December 2019 | Pour accéder à la version française de ce bulletin, cliquez ici .
Please note: The DFM offices are closed from December 23 to January 2, inclusive. Happy Holidays!
Message from the Interim Chair

Dear faculty, staff and learners,

As the holiday season quickly approaches, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for all that we have achieved together in 2019. It is a privilege to lead and work in such a talented and inspiring team. I am grateful for your dedication, hard work and the energy that you have brought to the Department.

I have had the privilege to participate in recent awards ceremony for the Faculty of Medicine where 20 of our members were recognised for various awards. In addition, our rankings were outstanding this year with a whopping 46 DFM award recipients faculty-wide for 2019, including at the national level! We also presented awards during the DFM Holiday Staff Appreciation Luncheon to staff in recognition of milestone anniversaries from five to 15 years of service. A delicious buffet was laid out at Peter Morand where they competitively battled in an ornament-decorating contest and a gift exchange, which encouraged all to meet, and make new connections with peers located at the BRI, TOH and other sites.

I do hope you take the time over the next few weeks to slow down, unplug and enjoy some time with family and loved ones, and feel proud of the valuable work you are doing here. I’m looking forward to your continued contributions to our family’s success; let’s build on this energy as we enter 2020.

Wishing you all a very happy and restful holiday season.
Message from the
Program Chief

By: Dr. Kate Trebuss

This time of year tends to prompt reflection during those rare moments between clinic, holiday shopping and charcuterie binges on where we've come from and where we're heading next. Our PGY1s are now halfway through their first year and have formed new relationships, started exciting new projects, and learned much about what it means to care for their patients and themselves during their first few months as physicians. Amazingly, we PGY2s are now closer to graduation than to medical school and are beginning to make decisions about where we're going to strike out into independent practice or undertake further training...
Message from the
Faculty Wellness Office

As you enter this holiday season, please accept our appreciation for all that you give every day to your students, residents, colleagues and patients. This is a season of giving, and in that spirit, remember to give to yourself as well. The holidays can certainly be hectic and I always try my best to stick to the mantra of finding the "magic in the mess" that comes at this time of year and to savour the moments of connection that come with being with family and friends. 

Dr. Elizabeth Muggah
Assistant Dean, Faculty Wellness Program
DFM Faculty Member
Ten tips for resiliency to help you through the holidays

As we are busily wrapping up projects before the new year and preparing for the holidays, I reflect on an important message by one of our peers, Dr. Kerri Ritchie, a psychologist and clinical professor in the School of Psychology. She states “the secret is to practice resiliency regularly. Practising these skills every day will make it easier for you to handle emergencies and stress when they happen.” I invite you to refer to these 10 tips for resiliency to help you through the holidays.
The Best of 2019

Below are the most read articles of 2019 that feature our amazing faculty and residents.
The very first Family Medicine Research Chair at the DFM

The  Institut du Savoir Montfort (ISM)  and the Department of Family Medicine (DFM) have partnered to create  a new Family Medicine Research Chair, the first of its kind in Canada.

DFM faculty members featured as LIFE CHANGING women

Dr. Elizabeth Muggah, Dr. Claire Kendall and Dr. Carol Wiebe presented at the Bruyère Foundation event on Lifechanging Female Leaders for International Women's Month.

Dr. Clare Liddy named Family Medicine Researcher of the Year

Congratulations to  Dr. Clare Liddy , recipient of the 2019 Family Medicine Researcher of the Year Award from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Faculty of Medicine!

Memories of Guyana

Dr. Beauty Sandhu shares her experiences from an elective with our Family Medicine program in Guyana. "My time in Guyana as a first-year Family Medicine resident was something I will never forget."

Introducing INNOVATION

Introducing the first issue of the DFM's Research newsletter,   INNOVATION ! This biannual e-newsletter facilitates the sharing of research and innovative academic projects by our faculty and trainees. 

A fond farewell

Dr. Diane Delva reflects on her term as DFM Chair: " How did five years pass so quickly ! Coming to Ottawa has been a wonderful adventure. I have met so many outstanding physicians and academics!"

Join us for Research Grand Rounds on Thursday, February 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with Dr. Andrew Pipe and Dr. Peter Tanuseputro! View Poster
Honours and Awards

Emma Dickinson and Julia Testa were recognised for 5 years of service with uOttawa in December.
DFM Job Board

Visit our website  for part-time and full-time positions available for physicians at external and affiliated clinics, as well as locum opportunities in Ottawa and across Canada. 
 For details on each event, please access the Virtual Campus .

Monday, December 23 to Thursday, January 2 inclusively
Holiday Break - University closed

Friday, January 10
Academic Day

Tuesday, January 14

Friday, January 10 to Saturday, January 11

Friday, January 17
IMG Interviews

Monday, January 20 to Friday January 24
uOttawa Annual Wellness Week

Wednesday, January 22

Thursday, January 23 to Friday, January 24
Thursday, January 30 to Friday, January 31
CaRMS Interviews

Tuesday, February 11

Wednesday, February 19

Thursday, February 20

Thursday, February 27

Tuesday, March 10

Friday, March 27 

Tuesday, April 14

Saturday, April 18 to Tuesday, April 21:  Canadian Conference On Medical Education 2020 (CCME 2020)