Departmental updates - January 2021

Posted on Friday, January 15, 2021

Undergraduate Program

Happy New Year to everyone!  May 2021 bring you health, success and happiness.  

I would like to congratulate two medical students who were recognized at the Faculty's award ceremony:  Kaitlyn Endres and Kelsey Mongrain were both awarded a certificate for their outstanding clinical rotation in family medicine. One of our co-founders of This is Family Medicine, Emily Seale, was also recognized with the Scholar Award for second highest standing in the francophone stream. Congratulations to all!

France Simonyi has been working with us for the last year as our Francophone coordinator.  She was replacing Marijke Cowick who was on maternity leave. Marijke has now returned.  Thank you to France for her outstanding work and welcome back, Marijke!


Postgraduate Program

CaRMS 2021

Drs. Rangwala and Seale held the second CaRMS candidate meet and greet on Tuesday, January 19.

Did you know that CaRMS 2022 will also be virtual? With that in mind, we’d love to brainstorm our virtual approach with you to ensure a successful CaRMS event. If you’d like to participate in the working group, please contact Kim Rozon. We will need support from faculty, residents, and staff to ensure another successful match!

Resident Wellness

Dr. Muggah’s Wellness Office has shared her presentation regarding the Resident Wellness Curriculum Survey as well as a list of ideas for resident wellness activities organized by Maslow’s hierarchy. Thank you to DFM PGY2 residents Avneet Morsara and Roderick MacPhee for their participation in the Core Research Team.


Faculty Development

Become a DFM Mentor!

You are all already informal mentors to many colleagues and learners. We are now collecting a list of possible formal mentors to support DFM members. Please complete our survey to express your interest in participating as a mentor (note: you are not making a firm commitment!).

The top five reasons to become a DFM mentor
  1. Training: Faculty Development for mentors, in the form of a short "Essential Mentorship Skills" series, is being planned (details to follow) with CPD/Mainpro credits for those sessions. Mentors will meet a few times a year to discuss common challenges and solutions. Skills acquired will also help you in your roles mentoring medical students and residents. 
  2. Funding: A small amount of funding ($25 per meal) is available in our Faculty Development budget for you, as a faculty mentor, to hold (socially distanced) coffee or lunch meetings a few times a year with your mentees. Virtual meetings are also encouraged.
  3. Formal recognition: You would also be recognized by DFM as being a FORMAL mentor. 
  4. Personal satisfaction: Research shows mentors often gain as much from the mentorship experience as the mentee. 
  5. Support: Our administrative staff will help play 'match makers' and help you connect with mentees if necessary, and also make sure you are not signed up with more mentees than you want to work with. 
What is needed right now?

Please complete our survey to describe your career path, your passions and interests and possible areas of mentorship support / advice.

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