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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Who to test
EConsult in the Eastern Ontario region: The Champlain BASETMeConsult 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
Some of the online courses, webinars and other resources on this webpage are previously recorded offerings made available for viewing at your convenience. The content of these archived courses, webinars and other resources are not altered or updated after they are presented live or uploaded to this webpage. As circumstances and information evolve, some content may no longer be accurate or current. Users are reminded to check correctness and applicability of content against current information and circumstances.
- April 16 Recording: Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 Update for Physicians
- April 22 Recording: COVID-19 - Meeting the Challenges in Primary Care: Part 1
- April 23 Recording: COVID-19 - An Infectious Disease Perspective
- April 29 Recordings:
- May 1 Recording: Part 2 - Follow up to Improve your online teaching (though learner engagement and polling)
- May 11 Recording: Tips and tools for staying well as a #modern faculty member in times of stress
- May 13 Recording: Medico-legal concerns while adapting to the COVID19 pandemic
- May 14 Recording: Virtual patient visits: Technology and implementation
- May 20 Recording: Into the fire..responding to a crisis and managing the challenges to professionalism
- May 27 Recording: COVID19 - Meeting the Challenges in Primary Care: Part 3
- ICU training
- COVID19: A Scientific Update
- ER management in ER
- Anesthesiology management in ER
- Anesthesiology management in OR
- MD led virtual chats about COVID19
- CFPC webinar on Adapting our practice to virtual care
- Donning and Doffing of Personal Protective Equipment (Alberta Health Services)
- Learning module on PPE (Alberta Health Services)
- Epidemiology, pathophysiology and diagnostics of COVID19
- Treatment, Prognosis, and Prevention of COVID 19
- Virtual Reality Videos for Healthcare Professionals
- Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 Update for Physicians
COVID19 Facts: This website for the public provides answers to a variety of COVID19 related questions including facts about the virus, precautions and treatments.
Faculty Development/Teaching Related
Pivotmeded is a national collaboration of medical educators to help each other pivot our curricula in this time of coronavirus pandemic to online. Educational resources to prepare individuals to care for patients with COVID-19 can also be found on their website.
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
Faculty Wellness Program
For up-to-date information, please visit the Faculty Affairs Wellness resources on their webiste.
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: email@example.com | 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: firstname.lastname@example.org | 613-562-5800 ext. 8551
Ontario Medical Association Physician Health Program – confidential support, services, referrals,
- Contact Information:1-800-851-6606 | OMA 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
Peer support: Set up a buddy system at work, this can be a key to monitoring your stress and building support and resilience.
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 email@example.com
- Pause4Providers: Drop in 30 min Mindfulness Sessions. Open to all healthcare workers, staff and professionals Optional discussion to follow. Every Thursdays at 8:30 p.m.
- Tuesday - 8:30-9:00 p.m. with Dr. Diane Meschino & Dr. Jennifer Hirsch starting March 30th Email: Diane.Meschino@wchospital.ca or Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or simply join the Zoom session Meeting ID: 302 330 041
- Thursday - 8:30-9:00 p.m. with Dr. Mary Elliott & Dr. Orit Zamir starting March 25th Email Mary.Elliott@uhn.ca or Orit.Zamir@sinaihealth.ca for more information simply join the Zoom session 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 email@example.com for instructions.
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.
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.