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Happy New Year to our Community!
Messages from the Chair and Director of Strategy and Operations
After a challenging year of change in 2017, the Department of Family Medicine is now truly at home in our new locations at 600 and 850 Peter Morand. We had a great time welcoming our colleagues at our Open House event on December 15 th
Medication Information and the Surgeon’s Scalpel
 The case for a universally accessible, health system-funded Canadian medication guide

Next week, the Ottawa-based Rational Therapeutics and Medication Policy (RTMP) Research Group , which is based in Ottawa and led by Dr. Lise M. Bjerre , Clinician-Investigator with the Department of Family Medicine and Bruyère Research Institute, is releasing a report of findings and recommendations from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research-funded national stakeholder roundtable convened in April 2017 on the medication information needs of Canadians. 
Introducing our new Director of Global Health
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Taylor Lougheed has accepted the position of Director of Global Health, effective January 1, 2018. We wish to thank outgoing director Dr. Megan Williams for her invaluable contributions to our Global Health programs. Congratulations and welcome to Dr. Lougheed!
A Welcome Note from our new Directors
at the Montfort Unit
By: Dr. Marjorie Pomerleau

It is with great pleasure that Dr. Luis Rivero-Lopez and I ( Dr. Marjorie Pomerleau ) take on the leadership of the family medicine residency program at the Montfort Hospital. We wish to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Lyne Pitre , who over the past 22 years has done an amazing job of developing this program. Bravo!
Register now for the Evidence-Based Deprescribing Guidelines Symposium
The Bruyère Research Institute Deprescribing Guidelines Research Team is hosting a symposium March 26-28, 2018 for people interested in developing deprescribing guidelines, implementing and evaluating them, and looking for ways to incorporate deprescribing into curricula. More information is available online .
Save the Date!
March Maple, Medical Education and More: Spring Faculty Development Half Day

After a successful Winter Faculty Development Half Day attended by two dozen faculty, we are continuing this format with our Spring Faculty Development Half Day on Friday, March 9.  

Save the date!
DFM In the News:
Dr. Andrew Pipe discusses smoking bans on hospital property

The DFM’s Dr. Andrew Pipe spoke with CBC’s Ottawa Morning on January 3 rd , to discuss the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, which bans smoking on hospital property as of January 1, 2018.

You can read the article online and listen to the interview with CBC Ottawa Morning’s Robyn Bresnahan.
Looking for employment or locum opportunities?
Join our Team! Spread the news!

The Department of Family Medicine is seeking dedicated Full-Time Academic Physicians as well as Two Chairs in Primary Health Care Dementia Research.

Be sure to check our Career Opportunities page regularly for various opportunities for recent graduates and practising physicians. 
Research and Scholarship News
Join us on January 25, 2018 between 8:30am and 10:30am. View the poster . Would you like to be a presenter at Research Grand Rounds? There are still spaces available!
Research Updates

The DFM’s Dr. Peter Tanuseputro , Co-Principal Investigator of “Modeling the Health and Treatment Trajectories of Persons with Terminal Gastrointestinal Malignancies to Enhance Patient-Centered Care”, has recently secured a Catalyst Grant: Personalized Health Catalyst Grant from the CIHR. The DFM’s Dr. Doug Manuel is a Co-Investigator. Dr. Tanusputro and Dr. Manuel also co-authored “ Association Between Immigrant Status and End-of-Life Care in Ontario, Canada ”, which was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical association (JAMA). The article also received news coverage from various outlets, which is also available online . Congratulations!

Dr. Sharon Johnston was recently recognized by NAPCRG for one of the highest rates submissions for oral presentation for “ Citizen, Consumer, and Patient Roles in Using Publicly Reported Primary Healthcare Performance Information: Lessons From Citizen-Patient Dialogues in Three Canadian Provinces” . The International Committee invited Dr. Johnston to present at an international conference to promote liaison between international primary care research organizations to enable collaboration and attendance at each other’s meetings. Congratulations Dr. Johnston!

Read the recently published article, “ Smoothing the Transition Points in Canadian Medical Education ”, by the DFM’s Dr. Nick Busing (et al), available online in Academic Medicine. 
Staffing updates

Welcome to Liz Chen-Craigen and Jenn Look-Hong , who have joined our finance department.
Awards and Recognition

Dr. Alison Eyre  has been awarded a Canadian Association of Medical Education (CAME) Certificate of Merit for outstanding contributions to medical education. 
REMINDER: Join us at the Resident-Faculty-Family Social on February 25 at the City View Curling Club!

We will have two hours on the ice followed by drinks. View the poster .
uOttawa Wi-Fi switching
to eduroam

On January 30, the uOttawa and uOttawa-WPA wireless networks will be decommissioned. Wireless access will be available exclusively through the eduroam network, a secure, reliable and high-performance worldwide wireless service.
Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 18 - Friday, January 19
CaRMS interviews

Friday, January 19

Thursday, January 25 - Friday, January 26
CaRMS interviews

Thursday, January 25

Friday, January 26 - Saturday, January 27

Saturday, January 27

Friday, February 9 - Saturday, February 10

Friday, February 9

Tuesday, February 13

Thursday, February 15
Departmental Updates
Undergraduate Education

We want to wish you health, happiness and prosperity for 2018! We will be presenting a video promoting family medicine in the next few months. We look forward to sharing our passion with you. 

On December 7th, our fourth year medical students had the chance to practice mock interviews in preparation for CaRMS. Many of them were interested in pursuing a career in family medicine. It was refreshing to see all the great prospective candidates for our program! Good luck to you all! 
Postgraduate Education

I hope you all doing well and had a restful Holiday Season and wonderful New Year! Read more for updates on:

  • CaRMS
  • PGY1 FMRSP Question and Timeline
  • PGY2 FMRSP Final Report
  • SOO Exams
  • CCFP exams
  • Family Medicine Enrichment opportunities
  • PGY3 Interviews

Community Teaching

The  8th Annual Community Preceptor Retreat is scheduled on March 23rd-24th at the  Wakefield Inn and Conference Centre . This annual event is important to enhance community and rural engagement and networking. 

Spots are limited. Contact Andrea Rawley at  arawley@uottawa.ca  to confirm your attendance!
Faculty Development

Save the date for the Spring Faculty Development Half Day: March Maple, Medical Education and More!

Location: Department of Family Medicine, uOttawa, 850 Peter Morand Crescent

Date and time: Friday. March 9, 12:30-5:00 PM