinal Ambulatory Rotation aimed to facilitate transition to practice, and the opportunity to participate in outreach gynecology in Iqaluit through a well-established and high volume program. In addition, there are strong basic science research groups in maternal fetal medicine , reproductive endocrinology, and gynecologic oncology.
Our Academic Half Day program is a comprehensive program comprised of lectures encompassing the Royal College Objectives of Training for Ob/Gyne and SOGC guidelines, Wellness Topics, Minimally invasive Surgery Simulation, Simulation Labs and Anatomy Labs. These sessions have been highly evaluated and praised by our residents.
The recently implemented Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Curriculum represents a newer strength of the program providing residents with both academic half-day content and the opportunity to participate in Quality Improvement projects and committees.
Another very strong and recently revised component of our program is Journal Club. This is structured to occur as part of our Academic Half Day. We have strong Epidemiology Faculty leadership and engagement and we use a Flipped Classroom active learning framework to present papers and to teach and learn about important methodology and critical appraisal skills. We incorporate several active learning strategies as part of journal club, including debate and learn-pair- share activities. This event is attended by faculty and residents.
Resident research is a strong component of our program with extensive publications arising from collaborative projects led by our residents and supported by nationally and internationally recognized Faculty in our Department. Our program has a dedicated Resident Research Program Director and Resident Research Committee to assist residents in achieving their research goals. In addition to clinical research, residents can choose to join a strong and growing collaborative of educators with a focus in simulation, team training, patient quality and safety, and the learning environment. We strive to harness the academic strengths and passions of the individual resident by helping them to network within the department so that they are supported by an expert team. At an annual event, informally known as, “research speed-dating”, we assemble all of our residents and research mentors in one space and explore common interests in research. An annual Resident Research Day is held oﬀ-site for residents and faculty that showcases our residents’ scholarly work.
Our program also includes an elaborate simulation program for both technical and non-technical skills, dedicated teaching faculty members, and a passionate program director. Simulations supplement clinical and didactic content in most subspecialties. Simulations occur both at the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre and in situ in the hospital setting.
Wellness is a key value in our program and a Resident Wellness Committee (RWC) was established in 2019. The RWC facilitates resident training in strategies to foster, promote and practice lifelong wellness, safety and resilience. The RWC provides a support system for formal and informal counselling. The program holds a wellness retreat, program development retreat , mentorship events, career planning nights , and other w9ellness activities along with social events throughout the year. Wellness topics are included in the Academic Half Day curriculum. Our well established Mentorship program, since 2002, assigns a Faculty member to each resident. The resident and Faculty Mentor meet regularly to discuss any concerns regarding academic progress, personal issues, career aspirations and wellness. The resident and Faculty build a longitudinal relationship throughout residency which often continues after the resident has graduated. Each PGY1 Resident is also assigned a Resident mentor. CBD residents are assigned an Academic Advisor. Mentorship events once-twice per year for all the mentor-mentee pairings.
We are also proud of the Program’s adaptations to maintain the formal curriculum despite the challenges related to the COVID pandemic. All Academic Half days, Grand Rounds, educational teaching rounds and Resident Research Day are all conducted virtually through Microsoft Teams. Residents’ feedback has been very positive towards the learning opportunities preserved by the Virtual platform.
We have the BEST (and kindest) academic manager/program coordinator in the country. Trainees from the University of Ottawa will emerge from residency as competent consultant generalist Ob/Gyns, ready to practice anywhere they want, or ready to seek subspecialty training in the ﬁeld of their choice.