Chair Announcements in March 2021

Posted on Monday, March 1, 2021

Important announcements

Celebrate Mois de la Francophonie! Participate in action-packed events that highlight Francophone culture at uOttawa. Looking to improve your skills in French? The Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute has some tips for you!

The DFM is seeking a Full-Time Academic Physician (this position is based at the Bruyère Family Medicine Centre). The deadline is March 31 Contact / 613-899-2576.

Nominations are now open for many awards, including our new DFM Awards (deadline: May 1). View a list of upcoming awards for clinicians, scholars, educators and leaders in Family Medicine.

  • I am very pleased to inform you that the DFM's Asiya Rolston has been selected as a member of the University of Ottawa Steering Committee on Anti-Racism and Inclusion. Asiya has been a member of our department for nearly 10 years and has consistently demonstrated a commitment to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion, within our department and beyond. We look forward to supporting Asiya in this new role, and working with the committee to combat racism in our University community. Asiya welcomes your questions and suggestions at
  • I am so proud of our department's impressive representation in regional leadership roles. This includes Dr. Elizabeth Muggah (OCFP President), Dr. Judith Plante (CPSO President), Dr. Lise Bjerre (uOttawa and ISM Chair in Family Medicine), Dr. Marie-Hélène Chomienne (Chaire de recherche en santé de l’immigrant ou du réfugié d’Afrique francophone subsaharienne), Dr. Chandi Chandrasena (recently appointed the Chief Medical Officer for OntarioMD) and Dr. Alykhan Abdulla (Chair of the OMA Section on General and Family Practice, and currently running for OMA President). For International Women's Day on Monday, I was pleased to share some of my thoughts on female leadership at the Faculty of Medicine, along with the DFM's Dr. Manon Denis-Leblanc (Vice-Dean of Francophone Affairs).
  • The Best of Banff Science Communications is usually a residential program held at the Banff Centre for the Arts for a substantial fee, but this time only it is offered online for applicants, April 22 to 24. Learn to communicate your research to the public and engage new audiences. Get creative and have fun with different forms, all while learning proven techniques. Spaces are limited. Find out more. The deadline to apply is April 2. Contact: 403-817-6800 /
  • The OCFP is seeking up to five Family Physicians to serve on the Board of Directors. Read more. To apply, complete the online nomination form and email your resume/CV with two references to Lynn Hammond at (416-867-9646 ext. 18). The deadline to apply is April 5.
  • The Foundational Elements of Applied Simulation Theory (FEAST) course is offered by DIME and the uOSSC. Through this course, as well as with simulation opportunities within an applicant’s given specialty/profession, attendees will develop a solid knowledge base in educational theory and the skills required for an academic career as a simulation educator. Applicants from a wide range of medical and allied health specialties are welcome to apply by April 7. Read more. Contact: (613) 562-5800 ext. 8092 /
  • Journées Montfort is on April 15 and 16 from 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm. The DFM's Dr. Marie-Eve Bérubé and Dr. Richard Waldolf are presenting. View the program. Register now. Early bird rates are available until March 15. Contact: 613-746-4621 ext. 6023 /
  • The CIHR Governance and Nominating Committee is seeking applications from qualified ethics experts to fill vacancies on the Standing Committee on Ethics (SCE). Read more. Applications will be accepted until April 22.
  • Health care workers are at the front lines of the COVID pandemic. Increased feelings of stress, worry and anxiety are normal under these conditions. It is important to recognize the impact of COVID-related stress on your wellbeing and build coping skills that can help you get and stay healthy. COVID Frontline Wellness can help. Visit the website. Contact: 1-877-527-8207.
  • Check out our DFM swag! Place an order with your team to reduce shipping costs. All proceeds benefit Minwaashin Lodge.

OMA Elections

The voting period for the OMA elections is March 23 to April 13, and many DFM members are running. This includes Dr. Alykhan Abdulla, who is running for OMA President. Dr. Abdulla, an Assistant Professor at the DFM, has been a valued member of our department for 15 years, and is currently the Chair of the OMA Section on General and Family Practice. In 2020, Dr. Abdulla was recognized with the Faculty of Medicine Award for Professionalism and the OMA Advocate for Students and Residents Award. Find out more about Dr. Abdulla and his vision for the OMA on his website. Other DFM candidates include:

  • Dr. Janet Barber (PGY3) - Resident Rep for the Section on Sport and Exercise Medicine
  • Dr. Marie-Claude Gagnon - District 8 Delegate; Riding Urban (Ottawa) Delegate, District 8
  • Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth - Section on General and Family Practice, District 8 Delegate; Riding Urban (Ottawa) Delegate, District 8
  • Dr. Angela Laughton - Section on General and Family Practice, Delegate at Large; Riding Urban (Ottawa) Delegate, District 8
  • Dr. Taylor Lougheed - Delegate, District 9
  • Dr. Anish Mody - Riding Urban (Ottawa) Delegate, District 8

All OMA members will be invited to vote between March 23 and April 13. Once voting is open, you will be able to vote on the OMA Elections webpage using your OMA log-in credentials. Contact: 1-800-268-7215 ext. 3434 /

