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A Letter from Camp
On Friday, September 7, our hard-working residents spent their Academic Day at Camp Otterdale for the 2nd Annual Resident Retreat and a well-deserved break. How did it go? What did they get up to? Thankfully, the DFM received a Letter from Camp from an anonymous resident camper, who filled us in on some details...
Dear DFM,

It was an early start on a foggy morning, but I am happy to say that I made it safely to Camp Otterdale this year for the DFM Resident Retreat. As all the residents arrived, they were buzzing with nervous anticipation, and we knew this day was going to be special.... Read more
Message from the Chair

Welcome back after a wonderful summer! I hope you were able to enjoy the weather and time to relax with friends and family. I am proposing that we spend some time at our Departmental Assembly, scheduled for Saturday, October 20 at the Annual Retreat, to determine our Strategic Direction for the Department. As an aspirational goal, my challenge to every one of us is: “what would it take for us to be the best Department of Family Medicine in the country?”
Introducing the 2018 recipient of the DFM Global Health Travel Bursary!

Congratulations to uOttawa medical student, Raphaël Nahar Riviere (pictured, second from left), who is this year's recipient of the DFM Global Health Travel Bursary. Along with three other medical students, a paediatrics resident, two nurses and three DFM physicians from the Montfort Hospital, Raphaël will spend four weeks in Bénin this December working in local hospitals to deliver much-needed medical care. Want to show your support for the Bénin Project? You can make a donation to help bring medication and supplies to those in need. You can also contribute to the DFM Global Health Travel Bursary to support our learners who wish to participate in Global Health initiatives.
Don't Delay - Register Today!
Guidelines for the Homeless and Vulnerably Housed

The Homeless Health Network is a group of researchers and healthcare providers who are developing homeless health guidelines for Canada. Homeless health guidelines are a set of evidence- based recommendations on how to best address the health and social needs of homeless and vulnerably housed populations in Canada.  The Homeless Health Guidelines Initiative is driven by the Department of Family Medicine’s Dr. Kevin Pottie with the support of his research team.  
Don't forget to cast your vote!

REMINDER: Please vote for CPSO Council . You will receive your ballot by email from the CPSO. Voting closes October 9th at 4pm . Dr. Judith Plante , former Unit lead for Pembroke is seeking re-election for District 7.
Interdisciplinary Collaboration at the uOSSC
On July 27th, the PGY1s participated in a full day simulation session at the uOSSC led by Dr. Kristine Whitehead . This year the Obstetrics PGY1s joined the group – making it a great collaborative success! The 17 facilitators from Family Medicine, Midwifery, Obstetrics and now Nursing provided an enriched interdisciplinary environment. Thanks to all the facilitators, the ever-committed team at the Simulation Center, and notably to Chandra Landry for all of her hard work!
REMINDER: New additions (and one change) to
eField Notes

We have recently added two new features to our eField Note system (a ssessment of Entrustable Professional Activities for new residents and assessing Patient-Centered Observation skills for all residents) and have changed the automatic sign-off of eField Notes, which are now automatically signed off after 60 days.
Did you know the DFM has a job board for Family Physicians? 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.
Research and Scholarship News
Join us for Research Grand Rounds featuring Barb Farrell, PharmD and Arjun Poudel, PhD on Thursday, September 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Tools and Resources for Researchers Applying to CIHR Project Grant Competition
CIHR offers applicants a number of learning materials regarding our programs and initiatives. Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of this support, whether submitting an application or exploring ways to enhance research outputs. Applicants who would like to look deeper into a funding opportunity’s peer review criteria and processes are also invited to consult the materials developed for reviewers.
DFM in the News and Publications


Congratulations to all of our members being recognised at FMF 2018. Join us in Toronto to celebrate their achievements!

  • Dr. Lyne Pitre – Scholarly Work in Family Medicine Education Grant
  • Dr. Catherine Boutet – Patient Education Grants for Family Medicine Residents
  • Dr. Elise Azzi – Family Medicine Resident Leadership Award

uOttawa Medical Students:
  • Shelby Allison – Medical Student Scholarship Award
  • Iuliia Povieriena – Medical Student Leadership Award
Staffing Updates

Welcome to Tilly Ndjiapanda, who has joined the DFM Administration Team.

Dr. Courtney Maskerine is the new Director of FMRSP.
Dr. Helga Ehrlich is the new IMG Director.

Dr. Rita Hafizi has recently joined as a Full-Time Academic physician at Primrose.

For details on each event, please access the Virtual Campus .

Tuesday, September 25
SOOs Standardisation Session

Thursday, September 27

Friday, October 12
Academic Day

Friday, October 19

Saturday, October 20

Sunday, October 21

Thursday, October 25
Research Grand Rounds

Friday, October 26

Thursday, November 1
NRP Course
QI Retreat

Friday, November 2
Rural Connections Day - Pembroke

Friday, November 9
Academic Day