COVID-19 Resources

Welcome to the uOttawa OCPD webpage devoted to resources concerning COVID19. It contains links to sites providing sources of information regarding the COVID19 pandemic which we hope you will find helpful.

Due to this unprecedented situation, both the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada have waived all credit requirements for 2020. While no credits are required this year, both programs will continue to be accessible for uploading CPD for this cycle.

Our Office of CPD remains open with our team working remotely. We can still be reached at cpd@toh.on.ca if you have any questions. We have cancelled all conferences until June 30, 2020. We are rescheduling courses to the 2020-21 academic year and our events calendar will be updated regularly. We ask that you remain registered for the postponed courses and refunds will be available to those for whom the new date no longer is convenient.

Online Resources 

Coping with the stress of COVID: Survival tips for parents and caregivers

Virtual care best practices guide

Navigating medical emergencies: an eTextbook to help recognize, navigate and manage emergency clinical situations including COVID19

Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Health Ontario ​​​​

Guidance for the health sector professionals from Ontario Ministry of Health ​​​​

Who to test ​​​​​

CMPA Medical-legal questions 

CPSO FAQs about COVID19 

Canadian Medical Association 

CMA “How to set up your virtual care in your practice

Ontario College of Family Physicians ​​​​

Ottawa information from Ottawa Public Health 

Eastern Ontario information from Eastern Ontario Health Unit

OntarioMD Webinars 

Mental health resources at Canadian Mental Health Association 

Personal Protective Equipment recommendations for use 

University of Manitoba COVID19 resources 

Ethics and COVID19 from Champlain Centre for Health Care Ethics 

Choosing Wisely: COVID-19 Recommendations 

Ottawa Hospital Division of Critical Care Quick Reference Guide

EConsult in the Eastern Ontario region: The Champlain BASETM eConsult Service is now able to support providers (family physicians, nurse practitioners and specialists) in the Champlain region with COVID-19 related queries. This is in addition to the 130 specialty services already available. To ask COVID-19 related questions through eConsult, you can look under either “Infectious Disease” or “** COVID-19” general specialties, and select “Infection Prevention and Control (incl. COVID-19)”, ou en francais “Maladies infectieuses - Prévention et contrôle (incl. COVID-19). If you are an existing user on the Champlain BASE eConsult service, you can access it here

If you are not set up with an eConsult account or have issues/questions about your account please contact: eConsultSupport@lhinworks.on.ca and the team will be able to assist you promptly.

 

CME related webinars or videos

 

Patient related

COVID19 Facts: this site for the public provides answers to a variety of COVID19 related questions including facts about the virus, precautions and treatments. Source

 

Faculty Development/Teaching Related

Pivotmeded.ca This is a national collaboration of medical educators to help each other pivot our curricula in this time of coronavirus pandemic to online. The following is a link to educational resources to prepare individuals to care for patients with COVID-19, click here.

Articles from The Chronicle of Higher Education 

Going On-Line in a Hurry: What to Do and Where to Start by Michelle D. Miller.

In this article, the author shares 6 key things to do when you suddenly have to pivot your curriculum in response to a pandemic.

As Coronavirus Spreads, the Decision to Move Classes Online Is the First Step. What Comes Next? by Emma Dill, Karin Fischer, Beth McMurtrie, and Beckie Supiano

How to be a Better On-Line Teacher by Flower Darby

4 Lessons From Moving a Face-to-Face Course Online by Kevin Gannon

Working remotely

Stress management for frontline faculty

The supportive leader

Video Conference Session Guide

 

Faculty Wellness Program

For up-to-date information, please visit the Faculty Affairs Wellness resources by clicking here.  

