The Faculty of Medicine’s International and Global Health Office (IGHO) offers a variety of educational events throughout the year, with the goal to promote international collaboration between Professors, Clinicians, Researchers and Learners.

These events and webinars offer our local and international community a chance to learn from world-leading subject-matter experts at the University of Ottawa and around the world.

You will find within this section information on upcoming events and virtual sessions, as well as recordings of past webinars.

Want to learn more? Write to IGHO Med at [email protected] for more details or to suggest a topic and speaker for a future event or webinar.

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Planetary Health Community of Practice and Webinar Series

Visit the Upcoming Events section of the Planetary Health website for more information and to register today!

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SimEx: A Humanitarian Simulation Exercise

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work as a humanitarian worker responding to the health and socioeconomic needs of people affected by crises? 

Date: September 23 & 24, 2022 

The Global Health Program has partnered with Humanitarian Partners International (HPI)—a Canadian non-profit organization specialized in humanitarian simulation trainings—to bring Faculty of Medicine learners a unique and immersive exercise in humanitarian core competencies and best practices.

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HPI’s SimEx is not your traditional classroom (or Zoom!) learning experience. During this full-day simulation, students will take on roles as deployed humanitarian workers in a refugee crisis situation. They will interact with actors portraying various stakeholders and be tasked to collect and synthesize information from the field, generate reports, and brief the media and United Nations agencies on unfolding events, among other activities. 

As they respond to multiple needs, participants will be challenged to think critically under stress, work collaboratively to find solutions, adapt to limited resources and information, and reflect on complex ethical issues. They will also have the opportunity to engage with HPI’s team of experienced humanitarian field workers, researchers, and educators.  

See this video of HPI’s simulation exercise with Laval University students as an example of a SimEx in action.  

The SimEx is a two-part training and participants must be committed to attend both days: 

Friday, September 23, 6:00pm–8:00pm: Pre-simulation orientation (virtual)
Saturday, September 24, 9:00am–5:00pm: Simulation Day 
Location: Gee-Gees field, 200 Lees Avenue (Lees Campus), Ottawa, Ontario

Participation in this activity is free ($300 value), however spaces are limited.

All Faculty of Medicine learners are invited to apply. Given the limited spots, preference will be given to students enrolled and actively participating in the Concentration in Global Health and Social Accountability. 

To apply, please complete the online application form

If you are interested in participating as a volunteer, please email [email protected]  

Annual symposium

Discover our complete program here:  2022 Faculty of Medicine Symposium: Leading Innovation for a Healthier World.pdf (pdf, 471.1 KB)

Annual Symposium

Opening Remarks and Keynote Address by Dr. Ronald Labonté: Health Equity in a Post-COVID Globalizing Era

Panel 1A | Global Health: Defining Equity in Healthcare & Public Health

Workshop 1B |  Strategic Direction: Focus on Priority #5 (for managers and staff of the Faculty of Medicine)

Official Launch of the FoM International Learner Community

Panel and Q&A 2A | Social Accountability: Taking action on the SDGs in Faculties of Medicine

Presentation/Q&A 2B | Planetary Health: How do we heal Mother Earth?

Panel 3A | Global Health (Learner-Led Event): How can we improve capacity to address the SDGs in our future careers?

Presentation/Q&A 3B |  School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Closing Plenary by Dr. Saad Omer: Vaccine Equity Toward a Healthier World

Speaker biographies: Speaker biographies.pdf (pdf, 1,457.46 KB)

The International and Global Health Office, the Office of Social Accountability, and Planetary Health of the Faculty of Medicine are delighted to invite you to the Faculty of Medicine Symposium: Leading Innovation for a Healthier World, which will take place on Thursday, April 7th, 2022, with the theme “Towards a Healthier and Greener World”!

This event is designed to foster engagement from all uOttawa learners, faculty, and personnel, as well as its partner institutions, to get involved in the Faculty of Medicine’s international, global health, and social accountability mandates.

Join us virtually for a day of presentations from renowned experts, workshops and a lot more. 

Get ready to learn, exchange, and empower yourself to make an even bigger difference: join the #uOttawaFOM movement for Internationalization and Global Health!

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the University of Ottawa’s Office of Continuing Professional Development. You may claim a maximum of 6,5 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the University of Ottawa’s Office of Continuing Professional Development for up to 6.5 Mainpro+ credits.

International collaboration webinar series

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