Ottawa Psychiatry Enrichment Program (OPEP)

May 31 - June 4, 2021

We are thrilled to announce that Ottawa Psychiatry Enrichment Program 2021 was a great success. The Department of Psychiatry hosted 8 students from the University of Ottawa and one student from Western University. Students were exposed to psychiatrists from various disciplines and backgrounds who have won national awards from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, become Deans of Medicine, written national bestseller books, and even given TED talks, as well as many more accomplishments. Students were especially excited because all their first and second-year observerships were cancelled due to the latest lockdown; however, the OPEP participants got their very first clinical exposure during this program. They did observerships in community, child psychiatry, forensics, perinatal, and the sexual behaviours clinic.

No challenge is too daunting when the end goal is the pursuit of education. COVID-19 has taught us to be flexible and innovative. We are grateful for all the lecturers, preceptors, organizers, and students who have all stepped forward and made the best of a challenging situation. We cannot thank you enough for making this event possible.

Overall, the students rated OPEP 2021 4.8/ 5. Here are some of the great feedback we received from the students:

“Excellent program and I am so glad it was run this year. I sincerely hope it continues to run every year and hopefully can transition to in-person again.”

“I absolutely loved attending OPEP. I found myself going to bed looking forward to waking up and learning something new each day. Signing up was definitely one of the best academic decisions I've made and I'd highly recommend it to other students who are interested in exploring psychiatry.”

“All of the faculty were amazing speakers/preceptors - Khadije and Dr. Bazaid were really great at hosting as well as replying to emails.”

“Participating in OPEP made me certainly interested in exploring Psychiatry.”

We look forward to running OPEP for years to come, and paving the road for many more future successful psychiatrists.

OPEP 2021 Class

screenshot of the opep 2021 class in a zoom call

Dr. Jeanne Talbot

Dr. Jeanne Talbot

Dr. Jeanne Talbot is currently the psychiatry residency training director in the University of Ottawa Department of Psychiatry.  In addition to her educational endeavours, Dr. Talbot currently does a mixture of clinical work in the community as well as academic work in the Institute for Mental Health Research (IMHR) at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Center (ROMHC). Prior to completing her medical degree in the University of Montreal, she also completed a PhD in neuroscience in Montreal where she did imaging studies at the Montreal Neurological Institute. She then went on to complete her psychiatry residency training in the University of Toronto and McGill. After psychiatry training, she did a fellowship in cognitive behavioural therapy at McGill. She is certified by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. In her clinical work in the community, she uses psychotherapeutic and pharmacological treatments equally. In collaboration with Dr. Pierre Blier, she is also investigating the use of behavioural therapy as an adjunct to ketamine treatment for chronic depression.

Dr. Floyd Wood

 

Dr. Floyd Wood is a psychiatrist at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre (ROMHC) and is a lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He completed his residency training at University of Ottawa in 2014 where he also completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry. He is currently working in the Integrated Forensics Program, Family Court Clinic, and the Ontario Telehealth Network (OTN) at various correctional institutions. In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Wood is also active in teaching, where he was previously the academic coordinator for the second year psychiatry residents at the University of Ottawa and is currently the site director of education for undergraduate medical education at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre (ROMHC).

He has won various awards for his research and leadership skills, including the 2015 Fellowship Award from the Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (CAPL) as well as the Leadership Award during his fourth year of psychiatry residency for his roles as co-chair of the national education committee for psychiatry as well as the University of Ottawa’s psychiatry Residency Training Program. Dr. Wood won the award for best Anglophone Case Based Learning Tutor in 2018 from the Department of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa. He is currently active in a number of research projects focused on recidivism of sexual offenders as well as predictors of adverse outcomes from early childhood experiences in families involved in the Family Court. His personal interests include tennis, curling, running, reading, and spending time with his clowder.

Dr. Paul Fedoroff

Dr. Paul Fedoroff

Dr. Paul Fedoroff is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa with cross-appointments to the Faculties of Criminology and the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. He is Head of the Division of Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. He is also Vice Chair of the Royal Ottawa Research Ethics Committee.

He is Past-President of the Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (CAPL). He is an appointed member of the Ontario Review Board (ORB). He was the first Director of Forensic Research Unit at the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR) and Chair of the Sex Offender Committee of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) where he now a Counsellor.

In 2015, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons honoured him as “Specialist of the Year” in Ontario and Nunavut. Check out his comments on recognizing excellence on behalf of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada here! (http://www.royalcollege.ca/rcsite/awards-grants/awards/regional-mentor-year-award-e)

He is Past-President of the International Academy of Sex Researchers (IASR). In 2015, the Sexual Behaviours Clinic, of which he is Director, was given the Gold Award, the highest honour of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) for an outpatient academic clinical research program.

