Ottawa Radiology Residency Personal Statement

Applications and Guidelines for the Appointment of Trainees

Residents are selected through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) and the University of Toronto Program will conform to deadlines published by CaRMS. 

For more information contact CaRMS at: 
171 Nepean Street, Suite 300
Ottawa, ON K2P 0B4 
telephone: (613) 237-0075 or (877) CARMS-42
fax: (613) 563-2860 

Selection Process for CaRMS Applicants

Selection Criteria 
• Candidates should have an above average academic record. 
• Three references - one from a radiologist. 
• A personal letter. 
• Interview. 

Potential applicants are advised to take an elective in radiology for a better understanding of the scope and demands of the specialty. It is not necessary to take the elective at the University of Toronto, although this does allow an applicant an opportunity to become acquainted with the Toronto program. It is not required or necessarily advised to devote all electives to Radiology. A broad exposure to clinical specialties is preferred. 


An interview with the program director, faculty representatives and residents on the Selection Committee is mandatory. Candidates considered for interview will be contacted in December to schedule a mutually agreeable time. We rank only those applicants we have interviewed. Interview dates are co-ordinated with other Canadian radiology programs and will be announced in October. 

Personal Letter

A personal letter is mandatory, summarizing the candidate's background, achievements, interests and reasons for applying to radiology and to the University of Toronto program. 

Reference Letters

References should be obtained from clinicians who have worked directly with the applicant and who can attest to the applicant's knowledge, skills and attitude. One should be from a radiologist with whom the student has spent elective time. Late references will be accepted until mid-December.

Director of Radiology Fellowship Programs: John G. Ryan, MD, FRCPC, dABR
Program Administrator: Avril D'Silva

The Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Radiology is fully associated with the Department of Medical Imaging at The Ottawa Hospital. Our department performs more than 500,000 imaging tests per year and we offer 10 fellowship training programs in:

  • Abdominal imaging
  • Angiography/intervention
  • Breast imaging
  • Cardiac imaging
  • ER / trauma
  • Musculoskeletal imaging
  • Diagnostic neuroradiology
  • Interventional neuroradiology
  • Pediatric radiology
  • Thoracic imaging

The academic year runs from July 1st to June 30th. For any inquiry regarding these programs, please contact

Fellowship candidates must have completed an accredited radiology training program and be either certified or eligible for certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Diagnostic Imaging, The American Board of Radiology, or certified with equivalent qualifications from another country. The candidate must also be proficient in both written and spoken English. Proof of qualifications must be provided by all applicants.

The deadline for 2020 - 2021 applications is September 30, 2018. The uOttawa application website will be open from June 1 - September 30, 2018 

Application Procedure for Canadian Trained Candidates

  • Applications must be submitted  via email to: Avril D'Silva.
  • Cover letter must indicate name of subspecialty fellowship
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copy of Canadian medical degree and Canadian specialty degree
  • Three reference letters

Application Procedure for Foreign Fellowship Candidates (or Canadian Permanent Residents with foreign MD/specialty degrees including US citizens)

Please apply using the uOttawa Faculty of Medicine’s Application website.


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