Dr. Tamara Pokrupa-Nahanni (far left) at Resident Orientation

Dr. Tamara Pokrupa-Nahanni (far left) at Resident Orientation

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Lina Shoppoff, MD, CCFP Director, Undergraduate Education

Top Accomplishments

  • 53% of uOttawa medical students participate in the Family Medicine Interest Group
  • Number of 4th year electives within family medicine teaching units increases by 20%
  • A new student-designed lottery system matches students with Physical Skills Development preceptors
  • Visual Thinking strategies and Allied Healthcare Provider Visits added to 3rd year family medicine rotations and contribute to enhanced social accountability

Understanding the factors that encourage prospective residents to choose our program

Christopher Russell, a uOttawa medical student and member of the Family Medicine Interest group (FMIG), presented his study, Influential Factors for a Medical Student Ranking Their Home Institution’s Family Medicine Residency Program, at FMF 2017. He determined that uOttawa medical students are in a unique position regarding their opinion of the family medicine residency program, due to their exposure to family medicine-related programs and initiatives over their four years of undergraduate training, and interactions with family medicine residents on clinical rotations.

“Throughout medical school at uOttawa, I have had a number of experiences that have fueled my desire to pursue family medicine.”

Christopher Russell,
uOttawa medical student

CFPC Indigenous Student Leadership Award recipient Dr. Tamara Pokrupa-Nahanni attends FMF 2017

"This award is a new one, and its creation reflects the value the medical community places on celebrating the contributions of Indigenous medical students and family medicine residents. I am grateful for the recognition and the opportunity to meet other recipients at FMF. I had not realized that the family medicine community in Canada is so vast, varied and organized! The whole experience passed by too quickly."

Dr. Tamara Pokrupa-Nahanni,
Former uOttawa medical student and current resident

Dr. Kathryn McFarland

Dr. Kathyrn McFarland

Why do I teach Family Medicine?

"It has been very fulfilling to see the same student transform from an eager and keen first year to an efficient and pensive fourth year. Teaching allows me to slow things down in my day and focus on why I chose Family Medicine. Students challenge me - they open my mind to new ideas and approaches with my patients. I think I learn more from them some days!"

Dr. Kathryn McFarland,
Undergraduate Preceptor

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