Opening uOttawa doors

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Operating room with three people wearing face masks and hair coverings performing a mock procedure on the mannequin lying on a gurney.

Training at the uOttawa Skills and Simulation Centre includes the use of life-like mannequins that can simulate many medical conditions. uOSSC and two other uOttawa buildings will be open to the public on June 3 and 4, 2017 for Doors Open Ottawa. Photo: uOSSC

By Linda Scales

Doors Open Ottawa presents a rare opportunity to see inside more than 150 of Ottawa’s most interesting buildings. On June 3 and 4, 2017, take a tour of the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre, the University’s Archives and Roger Guindon Hall.

University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre

725 Parkdale Avenue, Loeb Research Building, The Ottawa Hospital’s Civic Campus

When to visit: June 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • One of the largest skills and simulation centres in North America, the uOSSC contains two operating rooms, one intensive care room, and a labour and delivery suite/emergency room.
  • Medical professionals learn both procedural and soft skills at the centre, such as how to break bad news to patients and their families (using professional actors to make the exercise more realistic).
  • Training at the uOSSC includes the use of life-like mannequins that can be programmed to breathe, talk, bleed, respond to medication and simulate many medical conditions.
  • The uOSSC has a travelling education program that serves all departments across the three campuses of The Ottawa Hospital.
  • Visitors will be limited to about 200 people. Preregistration is required

Archives of the University of Ottawa

100 Marie-Curie Private, Room 012, University of Ottawa

When to visit: June 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • This year, the Archives are celebrating their fiftieth anniversary.
  • The keys to the College of Bytown will be displayed at uOttawa's Archives during Doors Open Ottawa.

    The Archives vaults, which are not normally open to the public, are humidity- and weather-controlled.
  • Some of the oldest artifacts on display include the keys to the College of Bytown (1848) and a copy of the University’s first student magazine, The Owl (1888).
  • In addition to preserving uOttawa’s institutional memory, the Archives coordinates exhibits and tours of campus, Sandy Hill and Lowertown, and supports teaching and research.
  • A special exhibit prepared for Doors Open Ottawa includes an artifact discovered several years ago in front of Tabaret Hall and harks back to the 1903 fire that destroyed the building.
  • Chief Archivist Michel Prévost will be on hand to answer questions about the Archives during Open Doors Ottawa.

Faculty of Medicine (Roger Guindon Hall)

451 Smyth Road

When to visit: June 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Roger Guindon Hall (home to the Faculty of Medicine, School of  Nursing and School of Rehabilitation Sciences) has more than 1,000 rooms, including state-of-the-art labs used by physicians-in-training, aspiring scientists and some of Canada’s top researchers
  • Visitors will get a rare peek inside several labs and hear researchers from the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute talk about their cutting-edge work on the treatment of brain-related illnesses
  • Tours will be offered on the hour, with the last one starting at 3 p.m. Visitors must be at least six years’ old.
  • To secure a spot on a tour, visitors must sign up on site. While they wait for their tour to start, visitors are invited to take in the facility’s science stations (with hands-on activities) or visit the Doors Open Ottawa events taking place next door at The Ottawa Hospital.
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