News and Events

  • Dr. Robert Bartha re-appointed Acting Director

    August 24, 2021
    Robert Bartha, PhD, has been re-appointed as Acting Director, Strategy and Scientific Integration at Robarts Research Institute, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, effective July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, or until such time as a Director is appointed.

  • Schulich Awards of Excellence for Faculty in Community/Distributed Sites

    April 15, 2020
    We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Schulich Award of Excellence for Faculty in Community/Distributed Sites. Congratulations to Dr. Miriam Mann, Medicine, Dr. Geoffrey Mills, Medicine, Dr. Kellie Scott, Family Medicine, and Dr. Tanya Thornton, Family Medicine.

  • Coronavirus information students, faculty and staff

    January 27, 2020
    Information for Western students, faculty and staff regarding Novel Coronavirus.

  • Fred Ross, recipient of the 2019 Western Awards of Excellence

    November 05, 2019
    Fred Ross, Manager of Distributed Education and Undergraduate Medical Education, receives the highest honour for staff member achievement.

  • Dr. Firas Al-Dhaher is hoping to inspire rural-based health research

    September 26, 2019
    By exploring issues of access and availability for rural patients, Dr. Firas Al-Dhaher is hoping to inspire rural-based health research. As the Site Director for the Petrolia Medical Clinic, he sees an under-serviced patient population, one that faces distinct socio-economic concerns and limited access to health care resources.

  • Dr. Ian Hons appointed as Regional Academic Director for Oxford

    August 05, 2019
    As the newest Regional Academic Director (RAD) as part of Schulich Medicine’s Distributed Education program, Dr. Hons will help guide the medical education program in Oxford.

  • Dr. George Kim, re-appointed as Assistant Dean, Rural & Regional Community Engagement

    July 10, 2019
    Dr. George Kim has been re-appointed as Assistant Dean, Rural & Regional Community Engagement, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2024.

  • Dr. Donald Eby, Grey Bruce Health Services

    May 31, 2019
    Curiosity led Dr. Donald Eby, and his emergency room colleagues at Grey Bruce Health Services, to ask questions about the disparity between their clinical practice and recommended guidelines for serial laboratory testing to investigate patients with chest pain.

  • Schulich Medicine, Bluewater Health launch first Sarnia residency program

    March 29, 2019
    Bluewater Health will soon host a medical resident for a year-long specialization in emergency medicine, the first residency program in the Sarnia hospital’s ongoing collaboration with Schulich Medicine, Western University.

  • Discovery Week - Giving aspiring physicians an opportunity to engage with your community

    March 25, 2019
    Discovery Week is an integral, compulsory one-week placement at the end of first year for all undergraduate medical students at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. More than 3,000 medical students have participated in Discovery Week since 1998. Community physicians are critical to the success of Discovery Week and the educational journey of medical students. Join more than 300 faculty members across Southwestern Ontario and participate in Discovery Week.

  • Q&A with Dr. Rochelle Dworkin

    February 01, 2019
    Thirty-two years ago, Dr. Rochelle Dworkin arrived in Hanover with plans to do a six-month locum. Although now retired, her passion for medical education and rural medicine continues.

  • Dr. Rochelle Dworkin, Regional Family Physician of the Year

    November 15, 2018
    Congratulations to Schulich Medicine & Dentistry faculty member Dr. Rochelle Dworkin, named one of the Regional Family Physicians of the Year by the Ontario College of Family Physicians.

  • Discovery Healthcare 2018

    October 29, 2018
    “I think it is extremely important to expose youth in the community to the many career opportunities that exist in health care,” said Dylan Russelo, Medicine Class of 2020. “Not only the pathway to a career as a physician, but also to the many diverse allied health fields that some students may never know existed."

  • Guide for Working with Indigenous Students

    September 05, 2018
    We are pleased to launch the new "Guide for Working with Indigenous Students," developed through the collaborative efforts of Western's Interdisciplinary Development Initiatives (IDI) in Applied Indigenous Scholarship.

  • Discovery Healthcare Summer Camp Launch and Summer Electives

    August 01, 2018
    In July, we launched Discovery Healthcare, a one-week medical science summer camp for high school students throughout Southwestern Ontario (Chatham, Leamington, Sarnia, Wingham). This camp was designed to mentor and inspire interest in pursuing a career in medicine and the healthcare field.

  • Discovery Week 2018 - Students Experiencing Rural Medicine in Southwestern Ontario

    May 30, 2018
    One hundred and seventy medical students from Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry experienced what rural medicine is like throughout Southwestern Ontario from May 22 - 31, 2018. Akash Verma, a first-year medical student from the Windsor Campus states, “We remember learning about these in class, but it’s just so nice to see them in person – it’s a completely different experience.”

  • Come see us at the 26th Annual Rural and Remote Medicine Course in St. John's Newfoundland, April 12-14

    April 09, 2018
    The Office of Distributed Education will be at the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada's 26th Annual Rural and Remote Medicine Course in beautiful St. John's, Newfoundland, from April 12-14. If you're attending, drop by and say hello to us at Booth 21.

