Sport and Exercise Medicine Program

The uOttawa Sport and Exercise Medicine program is a one year clinical fellowship for Sport and Exercise postgraduate residents. It is designed to build the core competencies set out by the Fellowship Committee of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM), including the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are essential to master. Residents sit the CASEM Diploma in Sport Medicine examination after successfully completing the year.

You will have a hand at designing your curriculum, which gives you the flexibility you need to master the essential competencies and gain some enriched ones. Our curriculum is based on 13 blocks of 4 week rotations with some horizontal rotations.

Program Structure

Block Rotations

  • 24 weeks primary care sports medicine
  • 8 weeks at the University of Ottawa
  • 8 weeks at Carleton University
  • 4 weeks at Ottawa Sport Medicine Clinic
  • 4 weeks at Palladium/Active Care/Physio Sport Plus Sport Medicine Clinics
  • 4 weeks adult orthopaedic surgery
  • 4 weeks pediatrics orthopaedic surgery
  • 2 weeks plastic surgery (upper limb and hand clinics)
  • 2 weeks MSK radiology (diagnostic readings and interventional techniques)
  • 4 weeks rheumatology
  • 4 weeks physiatry (physical and rehabilitation medicine)
  • 4 weeks cardiac rehabilitation
  • 4 weeks elective

Horizontal Rotations

  • Family medicine (half-day once weekly or full day every 2 weeks)
  • Research and study (half-day every 2 weeks)


We build half or full days into your schedule to offer you knowledge in the following allied health fields:

  • physiotherapy
  • athletic therapy
  • orthotics
  • bracing
  • nutrition
  • massage therapy
  • exercise physiology
  • kinesiology
  • sport psychology
  • concussion care
  • osteopathy
  • eating disorders clinic
  • sport-specific assessment (running, cycling, golf, etc.)

Game and Event coverage

You must do a minimum of 50 hours of documented supervised event coverage, as it is a prerequisite to take the CASEM Diploma examination. Game and event coverage may include varsity sports (hockey, football, soccer, rugby, others), Ottawa Red Blacks, Ottawa 67s, Ottawa Senators, Ottawa Marathon, national sport team coverage and other local, national and international events.

Teaching Experience

  • Musculoskeletal physical skills development medical student tutor
  • Lectures to medical students
  • Participation in Academic Day teaching for Family Medicine residents


You will get involved with Carleton Sport Medicine Rounds, sports medicine journal clubs, research projects, CASEM Diploma in Sport Medicine preparation and readings, along with specialty rounds.

Conferences and courses

You will also have the opportunity to participate in:

  • Anatomy course for Orthopaedic Residents at uOttawa
  • Anatomy lab for cadaveric examination and review
  • Ontario Medical Association Sport Medicine meeting
  • Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) annual symposium
  • American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM) Team Physician Course
  • ACSM annual general meeting
  • Sports First Responder
  • Family Medicine Forum (OCFP and/or CFPC)

Evaluation Process

  • one45 evaluations for each block rotation
  • The Program Coordinator conducts evaluations at every quarter.

Number of Positions

1-3 positions per year

Prerequisite Qualifications

Eligible for full educational/independent practice licence in the province of Ontario

We are funded under the PGY-3 Enhanced Skills Program in the Department of Family Medicine. However, we will consider funding from alternative sources such as Royal College Programs (psychiatry, emergency medicine, pediatrics, etc.) and return for service agreements through the Ministry of Health.

Interested in applying?

Visit our How to Apply page for full details.

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