Thank you for registering for the 2020 Family Medicine Conference. We look forward to welcoming you! Below are some resources and information to support you in having the best conference experience possible.

Conference package

Technical support

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Conference agenda

8:30 am: Morning wellness sessions

Get the day off to an energizing start with one of these optional wellness sessions.

A Guided Progressive Muscle Relaxation Exercise

Dr. Claire Docherty

Progressive muscle relaxation teaches you how to relax your muscles through a two-step process. First, you systematically tense particular muscle groups in your body, such as your neck and shoulders. Next, you release the tension and notice how your muscles feel when you relax them. This exercise, led by Dr. Claire Docherty, will help you to lower your overall tension and stress levels, and help you relax when you are feeling anxious. It can also help reduce physical problems such as stomachaches and headaches, as well as improve your sleep.

Sunrise Hatha Yoga

Dr. Terri Aldred

Join Dr. Terri Aldred for a guided hatha yoga session to engage your breath, body, and mind.


9:00 am: Welcome and opening address

9:10 am: Keynote: Maintaining Wellness in Times of Change
Dr. Mamta Gautam
Dr. Gautam is a pioneer in the field of physician health and well-being. An Assistant Professor at the University Of Ottawa Faculty Of Medicine, she has worked as a psychiatrist in Ottawa, Canada for over 25 years. With our world changing, Dr. Gautam will explore the psychological and physiological impact of COVID-19 on both physicians and patients. She will provide strategies for managing grief and discuss approaches to dealing with change and uncertainty, whether it be adapting to parenting through the pandemic or adjusting to delivering virtual care from home. Attendees will leave with fresh ideas for maintaining resilience no matter what the future holds.

9:55 am: Top Three Articles That Changed My Family Practice
Dr. Steve Wong
Some articles are not to be missed. In this review, hear about new data on the prevention of end-stage renal failure in diabetes and the prevention of heart failure outcomes. Gain a new perspective on the role of optimal medical therapy, versus early intervention strategies, in coronary artery disease.

10:30 am: Break

11:00 am: Breakout Session A

#1: We All Make Mistakes

Dr. Marjorie Docherty

Mistakes are a part of life, but the consequences can be especially hard in family medicine. This session will help you recognize and acknowledge the harm that can befall patients when mistakes occur. This will also be an opportunity to discuss the psychological impact making mistakes has on the physician and identify healthy ways to create dialogue and deliver support for colleagues when mistakes occur.

#2: Beyond Metformin: Where Do We Go Now?

Dr. Lee MacKay

Hear about management for type 2 diabetes, including new oral hypoglycemics. Dr. MacKay will describe when and how to initiate insulin and will help you identify PharmaCare and First Nations Health Authority funding opportunities for treatments.

#3: Breast Cancer Screening: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Dr. Jessica Otte

Dr. Otte will guide participants in interpreting key controversies in breast cancer screening and understanding how they impact your patients' expectation and outcomes. Participants will learn how to employ a shared decision-making approach for mammography.

#4: Health Impact in Climate Change

Dr. Melissa Lem

We are already starting to see the impact of climate change in medicine. Learn about how typical presentations in family medicine are changing as a result of climate change and hear how COVID may affect climate change and population health.

11:50 am: Winter Dermatoses and Which Conditions to Treat with Cryosurgery
Dr. Nathan Teegee
With colder months closing in, this session will help you diagnose and manage five of the most common dermatological conditions that present in the winter. You will also hear about LN2 treatment and its risks.

12:30 pm: Annual General Meeting

1:15 pm: Lunch

1:25 pm – Lunch conversation groups and wellness session
Join our informal video conversation groups to connect with colleagues, or hear from Dr. Daniel Dodek about resources to support your wellness as a physician.

Conversation Group: Share What You Love About Family Medicine

Conversation Group: Practising Kindly: Gratitude in the Time of the Pandemic

Physician Wellness Resources with Dr. Daniel Dodek

1:45 pm: Racism in Medicine: What Does it All Mean and What are the Implications for Practice?
Dr. Danièle Behn Smith
Family physicians are in a position to combat systemic racism. In order to do so, we must first understand what it means to practise cultural safety and humility. Dr. Behn Smith will explain and define white fragility, white privilege, white immunity and structural racism and how these mechanisms lead to health inequities. Attendees will leave with new strategies that can be used to enhance cultural safety and anti-racism in medical practice.

2:45 pm: Breakout Session B

#1: How to Manage Grief

Dr. Gillian Fyles

Most of us have experienced some form of loss this year. Dr. Fyles will lead us through strategies on assisting patients who have suffered grief through death as well as other types of losses. Learn how to diagnose and manage complex and prolonged grief and how to identify signs of post-ICU syndrome.

#2: COPD Update

Dr. Jeremy Road

Leave this session with a clearer idea of how to create a COPD care plan, including evidence for newer agents used in COPD management appropriate follow-up investigations and recall schedules. This session will also explore treatment options and community resources to support patient care.

#3: Maternity Care Update

Dr. Preveena Dharmaraj

Prenatal care has changed during the pandemic. Dr. Dharmaraj will review changes to prenatal visit schedules, explain what is required for prenatal care under 20 weeks and identify options and timelines for genetic screening.

#4: Transforming Your Work

Dr. Tandi Wilkinson

Explore new ways of looking at our work as a way of finding more ease and joy in what we do. In this short session, we will focus on one tool that helps us move towards work that is more fulfilling.


3:30 pm: Break

3:50 pm Child and Youth Mental Health
Dr. Ingrid Douziech
Children and teens have had their lives upturned by school closures, changes to schedules, and different types of losses this year. This session will help you recognize and assess childhood mental illness and treat childhood anxiety, including in the context of the pandemic. You will also receive practical suggestions on how to help children and parents deal with bullying.

4:25 pm: Envisioning the Future Together
Dr. Terri Aldred
This year has opened people’s minds to the possibility for change and improvement. Dr. Aldred will lead us in thinking about current and future primary care strategies and how to increase accessibility and strive for excellence and equity. Attendees will leave with new ideas for self-care and inspiration on how to partner with patients to improve their care and the wider health care system.

5:00 pm: Concluding Remarks