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  • Funding: Heart and Stroke Grant enables researchers to study the effect of exercise on the brain

    October 11, 2018
    Thanks to a recent grant from the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Dr. Rob Petrella, Professor at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and a team from the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine will be initiating a community-based exercise program combining high-intensity exercise with mind-motor training with the goal of looking for ways to improve cardiovascular health and cognitive function.

  • Award: Dr. Susan McNair honoured by the College of Family Physicians of Canada

    September 14, 2018
    The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) has named Dr. Susan McNair as an Award of Excellence recipient for Ontario in 2018. The Awards of Excellence recognize College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) members who in the past 24 months have made outstanding contributions to family medicine.

  • Announcement: Professor Emerita of Family Medicine and former Dean to be honoured at fall Convocation

    September 13, 2018
    Dr. Carol Herbert, Professor Emerita of Family Medicine, who served as Dean of Schulich Medicine & Dentistry from 1999 to 2010, is among those being celebrated this fall when Western University bestows honorary degrees on seven Canadian luminaries at the 312th Convocation. A pioneer in developing services for sexually assaulted adults and children in British Columbia, Dr. Herbert was co-founder and co-director of the Sexual Assault Service for Vancouver from 1982 to 1988.

  • Award: Dr. Henry Becker named CFPC Research Award for Family Medicine Residents recipient

    September 12, 2018
    Congratulations Dr. Henry Becker on being named a recipient of The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Research Awards for Family Medicine Residents for his project “Long term treatment outcomes in a First Nations high school population with opioid use disorder.” Dr. Becker has been asked to present at Family Medicine Forum (FMF) in November.

  • Award: Dr. Jane Thornton named recipient of the prestigious Murray Stalker Award

    September 11, 2018
    Congratulations to Dr. Jane Thornton on being named the recipient of the prestigious Murray Stalker Award from The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). Dr. Thornton is a resident physician, researcher and advocate for physical activity for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. She has led a national strategy on physical activity in the undergraduate medical curriculum, and created and curated resources for both patients and physicians on the topic.

  • Update: Situation concerning Canada and Saudi Arabia

    August 27, 2018
    Western University continues to monitor the situation concerning Canada and Saudi Arabia. The University's primary focus is how this situation may affect the students involved and our campus community.

  • Announcement: Dr. Davy Cheng appointed Acting Dean

    August 08, 2018
    Dr. Davy Cheng will serve as Acting Dean of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry for the period October 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

  • Research News: New public health research debunks “grey tsunami”

    July 23, 2018
    An examination of chronic diseases among Ontarians has uncovered that the volume of multimorbidity is derived from adults as young as 35 years old. Multimorbidity has been associated with increased physician and specialist appointments, medication use, emergency department use and hospitalization.

  • Award: Dr. Jane Thornton recognized with the College of Family Physicians of Canada Family Medicine Resident Leadership Award

    July 19, 2018
    Dr. Jane Thornton is a resident physician, researcher and advocate for physical activity for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. She has led a national strategy on physical activity in the undergraduate medical curriculum, and created and curated resources for both patients and physicians on the topic. Dr. Thornton is the recipient of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Family Medicine Resident Leadership Award.

  • Funding Announcement: Researchers awarded more than $11 million in CIHR funding

    July 12, 2018
    From using CRISPR to alter the gut microbiome to looking at how the brain rewires itself in deafness, researchers at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry are the recipients of $11.3 million in project and bridge grant funding announced by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) this week.

  • Alumna Dr. Andrea Sereda named Top 40 Under 40

    June 29, 2018
    Congratulations to Alumna Dr. Andrea Sereda, BSc '03, MD ’07, who was named as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 for 2018. The recognition honours Canada's outstanding leaders under 40 years of age.

  • Award: Dr. Evelyn Vingilis recognized nationally for impact on road safety in Canada

    June 20, 2018
    Congratulations Dr. Evelyn Vingilis, psychologist and Director of the Population and Community Health Unit, and Professor with the Departments of Family Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, on receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals.

  • Celebrating 50 years of academic family medicine with Dr. Danielle Martin

    June 08, 2018
    The Department of Family Medicine celebrated our 50th anniversary on Wednesday, May 30, with a special lecture by alumna Dr. Danielle Martin, MD'03, who spoke about her ideas for improving health care in Ontario and across the country. Thanks to everyone who joined us!

  • Award: Celebrating this year's Undergraduate Teaching Awards recipients

    May 18, 2018
    The Department of Family Medicine would like to congratulate this year’s Undergraduate Teaching Awards recipients, Dr. Jessica Howard (Full-Time Faculty), Dr. James Mather (Adjunct Faculty), Dr. Wendy Cui (Resident). These awards are given to department members who have been identified by the students as providing excellent mentorship, clinical and/or classroom teaching during the undergraduate years.

  • Congratulations to the 2018 Awards of Excellence recipients

    April 05, 2018
    As educators, researchers, innovators and leaders, this year’s Awards of Excellence recipients are making a difference at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. It is with great pride that we recognize and honour their achievements. Congratulations Drs. Al-Dhaher, Munro, Weston, and the Diabetes Research Program Team, at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine.

  • Recognizing the Windsor Campus 2018 Awards of Excellence recipients

    March 02, 2018
    Congratulations to the 2018 Award of Excellence recipients. Each is recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry - Windsor Campus. The recipients will be celebrated on Monday, March 19, at Caesar's Windsor.

  • Dr. Daniel Pepe receives OMA Resident Achievement Award and PARO Resident Teaching Award

    February 27, 2018
    Congratulations Dr. Daniel Pepe on receiving two prestigious resident teaching awards. Dr. Pepe was recently recognized with the OMA Resident Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to the advancement of postgraduate training, and the PARO Resident Teaching Award for providing outstanding clinical teaching experiences to junior residents and clinical clerks. Dr. Pepe is a Family Medicine resident in the PGY3 Academic Family Medicine program.

