Dr. Ian McWhinney inaugural lecture

The Department of Family Medicine is excited to host the inaugural lecture of the Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series on Wednesday, September 23, 2015.

We are thrilled that Dr. Michael Kidd, WONCA president, will deliver the lecture. Dr. Kidd reflects the principles and values articulated by Dr. McWhinney.

This lecture series is being established to honour the legacy of the first Professor of Family Medicine and Chair of our department, Dr. Ian McWhinney. Dr. McWhinney was the first to introduce Family Medicine as a distinct discipline within medicine. He championed the concept of patient centeredness and helped to create this as a major theme for research in our department.

Dr. McWhinney's writings included such themes as the centrality of the doctor/patient relationship, the subjective experience of illness, the meaning of illness and suffering, the importance of physician self-knowledge, and the theoretical foundations of family medicine among others.

The lecture series will be hosted by the Department of Family Medicine at the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine.

This will be a major event for the Department of Family Medicine, for the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and for Western University.

Dr. Ian McWhinney Inaugural Lecture Event

When: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Where: The Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine, Room 1150
Lecturer: Dr. Michael Kidd, President of WONCA, the World Organization of Family Doctors
Title: The Importance of Being Different

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  “Family Medicine in Japan: A Journey with Dr. Ian McWhinney”
Speaker: Dr. Ryuki Kassai, professor and chair, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Fukishima Medical University

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: "The Intersection of Family Medicine and Public Health around the World”
Speakers: Dr. Michael Kidd, president of WONCA,  Heather Lokko and Joanne Simpson, Middlesex London Health Unit, and Dr. Cathy Faulds, President of the Ontario College of Family Physicians and adjunct faculty member in Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s Department of Family Medicine.
Followed by a moderated Q&A, discussion involving panel and audience

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Inaugural Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture:  “The Importance of Being Different”
Speaker: Dr. Michael Kidd
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Reception, Atrium

Registration for this year's event is now closed.


This program meets the accreditation criteria of The College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been accredited by Continuing Professional Development, Schulich School of Medicine& Dentistry, Western University, for up to 3.5 Mainpro-M1 credits.