Chair Announcements in January 2022

Posted on Friday, January 7, 2022

Important announcements

Happy New Year! May this year be filled with health and prosperity. I hope many of you have had the opportunity to get some well-deserved rest during the holiday break. As we progress through a fifth wave of the pandemic, it's becoming increasingly important to take good care of our physical and mental health. While this isn't the start of the new year we hoped for, we will get through this together.

After careful consideration, the Department of Family Medicine is announcing the postponement of the DFM Winter Retreat, being held in Montbello, Quebec, on January 14-15, 2022. We look forward to welcoming you at the rescheduled Spring Faculty Retreat at the Fairmont Château Montebello, on Friday, April 1 & Saturday, April 2, 2022, when the climate has improved for an event of this magnitude. The DFM will be applying all registrations fees collected to date towards your participation in April.

There are so many wonderful initiatives and events to look forward to this year. Please join me in welcoming 2022 as we continue to innovate and be recognized as leaders in family medicine.

La variante Omicron nous démontre que la pandémie est loin d’être terminée. L’explosion des cas dans notre région et au Canada entraîne un nombre sans précédent de tests COVID-19, d’hospitalisations, de pénuries de personnel, de santé et une forte dégradation de la santé mentale de la population.

The Omicron variant has shown us that the pandemic is anything but over. The explosion of cases across our region and Canada is leading to unprecedented levels of COVID-19 testing, hospitalizations, healthcare staffing shortages, and a sharp decline in people's mental health.

I want to reaffirm our support for our people during this critical period. Please take the time to take good care of yourself and your loved ones. If you need to speak to someone, here is a list of counselling and wellness supports:

Despite the pandemic, our faculty have continued to strive for excellence and are being recognized for their contributions. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Lyne Pitre, who was awarded the "médaille de l'Ordre de la Pléiade" last December. This medal is awarded to Francophones who have been involved in advancing the French language. We are so proud of your accomplishments and thank you for your contributions. I would also like to congratulate Dr. Jean Roy, recipient of the 2022 CAME Certificate of Merit Award. Your dedication and commitment to promoting medical education in Canadian medical schools are commendable.

I want to thank everyone for all their efforts, it's been a difficult period for many, but I'm confident that we will get through this together.


Oksana joins the DFM as our UI (User Interface) Design Specialist. You may recognize her name and work from when she was a part of our coop team. Her impressive designs became branding material showcased at the DFM’s Dragons’ Den: Clinic of The Future. She will also continue to lend her expertise to the online Anti-Racism Curriculum project. We look forward to seeing how she applies her graphic design, user interface and user experience design principles (UI/UX) to improve the user experience across digital platforms, including web and mobile, electronic media and print resources for pedagogical and promotional materials. You can reach Oksana at osasovsk@uOttawa.ca.

The Faculty of Medicine’s Summer Studentship Program provides up to 54 first- and second-year undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in research projects across the Faculty of Medicine and affiliated hospital research institutes. This competitive program supports projects from across the medical research continuum, from fundamental research on the mechanisms of disease and drug discovery to evidence-based medical education and practice-changing clinical research. Provides Medical students the opportunity to gain first-hand training in research methodologies and skills while working with a faculty supervisor/mentor.

The Champlain Region has recently been approved for 4 Family Health Organisation (FHO) physician positions to support the care of unattached cancer patients. If interested, please submit a CV and letter of intent outlining experience and motivation to hrdfm@uOttawa.ca by January 15, 2022.

As part of the Ontario Health Team (OHT) partnership, Hôpital Montfort is collaborating with the OPH to provide a better transition of postnatal care in the community for women (both English and French) who have given birth at Hôpital Montfort. We are looking for a family physician, ideally, bilingual (we are flexible with this), to support the physical component of the follow-ups of a very small percentage of women (both Anglophone and Francophone) who have given birth at Hôpital Montfort who do not have a family physician and who will be identified as being at risk for perinatal depression after the 6-week postpartum period (regular period of regular follow-ups by the OB/GYN service). Read more.

For the 5th consecutive year, Francophone Affairs of the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Medicine are offering a scholarship program that provides medical students with an opportunity to engage in research. This experience, in French, carried out under the supervision of a professor from the Faculty of Medicine, will allow them to acquire new knowledge. Each $5,000 scholarship will support one student working on a summer project. The projects submission deadline is January 24, 2022, before 4:00 pm! Apply now! See eligibility criteria. *In French

It’s been almost two years since the pandemic first emerged. With the wide availability of COVID-19 vaccines, many believed that we were nearing the end of gathering restrictions, lockdowns and mask mandates. However, the severe threat of the rapidly spreading Omicron variant demonstrates that the pandemic is anything but over. As we progress through a fifth wave, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep a positive outlook. Here are six tips for coping with pandemic fatigue.