  • Go behind the scenes with Dr. Lauren Bouillon at Grey Bruce Health Services

    February 16, 2018
    Family medicine resident Dr. Lauren Bouillon says exposing learners to rural contexts early and often provides them with a better understanding of the realities of practice. Go behind the scenes with her during a neurology rotation at Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound, in the fourth installment of the R.E.A.L. Life Perspectives.

  • Funding: CIHR Project Grant recipients announced

    January 26, 2018
    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) today announced more than $8.6 million in research funding through their project grants program for 13 projects across Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute

  • Award: Dr. Puneet Seth recognized with Canadian Society of Hospital Medicine award

    January 17, 2018
    The Canadian Society of Hospital Medicine recognized Dr. Puneet Seth with the 2017 Award for Outstanding Service in Hospital Medicine for his work done in founding a hospitalist department at the Woodstock General Hospital, helping to bring quality improvement through electronic documentation, and creating a teaching site for family medicine residents in hospital medicine in Woodstock. Congratulations Dr. Seth.

  • Award: Drs. James and Leslie Rourke named co-winners of WONCA 5-Star Doctors award

    January 09, 2018
    Congratulations to Drs. James and Leslie Rourke, this year's co-recipients of the WONCA 5-Star Doctors award for the North America region. The Rourkes were co-honoured for their life’s work as family physicians and the significant contributions they have made to family medicine for the past 35 years, including the development of the Rourke Baby Record.

  • Awards: CAME announces 2018 Certificate of Merit

    December 19, 2017
    Congratulations to Dr. George Kim and Dr. Jennifer Vergel De Dios, this year’s recipients of the 2018 Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) Certificate of Merit for Western University.

  • Awards: Dr. Susan McNair receives the Chief's Recognition Award for 2017

    December 14, 2017
    Dr. Susan McNair receives the Chief's Recognition Award for her work as the Director of the Regional Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centre at St. Joseph’s Health Care London. This award recognizes the professional efforts that have made a significant impact on our community.

  • In Memoriam: Dr. Michael (Mickey) Brennan

    December 05, 2017
    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Michael (Mickey) Brennan, on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at the age of 87.

  • Team of researchers receive award of excellence in research

    December 01, 2017
    Family Medicine researchers, Drs. Tom Freeman, Stephen Wetmore and Eric Wong, and Ms. Leslie Boisvert, received an award of excellence in research for their paper, "The Normative Definition of Comprehensive Practice Across Three Generations of Alumni of One Family Practice Program," from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Section of Researchers.

  • Awards: Drs. Bailey, Cargill, McKay, and Schmidt Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) 2017 Award recipients

    November 27, 2017
    Congratulations Drs. Bailey, Cargill, McKay, and Schmidt, faculty recognized by the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) as 2017 Awards recipients. Dr. Bailey received the Region 2 Family Physician of the Year Award recognizing her exemplary care to her patients ... Drs. Cargill, McKay, and Schmidt each received an Ontario College of Family Physicians 2017 Award of Excellence.

  • In the news: Dr. Susan McNair and St. Joseph's Hospital lead cutting-edge partnership with London police

    November 09, 2017
    The Regional Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Program at St. Joseph’s Hospital is the first clinic to partner with police for victims of human trafficking. It's the first point of care for women, children and men who have experienced sexual assault, sexual abuse or domestic violence. Dr. Susan McNair is the medical director. Via London Free Press.

  • Award: Moira Stewart recognized by North American Primary Care Research Group

    November 08, 2017
    Congratulations to Moira Stewart, PhD, recipient of the 2017 Maurice Wood Award for Lifetime Contribution to Primary Care Research from the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG). Stewart, renowned for her work in primary care, is a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

  • Alum and faculty Dr. Michael Lee-Poy recognized with Family Physician of the Year Award

    November 03, 2017
    Dr. Michael Lee-Poy is a graduate of the PGY3 program in Academic Family Medicine and an adjunct faculty with the Department of Family Medicine. He will be presented with a Family Physician of the Year award from the College of Family Physicians of Canada at Family Medicine Forum in Montreal next week.

  • R.E.A.L. Life Perspectives: Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance

    October 30, 2017
    In the second installment of R.E.A.L. Life Perspectives, we follow faculty member Dr. Miriam Mann and Family Medicine resident Dr. Alicia Cundall during an overnight shift in the Emergency Department at Stratford General Hospital, one of four Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) sites.

  • Indigenous health care leaders meet in London to share successes in diabetes care and prevention

    October 25, 2017
    Health care and community leaders from over a dozen Indigenous communities across the country have gathered in London this week to launch a national roll-out of strategies for diabetes prevention and care.

  • Hometown pride

    October 04, 2017
    Dr. Joseph Zakaria is proud to have completed his clerkship and residency in Windsor. Now he's teaching and mentoring students in his role as the Academic Director for Family Medicine.

  • Dr. Cathy Faulds named Chief Clinical Lead in the South West LHIN

    August 02, 2017
    Named as the new Chief Clinical Lead in the South West LHIN, faculty member Dr. Cathy Faulds is tasked with advancing high-quality, coordinated, patient-focused health care. In her new role she will be providing clinical leadership and strategic direction to advance engagement among partners, clinical standards implementation, patient safety and quality improvement.

  • Dr. Daniel Leger receives 2017 Team Williams Family Medicine Innovation Grant

    July 19, 2017
    Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Leger on being selected to receive the 2017 Team Williams Family Medicine Innovation Grant for his work in founding The Family Medicine Study Guide. The Team Williams Family Medicine Innovation Grant supports family physicians and family medicine residents in the creation and development of innovative medical IT projects in family medicine. The award will be presented to Dr. Leger during Family Medicine Forum 2017, in Montreal, Quebec.

