Departmental updates - March 2021

Posted on Friday, March 12, 2021

Undergraduate Program

Dr. Angela Varrin

Dr. Angela Varrin

Journée de la Francophonie

Despite an assumption that Canada’s Francophone population is bilingual, the reality is that many Canadian Francophones are culturally and linguistically unique. Several studies show that Francophones living in minority contexts do not have adequate access to care and services in French, which has serious impacts to this population’s health. The reality of these persistent disparities is why the Bureau des affaires francophones organizes Journée de la Francophonie for medical students every year. This year's event was a great success! Thanks to all who helped to organize! Learn more about Journée de la Francophonie.

Undergraduate Preceptor of the Year

Congratulations to Dr. Angela Varrin, the DFM's 2020 Undergraduate Preceptor of the Year! It is a pleasure to recognize Dr. Varrin for her amazing work as a family medicine teacher. Dr. Varrin teaches anglophone students in the first and second-year Community Week in the Country, third-year core FM rotations and fourth year FM electives. She is currently the lead physician at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre in Renfrew and her practice is at the Renfrew Medical Group. 

A computer screen showing a virtual interview for CaRMS

Postgraduate Program

CaRMS 2021

Our first virtual CaRMS interviews are underway (March 11, 12, 18 & 19)! Each morning will be taken up by information sessions for the applicants, and the afternoons will be reserved for the interviews themselves. The first iteration match will be April 20.

Thank you to everyone who has helped with CaRMS this year, including file review and interviews. It was truly a collaborative effort!

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!

Faculty Development

Faculty Development Half Day: Reclaiming our Senses as Family Medicine Faculty!

"World Family Doctor Day" is Wednesday, May 19! Join us that afternoon from 12:15pm to 4:30pm for the next Faculty Development Half Day. The session will include (note that this is a draft agenda and timings may change):

12:15pm - 1:15pm Teaching learners to assess patient sex connections
1:20pm - 2:20pm Tips for reaching learners who don't seem to be listening
2:20pm - 3:00pm Mindfulness exercises for busy teachers: re-focus your mind with touch (gardening) and taste (herbal tea and chocolate tasting)
3:00pm - 4:30pm Why family medicine faculty cannot be “colour-blind”: Starting the journey to becoming anti-racist

Registration is free, but for $30, faculty registrants will receive a package containing a DFM “Grow with us!” apron, tea, chocolate samples, and gardening supplies for the mindfulness exercises. More information on how to register will be released shortly.

Community of Mentors: coming together to discuss what YOU need as mentors

We have 21 faculty registered to be formal mentors! Interested in joining us and becoming a formal mentor to another faculty member or an early career physician? Please complete our survey and notify Rebecca Celestin ( for a link to join our Community of Mentors meeting on Monday, April 12 from 5:00pm until 6:30pm.

Mentors will be meeting to identify their needs for the upcoming "Essential Mentorship Skills" series. Please note: by completing the survey you are not making a firm commitment - just expressing interest. Nothing will be shared with potential mentees without your permission.

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