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Program Highlights

As the sole provider of cancer care services to a population of about 1.5 million people in Eastern Ontario there are many opportunities for learning in our program.

Our centre is well equipped with nine VMAT capable linear accelerators, two Tomotherapy units, a Cyberknife, an orthovoltage unit, three large bore CT simulators, a MRI simulator as well as a HDR brachytherapy program with a dedicated OR. This equipment is located across two cancer centres at opposite ends of the city.

A Gammapod unit for dedicated stereotactic breast treatments is being commissioned.

There is a robust interaction between the different disciplines in Radiation Medicine including Oncology, Therapy and Medical Physics and a comprehensive clinical trials program exists in the cancer centre.

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General Information

The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre is the sole provider of radiation oncology related services in the Champlain LHIN (population 1.5 million) and normally over 4,900 new patient consults occur per year in our division.

The Ottawa Training Program provides the trainee excellent educational and research opportunities.
Our radiation treatment facilities are state-of-the-art and include: three wide bore CT simulators with 4D capability, eight Elekta Linear Accelerators with cone-beam CT capability as well as an active IMRT program with several VMAT capable units. The main planning system used is Monaco. We have a new MRI simulator installed. In addition we have two Tomotherapy units dedicated to IGRT . In 2012 we acquired a Cyberknife which is the new basis of our radiosurgery program with extension beyond the CNS to applications in the body. Skin cancer patients are treated with electrons or orthovoltage.

The centre performs both HDR and permanent LDR Prostate Brachytherapy procedures, in addition to HDR implants for gynecological, breast and GI disease sites.

We are a pioneer in stereotactic radiotherapy for body and CNS.

The close proximity to research laboratory encourages collaboration for translational research.

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Salary Information

Post graduate salaries and benefits differ by province and are determined by two things: your training year, and the province you work in. See below the salaries and benefits for University of Ottawa - Radiation Oncology - Ottawa.
Effective October 4th, 2023 
Professional Leave
7 working days/year
Additional time off provided for writing any CND or US certification exam, leave includes the exam date and reasonable travel time to and from the exam site. Additional RCPSC & CFPC Certification Examination
Prep Time
  1. Subject to operational requirements and at the request of a resident, a resident will not be scheduled for call duties for a period up to fourteen days prior to a CFPC or RCPSC certification exam.
  2. Subject to operational requirements and at the request of a resident, a resident *will be granted up to seven consecutive days off during one of the four week*s preceding a CFPC or RCPSC certification exam.
Annual Vacation
4 weeks
Meal Allowance
Frequency of Calls
1 in 4 In-hospital, 1 in 3 home
Pregnancy Leave
17 weeks
Parental Leave
35 weeks, 37 weeks if resident did not take pregnancy leave
Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB) Plan
Top-up to 84% 27 weeks for women who take pregnancy and parental leave; 12 weeks for parents on stand-alone parental leave.
Provincial Health Insurance
Extended Health Insurance
Provincial Dues (% of salary)
Dental Plan
85% paid for eligible expenses
CMPA Dues Paid
Under current arrangements, residents are rebated by Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for dues in excess of $300.
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Yes – 70% of salary, non-taxable.
Statutory and Floating Holidays
2 weeks leave with full pay and benefits;
10 stat days plus 1 personal floater.
Residents are entitled to at least 5 consecutive days off over the Christmas or New Year period, which accounts for 3 statutory holidays (Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day), and 2 weekend days.
Life Insurance
Yes, 2x salary
Salary and Benefit Continuance
A resident that can’t work due to illness or injury will have salary and benefits maintained for 6 months or until end of appointment (whichever occurs first)
Call Stipend
$127.60 in-hospital; $63.80 home call or qualifying shift on shift-based services.
Weekend premium:
$140.36 in-hospital; $70.18 home call or qualifying shift on shift-based services.
Updated October 4, 2023

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Ottawa parliament buildings from the river
Ottawa is Canada’s capital, in the east of southern Ontario, near the city of Montréal and the U.S. border. Sitting on the Ottawa River, it has at its centre Parliament Hill, with grand Victorian architecture and museums such as the National Gallery of Canada, with noted collections of indigenous and other Canadian art. The park-lined Rideau Canal is filled with boats in summer and ice-skaters in winter.

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