  • Honouring our long-standing faculty

    June 23, 2017
    The Department of Family Medicine would like to honour long-standing faculty members Drs. Jo-Anne Hammond and John Jordan for their years of service training comprehensive family physicians and future leaders in health care.

  • Judith Belle Brown, PhD, appointed Vice President of the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG)

    June 19, 2017
    The Department of Family Medicine would like to congratulate Judith Belle Brown, PhD for being appointed Vice President of the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG). She will transition to President in one year's time.

  • Family Medicine faculty recognized at the Dean's Awards of Excellence celebration

    May 25, 2017
    Congratulations to Drs. Rochelle Dworkin, Daniel Leger and Moira Stewart on being recognized and honoured by the Dean for their achievements. As educators, researchers, innovators and leaders, this year’s Awards of Excellence recipients are making a difference at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

  • In the media: Dr. Adam Sirek one of 17 Canadian astronaut finalists

    May 04, 2017
    Windsor faculty member, Dr. Adam Sirek has been selected as one of 17 finalists in the race to become Canada's next astronaut. via CBC.

  • The fast and the crashed: study shows collisions five times more likely for street racers

    April 28, 2017
    Western family medicine professor Evelyn Vingilis has co-authored a study that shows people who admit to street racing are also five times more likely have crashed their vehicle in the previous year. Via Western News.

  • Congratulations to the 2017 Awards of Excellence recipients

    April 06, 2017
    As educators, researchers, innovators and leaders, this year’s Awards of Excellence recipients are making a difference at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. It is with great pride that we recognize and honour their achievements.

  • Dr. Stephen Wetmore re-appointed Chair/Chief, Department of Family Medicine

    March 21, 2017
    Dr. Stephen Wetmore has been re-appointed as Chair/Chief of the Department of Family Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and its teaching hospitals effective February 1, 2017 to January 31, 2022.

  • Congratulations to the Windsor Awards of Excellence recipients

    March 07, 2017
    The 2017 Awards of Excellence recipients have demonstrated passion, professionalism and excellence in their teaching, support and leadership. Congratulations to our family medicine faculty and resident recipients.

  • Dr. Scott McKay receives Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) Certificate of Merit

    March 01, 2017
    The award recognizes commitment to medical education at the undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development levels, taking into account valuable contributions made toward teaching, evaluation, educational leadership and course coordination.

  • Dr. Scott McKay receives Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) Certificate of Merit

    March 01, 2017
    The award recognizes commitment to medical education at the undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development levels, taking into account valuable contributions made toward teaching, evaluation, educational leadership and course coordination.

  • In the News: Study Buddy app enhances learning for trainees and gives to charity at the same time

    February 03, 2017
    Learn & Give Back: Dr. Leger's Study Buddy app enhances learning for family medicine trainees and gives to charity at the same time. Via CTV News London.

  • Local family physician creates charitable educational app to enhance the way learners are taught about family medicine

    January 17, 2017
    Dr. Daniel Leger, assistant professor of Family Medicine, developed the app for family medicine residents, medical students, family physicians, nurse practitioners, and allied health professionals to learn about family medicine topics in a portable, rapid, and user friendly platform.

  • Pilot project recently launched at Windsor family practice

    January 03, 2017
    Drs. Nick Paquette and Aaron Sacheli are piloting the Windsor Primary Care Medical Legal Program, a project that enlists lawyers to help solve patient's problems.

  • Dr. Jane Thornton selected as a participant for the 2017 Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference

    December 21, 2016
    Family Medicine resident, Dr. Jane Thornton, has been selected as a participant for the 2017 Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference (GGCLC). The GGCLC brings together future national Canadian leaders from across the spectrum while in their late 20s and 30s.

  • Why CBME

    December 20, 2016
    Drs. Kristin Chow and Chris Watling discuss the importance of Competency Based Medical Education and the impact of Triple C, and answer the question, "Why CBME?" Watch Now.

  • The R.E.A.L. Life: Hanover Family Medicine and Obstetrics

    December 15, 2016
    In this final installment of the R.E.A.L. Life Series, we get an insider’s view of the Hanover Medical Clinic and Hanover & District Hospital. Follow faculty member Dr. Rochelle Dworkin and residents Drs. Alethea Anderson and Andy Walus. View the Photo Essay.

  • Conversation with Ian McWhinney

    December 14, 2016
    Nicholas Pimlott, MD CCFP FCFP, Scientific Editor, published an editorial in Canadian Family Physician looking at how the McWhinney lectures provide Canadian family medicine with an ongoing conversation with Dr. McWhinney and his ideas...

  • Dr. Tom Freeman publishes study on the emigration patterns of Canadian physicians to the United States

    December 02, 2016
    Ontario, and Canada as a whole, faced a shortage of family physicians and other specialists in the early 1990s that had measurable negative impacts on population health...Developing a national health human resource strategy is needed to avoid the physician shortages of the past and must include understanding the factors that influence physician migration...

  • Good health: A London area doctor creates a prescription form not for medication but for exercise and nutrition

    November 25, 2016
    Dr. Aric Sudicky, a family medicine resident in our Regional Program at Southwest Middlesex Health Centre, Mount Brydges, has designed a unique prescription form to make it easy for his colleagues to prescribe not medication, but exercise and nutrition... Via London Free Press.

  • Dementia care: Aging population prompts new London medical centre to focus on dementia

    November 24, 2016
    Family medicine faculty members, Drs. Saadia Hameed and Tania Rubaiyya, will lead a new London clinic that will deliver early screening and care for people showing the first signs of dementia... Via London Free Press.

  • Obstetrical Skills Day

    November 17, 2016
    It was a full house for our third annual Obstetrical Skills Day. First year family medicine residents attended the half-day workshop at the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. The workshop involved low and high fidelity simulation models to teach residents the basics in providing intra-partum care to low risk patients.

