Departmental Updates - April 2020

Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2020

COVID-19 Update

We encourage you to stay current in the affairs that concern you as they are changing every day. At any time, you can visit the uOttawa coronavirus website and the Faculty’s special website dedicated to COVID-19, and follow them on Twitter @uOttawaMed and @uOttawa for further updates.

Undergraduate Program

Student-Senior Isolation Prevention Partnership (SSIPP)

This has been a challenging time for everyone.  Many students have elected to help during this pandemic in different ways.  One of the programs offered by medical student is offering their help for isolated seniors. Here is more information regarding this neat opportunity:

The Student-Senior Isolation Prevention Partnership (SSIPP), Ottawa Chapter focuses its efforts on decreasing social isolation within our Ottawa community by pairing medical students with seniors. Each week, medical student volunteers will call or video chat with their elderly friend to provide socialization and comfort during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are hoping that you may be able to distribute our initiative to your contacts including Ottawa family physicians who may have patients that would benefit from our program. If so, I can provide to you a more detailed email. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us at

As well, please check out our recent article in the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine website: New pairing program brings caring and comfort to isolated seniors

Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine (FAFM) – May 1, 2020

The Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine (FAFM) of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) offers opportunities to recognize outstanding medical students through the Honours and Awards Program. We encourage medical students interested in Family Medicine as a career to apply to these scholarships. 

The application for the Medical Student Scholarships awards and scholarships is presently open. These scholarships recognize outstanding medical students in their 2nd last year of study (graduating class of 2021). One student from each Canadian medical school will be selected. A selection committee coordinated through the office of the Assistant Dean, comprised of student and faculty representatives, is asked to collaborate on the selection process.  

Students are invited to apply by May 1, 2020, using the following form, and submit to Sylvie Critch at

Postgraduate Program

CaRMs 2020 – Match Success!

We are happy to announce our residency program has fully matched in the second iteration of CaRMS this month! Thank you to all who have helped with the short window for review for the second round of CaRMS applicants! We look forward to welcoming the new cohort on July 1! #MatchYourPassion

CaRMS 2021 – delay

CaRMS 2021 has been tentatively moved to February/March 2021 (instead of the usual December/January) – final determination to be made.

RIO Day – June 4, 2020

Research group reviewing and testing remote options.

CFPC Exams – SOOs portion cancelled

SOOs cancelled for the 2020 year. Fall and Spring of 2021 is still undetermined, but being assessed on an ongoing basis by the CFPC. 

Community Teaching

Community Journal Club – Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 situation, we have cancelled the Community Journal Club scheduled for the month of April.

Faculty Development

I am proud of our students, residents and faculty members for their strong commitment to our academic program. Thank you for quickly adapting your teaching and learning methods during this Winter term. Our faculty members, Dr. Shauna Bassel and Dr. Eric Wooltorton, have taken this opportunity to innovate and enhance MedEd. They've created a YouTube video to help faculty and resident preceptors focus case presentation skills, and assess clinical reasoning using the SNAPPS technique.

Faculty Development Half day – April 3, 2020

Earlier this month, we hosted the DFM's first virtual Faculty Development Half Day! I'd like to thank our Director of Faculty Development, Dr. Eric Wooltorton, and the rest of the team for sharing practical tips regarding online teaching, promotion, helping learners in difficulty and learning the difference between mentorship and coaching.

2019-2020 Academic Promotions

Join us on congratulating the following Department of Family Medicine faculty members on their recent academic promotions! We look forward to their leadership and future successes at the department and beyond.

Promotion to rank of Associate Professor

  • Dr. Elizabeth Muggah 
  • Dr. Doug Gruner
  • Dr. Lise Bjerre​​​​​​​

Promotion to rank of Assistant Professor

  • Dr. Lina Shoppoff
  • Dr. Mohamed Gazarin
  • Dr. Pil Joo
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