Chair Announcements in December 2021

Posted on Friday, December 10, 2021

Important announcements

I hope many of you are keeping safe and enjoying this first taste of winter weather. While many of us are looking forward to the holidays, it's important to be mindful of those in our community who are not as fortunate. Earlier this week, uOttawa launched its annual United Way campaign. This year's campaign will run until December 17, 2021, and aims to raise $125,000. I encourage you to donate and make a difference in the lives of those facing challenges and living with uncertainty.

Please register for the Faculty Retreat at the Fairmont Le Château Montebello. This year's events include accredited faculty development sessions, opportunities to network and learn from our colleagues through social and professional activities and the opportunity to enjoy some dedicated outdoor leisure time to enjoy the rustic charm, unique architecture and beautiful natural surroundings while connecting with your colleagues.

Faculty members interested in applying for the 2022-2023 Promotion Cycle are encouraged to submit a letter of intent, accompanied by an up-to-date CV, to Andrea Rawley no later than December 31, 2021.

Welcome Ali El Achkar! Ali will join the DFM and act as the technical resource for the numerous innovation initiatives underway, including the development and support of the virtual reality experiences. His expertise and oversight will help support our team of coop engineers, but he will primarily act as a hands-on software developer managing the software development lifecycle. You can reach Ali at

The Ottawa Paramedic Service along with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI), in partnership with Healthcare Excellence Canada (HEC) and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) are launching a Palliative Care Pilot Program in Ottawa with later expansion to other regions in Ontario. This pilot aims to add additional support for patients in our community who are approaching the end of their life and who would prefer to remain at home. If these rostered patients experience a crisis where they are unable to access timely intervention from their primary providers, they will be able to obtain symptom management support through 911. For more information, please contact, Dr. Natalie MillsRead moreSee presentation.

There are currently 1738 active cancer patients in the Champlain Region without a Family Physician and many more patients with positive cancer screens with no family physicians. The Ministry of Health recently granted the Champlain Region 4 funded FHO positions to fill this need - a significant advance for some of the most vulnerable patients in our region. The positions must be held by a PGY3 FP-Oncology graduate determined by the Department of Family Medicine, and housed within existing an FHO. The host practices will benefit from an inhouse cancer expert with strong links to the cancer system who can be a resource for cancer care and education. If your FHO would be interested in hosting an unattached cancer patient FHO position, please contact Dr. Anna Wilkinson, Regional Cancer Primary Care Lead.

Awards and Recognition

I want to congratulate our DFM colleagues who received Teaching Skills Attainment Awards and have been recognized at the Awards in Education Ceremony last week:

  • Dr. Erika Tanner - Level 1
  • Dr. Michelle Anawati - Level 1
  • Dr. Parisa Rezaiefar - Level 2 with Merit
  • Dr. Rita Hafizi - Level 2 with Merit

Upcoming Events

Post COVID-19 syndromes

A free webinar presented on December 14, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (ET)* by Marie-Noëlle Nicole, Hospitalist at Hôpital Montfort.


  • Describe various post-COVID syndromes
  • Discuss possible solutions for patients with post COVID-19 syndromes

Register now! *Webinar offered in French.

Where to publish reviews?

Are you interested in building your scholarly and research skills? On January 18, 2022, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., the DFM is hosting the 'Where to publish reviews?' workshop with Lindsey Sikora and Karine Fournier, Librarians, Health Sciences and Research. Register now! See poster.

Please note that the material is presented in English, followed by a bilingual discussion.

View the DFM Faculty Development Schedule for a list of upcoming events.

Funding opportunities

NRC (wich CIHR): Aging in place challenge program

This call for proposals is a joint endeavour between the National Research Council of Canada's (NRC) Aging in Place Challenge program and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Aging (CIHR-IA). The focus of this call is to seek technological solutions to assist older adults with mental health conditions and/or those who experience social isolation so they can live well in the community. The project Outline Submission Deadline is December 22, 2021. The full proposal submission deadline is March 22, 2022.

CIHR: Planning and Dissemination Grants

The Planning and Dissemination Grants are intended to provide support for planning and/or dissemination activities (either virtual or in-person) consistent with the mandate of CIHR and relevant to CIHR Institutes and Initiatives. The application deadline is January 18, 2022.

Are you looking for funding for an innovative idea? Visit our funding opportunities page for more information and for a list of funding opportunities.

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