Message from the Interim Chair

Posted on Friday, June 12, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

In follow-up to the DFM's statement last week, I want to reaffirm the Department's support to our Black community. We defend the rights of our community and we reaffirm our commitment to advocacy that promotes equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), social accountability and wellness.

An important personal objective in my role as a leader is to foster an environment of diversity, engagement, and wellness that makes each member of this Department feel valued and respected. The DFM is moving forward with an anti-racism agenda and I invite you to reach out personally to if you would like to share your feedback or raise concerns with me.

Each member of the DFM family plays an important role in advancing the impact of our discipline and securing a bright future for Family Medicine. We'd love to hear from you and share your stories.

Healthy conversations about racism

Last week, The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) CEO, Dr. Jack Kitts, announced the Healthy Conversations About Racism series as one way that TOH is making space for Black voices to talk about racism in health care.

Three TOH staff have each offered to share their experiences and host an interactive discussion about racism and health care as livestream events on the TOH Facebook and Instagram pages.

  • Seth Oduro, Manager of Environmental Services via Facebook
  • Ellen Alie, Manager of Integrated Cancer Screening and Prevention (Regional Cancer Program) and Corporate Breast Imaging (TOH) via Instagram
  • Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Physician via Facebook

EDI survey

Data collection is an important step in raising awareness. I encourage everyone to take five minutes to complete the ‘Count Me In’ survey, to help the Faculty of Medicine obtain information on the diversity of our community. You will be taken to a survey site that will require you to log in with your uOttawa credentials. The campaign collects information regarding various diversity categories (gender, racialized minority status, indigenous status, disability and sexual orientation). For every completed survey, the Faculty will donate $10 to a trainee scholarship fund.

Social accountability

The DFM's Dr. Claire Kendall was recently appointed Assistant Dean of Social Accountability at the Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Kendall will be coordinating and supporting initiatives across the Faculty by working closely with our affiliated hospitals and other partners.

She will be reaching out to leaders in education and research at all levels as well as clinical departments to learn about all activities that aim to improve the quality, relevance, equity and effectiveness of care as it relates to the communities we serve. We welcome you to proactively connect with Dr. Kendall at to let us know about your partnerships in this area so as to ensure we harness your energy and highlight your successes.

COVID-19 research grants

The Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine at the CFPC is seeking proposals for a Global COVID-19 pandemic innovation response for grants up to $50,000. The primary care response to COVID-19 must support innovation that targets and protects highly vulnerable populations that lack access to primary care. Proposals must be submitted to by July 20, 2020 at 12:00pm (ET).

Finally, join us in congratulating three DFM members out of twelve recipients to successfully obtain a TOHAMO COVID-19 Innovation Fund!

  • Dr. Lise Bjerre: "Getting Ahead of the Curve: Predictive COVID-19 Case Identification Using an Interactive Propensity Score Modelling & AI Approach”
  • Dr. Peter Tanuseputro and Dr. James Downar: "Surveillance of Critical Care Outcomes during implementation of Ontario’s ICU Triage Recommendations During the COVID-19 Pandemic"
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Dr. Clare Liddy


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