Our residency program offers an outstanding training environment where young surgeons can acquire their surgical skills and launch their orthopedic surgery career.


The University of Ottawa Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program provides Canadian and International medical graduates with comprehensive training across all subspecialties of Orthopedic Surgery. The five year residency training program is based on a strong clinical teaching delivered primarily at The Ottawa Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Our residents are also exposed to outstanding collaborative basic science and clinical research opportunities. Moreover, our learning environment draws on innovative learning opportunities including surgical simulation, international surgical opportunities and weekly didactic orthopedic seminars along with outstanding clinical teachers. Ultimately, our residents complete their residency by obtaining certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and secure prestigious fellowships, both domestically and internationally. Our network of alumni includes outstanding clinicians and surgical leaders providing orthopedic care across every continent.

Dr. Karl-André Lalonde, MD MEd FRCSC
Program Director

About our Residency

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Program Structure

The residency program is built around the guiding principles of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and its “Competence by Design” framework. It is structured in four distinct phases:
Transition to Discipline (~ 3 months)
Foundations (~ 21 months)
Core (~33 months)
Transition to Practice (~3 months)

Residents complete local training in every major subspecialty of Orthopedic Surgery including Trauma, Spine, Oncology, Arthroplasty, Foot and Ankle, Shoulder and Elbow, Hand and Wrist, Knee, Pediatric Orthopedics.

Educational Rounds & Half Day

Beyond the informal learning happening on daily basis, extensive formal teaching is provided to our trainees. Residents are relieved from clinical duties every week for academic half-day. These sessions consist of case-based conferences, surgical simulation activities and guest speakers. The half-day schedule is based on a 2 year cycle , allowing residents to revisit major topics at least twice during their residency.

Formal teaching rounds care held on a daily basis from 7-8 am at The Ottawa Hospital.
Mondays: Oncology Rounds
Tuesdays: Trauma Rounds
Wednesdays: Foot & Ankle, Hand & Wrist and Shoulder & Elbow Rounds (alternating)
Thursdays: Hip & Knee Arthroplasty and Joint Preservation Rounds (alternating)
Fridays: Spine Rounds

Similarly, teaching rounds are held 3 times per week at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario for residents who are assigned to this site.

Visiting professors are hosted monthly during the academic year, allowing residents to learn from leaders in our field and network with surgeons from across North America and beyond.

Labs, Courses & Conferences

uOttawa is home to the state of the art UOSSC Simulation lab where our program holds monthly surgical simulation activities during the academic year. These activities are opportunities for residents to develop their technical skills and refine their decision-making abilities in a high-fidelity , low stakes simulated environment.

Residents are also required to attend various professional development courses throughout their residency, including ATLS, the AO foundation courses and the COA Basic Science Course. Residents are invited to attend locally held orthopedic courses sponsored by our Division and are provided with financial support to travel to orthopedic meetings of their choice throughout the course of their residency training.

Research Days & Requirements

Our orthopedic residents can benefit from extensive research opportunities around the uOttawa Orthopedic ecosystem. Whether you want to do perform live animal surgery, collaborate with our engineering colleagues, work in our state of the art biomechanics lab or perform clinical research using our QI databases, opportunities are too numerous to list. Residents are encouraged to join some of our research teams to complete their two required resident research projects. Accomplishments and research successes are celebrated yearly with the Hans K. Uhthoff Research Day where residents are offered opportunities to formally present their research to the Division.

Residency Training Program Committee Members

  • Alexandra Stratton MD MSc FRCSC
  • Andrew Tice MD FRCSC
  • Joel Werier MD FRCSC
  • Lorne Wiesenfeld MDCM FRCPC: Vice-Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME)
  • Taylor Woolnough MD and Marc-Antoine Ricard MD: Chief Residents
  • Johnathan Sevick MD: Junior Resident Representative
  • Sylvia Behrens: Program Administrator
  • Akshay Seth MD MEd FRCSC: Undergraduate Education

Current Residents

Graduating Class of 2029

  • Bader Alkandari
  • Sophie Ba
  • John-Peter Bonello
  • Abbey Bowley
  • Johanna Dobransky
  • Benjamin Raymond

Graduating Class of 2028

  • Ebrahim Alawadhi
  • Rashed Alhamidan
  • Emily Elder
  • Matthew Macciacchera
  • Zoe Mack
  • Nagi Mikhail
  • Naama Nofech Mozes

Graduating Class of 2027

  • Alexandra Marshall
  • Samuel Morgan
  • Hamid Nessek
  • Blake Power
  • Jonathan Sevick

Graduating Class of 2026

  • Zachary DeVries
  • Emmitt Hayes
  • Eric Locke
  • Kenneth Lukas
  • Nicholas Nucci
  • Nicholas Tubin

Graduating Class of 2025

  • Marc-Antoine Ricard
  • Taylor Woolnough

Apply for Residency Program

Applications for our program are completed through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS); please visit their website below. For more information please contact Sylvia Behrens for questions.

Resident Lectures

Academic Half Day Session – Hand/Wrist Symposium: Scaphoid Injuries and Carpal Instability

Thursday, June 27, 2024 (2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

Ortho Boardroom J-145, Civic Campus


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