Departmental Updates - May 2020

Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 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

First and second year medical students will complete their classes in a few weeks. We are wishing them all a wonderful summer!

Our third year medical students have started doing their academic training last week. We want to thank our DFM physicians who are involved in giving some of the lectures. We are hoping that students will restart in clinic in July. If you are interested in having students at that time, please communicate with Donna Williams at

Congratulations to our fourth year medical students who were supposed to celebrate their graduation on May 15th! A virtual graduation ceremony will take place in June. We are pleased to have many of them choosing to become family physicians as a career! Good luck to all students!

Postgraduate Program

RIO Day – June 4, 2020

We look forward to welcoming our residents and faculty to RIO Day 2020! Information, schedules and abstracts will be posted to as they become available. See you there!

Resident Orientation – save the date!

On July 1 2020, we will welcome 73 incoming PGY1s virtually. The DFM Resident Orientation will take place on June 29.

CaRMS 2021 – new timeline

Next year’s CaRMS timelines have changed. This will mean that instead of conducting interviews at the end of January, interviews will be held in March. In addition, they will all be conducted virtually, including those for local candidates. The AFMC has released the match timeline for the 2021-R1 Match:

  • Last Day of the Application Period: February 7, 2021
  • File Review Period: February 8 to March 5, 2021
  • Virtual Interview Period: March 8 to March 28, 2021
  • Second Iteration Match Day being no later than: May 18, 2021

The DFM will be working on remote ways to ensure scheduling and interviewing processes to enable a successful match for 2021.

Do you have a project that you need help with?

DFM faculty members: Do you have a project that you need help with? Do you have a lit review you would like to see get done? This is your opportunity to seek assistance from our residents!

In planning for the new cohort of residents joining us on July 1st, our research team is updating the list of potential and existing Family Medicine Resident Scholarly Project (FMRSP) scholarly and research projects opportunities. If you have a project that would welcome a resident, please send the name of the project, a two sentence description and the name of the contact person to by June 5, 2020.

The list will be shared on Brightspace with all residents to help them select their FMRSP topic.

Notice from CPSO

After much collaboration and advocating on behalf of our residents, the College will issue a restricted certificate to any 2020 final year resident who has finished their training and is exam eligible. Although these certificates require supervision, the application process has been modified to accurately reflect the lower level of supervision required. Thank you to all who participated in addressing the unique needs of this group!

CFPC Funding

The CFPC is looking at the possibility of providing funding for 2021 graduates, if additional training is needed. This would apply for scenarios where residents have met their competencies, but may feel as if more confidence could be attained in certain areas.

17th Annual Pediatric Emergency Medicine Conference – June 25, 2020

This virtual conference highlights the latest trends in the practice of pediatric emergency medicine in urban and rural settings. Course Content and Registration

Community Teaching

Community Journal Club – done virtually!

A special thank you to Dr. Nina Nguyen, PGY1 resident, for successfully leading the first virtual community Journal Club on May 6. We had great attendance and wide representation from community residents and staff, and current and incoming PGY3 residents! 

Dr. Nguyen led a lively and informative discussion on screening for depression in primary care while considering the harms and benefits of screening, feasibility of screening, and possible strategies in primary care to facilitate screening and subsequent follow up measures using Canadian and American guidelines. We look forward to engaging in more EBM discussions in the near future and welcoming our incoming PGY1s!

Faculty Development

DFM Innovations in MedEd – Do you want to play a game?

Faculty, residents, students, support staff and Faculty of Medicine peers are invited to join the DFM Innovations in MedEd working group to find out how we can leverage technology to improve teaching in a fun and serious way – think Star Trek and Star Wars. The working groups will each perform needs and gaps analysis to determine where best to deploy new technologies and improve the learning experience. In order for these working groups to be successful and deliver outcomes, we need YOU! Contact to sign up!

Academic Promotion

Join us in congratulating Dr. Doug Archibald on his recent promotion to the rank of Associate Professor! As many of you know, Dr. Archibald is currently the Research Director for the Department of Family Medicine, and a dedicated educational researcher. We look forward to his leadership and future successes at the department and beyond!

Faculty Affairs

We'd also like to welcome Dr. Bill Hogg, our new interim Faculty Affairs Director, who will be supporting faculty members with the promotion process. Dr. Hogg is currently a Full Professor and the Senior Research Advisor at the Department of Family Medicine. For questions regarding the promotion process, please contact

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