The Emergency Medicine Clinician-Educator Fellowship (EM-CE)


This program in the Ottawa DEM is designed to develop a select cadre of EM leaders with advanced training in health professions education that prepares them to serve as scholars and consultants in medical education.


Thinking of a career in academic Emergency Medicine?  This program is designed for those who aspire to be a leader in medical education in their professional work.  We envision a clinician-educator (CE) as a career path beyond effective teaching alone.  A CE is a consultant in education, applying advanced expertise in curriculum, teaching, assessment, and learning theory.  As Emergency physicians, we have a unique and broad understanding of the medical education continuum and the breadth of disciplines.  We are well placed to make effective contributions to medical schools, academic departments, and other institutions.  If you can see yourself as a CE in EM, then this program is for you!

Our unique program in Ottawa is positioned to provide excellent CE training.  Not only is our internationally-recognized department the most academically active in Canada, it is also one of the largest clinical training programs.  Each year, the DEM sees more than 70 EM residents and fellows, more than 100 medical students in our EM clerkship, more than 100 off-service residents, and nearly 70 faculty.  In Ottawa, our CE experiences can take advantage of our connections to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA), the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS), and the Medical Council of Canada (MCC).  Our CE program also provides synergies with other DEM programs in simulation, ultrasound, EMS, and educational research.

We are affiliated with the University of Ottawa's Academy for Innovation in Education (AIME) programs. led by Stan Hamstra PhD.   Participants in the DEM CE fellowship will be able to also be a part of the AIME Health Education Scholars Program (HESP).

Program Director

Jason R. Frank MD MA(Ed) FRCPC, Director of Educational Research & Development, Department of Emergency Medicine; and Director Specialty Education, Strategy and Standards, Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada


  • Senior residents (PGY4 and up) or faculty with a valid clinical license to practice Emergency Medicine in Ontario (independent or educational)
  • Evidence of interest and ability in medical education
  • Must enroll in one of the available graduate degree programs in health professions education (e.g. M.Ed, DipMedEd, MHPE, MA); or,
  • Enrollment  in the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada Area of Focused Competence/Diploma Clinician-Educator program ,

Application process

Send curriculum vitae and cover letter to Dr. Jason Frank c/o Ms. Rachel Baril, Department of Emergency Medicine via email:

Only complete applications with evidence of eligibility will be acknowledged.

Duration:  2 years

Curriculum Elements

  • Career mentoring
  • EM Med Ed Journal Club
  • Applied projects/innovations
  • Publications
  • Presentations
  • Individualized curriculum modules
  • Opportunities to provide clinical teaching
  • Clinical EM shifts

Major content areas

  • Principles of health professions education
  • Systematic curriculum design
    • Curriculum rationale
    • Needs assessment
    • Instructional methods
    • Assessment systems
  • Program evaluation
  • Competency-based education
  • Continuum of medical education:  UGME, residency, PGME, CPD
  • Accreditation
  • Credentialing of physician competence
  • Competence concepts
  • Learning science
  • Effective teaching
  • Faculty Development