Message from the Interim Chair

Posted on Thursday, July 23, 2020

Welcome to our 2020-2022 cohort of residents! We are so thrilled to welcome you to the Department of Family Medicine! Our new academic year started off with DFM’s first ever virtual orientation for all of our new residents on June 29th. This successful event was complete with some entertaining ice breakers and orientation to the residency program. We look forward to continuing this communication with our residents throughout the next two years as you work to complete this next step in your education.

I'd like to wish you a warm welcome to the DFM community, and on behalf of all eight unit directors, Postgraduate Director, Dr. Ed Seale, also extends his greetings. The next two years will be full of hard work and dedication. Remember that in times of struggle, the DFM family is there to support you in various ways. Do not hesitate to reach out to your fellow residents, your chief resident, unit directors, unit coordinators, postgraduate director and manager during these unprecedented times. #DFMstrong

 Despite being apart, the DFM is a tightly knit community and we are proud to have you be a part of our growing family! We wish you all the best as you begin your residency!

In the spirit of social accountability and responsibility initiatives, you will find below the uOttawa Indigenous Action Plan for the University community. In addition to the other upcoming events in this edition of the PULSE, the Faculty of Medicine is hosting a webinar on July 29 on supporting psychological wellbeing during a pandemic as part of its commitment to promoting mental health and wellness in the workplace .

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

Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 12pm to 5pm: in person OUTDOOR new faculty orientation and Essential Teaching Skills 1

  • “Orientation meets Orienteering” as physically distanced faculty will seek to find the social distancing champion Dr. Sasquatch in an outdoor escape room activity, and help her find her career path (and plan their own career path along the way)
  • Assessment and feedback skills, and competency-based medical education tools)
  • Maximum 20 participants

Friday, September 25, 2020 from 12pm to 4:30pm: Virtual Fall Faculty Development Half-Day

  • Setting the stage for being a mentor with CPD Vice-Dean, Dr. Paul Hendry
  • Mentorship tools: Case-based approach to resident challenges 
  • How to Teach: Gay Men’s Health with Dr. Bing Wu and Dr. Stefan de Laplante
  • How to Teach: Acne care, going beyond the basics with Dr. Rosalind Ashton and Dr. Christine Rivet

The team is busily planning these two exciting sessions as we build on the energy from our successful Annual Faculty Retreat! Stay tuned for more information from  in the coming weeks.

Lastly, I'd like to recognize our PGY3 trainee, Dr. Scott Laing, for his recent publication " Canada’s National Emergency Stockpile System: time for a new long-term strategy " in the CMAJ. Congratulations!

Wishing you all a fantastic rest of your summer!

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Dr. Clare Liddy

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