Mental Health Supports (1:1 support for physicians)
  • uOttawa Faculty Wellness Program – support and resources, appointments with Assistant-Dean, Faculty Wellness Program (Dr. Elizabeth Muggah) or clinical counsellor (Ms. Cynthia Abraham)

Contact Information: wellness@uottawa.ca | 613-562-5800 ext. 8507

  • uOttawa Student Affairs Office – for Undergraduate medical students, access to counselling support and referrals (Dr. Kay-Anne Haykal, Assistant-Dean, Student Affairs)

Contact Information: medaca@uottawa.ca, 613-562-5800 ext. 8551

  • Ontario Medical Association Physician Health Program – confidential support, services, referrals,

Contact Information:1-800-851-6606 | website

  • PARO Help Line (for residents only) – 24/7 confidential support

Contact Information: Helpline 1-866-HELP-DOC – PARO

  • Employee and Family Assistance Program – counselling/supports

Morneau Sheppell: 1.844.880.9142 | website

Homewood: 1.800.663.1142 | website

  • Peer support: Set up a buddy system at work, this can be a key to monitoring your stress and building support and resilience. Guide from CDC.
 
Virtual Support - (Free)
  • OMA Physician Health Program daily MD “drop-in”: A virtual chat every weekday between 12-1. The sessions will be led by Dr. Kasra Khorasani, a psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Health Systems and St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto, who is an expert in group therapy. More info
  • Peer support sessions led by Dr Mamta Gautam: Daily Zoom call with Dr. Gautam, an Ottawa psychiatrist who specializes in physician health, 4 pm EST. No commitment, drop in as often as you want for as long as you want. This is peer support, not psychiatric care. Email for further information mgautam@peakmd.ca
  • Drop in 30 min MD Mindfulness Sessions. Optional discussion to follow. Every Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs at 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday - 8:00-8:30 p.m. with Dr. Diane Meschino starting March 30th Email: Diane.Meschino@wchospital.ca for more information or simply join the Zoom session Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 613 224 6869
  • Tuesday - 8:00-8:30 p.m. with Dr. Jennifer Hirsch starting March 24th Email: Jennifer.hirsch@sinaihealth.ca for more information or simply join the Zoom session Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 148 527 614
  • Wednesday - 8:00-8:30 p.m. with Dr. Mary Elliott starting March 25th Email Mary.Elliott@uhn.ca for more information simply join the Zoom session Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 948 215 9624
  • Thursday - 8:00-8:30 p.m. with Dr. Orit Zamir starting March 26th Email Orit.Zamir@sinaihealth.ca for more information or simply join the Zoom session Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 302 330 041
  • Medical Student virtual drop-in Session: The Student Affairs Office will be offering a weekly virtual group support session with Dr Kay-Anne Haykal and the SAO counsellors for all medical students. This is an optional drop-in session to discuss any general concerns during this pandemic with the SAO. Counselling and psychotherapy will not be provided during those sessions although students can continue to book their individual counselling sessions with the counsellors. The link to those sessions will be provided shortly on the SAO Facebook page as well as through the SAO student advisors and the Aesculapian society.
 
Meditation and Yoga (free)

Headspace COVID-19 “Weathering the storm” content includes meditations, sleep, & exercises.

10% Happier : Meditations, blogs, podcasts provided free to healthcare providers. Email care@tenpercent.com for instructions.

Core Power Yoga

Yoga with Adrienne

 

Articles and resources on physician wellness

Emergency Medicine Ottawa focused blog for providers on Managing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19.

Dr. Brent Wolfram, a family physician with military experience, now the postgraduate program director for family medicine at Queen's University provides advice to help cope with the current COVID-19 crisis situation Crisis reflections from the front line.

The OMA Physician Health Program: Keeping yourself healthy: Resilience and stress inoculation during COVID-19.

The Canadian Medical Association: resources for Maintaining your and your family’s well-being during a pandemic and How to talk to your kids about COVID-19: Considerations for health care providers.

The Canadian Society of Physician Leaders: several articles and podcasts about managing and leading in this time.

International experts in disaster response, crisis psychology “Support the Workers”: created a set of evidence based briefing notes as a part of a curriculum for frontline workers.

World Health Organization: Guide for mental health and psychosocial issues during COVID 19 including tips for supporting health care workers.

US Centers for Disease Control: Guide on setting up a local “Buddy System” for peer support.

The University of Washington Medical School: COVID 19 website with many resources and supports related to physician health and wellness.

The American Psychiatric Association: COVID-19 resources and webinars on taking mental health and taking care of ourselves.

 

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