The University of Ottawa Journal of Medicine (UOJM) is proud to have conducted the first edition of the UOJM National Commentaries Contest. All students from Faculties of Medicine across Canada were invited to submit a single-author commentary on a current medical issue, controversy, or social determinant of health written in English or in French. And over 80 students from 11 different faculties of medicine across the nation made submissions of a very high quality. The judging process involved a double-blinded review with UOJM editors and reviewers, in addition to University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine Professors as final judges.
Winners in English stream 1st place ($1000) - Saraah Fu, University of Ottawa, Undergraduate Medical Program Title: The Subtle and Silent Issue in Older Adult Care
2nd place ($750) - Amy Johnston, University of Ottawa, School of Epidemiology and Public Health Title: The COVID-19 vaccine evidence gap: Decisions without data for pregnant and breastfeeding women
3rd place ($500) - Ammar Saad, University of Ottawa, School of Epidemiology and Public Health Title: Moving Forward with Virtual Care: Lessons for the Post COVID-19 Era
Winners in French stream 1st place ($1000) - Melanie Elhafid, University of Toronto, Undergraduate Medical Program Title: Le pouvoir de la langue
2nd place ($750) -Yasmine Elmi, University of Ottawa, Translational and Molecular Medicine Title: Les couleurs de la médecine : Représentation inégale de la pigmentation de la peau dans les ressources en dermatologie
3rd place ($500) - Léa Caya-Bissonnette, University of Ottawa, Cellular and Molecular Medicine Title: Le vaccin à ARNm, au-delà du COVID-19