Departmental Updates - March 2020

Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 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.


Upcoming events

Due to the COVID-19 situation which is evolving rapidly, the following events have been cancelled or postponed.


Undergraduate Program

Congratulations to our medical students who had their CaRMS Match Day on March 3, 2020! 99.4% of students have matched from the 2020 MD Class of the University of Ottawa. Thank you to all who have helped with the short window for review for the second round of CaRMS applicants!

Due to COVID-19, the following are cancelled through June 30: international and electives outside of uOttawa (incoming and outgoing), clerkship rotations, observerships, community service learning and community preceptor programs.

The UGME office will directly email all UGME students, all UGME faculty, hospital coordinators and operations staff with regular and more detailed UGME related updates. These updates will also be on the UGME website under “COVID-19 information”. All classroom, small group teaching and exams will be converted to online. Objective structured clinical examinations will be postponed or modified as required.


Postgraduate Program

CaRMs 2020 – Match Success!

The CaRMS first iteration match results were released on March 3 to both candidates and programs. We are extremely proud to announce that DFM is 96% matched in round one with only 3 remaining positions out of 69 spots. We are pleased to share these results, which reflect the immense amount of effort and dedication from each person who was involved in the CaRMS effort. Congratulations to all who have matched! We look forward to growing the DFM family on July 1!

CaRMS 2020 – Second Iteration

We will be hosting second iteration CaRMS interviews the week of March 23. Thank you in advance to all those involved for helping make this event a success, despite the quick turn around time needed. Let's continue to work together to support those who went unmatched as they prepare for the second iteration.

Academic Day – Potluck

The Department hosted the 3rd annual Academic Day Potluck during the February 7, 2020 Academic Day lunch hour. The event was a great success and enjoyed by all. A huge thank you to the resident and administrative organizers for all their efforts to make this event a success!

Program Chief 2020-2021 – Dr. Julia Buthmann

During the February 7, 2020 Academic Day, a vote of confidence was held for our 2020-2021 Program Chief. We are pleased to share that Dr. Julia Buthmann will be our incoming Program Chief for 2020-2021. Congratulations Julia! We are looking forward to working with you in the upcoming year.

SOO Exams – Cancelled

SOO exams in February were cancelled due to the snow storm.

Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME) – April 19-20, 2020

Join your fellow DFM colleagues at the upcoming CCME conference, which will be taking place virtually! This is sure to be a fruitful and engaging conference. More details can be found here.


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.

Community Resident Graduation Dinner – June 19, 2020

Community residents, their partners and preceptors are invited to the Community Resident Graduation Dinner on June 19, 2020 at Sidedoor Restaurant in Ottawa. Please RSVP by contacting by May 15, 2020.


Faculty Development

Faculty Development Half-Day: Friday, April 3, 2020 (virtual session)

Connect virtually with our first ONLINE DFM Faculty Development Half Day on April 3! Our Director of Faculty Development, Dr. Eric Wooltorton, has added a NEW session that you won't want to miss!

NEW SESSION: Tips for flipping your teaching online (without flipping out!)


  • List pros and cons to synchronous and asynchronous teaching. 
  • Identify three tools to allow online teaching which is engaging, interactive and effective

Register now for this free, accredited event. This draft agenda is subject to change.

12:30 PM -
13:15 PM

ONLINE Journal Club: What do Aristotle, Yoda, and Gordie Howe have in common?

13:15 PM -
15:15 PM

The Notion of Promotion Part I: You deserve to be promoted! Building an effective promotion package

15:25 PM -
16:00 PM

Tips for flipping your teaching online (without flipping out!)

16:00 PM -
17:30 PM

ETS2 Fundamentals: Supporting the Struggling Learner

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