PGY1 Orientation

    American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) In-training exam

    MCQ Exam written by all pediatric trainees in Canada and US in July each year (PGY1 – 3).  This exam is primarily formative although it is also used as an evaluative tool and will be discussed at your twice annual meetings with your Program Director

      **NOTE: 2013 ABP Exam Dates:  July 9 & 10**

      Observed History & Physical Examination Assessment

    Observed History and Physical Exam (STACER) – twice per year, formative

    Click here for information on History & Physical Examination Assessments

    Canadian MCQ/SAQ examination - once per year, formative

    RCPSC Exams

    STACER to be completed by end of PGY3

    2-part written exam (MCQ and Short Answer Questions (SAQ)

    10 station OSCE

    Your Program Director will be asked by the RCPSC to complete a FITER (final in-training evaluation report) in your PGY4 year to determine eligibility for the exam. If you do subspecialty training as a PGY4, you will require a CITER (core in-training report) from your Pediatric PD after 3 years of training, and a FITER from your subspecialty PD.

    Observed Clinical Encounters

    While we hope that many observed clinical encounters and feedback are happening every day, we encourage you to ensure that at least twice on each rotation that this does occur and that the faculty completes the 2-minute Clinical Encounter Card.

    Semi-Annual Meetings with PD

    You will meet with the Program Director or a designate at least twice per year to discuss your progress in the program. The evaluations Subcommittee and PD will determine promotion from year to year.

    You should read and be familiar with the University of Ottawa on Evaluation and Appeals policies


    We follow the PARO Contract with respect to call and generally are able to have graded call as you progress through the program. You are entitled to a call stipend as per PARO. Click here for Call-stipend information. Please submit forms to Scott Cook. We have a night float for the Ward Senior and traditional call for the Ward Juniors, NICU, Perinates and PICU.

    Residents are buddied with a more senior resident, fellow or Clinical Assistant (CA) for calls in Neonates and PICU as a junior as per the NICU buddy call guidelines.

    There is always a senior resident in house as per the senior in-house guidelines

We are usually able to accommodate one weekend off-call request per block. Click here for on-call guidelines. Residents are entitled to 4-weeks of vacation per year. We typically include 2-weeks as part of your annual rotation schedule in PGY2-4 years and the other 2 are flexible and this has worked well. If you wish to take all 4-weeks individually, please just let us know. Click here for a Vacation Request form. Residents are entitled to 5 education days per year. Click here for an Education Leave form Anytime you will be away from the program for vacation, education days, lieu days, mandatory symposia at the University etc, you must follow these steps to be sure everyone involved is aware:

Your rotation supervisor ensures that your clinical duties on the rotation are covered. If approved, proceed to next step-CHEO PGME Office ensures that call is covered. We have to ensure that a critical mass of residents is available at all times

  1. Policies and Procedures for Evaluation of Postgraduate Trainees
  2. Appeal Mechanism
  3. Standards of Ethical and Professional Behaviour
  4. Residents and Industry
  5. CPSO – Disruptive Physician Behaviour Initiative
  6. COFM Internet: Policy on Appropriate Use
  7. Changes to Rotation Administrative Procedure
  8. Policy on Moonlighting
  9. Religious Holidays
  10. Symposia Series

CHEO / Pediatric Program Policies

  1. Disclosure of Adverse Events
  2. Cultural Interpretation
  3. Footwear Policy
  4. What not to Wear

    PARO Logo

Click on the PARO logo for helpful tips on "Surviving Residency"

Tips and Expectations for a Successful Pediatric Ward Rotation

Click here for the OMA's Physician and Professionals Health Program
Click here for the U Ottawa Faculty Wellness Program


  • Orientation Slide Presentation

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