About Us

The University of Ottawa’s Department of Family Medicine (DFM) offers students and residents unparalleled experiences—both in the classroom and in clinical settings. Our faculty is made up of dedicated health care professionals who love what they do and who strive to build the same core competencies in tomorrow’s physicians.

We provide a flexible learning environment in both official languages that is rich with urban, rural, remote and international opportunities. In 2013, the Ontario College of Family Physicians recognized our Ottawa Hospital Academic Family Health Team with a Family Practice of the Year Award.


The DFM Residency Program is fully accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. This accreditation serves to:

  • attest to the educational quality of accredited programs
  • ensure sufficient uniformity and portability to allow residents from across Canada to qualify for the CFPC examinations as residency eligible candidates

“The complete redesign of the curriculum towards the Triple C competency-based curriculum and the changes made to faculty development should serve as inspiring examples for programs across the country,” the CFPC team noted in its final accreditation report.

One Program, Multiple Teaching Sites

Residents and learners gain valuable experience at our multiple teaching sites at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. We deliver French language opportunities through our Montfort Hospital unit.

Our excellent rural sites in Pembroke and Winchester are both a short drive from Ottawa. There are opportunities to work in rural and remote health care in Canada’s far north. Our Global Health program provides rewarding international experiences overseas in locales such as Benin and Panama.

At the undergraduate level, we offer a six-week third year clerkship rotation.

Our Faculty

We have over 450 faculty members who excel at sharing knowledge, building competencies, supervising our residents and maximizing learning opportunities. Their goal is to prepare you to meet the demands and realities of Canada’s primary health care system.

Research Excellence

We promote and foster research excellence through our renowned CT Lamont Primary Health Care Research Centre (CTLC), the DFM’s research arm and part of the Bruyère Research Institute. CTLC is composed of world-class researchers in multiple disciplines working with trainees. Our research teams include medical physicians, pharmacists, epidemiologists, health economists and doctoral specialists in public health, family medicine and population health.