Dr. Trevor Arnason
The Public Health and Preventive Medicine postgraduate program at the University of Ottawa offers the opportunity for residents to receive comprehensive public health and preventive medicine training while living and working in the beautiful city of Ottawa. Ottawa offers a mix of Public Health training opportunities that are unique to our region: Department of National Defence, Ottawa Public Health, Public Health Agency of Canada, among others.
Many recreational and cultural opportunities are available in Ottawa and surrounding areas, and residents are encouraged to take advantage of what this community has to offer in their pursuit of a healthy work-life balance.
Our educational program is carefully designed to provide residents with wonderful learning opportunities. We offer a variety of training opportunities in both official languages, in rural as well as urban settings. Our aim is to prepare residents to independently practice public health and preventive medicine at the local, regional, and national levels. Consequently, after training in the foundations of public health has been completed, residents will gradually assume increasing levels of responsibility, culminating in opportunities to act as a consultant and/or Associate Medical Officer of Health.
Training is based on a mixture of classes & seminars (academic training required by the Royal College), experience-based learning (rotations), resident co-directed collaborative learning (e.g. academic half-day) and self-directed learning that may include on-line training, directed reading, one-on-one coaching and journal clubs. The program is committed to tailoring training to the learning needs of the resident. Formative assessments are used to support reflective practice and help residents direct their learning.
Our program values self-reflection and personal growth. uOttawa provides residents with opportunities to learn about themselves through courses such as those offered by the Professional Development Institute https://pdinstitute.uottawa.ca/en/page/online-distance-learning-program, “Residents as Leaders”, and “Residents as Teachers”. From PGY3 onwards, all uOttawa residents participate in annual or biannual 360 degree assessments, which provide insight into the perception of your peers, supervisors and staff concerning your accomplishment of the core competencies of our profession and CanMEDS roles.
Additional training sessions, unique to our program include: the PHPM “Boot Camp” series that cover basics of how to thrive in the PH workplace and the “Essentials for PHPM Leadership” seminar series offered every second year. Additionally, UOttawa residents are encouraged to attend the National PHPM Review Course at Queen’s, the cost of which can be covered by the program. UO residents are allocated funds to support them to attend conferences and special training.
Other special seminars include on-site training with professional media relations staff at the Eastern Ontario Health Unit or Ottawa Public Health, seminars at the Public Health Agency of Canada, and site visits to water treatment centres. Our program is flexible and responsive to learner needs, allowing residents to benefit from other opportunities as they arise. For example, family medicine residents have been provided with PH rotations to respond to outbreaks.