Dr. Fedoroff’s primary clinical and research interests are in the assessment and treatment of men and women with problematic sexual behaviours, especially those with intellectual disabilities. He has published over 100 papers and chapters in these areas and has provided consultations locally, nationally and internationally. His publications support the proposition that with modern methods, paraphilic disorders can not only be successfully treated but also prevented.

Dr. Timothy Lau

Dr. Tim Lau

Dr. Timothy Lau is a graduate of the University of Ottawa medical school and completed his residency in psychiatry and fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Lau is associate professor and formerly the program director for the Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Medical Education and was previously the director of Undergraduate Medical Education for the Department of Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine. For 2015, he was named the Aesculapian Society honorary president and the honorary president of the medical school graduating class in 2015 and 2016.

Dr. Lau is a distinguished teacher at the Faculty of Medicine and was the national chair of undergraduate psychiatric directors for the 17 medical schools in Canada. He was on the examination board for psychiatry at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for many years and has served as chair of the psychiatry test committee. 

He has won numerous undergraduate and postgraduate awards with the University of Ottawa for recognition of his teaching and advocacy as well as national recognition as a mentor with the Royal College. Check out the video of Dr. Lau speaking about recognizing medical excellence on behalf of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons here!

(http://www.royalcollege.ca/rcsite/awards-grants/awards/regional-mentor-year-award-e)

He has an interest in spirituality and bioethics and is the founder of the Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians' Societies. He is an advocate for mental health and is a sought-after speaker for which he has given talks across the country. Drawing on his experience as a father of six, he helps organize and lead parenting courses and conferences as part of the International Federation for Family Development.

Dr. Erinna Brown

Dr. Erinna Brown, pictured

Dr. Erinna Brown completed her medical school training at McMaster University and her psychiatry residency training at the University of Ottawa. She is currently finishing her subspecialty training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa and she plans to transition to start working as a psychiatrist this summer at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).

During her residency, Dr. Brown was actively involved in a variety of committees and has acted as a resident representative for both the general and child psychiatry Residency Training Program Committee. She has worked as the chief resident at both the Ottawa Hospital and CHEO and she has enjoyed teaching medical students in a variety of settings and she was awarded the Excellence in Clinical Education Resident Award.

Dr. Elliott K. Lee

Dr. Elliott Lee

Dr. Elliott K. Lee is an assistant professor and sleep specialist at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, where he works in the Sleep disorders clinic. Originally from Alberta, Dr. Lee went on to complete his psychiatry residency training in the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he also completed fellowships in both Sleep Medicine and Addiction Psychiatry. He is board certified in psychiatry by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, where he also completed subspecialty certification examinations in sleep medicine and addiction psychiatry. He also holds board certification from the American Board of Sleep Medicine.

Currently, in addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Lee is the chair of undergraduate education for the Department of Psychiatry, overseeing the psychiatry curriculum for all of the medical students in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He also began to serve on the examination board for psychiatry at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2016 and is currently chair of the Canadian Organization of Undergraduate Psychiatry Educators (COUPE).

He has won numerous undergraduate and postgraduate teaching awards, as well as leadership awards at the departmental and Faculty level, as well as internationally with the Association of Academic Psychiatry (AAP). He has been consulted by several organizations, including the Canadian Sleep Society, CTV news, the Transportation Safety Board (TSB), The Privy Council Office, the Ottawa Citizen, the Globe and Mail, CBC.ca, CBC radio, Chatelaine, Flare, CTV newschannel, and the Ottawa Senators among others.

Dr. Clare Roscoe

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Dr. Clare Roscoe is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, who specializes in the treatment of Eating Disorders. She completed medical school at Dalhousie University and trained in General Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She went on to complete a fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children focusing on the treatment of Eating Disorders. Dr. Roscoe has worked at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa since 2004 and was the Psychiatric Director of the Eating Disorder Program at CHEO from 2014-2016. Dr. Roscoe has also been actively involved in education and knowledge translation and served as the Program Director for the University of Ottawa Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program from 2010 to 2015.

Dr. Khalid Bazaid

 

Dr. Khalid Bazaid is the Undergraduate Director for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in general psychiatry and in the subspecialty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Bazaid is an active member of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CACAP), the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, and a member and ex-secretary of the Saudi Psychiatric Association (SPA) since it was first established in 2005. Dr. Bazaid has served children and adolescents both in the outpatient and inpatient departments regarding major psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents including depressive Disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, bipolar disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). He served on several scientific committees and social support groups on Child Abuse, ADHD, Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

Dr. Bazaid is the founder and course director, for four consecutive years founder and course director, for four consecutive years, of the International Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Review Course that was held for the first time on 15-17 April 2013 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Bazaid is also the founder and course coordinator of the intensive Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – Hand on Training Assessment and MSE, for two consecutive years, in November 2014/2015 at Al- Amal Mental Health Complex, Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Bazaid is the founder and course director of the first uOttawa Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Update Course for Primary care, September 13 & 14, 2019, Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Bazaid has published in a peer review journal, has presented nationally and internationally. Dr. Bazaid’s primary clinical and research interests include Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Disabilities, Depressive disorders in children and adolescents, Suicide Prevention, and Global Mental Health and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training. Dr. Bazaid is also a reviewer of several recognized peer reviewed journals.

