2016 Annual Report
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Message from the Chair
Thank you for your interest in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa. This report provides details on our achievements in 2016, and our efforts to realize the goals and objectives outlined in our Strategic Plan, Vision 2020.
In 2016, our postgraduate residency program underwent a rigorous Accreditation Review by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). While at first the task of meticulously evaluating the collective work of over 400 faculty members, 165 residents and a dedicated administrative team seemed daunting, our department embraced this opportunity. Together, we effectively demonstrated the outstanding educational quality of our program, graduating competent and compassionate physicians ready to provide excellent patient care, and make meaningful contributions to society. Our program’s preliminary results from the CFPC were excellent and we look forward to the full report in June 2017.
Our faculty continues to make valuable contributions to an expanding evidence base that supports strong medical education and better patient care. The Academy of Scientists (AoS) at the CT Lamont Primary Health Care Research Centre (CTLC) and our teaching units are proving to be innovation engines. The Champlain BASETM eConsult project, co-developed by Dr. Clare Liddy, saw further support and was expanded nationally. The De-prescribing program, co-led by Dr. Barbara Farrell, was selected by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Commonwealth Fund as a key tool to provide solutions in healthcare delivery systems in the United States. Dr. Lise Bjerre was named as a Faculty of Medicine Junior Clinical Research Chair in Pharmaco-epidemiology and Medication Appropriateness. Faculty at the Primrose unit published age-appropriate, evidence-based guidelines for prevention and screening in Canadian adults. These are only a few examples. I invite you to consult the CTLC’s Annual Report for 2016.
We advanced the DFM’s social accountability mandate in 2016, at both a local and international level. Our faculty members and residents helped nearly 1000 Syrian refugees settle in Ottawa, by providing evidence-based medical screening. We welcomed the second cohort of Guyanese physicians in our Family Medicine Residency Training Program in Guyana. Dr. David Ponka was awarded an Academics Without Borders grant to build capacity in primary care and research for Guyanese medical residents. These efforts further support our mission to establish sustainable, community-focused primary care delivery in Guyana. We continue to work closely with our colleagues at the Ottawa-Shanghai Joint School of Medicine to introduce Canadian family medicine training in China. We welcomed a delegation from Shanghai. They observed teaching in the Greenboro Family Medicine Centre, which was awarded the OCFP Family Practice of the Year Award in 2016.
Our program is only as exceptional as the team of people behind it, who go beyond the challenges of their day-to-day responsibilities to make real contributions to advancing primary care research and medical education. Many are highlighted in this report for their outstanding achievements provincially, nationally and internationally. Dr. Alison Eyre was the first-ever recipient of the CFPC Jim Ruderman Academic Family Medicine Leadership Award. We are committed to supporting our staff, learners and faculty to succeed and excel at every opportunity. The success of our Accreditation Review provided validation of our efforts, and is cause for pride and celebration. Yet with every year a new cohort of medical students and residents comes with new knowledge, strengths and ideas. It is our commitment to the improvement of our programs and a dedication to broadening our evidence base that will foster our learners to become leaders in Family Medicine and contribute to a healthy future for all Canadians.
Dianne Delva, MD, CCFP, FCFP