Message from the Interim Chair

Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Thank you to all for the smooth transition to going virtual and to adapting so quickly to these circumstances. I am thankful to those involved in making it happen and sincerely appreciate the positive energy you've brought forward. Your hard work, flexibility and dedication during this time does not go unnoticed.

We continue to work diligently with university, faculty, affiliated hospitals & research institutes to develop practical measures for our learners. I echo the Dean's message from earlier this week; every one of us has a role to play in combating this pandemic. Together, we will rise to the challenge.

As the COVID-19 situation is evolving, please check the uOttawa and Faculty of Medicine websites regularly for the latest updates. Don't forget that your Postgraduate Director, your Unit Directors and myself are always available to hear your perspective and concerns.

CALL OUT: The QCH is proactively seeking physician staffing for the opening of a new clinic. The West COVID-19 Care Clinic on Moodie drive in Ottawa will only be seeing patients with mild-moderate URI symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat). Interested applicants are to contact Kristian Gundersen at with the following: CPSO number, CMPA coverage documentation and a signed pledge of confidentiality form .

Apart from following the steps that have been recommended to reduce the risk of Coronavirus infection, please don’t forget to tend to your emotional wellness . Eat well. Sleep well. Practice Mindfulness. Meditate. Take a walk in the fresh air. Observe social distancing, however, continue to check in with your friends and neighbours. In this day of self-isolation, people can start to feel isolated. You are not alone.

The OMA Physician Health Program 's Medical Director, Dr. Joy Albuquerque, is offering free services to support family physicians from Monday to Friday via Zoom from noon to 1pmAccess the MD-led virtual chats here. There is no expectation to attend with any frequency; the intention is support, gathering together physicians to feel less isolated, and more.

Earlier this month, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Chancellor of the Order of Ontario, announced  21 new appointments to the Order of Ontario .  Join me in congratulating  Dr. Lyne Pitre, an appointee named to the province's highest honour!  She has trained more than 200 family physicians in her career, and through her clinic brought French-language health care to Francophones across Ontario.  Find her interview here!

Lastly, congratulations to our medical students who had their CaRMS Match Day on March 3, 2020! 99.4% of students have matched from the 2020 MD Class of the University of Ottawa. Thank you to all who have helped with the short window for review for the second round of CaRMS applicants!

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Dr. Clare Liddy


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