University of Ottawa – Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – Ottawa
Program Director

Dr. Deanna Quon

Program Administrator

Crystal Adam

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University of Ottawa – Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – Ottawa

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Michael Osmond
4th Year
We have a very supportive program director that responds to our feedback in a timely and effective manner. Feedback is at the forefront of our program, with biannual program reviews with the residents sharing any program or academic concerns with a PM&R staff representative and having them addressed between the program director and other committees subsequently. Our teaching is phenomenal; Dr. Dudek and Dr. Dojeiji are considered internationally renown for medical education and Dr. Dudek was instrumental with the CBME curriculum in Ottawa and implementing it effectively for our own residents over the past 1.5 years. We have fairly a variety of fairly unique teaching opportunities in our program: including annual 2 month anatomy academic half days in the UofO Anatomy Labs, Annual PM&R Emergency Simulation sessions at the UofO Sim Center, U/S and U/S guided injection teaching in the UofO Anatomy Labs and Media training sessions with a professional media team. Finally, we have formative evaluations of our progress in residency with biannual practice written and OSCE exams created by our PM&R staff that attempts to mimic the types of questions and experiences you may have during the Royal College examination.
In addition to the above information: it’s great to have all Core PM&R rotations available in Ottawa, including pediatric rehabilitation, respiratory rehabilitation and cardiac rehabilitation. Our call schedule is very nice: 1 in 10 call that is home call. This equates to each resident doing just 2 weekend call shifts each for the first 6 months of the year thus far!
The residents group as whole is very supportive of one another and are involved in a number of fun activities during the year. The PM&R staff are approachable, good teachers (both formally and in clinical situations), and are very open to feedback during our PM&R rotations. Our program admin, Crystal, is very kind and approachable; we’ve really appreciated her hard work for the residents.
Me personally, I do competitive soccer, pick-up ice-hockey and am training for a triathlon. Lots of cottage, canoe camping and hiking trips as well. In prior residency years, I’ve constructed a cedar-strip canoe with my family as well. Our ~ 1/10 weekend call schedule has made it very easy to pursue extracurricular interests and travel. As chief, I’ve appreciated the flexibility the size of our program provides to accommodate everyone’s vacation and no-call requests.
It really does start at the top: we have a very supportive and approachable program director and program admin. As Chief, I try to be approachable and supportive of any resident concerns as well and present these concerns to our monthly Residency Program Committee meetings. Feedback is at the forefront of our program, with biannual program reviews with the residents sharing any program or academic concerns with a PM&R staff representative and having them addressed between the program director and other committees subsequently. This has certainly made improvements to our experiences on both off-service and on-service rotations to promote wellness. I have organized a number a fun activities for the residents, including a Welcome dinner for the new PGY1’s, a Resident Weekend Retreat to a cottage, Ziplining during a fun half day and other intermittent gatherings. We hope to bring back staff vs resident wheelchair basketball next spring as well. We have shared where residents can access UofO and TOH wellness resources, including the Peer Support Program. Finally, we typically have an academic half day talk and grand rounds talk dedicated to a wellness topic every year or two.
I look forward to continuing to be a voice for resident concerns and educational initiatives as Chief of the program. I’m excited to continue a dialogue with various PM&R staff and mentors for career planning, including Dr. Shawn Marshall, the Division Head of PM&R. And I’m particularly looking forward to more bonding and fun activities with my fellow residents, especially checking in on our new PGY1’s as they’re transitioning to PM&R residency.
We have a very supportive program director that responds to our feedback in a timely and effective manner. Feedback is at the forefront of our program, with biannual program reviews with the residents sharing any program or academic concerns with a PM&R staff representative and having them addressed between the program director and other committees subsequently. Our teaching is phenomenal; Dr. Dudek and Dr. Dojeiji are considered internationally renown for medical education and Dr. Dudek was instrumental with the CBME curriculum in Ottawa and implementing it effectively for our own residents over the past 1.5 years. We have fairly a variety of fairly unique teaching opportunities in our program: including annual 2 month anatomy academic half days in the UofO Anatomy Labs, Annual PM&R Emergency Simulation sessions at the UofO Sim Center, U/S and U/S guided injection teaching in the UofO Anatomy Labs and Media training sessions with a professional media team. Finally, we have formative evaluations of our progress in residency with biannual practice written and OSCE exams created by our PM&R staff that attempts to mimic the types of questions and experiences you may have during the Royal College examination.

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