Welcome to the office of Faculty Affairs (FA)! We offer free, confidential services for our faculty, students and staff. You can seek assistance in the areas of Faculty Wellness, Equity and Diversity Issues, Professionalism.

The office of Faculty Affairs (FA) oversees faculty affairs within the Faculty of Medicine. We are comprised of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), the Faculty Wellness Program (FWP), and the Office of Professionalism (OP). The Assistant-Deans and Director of these offices report to the Vice-Dean Faculty Affairs who is the head of the FA. The FA oversees the clinical faculty appointment process, annual reviews, academic promotion as well as other academic issues and faculty relations. The number of requests for faculty appointment and promotion continues to increase, a healthy indicator of the faculty engagement with the University.

Faculty Affairs - Update

We are delighted to share that Dr. Alexandre Coutin, an Emergency Medicine Resident at the University of Ottawa,  is the recipient of the 2021 Resident Doctors of Canada Award for Resident Wellness. Dr Coutin has worked with dedication and enthusiasm to improve resident wellness in the Faculty of Medicine and beyond including playing a lead role in the development of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine’s Resident Wellness Committee.

On behalf of the Faculty Wellness Program, we would like to congratulate Dr. Coutin on this achievement.

Wellness Week - November 28, 2022, to December 02, 2022

  • Holiday Door Decorating Competition
    Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Does your team have what it takes to be the winners of our holiday door decorating competition? Register your team at [email protected] before Wednesday, November 23, 2022. A maximum of five (5) individuals per team. All doors will need to be decorated by 9:00 on Tuesday, November 29, 2022.

  • Wheel of Wellness
    Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2022
    Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Atrium

Join your friends from the Faculty of Medicine’s Wellness Program for some lunchtime fun & games – with special guests - Swag and Prizes!

  • Massage Therapy
    Date: Thursday, December 01, 2022
    Time: 1:00 - 4:00
    Location: Atrium

Come join us as we welcome students from the International Academy of Massage who will provide Faculty, Learners and support staff with massages.

Please note that spots are limited, and it is on a first comes first serve basis.

  • Yoga at RGN
    Date: Friday, December 02, 2022
    Time: 12:00 - 1:00
    Location: Atrium

A Yoga session will be held in the Atrium between 12:00 – 1:00. Participants will be required to bring a mat and water bottle. This event is for all learners, Faculty and staff. Register at [email protected]

1. Getting Off the Path to Burnout

Dr. Marcia Kostenuik
February 22, 2023

Physician burnout, first described in the 1970s, is recognized by the key features of emotional and physical exhaustion; cynicism and loss of enjoyment; and reduced work efficacy. Dr. Kostenuik explains how physicians can be empowered to recognize the precursors, individual and system risk factors, and early signs of burnout to prevent unnecessary suffering, illness, and adverse outcomes.

Addressable causes of burnout are grouped into three key areas: stress response, myths about resilience; and system issues. Acute and chronic stress lead to differing individual physiological and emotional responses. While some individuals will benefit from rest, others require activation or social connection. It is important to tailor effective, evidence-informed approaches to individual needs. High resilience and traits such as perfectionism, a strong sense of social justice, and difficulty saying 'no', actually contribute to burnout if physicians do not recognize their physical and emotional limits and boundaries. Solutions and approaches are presented to help physicians address their stress reactions, set healthier limits to function optimally in the “comfort zone”, and address medical system and culture issues.


How to recognize early signs of physician burnout
How to recognize personal risk factors and system issues that increase the risk of burnout
How to use strategies to monitor and reduce stress, set healthier work limits, develop true resilience, and create better work-life balance to reduce the risk of burnout

Click here to register for this event!

  • 2021-2022

The Office of Faculty Affairs is proud to announce that we have received a record number of promotion applications this year, receiving a total of seventy-one (71). Fifty (50) applications for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor and twenty-one (21) for promotion to the rank of Full Professor.

The Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies in collaboration with the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is proud to announce the launch of a formal mentoring program at the Faculty of Medicine for Postdoctoral fellows.

For potential mentors, this is a great opportunity to give back, become a better leader, and refine your skills and networks.

We are excited to see the mentorship and outcomes which evolve from this initiative and look forward to matching you!

Top 5 reasons to become a mentor:

  • Become a better leader
  • Gain new perspectives and fresh ideas
  • Shape the leaders of tomorrow
  • Achieve personal career gains
  • Change someone’s world

If interested in becoming a mentor, kindly provide us with your information via the Survey Monkey link.

1. Mad and Spectral in the Clinical: Biomedical Rhetorics of Lack and Neurodivergence

Dr. Shane Neilson
December 08, 2022
12:00 - 1:00

In this narrative-based talk, Dr. Shane Neilson describes his experiences as a mad and neurodivergent learner and clinician. He describes punitive surveillance regimes during medical school and their persistence into practicing life. He unpacks the epistemology of biomedicine as it pertains to autism and alterity to show that the very nature of modern medicine is predisposed against the chronicity and difference of its acolytes.

Click here to register for this event!