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Army Air Force Navy

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Medical Specialist)

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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialists (physiatrists) belong to the Medical Specialist occupation in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and provide care and clinical leadership in rehabilitation medicine at CAF Health Services facilities in the national capital region.  They work closely with primary heath care providers and multidisciplinary teams to optimize patient care for CAF members. CAF Physiatrists may also participate in expanded venues in Canada and internationally and have the opportunity to be a leader within the CAF Health Services by serving as mentor and educator to the full spectrum of military health care providers and clients.

Their primary responsibilities are to:

  • Provide consultative and direct patient care services for CAF members in Canada;

  • Provide subject matter expert (SME) recommendations and advice;

  • Provide video assisted consultation to primary care providers and on-going care to members who may be be remotely located in Canada or on international operations;

  • Provide mentoship and education to other healthcare professionals; and

  • Contribute to the development and application of health care policy within the CAF

Work environment

Physiatrists in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) provide direct care to CAF members at the Canadian Forces Health Care Clinic in Ottawa, which includes physiotherapy and occupational therapy assessment capabilities. Working with primary care teams, mental health services and other CAF Medical Specialists, Physiatrists are integral to a supportive, multidisciplinary approach to patient care.  Video-assisted provision of care is used as a modality to reach members remotely located in Canada or on international operations. Participation in education and training tasks, as well as research opportunities, occur nationally and internationally.
To complement their role within CAF Health Services, physiatrists are embedded part time, as staff in tertiary care civilian rehabilitation centers and/or sports medicine facilities, working alongside their civilian colleagues. They may also be called upon to provide clinical expertise to policy application in reviews completed by the Directorate of Medical Policy (D Med Pol) of Health Services Head Quarters in Ottawa.


After enrolment, you will begin 6 weeks of basic officer training at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. Topics covered include general military knowledge, the principles of leadership, regulations and customs of the Forces, basic weapons handling, field training, navigation and first aid. A rigorous physical fitness program is also a vital part of basic training. Opportunities will be provided to participate in training exercises and lead small group tasks to apply your newly acquired military skills. Basic officer training is provided in English or French and successful completion is a prerequisite for further training.

Learn more about Basic Training here.

All physicians attend the Basic Medical Officer Course (BMOC) at the Canadian Forces Health Services Training Centre (CFHSTC) in Borden, Ontario. Here, they are introduced to the organizational structure and history of the Canadian Forces Medical Service and the unique circumstances of practicing military medicine. This course incorporates blended delivery modalities with on-line components and a residential component. In its entirety, the training lasts six weeks and is usually available twice per year, in one-, two- or three-week sessions. 

Entry plans

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