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September 2012

The Department of Family Medicine welcomes Rebecca Ford

The Department of Family Medicine would like to welcome Rebecca Ford to the position of Clinical Administrator, Civic Campus.  Rebecca comes to the department with five years of experience in the private, not-for-profit, health care and postgraduate medical education sectors.  We are sure that Rebecca will put these skills to work with her new team at the Civic Campus. Welcome to the team Rebecca!

The University of Ottawa is pleased to host two Gairdner Laureates/L’Université d’Ottawa est fière d’accueillir deux Lauréats de prix Gairdner: 

Dr. Brian M. Greenwood

2012 Canada Gairdner Global Health Laureate
Manson Professor of Tropical Medicine
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK

Lecture Title:  Epidemic Meningitis in Africa

Dr. Richard Losick

2009 Canada Gairdner Laureate
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

 Lecture Title:  Chains, Communities and Going Green

Monday, October 22, 2012    2:00 p.m. -5:00p.m.
Lundi  22 Octobre, 2012        14 h à 17 h

Followed by a reception in the atrium/Suivi par une réception dans l’atrium

Roger Guindon Hall, Faculty of Medicine/Roger Guindon Hall, Faculté de médicine
451 Ch. Smyth Rd, Ottawa
Amph. A, (pièce/room 2005) 

Les conférences sont prononcées en anglais

Click here for more details.

The department bids farewell to Renelle Ouimette

The DFM's Financial Officer Renelle Ouimette has recently accepted a new position within the University of Ottawa and will therefore be leaving our department as of October 5th, 2012. We would like to wish Renelle the best of luck as she continues on her professional journey.  Renelle has been working within the department since June 2008 and has made many significant contributions over her time with us. Renelle we be dearly missed and will surely be a huge asset to her new team. Congratulations Renelle!

DFM Annual Faculty Retreat a success!

The Department of Family Medicine (DFM) held its Annual Faculty Retreat from September 21-23, 2012 at the Fairmont Le Château Montebello in Quebec. This year’s theme “Making Connections” focused on exploring the intricacies of the DFM’s redeveloped competency-based curriculum and introduced innovative educational tools to facilitate teaching. This theme was particularly timely given our department’s endeavours to align the University of Ottawa’s family medicine curriculum with the seven CanMEDS-family medicine roles and triple-C curriculum, as developed by the CFPC.

Our line-up of engaging speakers included DFM faculty members Dr. Mary Johnston, Dr. Frances Kilbertus, Dr. Michael Malek, Dr. Gary Viner and Dr. Eric Wooltorton, as well as Dr. Steve Hotz, Dr. Jolanta Karpinski and Dr. Derek Puddester from the Faculty of Medicine and Dr. Allyn Walsh from the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University.

The retreat provided an excellent opportunity for team building, networking and professional development for participants. Many thanks go out to the faculty members who participated in the 2012 annual retreat as well as to the dedicated planning committee which included Dr. Carol Geller, Dr. David Tobin, Dr. Madeleine Montpetit, Dr. Mary Johnston, Dr. Monica Brewer, Dr. Rodney Tee and DFM staff members Laura MacNeill and Meghan Kelly and Jenna Young.

CTLC publishes article on C-CHAP research study in the CSATVB national newsletter

The DFM Research Director of the CT Lamont Primary Health Care Research Centre (CTLC), Scientist Simone Dahrouge & CTLC Research Manager Robin MacLaren have published a piece on the C-CHAP research study in the Canadian Society for Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology (CSATVB) national newsletter (p 11-12).  Website: http://www.csatvb.ca/detail.aspx?menu=14&app=53&cat1=238&dt=3836&tp=9&lk=g.  The C-CHAP intervention involved family physicians in 20 mid-sized Ontario communities inviting nearly 16,000 patients aged 65+ to attend risk assessment sessions held at 129 local pharmacies over a 10 week period. The resulting publication was awarded the distinction of being one of the top four research articles in the British Medical Journal in 2011 (Kaczorowski, Chambers et al, http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.d442).  A five-year follow up study has recently been funded by CIHR to follow up on the impact of C-CHAP on therapy, hospitalizations and death related to cardiovascular events, and all-cause mortality.

DFM & PIME Research Funding Grants letters of intent now being accepted

Deadline for both is Oct 15th. Both of these letter's of intent can be as short as a paragraph. Please contact the CTLC coordinators of these grants for assistance in preparing your letters of intent, to discuss a project idea, or to get more information about the grants. All project proposals that fall within the scope of PIME Grant (medical education at undergraduate, postgraduate or faculty development) or DFM Grant (any area of Primary Care) will be invited to work with the grant teams to submit a full application in the spring. Please contact Koko Bate Agborsangaya (PIME Coordinator) at kbate@bruyere.org or 613-562-6262 ext.: 1635 or Robin MacLaren (DFM Grant Coordinator) at rmaclaren@bruyere.org or 613-562-6262 ext.: 1714.

AIME Educational Research Update

AIME Education Grants 2012

The AIME Education Grants 2012 competition is now open. The deadline for submission is Sunday, October 21, 2012. For details, please refer to the education grants page of the AIME website.

Call for Stories - Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics

Narrative Symposium: The Many Faces of Moral Distress Among Clinicians

Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics will publish an issue devoted to personal stories from clinicians regarding situations that cause moral distress and how they have responded to them. Moral distress arises when professionals find that they are unable to act in accordance with their moral convictions. The focus of this inquiry is on the personal and professional short- and long-term impact of moral distress and the ways that clinicians respond to and make meaning from that distress.

Appropriate contributors might include nurses, physicians, social workers, nursing assistants, clinical ethicists, occupational and physical therapists, and professionals in training. We want true, personal stories in a form that is easy to read.

