Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series

Each fall the Department of Family Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University, hosts the Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture in memory of the founding chair of the Department and one of the leading thinkers in the discipline of Family Medicine. The inaugural lecture took place on September 23, 2015.

As the founder of one of the first departments of family medicine in Canada Dr. McWhinney introduced the idea that family/general practice was a distinct discipline within medicine. He articulated the philosophy and principles of the new discipline and oversaw the establishment of teaching programs at the undergraduate, postgraduate and graduate level. He led a team of individuals that developed the Patient Centered Clinical Method which is used around the world. The research enterprise that he established helped to provide the knowledge base of Family Medicine.

In honor of his work, Dr. McWhinney was recognized as an outstanding educator by the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges in 1993, named Officer of the Order of Canada in 1998 and inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 2006. He received honorary degrees from the University of Oslo (1991), and Western University (2000), in addition to many other honours.

The Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecturer is an individual of international reputation who is recognized for their contribution to Family Medicine and whose work is reflective of the principles and values articulated by Dr. McWhinney. Recommendations for the speaker are made by an international panel and final selection by the McWhinney Lecture Committee of the Department of Family Medicine.

The lecture series keeps viable the deep insights and wisdom of a remarkable physician, philosopher, researcher, educator and writer and will continue to bring global recognition to Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and Western University.