Essential for Practice Improvement: A Virtual, Collaborative Learning Webinar Series. This series of three 3-hr webinars with didactic and interactive learning, breakout sessions with trained QI coaches, as well as practice enhancement facilitation, offers the opportunity to implement a QI project (e.g. CPSO QI/QA) while learning essentials of QI from experts. Read moreRegister now!

FWP Seminar Series: A Virtual Fireside Chat with Dr. Jillian Horton & Dr. Elizabeth Muggah. On Tuesday, January 25, 2022, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., the Faculty Wellness Program would like to welcome Dr. Jillian Horton, a general internist, Associate Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine and Director at the Alan Klass Medical Humanities Program at the Max Rady College of Medicine in Winnipeg, Manitoba for a virtual fireside chat. The DFM's Dr. Elizabeth Muggah and Dr. Horton will explore wellbeing and the medical culture, including ways that we individually and collectively support a shift towards prioritizing wellbeing. Please join us for this exciting seminar! Read more.

Dissemination of Research in French with Dr. Miriam Lacasse. Free webinar presented as part of the "Causeries recherche" on January 26, 2022, from 9:00 am to 10:00 am (EST).

Objectives:

  • Discuss the issues of dissemination in French according to the field
  • Identify French-language journals according to the field
  • Establish concrete action plans to disseminate research in French
    Register now!

*In French

Family Medicine Interest Group "Plus One Night". Every year, the Family Medicine Interest Group hosts a "Plus One Night" to showcase family physicians and family medicine residents who have completed different +1's/PGY-3 programs. Our event will be taking place on Wednesday, February 23rd, from 6:00-8:00 pm via Zoom (link to be provided closer to the event). We would love to have you speak at our event about your experience with a plus one and applying to a plus one, your program, as well as the pros and cons of this path. If you would be interested in being a part of this event, please email fmig.ottawa@gmail.com.

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.

Ottawa Area Research Ethics Boards. Do you want to know about Research Ethics Boards (REB) in the Ottawa area? Join us on February 22, 2022, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., for an introductory session followed by a panel discussion with REB representatives from the Ottawa Health Science Network, uOttawa Health Sciences and Science and Bruyère Continuing Care REBs. Do you have questions you wish to pose to the panel? Submit your questions to Maddie.Venables@uottawa.ca. The workshop sessions are recorded and available to all DFM members on the DFM YouTube Channel. Please note that the material is presented in English, followed by a bilingual discussion.

Awards and Recognition

I want to congratulate the DFM's Dr. Kay-Anne Haykal on her brilliant article on Risk factors for suicidal ideation and suicide attempt among medical students: A meta-analysis, published just before the holiday break.

Upcoming Events

DFM Workshop Series

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!

Ottawa Area Research Ethics Boards

  • Do you want to know about Research Ethics Boards (REB) in the Ottawa area? Join us on February 22, 2022, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., for an introductory session followed by a panel discussion with REB representatives from the Ottawa Health Science Network, uOttawa Health Sciences and Science and Bruyère Continuing Care REBs. Do you have questions you wish to pose to the panel? Submit your questions to Maddie.Venables@uOttawa.ca. The workshop sessions are recorded and available to all DFM members on the DFM YouTube Channel.

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

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

Funding opportunities

Janus Research Grants support academic and community-based family physician members of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) in carrying out research projects that meet the changing needs of their patients and communities in Canada. The number and value of grants awarded each year are determined by the funds available. Read more.

The Infectious Disease and Climate Change Fund (IDCCF) addresses the impact of climate change on human health in Canada by increasing capacity to respond to the rising demands posed by climate-driven zoonotic, food-borne and water-borne infectious diseases, enabling Canadians and communities to have access to timely and accurate information to better understand their risks, and improving adaptation and resiliency to the health impacts of climate-driven infectious diseases. The letter of intent deadline is February 10, 2022.

CIHR: Network Grants in Oral Health and Bone Health. This funding opportunity will provide support for the creation of two networks: one in the priority area of Oral Health and one in the priority area of Bone Health. The aim of these networks will be to provide research leadership, foster innovative research and practices, build capacity and provide a forum that engages the research community and its partners (including but not limited to industry, charities, and patients and their careers). The registration deadline is February 8, 2022, and the application deadline is March 8, 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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