  • Dr. George Kim receives the 2018 CAME Certificate of Merit Award

    April 06, 2018
    Dr. George Kim, Assistant Dean, Rural & Regional Community Engagement, demonstrates an immense passion for the mentorship and training of future physicians.

  • Making Connections

    March 02, 2018
    Melissa Cookson, Medicine Class of 2019, is an avid participant in learning experiences offered through the Distributed Education program. "Learning in various regional settings is a unique experience that medical students have to be a part of to understand. Seeing what life is like practicing in a rural community is not only interesting to be a part of, but it can also help in future career decisions, as it has for me," explained Cookson.

  • Dr. George Kim and medical student Melissa Cookson receive Family Medicine Forum award

    December 06, 2017
    Congratulations to Dr. George Kim, Assistant Dean, Rural & Regional Community Engagement and 3rd-year medical student, Melissa Cookson, who received an award for their research poster, “Factors Influencing Faculty Engagement with Canadian Medical Schools” at the Family Medicine Forum, November 8 – 11, 2017, in Montréal, Quebec. This was the largest annual conference for family physicians and many of Schulich Medicine’s research and clinical faculty and staff presented posters, workshops or education sessions.

  • 2018 Awards of Excellence for Faculty in Community/Distributed Sites

    November 03, 2017
    Nominations are now open for the 2018 Awards of Excellence! Recognize the exceptional talent and dedication of faculty in the Distributed Education sites at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

  • Discovery Health (MedLINCs 2.0) and Indigenous MedLINCs Programs: Inspiring Youth to Reach for Careers in Healthcare

    October 19, 2017
    Five of Schulich’s 1st and 2nd-year medical students, Dylan Russelo, Leah Sinai, John Cameron, Cassie Poole and Kelly MacIsaac, completed the summer elective programs offered through the Office of Distributed Education this past summer. Students in the Discovery Healthcare (formerly MedLINCs) and Indigenous MedLINCs programs engaged in developing programming for summer camps for youth ages 12 through 15, creating outreach programs designed to mentor and inspire youth to consider future careers in healthcare.

  • Chatham-Kent Health Alliance: An Exceptional Model of Distributed Education in a Community Hospital

    October 03, 2017
    The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is an exemplary teaching community and a leader in regional medical education, providing top-notch educational experiences for medical students and residents at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. Watch their new video.

  • SRPC Call for Poster and Essay Submissions

    September 29, 2017
    The Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) is calling for student and resident submissions for the Rural and Remote 2018 competition. Win a trip and registration to the Rural and Remote 2018 medicine course in St. John's, NL from April 12-14, 2018. Deadline for submission is December 31st, 2017.

  • Student Q&A: Experiencing Indigenous MedLINCS

    August 21, 2017
    Cassie Poole, Medicine Class of 2020, says she glimpsed her role as a future physician after taking part in the Indigenous MedLINCS program this summer.

  • Dr. Puneet Seth's Research Explores Technology use with Older Patients

    July 20, 2017
    Thoughts of the technology revolution in health care tend to invoke images of robotic surgical tools or complex imaging machines. But Dr. Puneet Seth, a faculty member based in Woodstock, and a team of researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute, are showing that even everyday technologies, such as mobile devices, can have a profound impact on health care.

  • New Family Medicine residents to continue training in Chatham

    July 12, 2017
    Two new Family Medicine residents, Dr. Aaron Gross and Dr. Adam McDowall, will continue their residency training at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.

  • The Office of Distributed Education has moved!

    July 10, 2017
    The Office of Distributed Education has moved back on campus at Western University as of the week of June 26, 2017. Please visit us at our new home in the Health Sciences Addition, room HSA125. Our new mailing address is Distributed Education, Western University, 1151 Richmond Street N., London, Ontario, N6A 5C1. Our emails and phone numbers remain the same at, 519-858-5152.

  • Schulich Award of Excellence for Faculty in Community/Distributed Sites

    January 16, 2017
    Awards of Excellence Nominations - Now Open. Every year, the Award of Excellence for Faculty in Community/Distributed Sites honours the outstanding contributions of distributed faculty at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and provides an opportunity to recognize and encourage the ongoing development of the outstanding talent found here.

  • Dr. Todd Webster appointed as Regional Academic Director for Grey-Bruce

    November 16, 2016
    Dr. George Kim, Assistant Dean, Rural & Regional Community Engagement at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, is pleased to welcome Dr. Todd Webster as the newest Regional Academic Director (RAD) supporting Distributed Education in Grey-Bruce.

  • Distributed Education Key Performance Indicators Quarterly Report Released!

    September 30, 2016
    As part of the Distributed Education Strategic Plan implementation, we are pleased to share with you the initial Schulich Medicine Distributed Education Key Performance Indicator Report for April 2106 to June 2016. This report highlights key metrics across Admissions, Undergraduate Medical Education, Postgraduate Medical Education, Faculty and Continuing Professional Development as it relates to the delivery of Distributed Education.

