Faculty Retreat


A warm welcome from the Chair

Dr. Clare Liddy


Welcome to the Department of Family Medicine 2020 Annual Retreat! Thank you for joining us at this year’s event as we discover and celebrate our many successes. As a vibrant and diverse Department, with over 400 dedicated faculty members across the Ottawa region and beyond, I am grateful for this opportunity to come together, collaborate and build stronger relationships with one another. I hope you all have time to rest, recharge your batteries and have fun at the Montebello winter wonderland!

As I take on this new role as Interim Chair of the Department, I reflect on the great privilege it is to be a family doctor in Canada and am honoured to be taking on the challenges of leading the Faculty of Medicine's largest clinical department. As family doctors, we can have a tremendous impact by caring, curing and connecting with our patients, their families, and the community. To sustain this type of work and be effective clinicians, teachers and researchers in family medicine, we must remember to embrace the joy in our work and look for ways to continuously recharge our batteries.​​

I hope that you enjoy our accredited workshops taught by our Department’s best teachers, reconnect with friends, and reflect on the inspiring words of our keynote speaker, Dr. Nancy Fowler. I attach a great importance to this gathering, as it is a priority to strengthen our bonds across our various sites. Over the course of the next two days, I encourage you to peruse the ten sessions, and join us to acquire new skills and tools to enhance your teaching, clinical practice and scholarship. We will also recognize the achievements of several faculty members at dinner on Friday evening. And don’t forget to wear your dancing shoes for our ballroom dancing tips for people with two left feet!

I look forward to partnering with you on 'bringing joy to work' and recognizing the value of our work as family doctors in our community. I am grateful for your many contributions and look forward to spending time with each of you at our retreat!

A big thank you to faculty and staff involved in organizing this wonderful event! Our talented team worked hard to prepare an event to excite, inspire and encourage you to actively participate in our Department's vision and direction.

Kind regards from a proud member of the uOttawa DFM,

Dr. Clare Liddy
Chair, Department of Family Medicine


Welcome to Montebello on behalf of the Director of Faculty Development

Dear Faculty Member,

Dr. Eric Wooltorton


Welcome to this year's Department of Family Medicine Retreat. Our theme, "Recharge!", was inspired by the messages we received from you the faculty. I am very thankful to the Faculty Development Advisory Group including Dr. Douglas Archibald, Dr. Terry Brennan, Dr. Alison Eyre, Dr. Ed Seale, Dr. Shauna Bassel, Dr. Denice Lewis, Dr. Madeleine Montpetit, Dr. Lyne Pitre, Dr. Marjorie Pomerleau, Dr. David Tobin, Dr. Martha Holt and Dr. Lina Shoppoff and others who guided the content and format of the event. We are thankful to our Interim Chair Dr. Clare Liddy for her leadership and support to allow us to return to the beautiful Montebello resort. Finally, a big thank you to all the speakers who are contributing to making this event happen!

Our retreat is a time to kick back, celebrate our accomplishments, and be inspired by gifted speakers, panelists, presenters and innovators. Thank you for all that you do year-round to support and grow our Department. Now let's recharge! 

Dr. Eric Wooltorton
Director of Faculty Development, Department of Family Medicine


DFM Annual Faculty Retreat Agenda

Friday, January 10 to Saturday January 11, 2020
Château Montebello‎





We are thrilled to announce that we've sold out of DFM rooms. If you would like to attend one of the sessions, please reach out to Asiya Rolston directly.

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