  • Celebrating Family Doctor Week: Helping bring family physicians back into hospital care

    November 08, 2016
    The Citywide Department of Family Medicine is working to bring family physicians back into the hospital care setting... Via London Health Sciences Centre.

  • Family Doctor Week in Canada

    November 07, 2016
    Family Doctor Week in Canada (FDW) is recognized from November 7–12, 2016. This celebratory week provides governments, health care organizations, colleagues and the public an opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding contributions made by family doctors to improve the health and well-being of their patients.

  • Centre for Studies in Family Medicine participates in the Take Our Kids to Work program

    November 03, 2016
    Three grade nine students visited the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine on November 2nd as part of the annual Take Our Kids to Work program, and took part in a healthy living and physical activity demonstration by Ashleigh De Cruz, a member of Dr. Rob Petrella's team.

  • Annual Family Medicine Interest Group Mix & Mingle event

    October 31, 2016
    The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) is holding their annual Mix & Mingle event November 22, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. First and second year medical students are able to speak with and learn from family physicians passionate about their discipline in a “speed dating” format.

  • Changes to the Family Medicine Clerskship rotation

    October 21, 2016
    The undergraduate program is excited to announce changes to the Family Medicine Clerskship rotation. New this year, students will have the opportunity to attend two academic half-days during their six-week rotation, made up of topics from the Shared Canadian Curriculum in Family Medicine (SHARC-FM) program as well as key learning objectives in addictions and palliative care.

  • Site Director Dr. Samuel Appavoo and his Goderich colleagues publish paper

    October 13, 2016
    Dr. Samuel Appavoo and his Goderich colleagues published their paper, 'Community emergency department utilization following a natural disaster (the Goderich Tornado)' in Rural and Remote Health journal. The article examines the utilization of an Emergency Department during the subacute period following a natural disaster...

  • Dr. Helena Hamdan is continuing the tradition of sharing lessons in patient care

    October 07, 2016
    Alumnus and family physician, Dr. Helena Hamdan is using the lessons she learned from some of Schulich Medicine’s outstanding faculty as she recruits, teaches and mentors learners. By Jennifer Parraga

  • Dr. Henry Chapeskie publishes paper in Canadian Family Physician

    October 04, 2016
    Dr. Henry Chapeskie published his paper, "Evaluation of the safety of epinephrine in digital nerve blockade - Retrospective case series analysis of 1334 toe surgeries" in Canadian Family Physician. The study demonstrates the safety of adjuvant vasopressor use in digital nerve blockade of the toes within a large, diverse population.

  • Announcement: Dr. Stewart Harris reappointed as the Ian McWhinney Chair of Family Medicine Studies

    September 29, 2016
    Dr. Stewart Harris has been reappointed as the Ian McWhinney Chair of Family Medicine Studies for the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2021.

  • Family Medicine celebrates second annual Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series

    September 22, 2016
    The department celebrated Dr. Ian McWhinney, the founding father of family medicine in Canada, with the second annual Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series on September 21, 2016. Dr. Marie-Dominique Beaulieu delivered the keynote presentation, "The Perils and Promise of Proximity."

  • Dr. Judith Belle Brown to receive Family Medicine Researcher of the Year Award

    August 19, 2016
    Dr. Judith Belle Brown will receive the 2016 Family Medicine Researcher of the Year Award, and has been invited to make a special presentation during Family Medicine Innovations in Research and Education Day, held in conjunction with Family Medicine Forum (FMF) 2016 in Vancouver, on November 9, 2016. The award will be presented at the Section of Researchers’ Annual Dinner on November 9, 2016.

  • Transitions of Care Recommendations published in the International Journal of Stroke

    August 05, 2016
    Department of Family Medicine faculty member, Dr. Catherine Yanchula, and a team of co-authors, worked on a committee of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada to publish new guidelines. After a long 16-18 months, the Transitions of Care Recommendations document was approved and published in the International Journal of Stroke on July 21, 2016.

  • Announcement: Dr. Stephen Wetmore has been extended as Chair/Chief of the Department of Family Medicine

    August 04, 2016
    Dr. Stephen Wetmore has been extended as Chair/Chief of the Department of Family Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University and its teaching hospitals, London Health Sciences Centre & St. Joseph's Health Care London effective September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017.

  • Dr. Firas Al-Dhaher to receive award of excellence

    July 11, 2016
    Petrolia's Dr. Firas Al-Dhaher is being honoured by the Ontario College of Family Physicians with its award of excellence. The award recognizes outstanding contributions in a specific area of family medicine, including patient care, community service, hospital or health-care institutions, college activities, training and research.

  • New Family Medicine ITERs implemented

    July 07, 2016
    As part of the on-going implementation of the Triple C competency-based curriculum, we have modified the In-Training Evaluation Reports (ITERs) to reflect our program competencies and entrustable professional activities. The new ITERs have been implemented, and will roll out first to our core Family Medicine sites before moving on to the different rotations such as palliative care, and sports medicine, and the Family Medicine rural sites.

  • Dr. Jo-Anne Hammond named Ontario College of Family Physicians Regional Family Physician of the Year

    July 06, 2016
    The department of family medicine would like to congratulate Dr. Jo-Anne Hammond, Victoria Family Medical Centre, on being named the OCFP Regional Family Physician of the Year for Region 2. The award recognizes the outstanding contributions of the member physician, who provides exemplary care to their patients and are passionately involved in activities that contribute to excellence in family medicine.

  • Meet Dr. Annabeth Loveys - the 100th graduate of the MClSc program

    June 28, 2016
    "I am proud to have [had] Dr. Kidd at the ceremony to hood me. He is an inspiration for lifelong learning while maintaining a balanced life with varied interests. He was my Chemistry professor in my first year at Western and sang with me at Metropolitan United Church during the four years of my undergraduate degree."

