Departmental Updates - January 2020

Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Undergraduate Program

I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and all the best for 2020!  Students have returned to school and I hope everyone had time to rest.

CaRMS interviews have started for our undergraduate students.  We wish them good luck during the next few weeks!  

Our first year students will start doing their Community Preceptor Program sessions.  Thank you to all the preceptors who have agreed to let students shadow them in their practice!  Students frequently comment that these half days are one of the best part of pre-clerkship.  Let's ensure they get a great first exposure to family medicine.

A student’s reflection on an elective opportunity in Bénin

By: David Lavoie, uOttawa MD student
"This is one of the rare opportunities as a student to not only go on a Global health elective, but also to partake in the preparation. I was selected as the DFM Global Health Travel Bursary recipient for the Bénin elective in February 2019, along with four other medical students and one Internal Medicine..." continue reading

Postgraduate Program

Happy New Year! I hope the Holiday season was a restful and joyous time for you and yours. The Postgraduate team is excited for another year of success and growth!

CaRMS 2020 #MatchYourPassion – Jan 23, 24, 30, 31

CaRMS interviews are taking place on January 23, 24, 30 and 31 2020 at our Departmental Offices (600 and 850 Peter Morand Cres). We appreciate your support during this crucial time to celebrate our program and our city!

IMG CaRMS 2020

An information session for prospective IMG candidates took place in Toronto on January 15, 2020. Drs. Seale and Ehrlich attended along with two current IMG residents. IMG interviews will take place for all of Ontario on January 17, 2020. 

Resident Exam Preparation

Exam season in just around the corner! If you feel you need direction or support as you prepare for your exams please be sure to communicate with your primary preceptor. Effective exam preparation is an important key to your success – let us help guide you!

Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) Annual Scientific Assembly

The DFM funded two residents to attend the 57th Annual Scientific Assembly (ASA) put on by the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) this past fall. Read more about Dr. Ronnie Daoud and Dr. Brianne Patterson's thoughts on this experience.

The Canadian Conference on Medical Education – April 18 -21 2020

Learn more about the upcoming Canadian Conference on Medical Education here. The event will take place in Vancouver BC on April 18 -21 2020 and is sure to be a rewarding event for all.

Faculty Development

Annual Departmental Retreat

Thank you to everyone who participated in faculty development at the DFM Annual Faculty Retreat on January 10 and 11. We are thrilled to announce this past weekend's retreat was the biggest faculty turnout in the last five years! What an energizing weekend at the Château Montebello‎! I'd like to thank Dr. Eric Wooltorton for putting together dynamic sessions and workshops, and our amazing staff for a successful 2-day event! Visit the Retreat Web Guide for presentations (where available).I am honoured to be leading our department and highly value your tremendous work. I hope you are feeling recharged, inspired and motivated to take on new challenges!

DFM Academic Promotions

Join us in congratulating Dr. Lina Shoppoff and Dr. Kheïra Jolin-Dahel who have successfully been promoted from Lecturer to Assistant Professor!

Faculty of Medicine seeking a Chair for the DFM

The University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair, Department of Family Medicine, which reports to the Dean. The successful candidate is expected to be located at the Faculty of Medicine during the 4 days; however consideration will be given to flexible work arrangements to allow the demands of the service to be spread over the entire week. The duration of the appointment would be up to 5 years, renewable once. You are invited to forward a letter of intent, and CV by February 9, 2020, to - Posting

The very first Family Medicine Research Chair at the DFM

The Institut du Savoir Montfort (ISM) and the Department of Family Medicine (DFM) have partnered to create a new Family Medicine Research Chair, the first of its kind in Canada. The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in building Family Medicine research capacity within the ISM. The candidate will be conducting innovative research that drives knowledge to action in the area of healthy living and health of the Canadian communities with a focus on vulnerable populations and francophones living in a minority context. Posting - deadline of February 28, 2020

PRIME grant deadline coming soon!

The PRIME grant supports Department of Family Medicine faculty members to undertake a scholarly or research project with access to an experienced research team, including guidance from a research advisor and mentoring from an experienced primary care investigator or medical educator. The PRIME grant provides up to $20,000 per project in support of research in primary care or medical education innovation. The deadline for Letters of Intent is January 31, 2020Download Letter of Intent Template. Questions? Watch the video How to Apply for the PRIME Grant, and/or contact the Office of Strategic Initiatives at

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