KITCHENS AT ROGER GUINDON HALL (RGN) & 600/850 PETER MORAND (PMC):
- RGN-PMC kitchens are open with COVID-safe measures:
Kitchens have re-opened effective November 23, 2020; however, we ask for your continued diligence. You are required to follow COVID-safe measures and observe the kitchen etiquette listed below. Here is our top-10 list for staying COVID-safe while on campus:
10. Spot a concern? Notify Medsafety or Facility Management
9. Limit use of the elevators.
8. Staircases are designated as “one-way”.
7. Kitchen Etiquette
Limit of one person at a time.
Wipe-down any touched surfaces before and after each use.
Cover your food to ensure it does not splatter. Wipe up any messes or spills.
Do not leave dishes in the sink.
Do not leave food in the refrigerator for extended periods. If we need to shut down again, all items will be disposed of.
Let us know of any problems using the online form.
Reminder that no small appliances can be plugged in unless Medfaci has been advised and provided approval.
6. Observe maximum occupancy limits.
5. Continue to wash/sanitize hands frequently.
4. Wear your mask AND keep 2 m physical distancing.
3. Don’t risk your access to campus.
2. Notify uOttawa of a COVID-positive result at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Complete the self-assessment BEFORE coming on campus. If you are sick, or are experiencing any symptoms, please stay home: self-isolate, follow the guidance of the Ottawa Public Health self-assessment tool and get tested.
Ottawa Public Health resources are straining under the weight of an ever-growing workload. If we in the University community don’t remain vigilant, the virus will spread at an exponential rate and our work and research will have to be curtailed. We all have an important role to play in keeping the Medicine & Health Sciences Campus open.
- Save the date! We’ve now rescheduled our upcoming awards ceremonies. Despite a challenging year, the Faculty community has continued to shine and to excel and we look forward to celebrating many outstanding efforts and achievements of faculty, learners, and staff.
Thursday, December 10: Alumni Awards of Distinction Ceremony | 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday, December 14: Awards in Education Ceremony | 3 p.m.
Tuesday, December 15: Awards of Excellence Ceremony | 6:30 p.m.
This last event will include:
The 2020 Faculty of Medicine Awards of Excellence
The 2020 Research Day Awards
COVID-19 Recognition Program special mentions
Keep an eye on your inbox over the coming days for details about these events, including links to register and to join.
VIRTUAL TOWN HALL WITH THE DEAN:
- On Tuesday, November 24, Dr, Bernard Jasmin, dean of the Faculty of Medicine, held a virtual town hall for all faculty, staff and learners.
Summary: The dean provided a brief update on where we stand at the Faculty of Medicine on matters of the FoM’s budget and strategic plan, and praised the Faculty’s many achievements despite COVID-19. He invited the members of the Executive Leadership Team to present updates on their respective portfolios. The floor was opened for questions. A summary of the town hall appears in the November 26 issue of MedPoint.
Dr. Jasmin reiterated the importance of the FoM community coming together to meet on such occasions despite the challenges we are facing, and that working in a collegial environment is more important than ever.
As seen in messages from Central, due to losses at the University level brought on by COVID, uOttawa’s budget is being challenged this year. FoM leadership is not sure yet how the Faculty will be impacted, but they are keeping a close eye on the budget situation.
Dr. Jasmin said the Faculty will wait for formal notification from Central re online curriculums but being proactive is advantageous; final decisions will come in the spring.
Leaders thanked everyone for their involvement and dedication in keeping our educational offerings operating smoothly amid the year’s challenges.
RETURN TO RESEARCH:
- The Research Office has posted a comprehensive update of Return to Research Guidelines for Roger Guindon Hall for Fall 2020, including links to important resources.
Please review the updates on the Research Office’s dedicated COVID-19 page. A summary appears below.
Note: Peter Morand has slightly different operational procedures and institute-based research teams would need to refer to their own institutions for guidelines.
We will be increasing wet-lab research capacity of the Faculty of Medicine’s Roger Guindon Hall to 90%. Starting on Monday November 23, each lab can have 45% maximum of their approved staff on-site capacity at any one time with each lab allowed to have up to 90% of their approved staff on-site over the course of each day.
If there are no changes in a lab’s staffing levels, there is no need for action from the Principal Investigator; however, Principal Investigators must follow protocol for the addition of new staff/trainees to their approved list.