  • Dr. Ryan Renn receives Dr. Dana Winterburn Memorial Award

    June 21, 2016
    The Dr. Dana Winterburn Memorial Award was presented to Dr. Ryan Renn at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry convocation held at Western University on Friday, May 13. Dr. Renn is from the town of Caledonia and the neighbouring Six Nations of the Grand River, located in Oshweken.

  • Dr. Margaret Steele takes on new role at Memorial University

    June 09, 2016
    Dr. Margaret Steele, MD’87, Vice Dean Hospital and Interfaculty Relations has accepted a new role as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University.

  • See the Line

    June 08, 2016
    Learn the latest in sport related brain injury evaluation and treatment. See the Line returns for a fourth year with a full day CME inclusive of the afternoon Community Symposium that will educate you on the latest in concussion research. New this year a focus on Rowan's Law with guest speakers Lisa MacLeod, MPP and Gordon & Kathleen Stringer. Other confirmed speakers include See the Line Honourary Chair Eric Lindros, Dr. Lisa Fischer, Dr. Jason Mihalik, Dr. Douglas Fraser and Dr. David Mulder.

  • Resident Spotlight: Dr. Brenna Velker, PGY2, Family Medicine

    June 02, 2016
    Dr. Brenna Velker feels fortunate to be working alongside such incredible physicians who make a difference in their patient’s lives. The second-year family medicine resident aspires to achieve the same level of care to her patients in her future practice...

  • Joint effort improves medical education on global scale

    May 27, 2016
    Leaders from Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, including Family Medicine's Dr. Scott McKay, traveled to Nanjing, China from April 22-25, to take part in the third annual joint Western University – Nanjing Medical University Symposium on medical education. - via Schulich Communications

  • A love for all things rural

    May 25, 2016
    Growing up on a farm on the outskirts of London gave Dr. Firas Al-Dhaher an appreciation for smaller communities and the collaboration they can inspire. - written by George Ardy (Communications)

  • Important Message re: Voting - Conditions of Appointment for Physicians Document

    May 16, 2016
    New information is available regarding the vote for the Conditions of Appointment for Physicians and Clinical Faculty.

  • Dr. Stewart Harris receives Order of Canada

    May 13, 2016
    Dr. Stewart Harris received his Order of Canada insignia at a ceremony held at Rideau Hall, on Friday, May 13, 2016. The Governor General bestowed the honour on two Companions, four Officers and 42 Members. The Order of Canada is one of Canada’s highest civilian honours. It recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

  • Sheila Porter retires from the department

    May 05, 2016
    After more than 15 years of working as a clinical trials coordinator with Dr. Stewart Harris and the diabetes team, Sheila Porter, RN, retired at the end of April. “It’s nice to finish my general nursing career on this high note..."

  • In Memoriam – Dr. John Swift

    April 29, 2016
    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. John Swift. Dr. Swift was a dedicated and passionate family physician. In 1992 he became Chief of palliative care at Parkwood Hospital and was instrumental in establishing a palliative care unit at Victoria Hospital. He worked tirelessly for his palliative care patients and provided a great deal of education in palliative care for family physicians and family medicine residents.

  • Update – Conditions of Appointment for Physicians and Town Hall meetings

    April 13, 2016
    A number of Town Hall Meetings have been set up to provide time and opportunity to learn more about the Conditions of Appointment for Physicians Document. Town Hall Meetings are being held at locations across the city beginning April 13. You can learn more about the Document, and dates and times of the Town Hall Meetings online.

  • Congratulations Dr. Eric Wong - Awards of Excellence recipient

    April 11, 2016
    We are pleased to announce Dr. Eric Wong as a 2016 Awards of Excellence recipient. Dr. Wong has been recognized with a Schulich Excellence in Education Award for Undergraduate Education, receiving one of two Schulich Educator Awards. It is with great pride that we honour Dr. Wong and all the talented and dedicated 2016 Awards of Excellence award recipients.

  • Prescribing physical activity can go a long way in preventing chronic disease

    April 06, 2016
    Dr. Jane Thornton, former Olympian, world rowing champion, and family medicine resident in London, Ontario, spoke with The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) on seniors care and physical activity... via DemandaPlan.ca.

  • Western Email System Change Coming - How will it impact you?

    March 30, 2016
    Earlier this month, Western University announced that it is beginning the next phase of the project to replace its campus-wide email platform (known as Convergence) to a new cloud-based system called Microsoft Office 365. This next phase includes moving the Western email accounts (i.e. those ending in @uwo.ca) of all faculty and staff in Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. This change will likely impact you...

  • Congratulations to the Windsor Awards of Excellence recipients

    March 21, 2016
    Congratulations to the recipients of the 2016 Windsor Awards of Excellence. We look forward to celebrating the recipients on Tuesday, April 12, at the Ambassador Golf Club.

  • In Memoriam – Dr. Franklin John Butson

    March 16, 2016
    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Franklin John Butson. Dr. Butson was an integral part of the formation of the Department of Family Medicine at Western University, traveling from the medical school to England to interview possible candidates for the Chair of Family Medicine. Dr. Butson was also a mentor to students aspiring to become family physicians...

  • Dr. Kathyrn Bailey promotes benefits of obstetrics training to medical residents

    March 15, 2016
    Dr. Kathryn Bailey is teaching medical residents that obstetrics can be an important part of family medicine. via Chatham Daily News

  • Family Medicine top residency choice for Schulich Medicine students in 2016 CaRMS match

    March 07, 2016
    For the third year in a row, Family Medicine is the top residency choice for Schulich Medicine students. The 2016 Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) results were delivered to students on March 2, and more than 40 per cent of the Class of 2016 chose Family Medicine.

  • In the news: Let’s probe palliative options

    February 16, 2016
    Dr. Stephen Wetmore, Chair/Chief of Family Medicine, discusses the role of the family physician in providing palliative care and supporting death at home, in today's Letters to the Editor - Via London Free Press.