Awards and Recognition

  • Listen now! The DFM's Dr. Elizabeth Muggah spoke about the potential role of family doctors in COVID-19 vaccination on CBC Ottawa Morning on March 24.
  • Many of our members have been recently recognized by the Faculty for their exceptional leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes: Dr. Michelle Anawati, Dr. Catherine Brown (graduate), Dr. Sarah Funnell (graduate), Dr. Yipeng Ge (PGY1), Dr. Tavis Hayes (PGY1), Dr. Jennifer Hughes-Large (PGY2), Dr. Scott Laing (PGY3), Dr. Jennifer LeMessurier (graduate), Dr. Dolly Lin (graduate), Dr. Tiffany Locke (graduate), Dr. Roderick McPhee (PGY2), Dr. Reed Morrison (graduate), Dr. Vanessa Murley, Dr. Anthea Paul (PGY2), Dr. Manu Saraswat (PGY2), Dr. Nour Shehata (PGY2), Dr. Ellen Snyder (graduate), Dr. Jessica Strike, Dr. Gail Webber, Dr. Mark Woo (graduate) and Dr. Austin Zygmunt (graduate). Read more.
  • On Friday, March 19 at 10 am, the Collège des chaires de recherche sur le monde francophone de l’Université d’Ottawa is hosting an inauguration ceremony for Dr. Marie-Hélène Chomienne, who was recently named the Chaire de recherche en santé de l’immigrant ou du réfugié d’Afrique francophone subsaharienne. You can view the invitation or register online. Contact: 613-562-5800 ext. 2045 /
  • Listen to DFM/PHPM resident, Dr. Yipeng Ge, on a recent episode of the Public Health Insight podcast, Public Health and Preventive Medicine: The Intersection of Population Health & Clinical Practice.

Upcoming deadlines

Upcoming Events

Date Event Time
MAR 3 Virtual hands-on workshop: let's create videos to support teaching and learning 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
MAR 4 Medical Bytes Webinar: Alcohol use during COVID and its mental health implications with Dr. Melanie WIllows 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
MAR 5 Adaptation au mode télésupervision! 8:00 am - 9:00 am
MAR 10 Making the most of mentoring 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MAR 17 Généalogie et médecine 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
MAR 24 DIME Rounds: Exploring the #MeToo experiences of women in medicine 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
MAR 24 Moment d'oxygène pour ceux et celles qui portent le masque au quotidien 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
MAR 25 Family Medicine Grand Rounds 8:00 am - 9:00 am
MAR 26 Meridith Marks Day 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
MAR 30 Analyse des projets ACE 8:00 am - 9:00 am
MAR 30 Exploring Equity, Inclusion and Diversity in Educational Leadership 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
MAR 31 Est-ce une blague ?, ou comment éliminer les fausses nouvelles en santé 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
MAR 31 Research Impact Evaluation 101 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
MAR 31 Home-schooling in PGME and UGME during the COVID19 Era 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
APR 1 DFM Research Community of Practice meeting 10:00 am - 11:00 am
APR 7 Quoi de neuf en insuffisance cardiaque? 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
APR 8 Une nomination facultaire...Ça sert à quoi? 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
APR 14

Tips for virtual care visits

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
APR 15-16 Champlain Centre for Health Care Ethics symposium 8:55 am - 1:00 pm
APR 15-16 Journées Montfort 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm
APR 22 Family Medicine Grand Rounds 8:00 am - 9:00 am
APR 22 Measuring and addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH) 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
APR 22-23 70th Annual Refresher Course for Family Physicians 7:55 am - 4:25 pm
APR 27 Les leçons apprises à Montfort lors de la pandémie : suivre l’évidence clinique, pas toujours évident! 8:00 am - 9:00 am
APR 28 Perles cliniques en antibiothérapie 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
APR 29 Seven Tips for Young Educators 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Bien préparer un cours magistral en médecine : trucs, astuces et défis

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
MAY 7 2021 Update in Geriatrics for Primary Care TBD
MAY 12-13 Choosing Wisely Canada’s National Meeting 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
MAY 17-21 Colloque international francophone Climat et santé 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
MAY 20 2021 Update in Dermatology 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
MAY 25

« Choisir avec soin » à Montfort : où en sommes-nous ?

8:00 am - 9:00 am
MAY 26 Quoi de neuf en diabétologie ? 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Funding opportunities

The CFI Innovation Fund makes financial contributions to Canada’s universities and research hospitals to increase their capability to carry out high-quality research. Please submit completed expression of interest packages to the Faculty of Medicine Research Office by April 12 at 5 pm. Following review, the Research Office will submit all Faculty of Medicine applications directly to the University. Contact: 613-562-5800 ext. 8116 /

BRI Graduate Studentship Award Program: This program was developed to provide opportunities to individuals pursuing advanced degrees to foster the development of future health research and innovation leaders. BRI will have up to 3 awards available per year, at a maximum of $10,000 per award. Read more. The deadline is April 22. Contact: 613-562-6262 ext. 1614 /

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

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