Visiting scientists/collaborators are now allowed onsite. However, to maintain occupancy numbers any lab visitors/collaborators must be scheduled within an individual lab’s daily occupancy limits.
The Research Office will issue a maximum lab occupancy sign that is to be posted on the door of closed labs or in the bay area of open labs.
All previous R2R Restrictions remain in place with the following modifications: increased occupancy in elevators and limited access to kitchenettes.
UNDERGRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION (UGME):
UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA:
Summary: I would like to start by thanking you for the past eight months. Thanks to you, uOttawa continues its activities effectively and safely despite the exceptional circumstances. I fully appreciate that all those efforts added an extra burden on all of us. Stress and fatigue are very present and I firmly believe that we all need a break. All faculty and staff will therefore be given November 27 as holiday. This is one small way for the leadership team to show our deep appreciation. However, research and academic activities for students must continue.
The pandemic has presented challenges all of us this year but throughout it all, our faculty and staff have been extraordinary. We want to recognize everyone’s outstanding efforts during 2020 so please join us for a virtual event to celebrate our community’s resilience and determination.
Please join President and Vice-Chancellor Jacques Frémont, and Provost and Vice-President Academic Affairs, Jill Scott, for a virtual event to celebrate and highlight our devoted community members.
November 26, 2020 - 11 a.m.
Please mark the date in your calendar now and on Nov. 26, use this link to join the event.
If you have any questions, please email: email@example.com.
- Faculty Wellness Program:
Wellness Seminar Series: More Feet on the Ground
Tuesday, December 1, 2020—5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Register online for More Feet on the Ground
For faculty members, residents and post-doctoral students in the basic science and clinical departments.
The goal is to help you better understand mental health on campus. This course prepares you to support students on your campus who may be living with mental health concerns.
1. Understand the principles of Recognize, Respond, Refer
2. Have an overview of the wider context of well-being on campus
3. Understand your role, responsibilities and limits
4. Understand your influence as an industry leader, and how students perceive each other in class and in their field
5. Understand what you are required to do in Ontario
6. Describe the services available on campus and the options for connecting someone to support
7. Know where to look for the resources available to your students, yourself and colleagues
8. Know where to look for more information if you want to learn more or see what’s coming next
9. Address FAQs
- Webinar: Parenting During a Pandemic
Friday, December 4, 2020—12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
This interactive session is aimed at uOttawa faculty members, and trainees who are parents and will be a forum to raise questions and concerns and share approaches on how to manage as a parent during COVID.
Register online for Parenting During a Pandemic
Dr. Nisha Thampi, Assistant Professor and Pediatric Infectious Diseases Consultant
Dr. Michael Cheng, Associate Professor and Psychiatrist
Moderator: Dr. Elizabeth Muggah, Assistant Dean, Faculty Wellness Program, Associate Professor Department of Family Medicine.
1. Identify key challenges facing parents and children during the COVID pandemic and learn strategies to help mitigate these.
2. Connect with other faculty members to share experiences and approaches to managing as a parent during the pandemic.
3. Identify resources for additional support
CONTACT TRACING - REMINDER:
OFFICE OF CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (OCPD):
RETURN TO CAMPUS:
- Reminder: Masks mandatory in all indoor common spaces on campus:
Wearing masks is mandatory in all enclosed public spaces. This includes indoor common spaces on our campus, such as hallways, lobbies, stairways, washrooms, and elevators. Personal offices and labs are not considered common spaces and therefore existing protocols remain in place.
RESOURCES FOR RETURNING TO CAMPUS:
Prior to returning to work on campus:
Each employee must complete a mandatory online orientation session on COVID-19 — Returning to Work on Campus: Protecting Yourself and Others.
The goal of the session is to ensure that you are familiar with the changes implemented on campus and what you must do daily to ensure your health and safety and that of others when you return to work on campus.
Employees who must work on campus are to complete a health self-evaluation on the Ontario Public Health website.
Find out more about the COVID-19 training.
- Campus health and safety resources from the uOttawa Office of Risk Management:
Description of other health and safety and sanitary precautions that have been implemented on campus such as new signage.
Checklist for Staff and Students during COVID-19
For the latest uOttawa updates regarding COVID-19 please visit the uOttawa COVID-19 website.