  • Caring for Syrian Newcomers – Video Series

    February 09, 2016
    On January 27, 2016, more than 60 health and social service providers (many working in primary care settings) met at the Cross Cultural Learners Centre for an information session about health and health care for the Syrian refugees who have joined the London community. Faculty members, Drs. Bhooma Bhayana and Natalie Lovesey, presented Refugee Health 101.

  • Resident Spotlight: Dr. Nisha Arora

    February 01, 2016
    When she’s not busy honing her skills in rural family medicine and musing about the importance of health education to adolescents, first-year resident Dr. Nisha Arora can be found teaching herself how to play musical instruments, visiting museums, and trying out new recipes...

  • The Family Medicine Study Guide is live

    January 15, 2016
    Created as a 'study buddy' for family medicine curriculums, the Family Medicine Study Guide is live and available on Apple & Android. The Family Medicine Study Guide was founded by Dr. Daniel Léger, assistant professor of family medicine and academic program director at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University.

  • Resident Spotlight: Dr. Wendy Kennette, Department of Family Medicine

    December 21, 2015
    Dr. Kennette is ecstatic to train in her hometown where she plans to practice. She believes the Windsor Program offers an excellent one-to-one experience with faculty, a diverse multi-cultural patient population, and a wonderful community...

  • Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care releases proposal on the future of Ontario health care

    December 18, 2015
    Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care has released Patients First: A Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario describing the need to improve several aspects of our health-care system. The OCFP has responded with their December Pulse on Family Medicine.

  • Inaugural Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture published in Canadian Family Physician

    December 17, 2015
    Dr. Michael Kidd's inaugural Dr. Ian McWhinney lecture, "The importance of being different," has been published in Canadian Family Physician.

  • WONCA President Dr. Michael Kidd shares nine Principles of Family Medicine

    December 14, 2015
    World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA)President, Dr. Michael Kidd, shares nine Principles of Family Medicine, from family medicine pioneer, Dr. Ian McWhinney.

  • Dr. Stephen Wetmore discusses the need for better electronic communication systems for physicians in Canada

    December 09, 2015
    Dr. Wetmore responds to the recently released report from the Commonwealth Fund survey of primary care physicians in 10 countries asking about their readiness to care for patients with complex health needs via The London Free Press.

  • Dr. Bhooma Bhayana volunteers with the Newcomer Health Program in support of refugees

    December 01, 2015
    Dr. Bhooma Bhayana volunteers with the Newcomer Health Program, a collaboration among local doctors, clinics and cultural centres, to help with the immediate medical needs of refugees such as diabetes management or blood-pressure control.

  • Dr. Jo-Anne Hammond publishes paper in this month's Canadian Family Physician

    November 30, 2015
    Dr. Jo-Anne Hammond published her paper, "Does the presence of learners affect family medicine obstetric outcomes?" in this months Canadian Family Physician. In the study, Dr. Hammond, a family physician with a special interest in obstetrics, presents data on outcomes for births she attended over a 13-year period.

  • Outstanding Family Medicine residents nominated for excellence in teaching award

    November 27, 2015
    The Department of Family Medicine would like to congratulate these outstanding family medicine residents on being nominated for the Class of Meds '49 Award for excellence in teaching.

  • Family Medicine Faculty Development

    November 26, 2015
    Join us on December 9th from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. as Dr. Jamie Wickett leads a faculty development session, sharing information on "The Family Medicine Longitudinal Survey - Describing what Family Medicine Residents think about the discipline, their intentions and choices made to practice family medicine and their acquired learning experiences."

  • Grand Rounds: Introduction of London Prostate DAP – Single Site Assessment and Diagnosis

    November 24, 2015
    Drs. Jordan, Power and Razvi will present this month's Family Medicine Grand Rounds: Introduction of London Prostate DAP – Single Site Assessment and Diagnosis, on December 2, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. in the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine (WCPHFM).

  • Update on the Dr. Dana Winterburn Memorial Fund

    November 19, 2015
    The Department of Family Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, would like to thank everyone who gave generously to the Dr. Dana Winterburn Memorial Fund. Dana was an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and a beloved doctor at the Byron Family Medical Centre, who was tragically killed in a car accident on Tuesday, April 10th, 2012.

  • Dr. Christina Cookson named 2015 Resident Teacher of the Year

    November 13, 2015
    Dr. Christina Cookson, master of clinical science in family medicine candidate and faculty member at Western University, named 2015 Resident Teacher of the Year by the Ontario College of Family Physicians.

  • Dr. Dale Ziter of Windsor named the 2015 Regional Family Physician of the Year

    November 12, 2015
    The Department of Family Medicine would like to congratulate Dr. Dale Ziter of Windsor on being named the 2015 Regional Family Physician of the Year by the Ontario College of Family Physicians.

  • VIDEO: Dr. Michael Kidd recounts his journey in Family Medicine

    October 27, 2015
    Dr. Michael Kidd, WONCA President, sat down with the Department of Family Medicine while in town for the Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series, to recount his journey in the profession, as influenced by Dr. Ian McWhinney.

  • In the news: Study on reducing wait times

    October 05, 2015
    A research study done by family medicine graduates, Dr. Vikram Dalal and Dr. Wang Xi, found that having medical residents in hospital emergency rooms reduced wait times. As reported by CTV London.

  • Dr. Bridgette Gerson – Distributed Education profile

    October 01, 2015
    Dr. Bridgette Gerson, a second-year family medicine resident in our rural program, is gaining valuable experience in practising community medicine while working with a family health team in Petrolia, ON.

  • Medical residents help to reduce emergency department wait times

    September 29, 2015
    Two Department of Family Medicine graduates 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. The study was completed as part of the resident project, a mandatory component of the family medicine residency program.

  • The Department of Family Medicine celebrates Dr. Ian McWhinney, the founding father of family medicine

    September 22, 2015
    The Department of Family Medicine is celebrating the life of Dr. Ian McWhinney with the inaugural Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series.

