2015

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

    July 19, 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

    July 19, 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

    July 19, 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

    July 19, 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

    July 19, 2018
    See the Line returns August 12 with an exciting lineup of events. Stay tuned for more information.

  • Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine

    July 19, 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

    July 19, 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

    July 19, 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

    July 19, 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

    July 19, 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

    July 19, 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

    July 19, 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

    July 19, 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

    July 19, 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.