Message from the Program Chief

Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Dear DFM residents, faculty and staff,

As the holidays draw near, I want to take this opportunity to highlight the wide array of projects we (myself, the chiefs and the staff) have been working on in 2018. It has been a busy and very productive year so far!

Dr. Grace Warmels (centre) with Dr. Tamara Pokrupa-Nahanni (left) and Dr. Christine Edwards (right)

Dr. Grace Warmels (centre) with Dr. Tamara Pokrupa-Nahanni (left) and Dr. Christine Edwards (right) at the Bruyère FHT Christmas Party

We hit the ground running by welcoming a keen group of new PGY1s in July, who got to know each other by ‘taking a stand’ in an icebreaker game. Our second Resident Wellness Retreat quickly followed orientation in September. The overnight event at Camp Otterdale was a resounding success, and included activities such as archery, canoeing, paddle boarding, meditative art and yoga! I’ve been sworn to secrecy regarding the late-night’s events, but let’s just say that it included a mass team Twister competition, a friendly trivia rivalry, Olympic-level ping-pong and a rather enthusiastic rendition of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. This is certainly the initiative I am most proud of, and I hope it will remain an annual DFM tradition.

Feedback and advocacy are other important aspects of our work. We have participated in curriculum development at this year’s CRAG retreats, and when residents have conflict, we are often involved in assisting them. Finally, we have been active in the CaRMS working group in order to re-vamp this year’s interview questions, and ensure we find have another successful match year.

Overall, residency is a challenging and simultaneously exciting time where we balance both service and learning. I remain inspired by your love of family medicine, and am committed to help making our program the absolute best it can be.

Happy holidays!

Grace Warmels
Program Chief 2018-2019

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