  • Dr. Eric Wong Appointed Director, Certification and Examinations, Academic Family Medicine by the CFPC

    September 14, 2015
    The Department would like to congratulate Dr. Eric Wong on his appointment by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). Dr. Wong will join the College in the position of Director, Certification and Examinations, Academic Family Medicine effective September 21, 2015.

  • Warmth of community and strong mentorship credited for graduate staying and working in Clinton

    August 17, 2015
    Dr. Irram Sumar, a graduate of our family medicine residency program, is taking over for Dr. Hay, a retiring physician in Clinton. Dr. Sumar first came to Clinton in 2011 as a resident and completed part of her training with the Clinton Family Health Team. After graduating in 2013, she decided that Clinton was the place to start her career. Dr. Sumar credits the warmth of the community, support from the other physicians and Dr. Hay’s mentorship as deciding factors in her decision to stay and practice in Clinton.

  • Western family medicine faculty recognized as part of CFPC 's Top 20 Pioneers of Family Medicine Research in Canada

    August 10, 2015
    The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) will honour the Top 20 Pioneers of Family Medicine Research in Canada, which includes members of Western's department of family medicine, for their respective contributions to advancing health care in Canada and around the world.

  • The case for publicly funded therapy

    May 25, 2015
    ‘We have the evidence… Why aren’t we providing evidence-based care?’ Mental illness affects one in five Canadians and costs us nearly $50-billion a year. So why aren’t we treating it like any other health-care crisis? Dr. Saadia Hameed weighs in on the discussion after researching access to psychotherapy for an advanced degree.

  • New MD restrictions don't apply to under-serviced communities

    May 20, 2015
    Ontario’s new rules which limit the number of doctors who can join family health teams don't apply to under-serviced communities. In Southwestern Ontario, that’s 18 centres. Some are just a stone’s throw from London but are still unable to attract enough doctors. The Ministry's restrictions could mean these communities might finally catch a break.

  • Top doc

    May 12, 2015
    The Department of Family Medicine congratulates Dr. Michael Toth for being named president of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). The London Free Press profiles the Aylmer doctor as he takes office for his one-year term as president.

  • New docs feel pinch

    May 05, 2015
    New family doctors just weeks from entering the workforce fear they may be the first casualties from cost-cutting changes pushed through by a cash-strapped Ontario government. “There is angst and some concern,” said Stephen Wetmore, head of family medicine at London hospitals and the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University.

  • Dr. George Kim awarded 2015 Alumni of Distinction award

    May 04, 2015
    Congratulations to Dr. George Kim on receiving the 2015 Young Alumni Award. As an Alumni of Distinction recipient, Dr. Kim is recognized for having made a tremendous impact on the lives of people in Canada and around the world.

  • Drs. Ted Osmun, George Kim and senior medical student Emily Harrison publish article in Canadian Family Physician

    April 17, 2015
    Drs. Ted Osmun, George Kim and senior medical student Emily Harrison have published an article in Canadian Family Physician. Patients with multiple comorbidities: Simple teaching strategy is available online and outlines a simple method for teaching medical students and residents how to approach patients with multiple illnesses.

  • Congratulations to our Family Medicine Awards of Excellence recipients

    April 15, 2015
    The Department of Family Medicine is happy to congratulate our Post Graduate Team, Dr. Judith Brown and Dr. Daniel Grushka on receiving 2015 Awards of Excellence.

  • Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series - Inaugural lecture announced

    April 15, 2015
    The Department of Family Medicine is excited to announce the inaugural lecture from the Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series on Wednesday, September 23, 2015.

  • Dr. Justin Mall among medical specialists providing treatment for athletes and tourists at the Pan Am Games

    April 14, 2015
    Dr. Justin Mall, a doctor with the Central Lambton Family Health Team, has been chosen to be part of the medical team for the Pan Am Games in Toronto this summer. The Petrolia doctor will provide treatment for athletes and tourists at the games. Mall is a recent graduate and adjunct faculty who has trained at the Fowler Kennedy clinic, well known for its sports injury rehabilitation programs.

  • Dr. Victor Johnson Student Research Award recipient Rhythm Shah to present at London Health Research Day

    March 30, 2015
    Dr. Victor Johnson Student Research Award recipient, Rhythm Shah, presented his poster, "Type II Diabetes Mellitus Care for patients with Limited English Proficiency: Assessment of patient outcomes and barriers to optimum care" at London Health Research Day.

  • Dr. Lisa Fischer is among the YMCA's 2015 Women of Distinction

    March 23, 2015
    Dr. Lisa Fischer was selected as a Woman of Excellence in the sports, fitness and recreation category for her role as Director of primary care sports medicine at the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic.

  • Dr. Lori Teeple sheds light on the disease of overweight while helping patients learn self-management skills

    March 20, 2015
    Working as an emergency medicine physician, Dr. Lori Teeple experienced a chance encounter that forever changed her perspective on preventive health. After learning about healthy diet and exercise, she gathered her coaching tools and life style change strategies and compiled them into a workbook, Over Weight is a Disease: A Canadian Doctor’s Prescription for Self-Management.

  • From the desk of George Kim: New year, new goals, new leadership

    February 02, 2015
    With three committees winding down their strategic plan work, new committees are being formed to focus on the next round of goals outlined in the Distributed Education Network Strategic Plan. Meanwhile the new Regional Academic Directors are hitting the ground running in their roles. Learn more about who has taken on these roles, and why Dr. Robert Black has decided to take on this exciting new position...

