The University of Ottawa has one of the strongest undergraduate Family Medicine programs in the country and I believe this is why a high proportion of our students rank Family Medicine as their first choice for residency. The University of Ottawa consistently ranks among the top universities in Canada where students are choosing Family Medicine as a career choice. Attracting students who are dedicated to the principles of primary care and who have had positive exposure to Family Medicine in undergrad are going to continue to contribute to the strong culture of Primary Care in Canada.
With support from the Office of Francophone Affairs and the CNFS (Centre National de Formation en Santé), medical students at the University of Ottawa have the opportunity to do their clinical placements in Francophone communities across the country. These communities are often underserved with regard to health services in French and our students fill a real need as they develop their clinical skills. We continue to develop online learning modules and other areas of the curriculum in French.
During the three years as director of the Family Medicine rotations we have worked to align our rotation objectives with CanMeds roles. We have also expanded our database of exam questions, recruited new preceptors and continued to develop in innovative curriculum in medicine and humanities through Visual Awareness Strategy sessions and mindfulness sessions. In addition, we worked hard to prepare for next year's accreditation review. I am confident that family medicine will be counted among the successes of the Medical program at the University of Ottawa.
As I leave the role of Undergraduate Clerkship Director (Francophone stream) I am confident that Dr. Lina Shoppoff and her team will continue to foster the strong institutional culture that Family Medicine holds at the University of Ottawa and to develop innovative curriculum and learning experiences for our students in both the Anglophone and Francophone streams.
Dr. Hélène O’Connor