Dr. Rebecca Gomez

 

Dr. Rebecca Gomez is a first-year staff psychiatrist working at the Royal’s Operational Stress Injuries Clinic with military veterans, and she ventures up north each month as part of the Program Psychiatric Francophone du Nord de l’Ontario to do a general psychiatry clinic in Englehart, Ontario. She is also a lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa.

She is an Ottawa native who completed her BSc in Kinesiology at McGill University, spending almost as many hours on the volleyball court. She then returned to Ottawa to work as a research coordinator and junior psychometrist with the Eating Disorders Program at CHEO for 2 years—where she developed a keen interest in mental health -- before embarking on a four-year journey to the Emerald Isle. After completing her medical studies at the University College Dublin in Ireland, she was happy to return home to Ottawa to complete her residency training in Psychiatry. Rebecca received the Resident Leadership award on two occasions, was active on the Resident Executive Committee, served as Chief resident, and enjoyed teaching medical students and junior residents during her five years of training. In third year, she found time to train as part of the Canadian Australian Football team and compete in Melbourne, Australia in fourth year, and continues to enjoy an active lifestyle.

Dr. Soojin Chun

 

Dr. Soojin Chun is a graduate of the University of Ottawa medical school and completed her residency in psychiatry and fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has also completed the Royal College subspecialty exam in geriatric psychiatry. Dr. Chun’s clinical interests involve providing clinical care to geriatric patients primarily in outpatient and nursing home settings.

She has published several papers in geriatric psychiatry education as well as clinical care.  She is active in teaching both residents and medical students at the University of Ottawa, both in classroom and small group settings. Her efforts have been recognized by the University of Ottawa Department of Psychiatry as she was awarded the Psychiatry Clerkship teaching award in 2017.

As a staff geriatric psychiatrist, she has taken a leadership role as the education director for division of geriatric psychiatry. She is also the postgraduate site education director at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre for Ottawa psychiatry residency training program.

When she is not busy doing her clinical and educational role she is occupied with twin boys who are full of energy.

Dr. Nathalie Côté

Dr. Nathalie Cote

Dr. Nathalie Côté was born in Athens, Greece, and grew up in Sudbury, Ontario. Following a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Queen’s University, Dr. Côté returned to Sudbury to complete her medical training at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. She then moved to Ottawa to complete her residency in psychiatry. Following her graduation in June 2019,

Dr. Côté accepted a full-time position at The Ottawa Hospital – Civic Campus where she works partly in the psychiatric emergency department, and partly in the outpatient setting. She also holds a lecturer position with the University of Ottawa and enjoys teaching medical students and residents on a daily basis.

Dr. Jess Fiedorowicz

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Dr. Jess Fiedorowicz is Head and Chief of the Department of Mental Health at the Ottawa Hospital and a Professor and Senior Research Chair in Adult Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa with cross-appointment to the School of Epidemiology and Public Health.  He is a scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology and Neurosciences Programs of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.  Outside of his roles in Ottawa, he also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Psychosomatic Research and as a member of the U.S. Food and Drug Association Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee. 

He graduated summa cum laude from Marquette University and with Honors in Research from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed a medicine (transitional year) internship at St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin followed by a psychiatry residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he additionally served as a chief resident. He completed a fellowship in the Clinical Neurobiology of the Major Psychoses at the University of Iowa and concurrently completed an M.S. in Clinical Investigation. He later obtained a Ph.D. in Translational Biomedicine and then a graduate certificate in biostatistics from the University of Iowa.

Jess arrived in Ottawa in August 2020 from the University of Iowa, where he was faculty in departments of psychiatry, epidemiology, and internal medicine and still holds an adjunct appointment.  In Iowa, he was also the Director of the Mood Disorders Center and co-director of Workforce Development for the Institute of Clinical and Translational Science.  His research focuses on the primary causes of excess mortality, cardiovascular disease and suicide, in bipolar and other mood disorders.  He values taking an interdisciplinary, team science approach to his work and has over 120 peer-reviewed publications.  Clinically, he is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in obesity medicine by the American Board of Obesity Medicine. 

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