Message from the Interim Chair

Posted on Monday, September 21, 2020

I hope you were able to enjoy the summer and take time to relax with family and friends in spite of COVID-19. With the start of the fall season, I have been reflecting on the big DFM family that we are and I want to thank you for all your hard work and dedication in the continued delivery of our amazing teaching and scholarly programs in Family Medicine. Please consider connecting with your colleagues by attending our Fall Faculty Development Half-Days coming up on September 24 and 25.

Moving forward, we have started on the development of the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan as we determine our Strategic Direction for the Department. As we consider our successes, I challenge us to consider what Family Medicine will look like in the next 20-30 years and ask ourselves, how can we prepare our learners for this future? I encourage you to review some of the recommendations included here in this recent white paper on primary care reform in Ontario. Feel free to share your ideas with us as we develop our strategic direction.

I'd like to thank Dr. Carol Geller, outgoing Director of Academic Support and Remediation, for her outstanding support and advocacy 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 liaise with her as she continues her role as the Director of Academic Support at the Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) office.

I would also like to thank Lynn Chaaban, Communications Manager, for her hard work and support over the course of the past year. Her contributions to the Department during her temporary assignment were invaluable and she will be missed! Emma Dickinson will be returning from maternity leave on September 28, at which point she will be working closely with Lynn over the following weeks in transitioning into the role in a post-COVID era. Lynn will be returning to her permanent position at the PGME office on October 14.

The DFM is seeking a Program Director for our Enhanced Skills Family Practice Addiction Medicine program. The Program Director will liaise with Program Directors of other specialty services to discuss resident evaluations, curriculum development, including training opportunities and to resolve conflicts pertaining to these rotations. Interested applicants are to submit their CV and cover letter to Dr. Lindsay Bradley, Director, PGY3 Enhanced Skills for Family Practice (ESFP) at hrdfm@uottawa.ca.

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