Departmental Updates - September 2020

Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 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

Our undergraduate program held an interactive, online bootcamp for the upcoming medical students on August 28th.  This innovative program introduced students to the varied and diverse opportunities in family medicine. Two sessions were held; one for our Francophone students and one for our Anglophone students.  A special thank you to all the physicians and residents involved in this project! We would also like to welcome the incoming class of medical students.

Postgraduate Program

“Thank you!” to our outgoing Director of Academic Support and Remediation

The DFM thanks Dr. Carol Geller for her outstanding support and advocacy on part of our Family Medicine residents. While her time with the DFM came to an end at the end of August, her positive influence on our program will remain and we will continue to liaison with her as she continues her role as the Director of Academic Support at the PGME office.

CaRMS 2021

The CaRMS working group has began 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!

Graduation Certificates

The Faculty of Medicine will be distributing graduation certificates via mail due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and the work from home environment. A reminder to all to keep DFM aware of any changes to your mailing address by emailing so that certificates can be delivered.

New Academic Year 2020-2021

A new year is underway and we’d like to take the time to not only welcome our new residents starting their first year of training but to thank all of our residents and faculty members for adapting to the new learning environment. Virtual care has allowed us to continue to deliver safe and effective care while continuing to provide learner-centered medical education.

SOOs Practice Exam- September 24 2020

Simulated office orals (SOOs) are being held later this month on September 24, 2020 from 8am-12pm. This year, due to the pandemic, they will take place virtually and/or in-person depending on a resident's unit. The standardization session will take place the evening before the SOOs.

Faculty Development

New Faculty Orientation

DFM faculty members are invited to attend the Faculty Development Half-Days scheduled for:

Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 12:15pm to 5pm: in person OUTDOOR new faculty orientation

  • Teacher: know thyself! A brief reflection exercise has faculty record and share the reasons they teach, their strengths, their passions, and priorities as medical educators.
  • Lunch provided (free).
  • Physically distanced faculty will seek to find the social distancing champion, Dr. Sasquatch, in an outdoor escape room activity to plot their professional path and find opportunities for growth!
  • What's new in family medicine teaching? What are my roles, responsibilities and expectations as a faculty member?
  • Distinguish how Competency-Based-Medical-Education differs from “Time-based” medical education.
  • Maximum 20 participants
Fall Faculty Development Half-Day

Friday, September 25, 2020 from 12:30pm to 5:00pm: Virtual Fall Faculty Development Half-Day

  • Mentorship Skills Training: What physicians should do (and not do!) when mentoring other faculty and medical learners.
  • Tips from a Mentorship Panel: Applying mentorship skills to the needs of early career physicians.
  • How to Teach: Gay Men’s Health.
  • How to Teach: Acne care, going beyond the basics.

A special message from the Senior Leadership Team at DFM

Join us in congratulating Dr. Clare Liddy, Interim Chair of the DFM, on her recent academic promotion to Full Professor! Find below a special message from the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) in recognition of her achievement.

"Dr. Liddy, congratulations on a very well-merited promotion to Full Professor! Promotion happens when you demonstrate a focus, and international recognition of your efforts - you have accomplished that in spades and supported the work of so many others along the way. Well done! Your years of hard work, innovation, creativity, and passion have paid off. The long hours and intellectual effort that this promotion recognizes has allowed the entirety of our department to stand even taller. You are an inspirational leader for us all at the Department and we are lucky to have you as interim Chair. Thank you for all your hard work and we are happy to celebrate virtually this impressive accomplishment!"

Faculty Affairs

A warm welcome to our newest faculty members to join the DFM family! They look forward to the opportunity to contribute to the paths of many trainees in their new positions.

Dr. Oussama Outbih is originally from the prairie city of Winnipeg. He earned his medical degree from the University of Manitoba and completed his residency training in Family Medicine at uOttawa as part of the Civic Family Health Team. Prior to joining the DFM, Dr. Outbih has worked as a hospitalist at the Ottawa Hospital General Campus and as a locum at the Family Health Team of the Civic Campus. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, sports, fishing, and traveling.

Dr. Sarah Rice has been a family physician for 20 years. She is very familiar with Ottawa, having worked primarily at a local community health centre providing care to vulnerable people. Her Master's degree in Community Health and Epidemiology allowed her to focus on gaining teaching skills in medical education. She is interested in obstetrical care, women's health, palliative care, medical education and environmental health. Outside of work, Dr. Rice can be found hiking, gardening, walking her crazy dogs or trying to convince one of her teenagers to talk to her!

Dr. Tarun Prashar is a recent graduate of the uOttawa Family Medicine residency program who has been covering a few different physicians at the Civic Family Health Team over the past few years. He enjoys spending his time supervising residents and looks forward to expanding his role as a supervisor and learning more about medical education.

Having grown up in Ottawa, Dr. Victoria Swan is excited to have returned to her hometown and joined the academic Family Health Team at The Ottawa Hospital's Civic Campus. Dr. Swan completed medical school in 2013 at the University College Dublin in Ireland, and her family medicine residency at the University of Saskatchewan, where her passion for maternity and newborn care developed. She started community practice in Saskatoon with a focus on women's health, and low risk obstetrics at the Royal University Hospital, as well as teaching in the department of family medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.  She continued these focuses when she moved to northern Saskatchewan, but also broadened her scope to indigenous health and surgical, inpatient, and emergency care.


Save the date! The inaugural Family Medicine Grand Rounds series will take place on September 24 from 8:00am to 9:00am. The recipients of the 2020 DFM Innovator Award will be leading this session (Dr. Kheira Jolin-Dahel, Dr. Courtney Maskerine, Dr. Daniel Myran, Dr. Parisa Rezaiefar and Dr. Jatinderpreet Singh).

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