Ottawa Psychiatry Enrichment Program (OPEP)

June 1-5, 2020

Once again, the Department of Psychiatry is proud to announce that we will run the Ottawa Psychiatry Enrichment Program (OPEP) for 2020. This is a one-week program held at the end of the academic year for first and second year medical students from universities across Canada. During this week, students will be exposed to psychiatrists from various disciplines and backgrounds. The week serves both an educational and social function and is meant to give those who have an interest in psychiatry an opportunity to get a better feel for the specialty. For those who may be uncertain about a life as a psychiatrist, this week aims to provide a clearer model of what that career could be like.

Each day of the program consists of morning interactive sessions, and afternoon elective placements. The interactive seminars will cover a wide-range of topics related to what it is like to be a psychiatrist, while in the afternoon observership placements, students will experience the day-to-day challenges of practice in the field of psychiatry.

Link to application

Application closing date: March 22nd, 2020.

For more information please contact psyugme@uottawa.ca

See below for information on our OPEP Team!

OPEP 2019 Class

Group of people standing inside ROH

Left to Right: Maryam Bezzahou (University of Ottawa), Regan Brownbridge (University of Saskatchewan), Melissa Armstrong (University of Saskatchewan), Shamir Salman (University of Saskatchewan), Maude Le Bouthillier Shaughnessy (University of Ottawa), Karen Wang (University of British Columbia), Sarah Carson (University of Ottawa), Michael Ku (University of Ottawa), Suzanne Boroumand (University of Ottawa), Jessie Thuswaldner (University of Ottawa), Alex Morra (Queen’s University), Catherine Deschenes (University of Alberta), Dr. Elliott Lee (Undergraduate Director, University of Ottawa)

 

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 endeavors, 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

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 honored 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 honor 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 behaviors, 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 Center, 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 a child and adolescent psychiatrist at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and the Clerkship Rotation Director for the Department of Psychiatry Undergraduate Education Program. He has received multiple national and international awards for his involvement in teaching and supervision of students and residents. He has published in peer-reviewed journals, has presented nationally and internationally and is the founder and course director of the International Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Review Course in Saudi Arabia. He is also the founder and course director of the First uOttawa Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Update for Primary Care in Canada. He has served on several scientific committees and social support groups on Child Abuse, ADHD, Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

Dr. Pierre Blier

 

Dr Pierre Blier is a Full Professor for the Departments of Psychiatry and Cellular & Molecular Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and the Director of the Mood Disorders Research Unit at The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research.

Dr Blier is on the editorial boards of several journals and is the co-editor in chief for the Journal of Psychopharmacolgy and field editor for translational medicine for the official journal of International College of Neuropsychopharmacology (CINP). In addition to his extensive list of publications and lectures presented worldwide, Dr. Blier has contributed to several treatment guidelines for psychiatric disorders. Dr Blier has a basic research laboratory investigating how psychotropic medications work in the brain, he carries out investigator-initiated clinical studies, and treats patients with mood and anxiety disorders on a daily basis.

Dr Blier received several awards for outstanding contributions to psychopharmacology including the Canada Research Chair in Psychopharmacology from the Government of Canada and is now a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Life Sciences). He also serves on several committees, including the presidency elect of the CINP.

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 interes

ts 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.

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