Welcome to the uOttawa OCPD webpage devoted to resources concerning COVID19. It contains links to sites providing sources of information regarding the COVID19 pandemic which we hope you will find helpful.

Due to this unprecedented situation, both the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada have waived all credit requirements for 2020. While no credits are required this year, both programs will continue to be accessible for uploading CPD for this cycle.

Our Office of CPD remains open with our team working remotely. We can still be reached at [email protected] if you have any questions. We have cancelled all conferences until June 30, 2020. We are rescheduling courses to the 2020-21 academic year and our events calendar will be updated regularly. We ask that you remain registered for the postponed courses and refunds will be available to those for whom the new date no longer is convenient.

Online Resources 

EConsult in the Eastern Ontario region: The Champlain BASETMeConsult Service is now able to support providers (family physicians, nurse practitioners and specialists) in the Champlain region with COVID-19 related queries. This is in addition to the 130 specialty services already available. To ask COVID-19 related questions through eConsult, you can look under either “Infectious Disease” or “** COVID-19” general specialties, and select “Infection Prevention and Control (incl. COVID-19)”, ou en francais “Maladies infectieuses - Prévention et contrôle (incl. COVID-19). If you are an existing user on the Champlain BASE eConsult service, you can access it here

If you are not set up with an eConsult account or have issues/questions about your account please contact: [email protected] and the team will be able to assist you promptly.

CME related webinars or videos

Some of the online courses, webinars and other resources on this webpage are previously recorded offerings made available for viewing at your convenience. The content of these archived courses, webinars and other resources are not altered or updated after they are presented live or uploaded to this webpage. As circumstances and information evolve, some content may no longer be accurate or current. Users are reminded to check correctness and applicability of content against current information and circumstances.

Patient Related

COVID19 Facts: This website for the public provides answers to a variety of COVID19 related questions including facts about the virus, precautions and treatments. 

Faculty Development/Teaching Related

Pivotmeded is a national collaboration of medical educators to help each other pivot our curricula in this time of coronavirus pandemic to online. Educational resources to prepare individuals to care for patients with COVID-19 can also be found on their website.

Articles from The Chronicle of Higher Education 

Faculty Wellness Program

For up-to-date information, please visit the Faculty Affairs Wellness resources on their website.

Mental Health Supports (1:1 support for physicians)

uOttawa Faculty Wellness Program – support and resources, appointments with Assistant-Dean, Faculty Wellness Program (Dr. Elizabeth Muggah) or clinical counsellor (Ms. Cynthia Abraham)

uOttawa Student Affairs Office – for Undergraduate medical students, access to counselling support and referrals (Dr. Kay-Anne Haykal, Assistant-Dean, Student Affairs)

Ontario Medical Association Physician Health Program – confidential support, services, referrals,

PARO Help Line (for residents only) – 24/7 confidential support

  • Contact Information: Helpline 1-866-HELP-DOC – PARO

Employee and Family Assistance Program – counselling/supports

  • Morneau Sheppell: 1.844.880.9142 | website
  • Homewood: 1.800.663.1142 | website

Peer support: Set up a buddy system at work, this can be a key to monitoring your stress and building support and resilience.

Virtual Support - (Free)

  • OMA Physician Health Program daily MD “drop-in”: A virtual chat every weekday between 12-1. The sessions will be led by Dr. Kasra Khorasani, a psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Health Systems and St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto, who is an expert in group therapy. More info

  • Peer support sessions led by Dr Mamta Gautam: Daily Zoom call with Dr. Gautam, an Ottawa psychiatrist who specializes in physician health, 4 pm EST. No commitment, drop in as often as you want for as long as you want. This is peer support, not psychiatric care. Email for further information [email protected]

  • Pause4Providers: Open to all healthcare workers, staff and professionals, Pause4Providers offers mindfulness practice prerecorded videos by healthcare providers who are experienced mindfulness teachers.

  • Medical Student virtual drop-in Session: The Student Affairs Office will be offering a weekly virtual group support session with Dr Kay-Anne Haykal and the SAO counsellors for all medical students. This is an optional drop-in session to discuss any general concerns during this pandemic with the SAO. Counselling and psychotherapy will not be provided during those sessions although students can continue to book their individual counselling sessions with the counsellors. The link to those sessions will be provided shortly on the SAO Facebook page as well as through the SAO student advisors and the Aesculapian society.

Meditation and Yoga (free)

Articles and resources on physician wellness