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RIO Day and Graduation are June 7th! Friends and family are welcome!
May 19 is World Family Doctor Day!

This Saturday, take a moment to celebrate the important contributions of family physicians - watch our video, " Why Family Medicine? " to hear from our own medical students, residents and faculty members on why they've chosen to pursue a career in Family Medicine.
It's home stretch for our PGY2s! So...what's next?

As Graduation quickly approaches on June 7 (tell your friends and family!), our PGY2s are planning for a new, exciting chapter as certified family doctors ready to take on the world. We caught up with three of our graduating residents to hear their plans for next steps.
What are you doing after graduation? Keep an eye on our job board for opportunities for family physicians and recent graduates! 
Message from the Chair

This month, our undergraduate learners graduate! While this is an exciting and rewarding time for most, it is a challenge for those students across the country who did not succeed in the CaRMS match. Students who chose family medicine matched in the first round in urban sites, and over 98% succeeded in their top choice. CaRMS continues to be a challenge for both the students and our programs. One unintended consequence is that students excessively fear that they will not match.
Join us at the Summer FacDev Half Day!

The “ Spicy Summer Faculty Development Half Day ” takes place in the morning of June 15th , with a new faculty orientation (everyone welcome!) in the afternoon. The morning includes a session in French with Dr. Louise Laramée from the Department of Medicine (Cardiology). View the agenda and objectives. Register today!
Supporting our learners on the competency trajectory

Work is currently underway to update the Academic Support Process (ASP) website, which is designed to provide guidance to medical educators to support learners as they strive for their best throughout their residency training. We invite you to peruse this valuable resource - stay tuned for updates!
Research and Scholarship News
DFM Researchers develop RESPECT end-of-life prediction tool

RESPECT, short for Risk Evaluation for Support: Predictions for Elder-life in the Community Tool, aims to improve supportive care for those approaching their end of their lives. The DFM's Dr. Peter Tanuseputro and Dr. Doug Manuel, along with a team of talented researchers, have developed a web-based calculator that uses a predictive algorithm developed from a vast and detailed health information dataset to predict an individual's life expectancy. Recent funding secured from the Centre for Ageing and Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) will support evaluation of the tool, and early results indicate that RESPECT will be the most accurate end-of-life prediction tool worldwide. Read more about RESPECT and check out Project Big Life's suite of tools online .
Dr. Sharon Johnston to provide Distinguished Lecture at Trillium Research Day

Tomorrow is the last day to register for Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day in Toronto. Register online! The DFM's Dr. Sharon Johnston will provide the Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday, June 6, entitled, Primary Healthcare Performance Reporting in the Information Age: Empowering citizens, patients, and consumers .
QI Projects presented at the Montfort Unit

On May 15, the Montfort PGY1s (pictured, with Dr. Manon Denis-Leblanc) presented their QI Projects at the Montfort DFM Faculty Preceptor's meeting. A big thank you to Dr. Denis-Leblanc for her leadership as the Montfort Unit QI lead and to the hardworking Montfort PGY1 residents. 
Call for Posters - RIO Day Scholarly Coffee Break

Are you a resident or faculty with a previously made scholarly poster that you would like to showcase during this year’s RIO Day? During the lunch hour of our upcoming RIO Day we will host the third annual Scholarly Coffee Break and would love to have you participate! Submit your name and poster title to  Chandra by May 25th . See you at RIO Day on June 7th!
Deprescribing benzodiazepine receptor agonists . Kevin Pottie, Barbara Farrell et al. Canadian Family Physician May 2018, 64 (5) 339-351.
Important Announcements
Dr. Alison Eyre receives CAME Certificate of Merit and academic promotion!
Congratulations to Dr. Alison Eyre, who was both promoted to Associate Professor and presented with the CAME Certificate of Merit at CCME in Halifax in the past month!
Dr. Darlene Kitty also accepted the AFMC May Cohen Equity, Diversity and Gender Award at CCME. Congratulations!
STEP Conference:
Register today!

Don’t miss the OCFP’s inaugural Sharing Tools for Excellence in Practice (STEP) conference, June 15 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa.

Presenters include the DFM’s Dr. Lindsay Bradley , Dr. Christine Rivet and Dr. Ronald Sabbagh Register online .
Dr. Eric Wooltorton and Dr. Farhad Motamedi: Best Poster at Meridith Marks Day

Congratulations to Dr. Eric Wooltorton and Dr. Farhad Motamedi (and co-authors), who received the award for Evaluation of an Annual Skills and Simulation Continuing Professional Development Conference for Family Physicians.
Join us at the Community Graduation Dinner at Sidedoor Restaurant on May 31 !
Staffing Updates
Dr. Ed Seale is the acting Postgraduate Director while Dr. Sohil Rangwala is on leave.

Julia Testa has commenced a new role as the Riverside Coordinator. Ashley Mautbur will shortly be commencing maternity leave. Andrea Rawley will assume Julia's duties as PGY1 and PGY3 coordinator and Brigitte Mannseicher has joined our team as PGY2 Coordinator - welcome!

Madona Buffet has recently returned from leave as the Bruyère Coordinator.

Welcome to Beatrice Lugya Lutalo Kyolaba who has joined our team as the Operations Manager.

Welcome also to Davene Sterling, who has joined our team as a part-time Finance Officer.

Best of luck to Liz Chen-Craigen and Brydie Brown, who have recently left the Department.
Calendar
Friday, May 18

Friday, May 25

Thursday, May 31

Thursday, June 7

Friday, June 8

Wednesday, June 13

Thursday, June 14-Friday, June 15

Friday, June 15