July 2018 | Pour accéder à la version française de ce bulletin, cliquez ici
PULSE is going on vacation! After a hiatus in August, we will be back September 20!
Welcome to our new residents!
We hope you have enjoyed your first weeks at the Department of Family Medicine! While this new chapter is exciting, it can also be overwhelming. We hope to alleviate the stress of this change and support you wherever possible throughout your residency. Below are a few helpful links to various tools and resources. If you ever have any questions, feel free to contact us (our Staff Directory and list of Faculty Directors can also help you find what you are looking for). 
Message from the Chair

This month we welcomed our new residents with many activities: orientations, potlucks, barbecues and more! Our goal is for every resident to be the best family physician you can be. The summer also brings great weather, vacations and time to recharge batteries. I am looking forward to two weeks with my family on Charleston Lake!
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.
Save the Date for the 2018 the Resident Wellness Retreat

The planning for the 2018 Resident Wellness Retreat is underway!

We are anticipating another exciting event, where family medicine residents will build resilience and lasting friendships while staying overnight at Camp Otterdale. Mark your calendars for September 7th, 2018, and stay tuned for more information!

- Grace and the Retreat Planning Committee
Attention PGY2s and recent graduates! Please complete the PGME Program Evaluation sent to your uOttawa email address. You can also access the survey online
Join us for the next FacDev Half Day!
 Mark your calendars! The next Half Day is Tuesday, September 25, 2018 , in the afternoon preceding the evening SOO standardization schedule. Register online at: fallfacdev.eventbrite.ca
The DFM Brightspace Virtual Campus is Live!
Log in at  uottawa.brightspace.com  (or download the app from the  App store  (iOS) or  Google Play  (Android)) using your uoAccess ID (i.e. the same login credentials as One45, eField Notes and your uOttawa email). Read more about the New Virtual Campus on our website.
Two self-help psychotherapy services now available in Ontario

Big White Wall , coordinated by the Ontario Telemedicine Network, is an online peer support and self-management tool for mental health issues. BounceBack , managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association, is a one-on-one telephone coaching program to manage symptoms of depression and anxiety. Learn more online about Big White Wall and BounceBack websites, and find out how to integrate them into your practice. 
Research and Scholarship News
Upcoming Webinars on Deprescribing

The Bruyère Deprescribing Guidelines Research Team presents their summer webinar series! The next sessions are:
  • July 25, hosted by Dr. Lisa McCarthy and Dr. Clara Korenvain from Bruyère who will discuss how community pharmacists can be partners in deprescribing. Register now
  • August 16, hosted by Dr. Jadon Webb from the Denver Office of Children, Youth and Families who will talk about non-pharmacological supports for youth targeted for deprescribing from antidepressants. Register now
Apply for a DIME/uOSSC Fellowship
The Department of Innovation in Medical Education (DIME) and the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre (uOSSC) are offering a Fellowship in Medical Education Research/Fellowship in Medical Education Research and Simulation . The deadline is September 16, 2018 .
Staffing Updates

Welcome to Sylvie Poirier, who has joined the DFM Administration Team.

Dr. Avik Nath is the new interim PGY3 Director.

Vela Tadic, RSW, is the new Executive Director of the Bruyère Academic Health Team.

Dr. Rita Hafizi is the interim Family Medicine Clerkship Rotation Director while Dr. Eoghan O'Shea is on sabbatical.

Dr. Sean Mindra is the new PGY3 Chief Resident. Many thanks to outgoing Chief Dr. Anthony Caragianis for your great work!

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

Friday, July 27

Monday, August 6
Civic Holiday

Friday, August 17
Academic Day

Friday, September 7
Academic Day

Thursday, September 13
NRP Course

Monday, September 17-Tuesday, September 18
ACES Course

Tuesday, September 25
SOOs Standardisation Session

Thursday, September 27
Research Grand Rounds