  • Bluewater Health Awards Recognizes Three Distributed Faculty Members

    September 26, 2016
    Dr. Michel Haddad, Dr. Robert Hislop and Dr. Glen Maddison have been recognized for their outstanding contributions and "rich delivering quality (patient) care" by the Bluewater Health and the Bluewater Health Foundation.

  • OMSW MED EXPO 2016

    September 15, 2016
    The Ontario Medical Student Weekend (OMSW)is an event organized by medical students for first-year medical students from across the province showcasing a variety of talks, workshops and a Medical Expo career fair. It will be held this year on October 14-15, 2016 at the London Convention Centre and will be hosting around 700 students from across the six Ontario schools.

  • Discovery Week Coordinator's Meeting - October 26, 2016

    September 14, 2016
    Join us for the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry's Discovery Week Community Coordinator's Meeting

  • Travel and Accommodation Policy Update

    June 30, 2016
    Over the past few months, we have reviewed our Travel and Accommodation Policy and benchmarked it with other programs in Ontario which offer financial support for rural and regional placements for learners. As a result, changes have been implemented for those rotations which meet the eligibility requirements (effective July 1, 2016).

  • Thank You - Schulich Medicine Education Conference

    April 12, 2016
    As the excitement from 2016 Schulich Medicine Education Conference winds down, and thoughts of 2017 Education Conference start to develop, I want to send a big "thank you" to everyone who was involved.

  • Schulich Medicine Education Conference for faculty - April 1, 2016

    November 30, 2015
    Bringing together faculty from London, Windsor and across Southwestern Ontario for workshops and plenary sessions. This is your opportunity to hear about program updates, ask questions of senior leadership and choose from a variety of CPD workshops to update your teaching and professional skills.

  • UME program receives full accreditation status for eight years

    October 28, 2015
    The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry has received full accreditation status for eight years for its UME program. We are proud of the eight-year accreditation status that was earned as a team effort from faculty, staff, residents, health-care partners, graduates and our students through strong leadership and tireless collaboration.

  • Strategic Planning: Join The Conversation

    October 23, 2015
    We are ready to begin the first chapter of our strategic planning process to refresh the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry strategic plan, now at the mid-point of its 10-year life cycle.

  • Medical residents help to reduce emergency department wait times

    October 23, 2015
    Western University researchers have completed the first study demonstrating that medical residents are associated with a reduction in emergency department wait times and patients leaving without being seen in a medium-volume community hospital.

  • Schulich Medicine & Dentistry receives ASPIRE Award of Excellence for Student Engagement

    September 23, 2015
    The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry's Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) program received the 2015 ASPIRE Award of Excellence for Student Engagement in a Medical School.

  • Schulich Medicine & Dentistry - Windsor Campus celebrates Dr. Mark Awuku

    September 08, 2015
    For 10 years, Dr. Mark Awuku has been at the heart of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry - Windsor Campus, a passionate and dedicated educator and leader committed to the School and the local community itself.

  • From the desk of Dr. George Kim – Meet Dr. Susan Munro

    August 20, 2015
    I’m pleased to return to my monthly updates on the work associated with the Distributed Education strategic planning process. I’m looking forward to sharing a detailed report with you in the coming weeks. As we get back into the swing of things, I wanted to introduce Dr. Susan Munro, who is our co-regional academic director for Kent-Lambton.

  • Schulich Medicine & Dentistry welcomes 250 students to its first combined White Coat Ceremony

    August 20, 2015
    Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry's 19th White Coat Ceremony has a special significance for the Habib family of Oakville.

  • Schulich Medicine & Dentistry sends first-year medical students into rural and regional communities for the first day of school

    August 11, 2015
    Before 171 first-year medical students take their seats at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry this fall, they will have the chance to learn from health care providers in rural and regional communities across Southwestern Ontario during Community Day.

  • Important notice – UpToDate no longer available

    July 08, 2015
    For the past year, the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Western Libraries have been reviewing the Point of Care options that they support. Point Of Care tools are those reference resources that a physician or other health care professional can utilize immediately at the Point-Of-Care (POC) or the bedside.

  • Celebrating 10 years of MedLINCS

    July 07, 2015
    Two hours northeast of London, the picturesque town of Walkerton, Ontario appears out of a patchwork of rural farming fields and rolling hills. The tranquil Saugeen River snakes its way around the outer edge of heritage buildings, bringing an element of natural charm to the town of roughly 5,000 people.

  • From the desk of George Kim: Meet Dr. Michel Haddad, co-regional academic director, Kent-Lambton

    May 05, 2015
    In this month’s update, I am pleased to introduce you to Dr. Michel Haddad, co-regional academic director for Kent-Lambton.

  • Graduating with a little help from their friends

    May 05, 2015
    Alumni Hall was awash in splendour on May 15. Bright banners hung from the ceiling. Potted plants lined the stage. And beautiful string music floated out across a sea of proud family and friends, cameras at the ready.

  • From the desk of George Kim: New teams come together to achieve goals

    April 06, 2015
    Three new committees are being formed to tackle goals outlined in the strategic plan for Schulich Medicine Distributed Education.