Medical Education and Teaching

Doctor Carolyn Nessim is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Ottawa. She actively teaches medical students and residents via didactic lectures at the university as well as laboratory skills lab and one on one in the clinical setting. She supervises students at the Masters and Phd levels with various research projects.

She is currently the Program Director for the newly Royal College accredited Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship sub-specialty training program at the University of Ottawa (

She has held various administrative roles in the field of education including various roles at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as well as being the Chair of the CaRMS Committee for the general surgery post- graduate residency program at the University of Ottawa. She was also recently selected as the Surgeon Mentor in the General Surgery Residents Mentorship Program. In 2017, Dr. Nessim won the Audley Bodurtha teaching award for best teacher in the Division of General Surgery.

  • 2014
    Supervision of MSc and PhD Students for their Thesis

    •  Supervision of Medical Students, Residents and BSc students for their Research Projects

  • 2013-2015
    Peer Journal Reviewer

    • Annals of Surgical Oncology (ASO)
    • European Journal of Surgical Oncology (EJSO)

  • 2014
    Department of Surgery and Division of General Surgery Research Day

    • Collins Day – Department of Surgery – Abstract Selection Committee and Judge
    • General Surgery Research Day Judge
    • General Surgery Research Day Moderator

  • 2014
    General Surgery Program – University of Ottawa

    • Residency Program Committee
    • Chair CaRMS Committee
    • Mentor in Junior Mentorship Program
    • GS Lead of Surgical Exploration and Discovery Program (SEAD)
    • Residents as Teachers (RATS) Instructor

  • 2005-2010
    Course Lecturer

    • Guest lecturer for a CEGEP level oncology class on the surgical management of breast, colon, rectal, lung and prostate cancer (course number: 411-AEK-04) – College Ahuntsic
    • Guest lecturer for an M.Sc. level oncology class in the Molecular Biology Program, on Hormone Therapy in breast cancer (course number: BIM6064D) – Université de Montréal

  • 2005-2008
    Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

    • Member of Credentials Committee
    • Member of Education Committee
    • Member of Accreditation Committee
    • Member of Regional Consultative Committee

  • 2005-2008
    Post-­graduate Medical Faculty of the University of Montreal

    • Accreditation Committee – internal visits of academic programs
    • Education Committee

  • 2006-2007
    College of Physicians of Quebec

    • Member of Accreditation and Education Committee

  • 2006-2007
    Federation of Medical Residents of Quebec

    • President of Academic Affairs – Specialties
    • Academic Affairs Executive Committee
    • General Council

  • 2004-2008
    Medical Residents Association of the University of Montreal

    • Vice President of Academic Affairs – Specialties
    • Executive Committee