Departmental updates - October 2020

Posted on Friday, October 9, 2020

Undergraduate Program

We held our Undergraduate Bootcamp for first-year students before they started medical school. Thank you to all participants for your enthusiasm and understanding with the technical challenges! I also want to thank the physicians and residents who taught our students.

We are looking for physicians interested in working with fourth-year medical students for electives. Typically, this would involve having a medical student working with you for two weeks. If you are interested, please contact Donna at

Postgraduate Program

CaRMS 2021

The CaRMS working group has begun brainstorming our approach to our first virtual CaRMS event. If you’d like to participate please contact Kim Rozon. We will need support from faculty, residents and staff to ensure another successful match! Match day will be April 20, 2021.

Simulated Office Orals Standardizations Session and SOOs event

Several dedicated preceptors participated in our first virtual SOOs standardization session in late September. Their several hours of preparation and participation ensured a successful practice SOOs exam for our residents.

DFM faculty members at the SOOs standardization session

DFM faculty members attend a SOOs standardization session

Introduction to the Profession Seminar

Thank you to the DFM’s PGY2 resident, Dr. Victoria Gerber, who sat as a panelist for the Introduction to the Profession seminar on September 4th as our program’s ambassador. The seminar was held to mentor and teach first year medical students Interviewing and Medical Consulting skills. The group met on Zoom and gathered into two breakout sessions where they reviewed how to take a medical history including key communication skills that are required. The panel participated in mock interviews during each session with the medical students and were able to provide constructive feedback. Dr. Gerber was also available to answer students’ questions regarding Family Medicine residency and gave insight into why she chose to pursue Family Medicine.

Faculty Development

On September 25th, Faculty members from the Civic, Riverside, Montfort, Bruyère, Pembroke, Winchester and Community sites gathered together for a Virtual Faculty development half day. It was a successful and engaging teaching afternoon divided in four great sessions. The faculty members benefited from a “Mentorship Skills Training” presented by Dr. Paul Hendry, followed by a Mentorship panel discussion using Zoom breakout rooms. We were glad to welcome two resident speakers, Dr. Bing Wu and Dr. Rosalind Ashton who presented a session on “How to Teach: Gay Men’s Health” and another one “How to Teach: Acne care, going above and beyond the Basics”. A big thank you to everyone who participated.

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