  • Drs. Ted Osmun and Nelson Chan publish paper in Canadian Family Physician

    January 29, 2015
    Department of Family Medicine faculty, Drs. Ted Osmun and Nelson Chan, published their paper "Approach to caring for developmentally disabled adults in the community Medical, ethical, and legal considerations" in Canadian Family Physician's current issue

  • Alzheimer research project in Woodstock is looking for participants over 55 to take part in six-month study

    January 29, 2015
    Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute is conducting a research study, led by principal investigator Dr. Robert Petrella, in Woodstock entitled Exercise and Brain Health Research Study

  • Family Medicine successfully launches new website

    January 21, 2015
    The department's new website successfully launched on January 20, 2015 as part of the second phase of the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry's website redevelopment project. While the homepage URL remains the same, many existing pages have new URLs.

  • Register now for the 2014 Leaders in Innovation Dinner

    August 11, 2014
    Join us as we celebrate research innovations in neurological disorders, and the achievements of the 2014 J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine recipients, Virginia M.-Y. Lee, PhD, and John Q. Trojanowski, MD, PhD.

  • PhD pursuit helps doctor see bigger picture

    June 05, 2014
    When Dr. Helena Piccinini-Vallis (MD, MSc, CCFP) began pursuing her PhD in Family Medicine in 2012, she had a very specific idea of what she wanted to focus on in her research. Now, two years into the program, she credits her coursework with helping her to discover a deeper connection to her work.

  • Graduate Studies Program Student Profile

    March 06, 2014
    Following more than 20 years into her career as a physician, Dr. Sharon Hatcher (MD, FCMF) reached a point where she knew it was time to make a change.

  • Dr. Daniel Pepe receives 2017 CFPC Patient Education Grant for Family Medicine Residents

    October 11, 2018
    Dr. Daniel Pepe will receive a 2017 CFPC Patient Education Grant for Family Medicine Residents for his project called "Teach and Learn." He has been working on this project to provide a free open access medical education resource for patient education. Congratulations Dr. Pepe!

  • Dr. Robert Petrella completes term as the Beryl & Richard Ivey Research Chair

    October 11, 2018
    The Department of Family Medicine is pleased to support Dr. Robert Petrella as he completes his second five-year term as the Beryl & Richard Ivey Research Chair in Aging, Rehabilitation& Geriatric Care at the Parkwood Institute, and moves full-time into the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine and continues to conduct his research.

  • Dr. Stewart Harris named to the Order of Canada

    October 11, 2018
    The Department of Family Medicine congratulates Dr. Stewart Harris, who was named to the Order of Canada on July 1, 2015. The Order of Canada is one of Canada’s highest civilian honours, established in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year. It recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

  • Update to MyFM V2.0

    October 11, 2018
    On June 23, 2015, MyFM will undergo a considerable update to include many new features which are outlined here. Please review the exciting changes that are coming soon!

  • Family medicine still great career despite Ministry restrictions

    October 11, 2018
    Dr. Stephen Wetmore, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, spoke with CBC's Ontario Morning about the hurdle graduating GPs face in the current job market. However, even as the Ontario government has restricted their ability to join family health teams, Dr. Wetmore reassures residents that the future of family medicine is still bright.

  • Save the date for See the Line - August 12

    October 11, 2018
    See the Line returns August 12 with an exciting lineup of events. Stay tuned for more information.

  • Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine

    October 11, 2018
    Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine is taking place May 13th, 2015 at Four Points by Sheraton, in London, Ontario. Offered by the Citywide Department of Family Medicine, the day is of Interest to Family Physicians, Family Medicine Residents, Medical Students, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, and Allied Health Professionals.

  • St. Joseph’s Health Care chief executive Gillian Kernaghan is one of eight women being saluted by the YMCA of Western Ontario

    October 11, 2018
    Dr. Gillian Kernaghan was selected this year as a Woman of Excellence in the health, science and technology category for her role as President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Care London.

  • Meet Dr. Ross Moncur - Windsor Family Medicine – Faculty of the Year Award Recipient

    October 11, 2018
    Dr. Ross Moncur joined the Department of Family Medicine as an Adjunct Professor in 2012. He is a family physician who tries to maintain a traditional general practice, splitting his time fairly evenly between general office practice, hospitalist work, and long-term care. He has a particular interest in care of the elderly and primary palliative care. We spoke to him following his recent achievement.

  • Family Medicine most common career choice for Schulich Medicine students

    October 11, 2018
    The 2015 CaRMS match results had a strong local connection with 42 per cent of Schulich Medicine students pursuing their postgraduate medical education at Western University. Family Medicine was the most common career choice for Schulich Medicine students with more than 40 per cent choosing the specialty.

  • AstraZeneca donates $500,000 to forge health care improvements in Canada’s indigenous communities

    October 11, 2018
    Dr. Stewart Harris, Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, is collaborating with 12 First Nations communities in six provinces across Canada to identify local health challenges and facilitate better care coordination and improved outcomes for diabetes patients in a community-driven, culturally relevant context.

  • Drs. Lisa Fischer and Gillian Kernaghan honoured as Women of Excellence recipients

    October 11, 2018
    Congratulations to Drs. Lisa Fischer and Gillian Kernaghan, both members of our Department, who were honoured as Women of Excellence recipients by the YMCA. Dr. Fischer is at the Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic and a leading authority on concussion in athletes; Dr. Kernaghan is CEO of St. Josephs/Parkwood Health Centre.

  • Clinical Skills Day a great success

    October 11, 2018
    The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) and Department of Family Medicine hosted their annual Clinical Skills Day this Saturday and it was a great success! It was attended by over 100 first and second-year medical students from the London and Windsor campuses.

  • Family Medicine welcomes CaRMS applicants

    October 11, 2018
    The Western Centre for Public Health & Family Medicine (WCPHFM) was a busy place this past weekend as the department welcomed 600+ applicants and guests to the annual Family Medicine Residency Information Session.

  • The Department of Family Medicine helps address family doctor shortage in China

    October 11, 2018
    Throughout the next three months, Western University will be hosting delegates from the Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China with the aim of helping to solve one of China’s greatest healthcare challenges.