Hello to everyone at the DFM! My name is Grace Warmels, and I am honoured to be the first elected Program Chief Resident for uOttawa Family Medicine.
A little about me!
I am originally from a farm outside of London, Ontario. I moved to Ottawa for medical school and have never looked back! When I applied for medical school, I always had family medicine in the back of my mind. I’m the kind of person who loves to hear the stories of people’s lives, and I’m a generalist at heart so Family Medicine is a great fit for me. I feel so privileged to be a family medicine resident here in the Ottawa Community stream. It’s the people, the flexibility and the culture of building on feedback that really make this program so special.
What is my role as Program Chief?
The Program Chief was established as an overarching program-wide resident representative of the Department of Family Medicine. The purpose of this position is to:
- facilitate communication between the program and residents across all sites, both Core and Enhanced Skills.
- support the work of Site Chief Residents and Enhanced Skills Chief Resident.
- enhance communication among different resident groups and external organizations.
- work to optimize the learning environment and training experience for all residents.
My main goal this year is to develop this new role to best meet the needs of our program and residents. As PARO Ottawa Site Chair, I had the unique opportunity to advocate for all Ottawa residents at the local and provincial levels. Next year, I hope to narrow my focus and utilize the advocacy skills I learnt on PARO to best serve my family medicine colleagues. I am passionate about building a culture of wellness within our program.
If there was one thing I want the faculty and residents to know about me… it’s that I genuinely have their best interests at heart and will work diligently to achieve our collective goals.
I look forward to working with all members of DFM in the upcoming year!