In writing your story, you might want to think about:

· Which specific clinical situations give rise to moral distress? Why?

· How do you experience moral distress—physically, psychologically, socially or spiritually?

· How do you deal with moral distress? In past distressing situations …

  • Did you take actions that allowed you to uphold your deepest values?
  • What conditions within yourself, the people involved, and the external environment allowed you to do this?
  • How did you made sense of the situation?

· What have been the short or long term consequences?

  • Have you ever been professionally disciplined for acting upon your moral conviction?
  • How has moral distress affected your job performance or your commitment to your job?
  • What has been left undone or been the residual impact?
  • How have your own values evolved as a result of moral distress?

· How would you change the system (e.g., policies, hierarchies, processes) to alleviate moral distress within your position? Do you think it can be alleviated, or is it inevitable?

You do not need to address all of these questions—write on the issues that you think are most important to share with others. You do not need to be a writer, just tell your story in your own words. We plan to publish 12 stories (800 – 2000 words) on this topic. Additional stories may be published as online-only supplemental material. We also publish two to four commentary articles that discuss the stories in the journal.

If you are interested in submitting a story, we ask you first to submit a 300-word proposal—a short description of the story you want to tell. Please include a statement about what type of clinician you are and what kind of environment you work in (no institutional names are needed). Inquiries or proposals should be sent to the editorial office via email: narrativebioethics@gmail.com. We will give preference to story proposals received by Oct 31st.

For more information about the journal Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, the guidelines for authors, and privacy policies, visit our webpage with Johns Hopkins University Press at: http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/narrative_inquiry_in_bioethics/guidelines.html

PGY1 resident Dr. Alexandre Labelle is accepted into the Residents as Leaders Program

Congratulations to PGY1 resident Dr. Alexandre Labelle who has been accepted into the Residents as Leaders program through the Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Labelle will attend the course from November 12-16th, 2012. The course focuses on enhancing leadership skills, which includes a leadership project or placement opportunity. Congratulations Dr. Labelle!

DFM Research Funding Program

We are pleased to announce the next Department of Family Medicine (DFM) Research Funding Program Grant call. The DFM Research Funding Program provides funds to support research in primary health care. The number and value of grants awarded each year will be determined by the availability of funds and quality of the proposals. The total grant is up to a maximum value of $20,000. Please see the Terms of Reference for full details.

The first stage of the application process is to submit a Letter of Intent, due Oct 15th, 2012. The letter of intent can be as short as a single paragraph up to two pages (click here for the word version, click here for the pdf version). For assistance with the preparation of any aspect of your application, please contact the DFM Research Funding Grant coordinator, Robin MacLaren, rmaclaren@buryere.org

Initial Competition

Re-submission Competition

Call for Letter of Intent


LOI due*

October 15th

LOI feedback

Within 3 weeks

March 15th feedback on full application

Full Application Due*

February 1st

End of June

Notification of decision*

March 15th

End of July

Start date

April 1st

September 1st

* communication must be sent electronically by this date.
* When date falls on a weekend, the deadline will be the Monday after the weekend.



The Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) invites colleagues to submit nominations for its 2013 national awards: the Ian Hart Award for Distinguished Contribution to Medical Education and the Meridith Marks New Educator Award. The submission deadline is November 16, 2012.

For more information on CAME Awards, please contact the CAME Office: smutschler@afmc.ca or 613 730-0687, ext. 238.

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L'Association canadienne pour l'éducation médicale (ACÉM) vous invite à soumettre des candidatures pour les prix de l'ACÉM de 2013 : Le Prix Ian-Hart pour une contribution exceptionnelle en éducation médicale, et le Prix Meridith Marks du nouvel éducateur de l'ACÉM.
La date limite des soumissions est le 16 novembre 2012.  Veuillez consulter le site Web de l'ACÉM (http://www.came-acem.ca/awards_overview_fr.php) pour les exigences relatives aux critères d'admissibilité et à la présentation des candidatures.  

Pour obtenir plus de renseignements sur les prix de l'ACÉM, communiquer avec le bureau de l'ACÉM :smutschler@afmc.ca ou 613 730-0687, poste 238. The 50th OCFP Annual Scientific Assembly

Family Medicine Forum 2012

November 15-17, 2012
Toronto, Ontario

The FMF program has been organized by the 2012 Scientific Program Planning Committee, comprised of members of the OCFP’s ASA Committee, and national and Section representatives.

Providing a full selection of relevant clinical, teaching and faculty development topics, as well as many of the OCFP’s most popular Mainpro-C workshops, FMF 2012 is expected to be the largest assembly of Canadian family physicians ever.


With great opportunities to gain access to a great CME program organized into clinical, education and research streams, the program will meet your learning needs and will provide great networking opportunities with your peers from across the country.

To view the FMF Scientific Program,

To Register for FMF,  

Michelle Day accepts PGY2 Coordinator position

The Department of Family Medicine would like to announce that Michelle Day has recently been promoted to a new role within the department as PGY2 Program Coordinator.  Michelle will transition into her new role over the upcoming weeks as we work to recruit and train her replacement.

Congratulations Michelle on your promotion.

Action Global Health Network Conference 2012

This fall, students at the University of Ottawa Medical School will host the inaugural Action Global Health Network Conference, which is a conference for current professionals as well as students in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. The event will take place on Saturday September 15th, 2012 at the Arts Court Theatre in downtown Ottawa from 12:30-18:00. The cost to register is only $8. 

As the title - "Bridging Health and Global Development" suggests, we aim to encourage conversation among a diversity of professionals and would like to invite you to join us. Details for registration can be found at the conference website http://aghnconference.ca.