Dr. Chloe Gottlieb
Academic Half Day Formal Schedule: uOttawa boasts a formal Academic Half Day Teaching Program where the American Academy of Ophthalmology Manuals are covered in completion twice during one’s residency. All half-days are taught directly by staff ophthalmologists or visiting professors.
Professor Rounds: Twice weekly during the Academic Year, residents receive morning teaching for one hour by staff ophthalmologists covering topics of specific interest as selected by staff or residents.
Journal Clubs & Grand Rounds: In addition, residents attend and present at weekly Grand Rounds and at monthly Journal Clubs with the entire department.
Formal Courses: Residents participate in external courses including the Toronto Ophthalmology Residency Introductory Course (TORIC) (PGY1), the Halifax Ophthalmology Ethics Course (PGY2 or PGY3), the Sally Letson Symposium (all years) and review courses as selected by senior residents (PGY4 and PGY5).
Clinical Exposure: uOttawa residents partake in clinical care covering a large area (Champlain LHIN) with coverage of Nunavut (Iqaluit and Baffin Island). This large catchment area results in a wide variety of cases and a large volume creating a great learning environment.
Surgical Teaching: Residents have early exposure to cataract surgery in PGY2 as part of the below mentioned simulation courses in addition to their junior (PGY3) and senior cataract surgery rotations (PGY4). Residents undergo formal surgical simulation as part of the Ophthalmic Surgical Skills Centre (OSSC) including the Introduction to Microsurgery Course (PGY2), Introduction to Cataract Surgery Course (PGY2), Intermediate Cataract Surgery Course (PGY3) and the Advanced Cataract Surgery Course (PGY4/5). The OSCC includes three full surgical stations (including surgical microscope and standard phaco machine) as well as an electronic surgical simulator.
Research: Residents have dedicated time roughly equivalent to one-half day a week distributed across PGY2 to PGY4 to conduct and complete research. Residents also have access to the Department of Ophthalmology Research Fund (DORF) in order to support their research endeavours. Residents are funded by the Department of Ophthalmology to attend conferences at which they are presenting scholarly endeavours. Staff surgeons are very available and happy to mentor residents through their scholarly endeavours.
Environment & Call System: Residents train at three separate sites during their time in Ottawa. The University of Ottawa Eye Institute offers a centralized facility with access to a large volume of sub-specialists. Residents spend four to five months in PGY3 and one to two months in PGY5 at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) learning pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus surgery. Residents spend half of their PGY2 year at the Riverside Eye Care Centre (RECC) learning community ophthalmology and four months in PGY4 learning cataract surgery. uOttawa is proud to have a buddied call system where junior residents always have access to their senior resident on-call in addition to their staff surgeons to review cases.
Electives: Residents at uOttawa have the opportunity to visit and complete electives in Nunavut and India in their PGY5 year. In addition, many staff surgeons ask uOttawa senior residents to accompany on eye missions through organizations including EyeVan and Orbis International. Other elective opportunities are available and can be arranged as per the residents preferences and interest.
Resident Body & Wellness: uOttawa prides itself on having a close knit team of residents. Food is provided for all morning and evening teaching sessions. A GoodLife Gym is available at discounted rates for all residents located in the basement of the The Ottawa Hospital General Campus where the University of Ottawa Eye Institute is located. A Resident Retreat is organized every year where residents are excused from clinical responsibilities dedicating time to formal team building; retreats in the past have included mini golfing, escape rooms and cooking classes. Seasonal faculty gatherings are organized by the Program Director; past events have included the annual Inner-Tube Water Polo Staff versus Resident Party, Laser Tag and Bubble Soccer. Residents have a dedicated lounge space with access to personal lockers, couches, a refrigerator, a microwave, a tea kettle, two computers and a lunch table in which to socialize. Finally, each resident is formally paired with a mentor with whom he or she can turn to for personal and professional guidance on an ongoing basis.