2019

  • News: Western to kickoff United Way campaign

    October 08, 2019
    Western will kick off its 2019 United Way campaign with a little chili and cornbread. Show Your Local Love Fest is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday on Concrete Beach where for a $5 donation you can grab lunch and enjoy some music.

  • News: Full survey accreditation November 24 – 29

    October 07, 2019
    Our Family Medicine Residency Program is undergoing a formal full survey accreditation visit by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) November 24 – 29, 2019. We require your participation. Please continue reading for further details.

  • Award: Dr. Kamila Premji to receive the 2019 Canadian Family Physician Best Original Research Article Award

    September 24, 2019
    Congratulations Dr. Kamila Premji on being named the recipient of the 2019 Canadian Family Physician Best Original Research Article Award for the article, “Patients’ perceptions of access to primary care. Analysis of the QUALICOPC Patient Experiences Survey. Canadian Family Physician March 2018, 64 (3) 212-220.” This award recognizes a scientific article published in 2018 in Canadian Family Physician based on a research project the authors developed, financed, and completed.

  • News: Western researchers seek seniors to put heart and mind into study

    September 18, 2019
    Western University researchers are recruiting a new round of seniors willing to hop on a stationary bike for science. Researcher and family medicine professor Dr. Robert Petrella and his team are trying to test whether high-intensity interval training — a popular fitness regimen that involves completing short busts of intense physical activity followed by short periods of rest or moderate exercise — has more of an impact on blood pressure and memory in seniors than a regular exercise regime. Via London Free Press.

  • The real low-down on diabetes

    September 13, 2019
    The Diabetes Alliance received more than $1 million to lead a global, real-world study on diabetes-related hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) — a serious and costly adverse event associated with the use of certain standard diabetes medications. The study, Investigating Novel Predictions of Hypoglycemia Occurrence using Real-world Models (iNPHORM), is part of the Diabetes Alliance’s global hypoglycemia research program located at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine. It is led by Dr. Stewart Harris, Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Alexandria Ratzki-Leewing, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

  • Award: Dr. Linda Lee named 2019 Joule Innovation grant recipient

    September 11, 2019
    Congratulations to adjunct professor and alumna Dr. Linda Lee, MClSc '10, on being named a 2019 Joule Innovation access to care grant recipient for her MINT Memory Clinics initiative. Multi-specialty INterprofessional Team-based (MINT) Memory Clinics is disrupting the current dementia care model by making more efficient use of limited resources―and for the first time―provides access to the necessary high-quality dementia care within the local family doctor’s office.

  • Award: Dr. Amrita Roy named CFPC Research Award for Family Medicine Residents recipient

    September 09, 2019
    Congratulations Dr. Amrita Roy on being named a recipient of The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Research Award for Family Medicine Residents for her project, “The responses of Canadian medical education bodies and institutions to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action: A scoping review and thematic analysis of documents.” This is a program of the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine, through the generosity of its donors. Dr. Roy has been asked to present at Family Medicine Forum (FMF) in Vancouver, October 30-November 2.

  • Family Medicine Resident Research Grant Competition launches

    August 22, 2019
    The Department of Family Medicine and the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine are excited to launch the first Family Medicine Resident Research Grant Competition this academic year. The competition is open exclusively to PGY1 family medicine residents at Western, with up to $5,000 of funding awarded each year to support high level primary care research. Spearheaded by Lawrence Yau (PGY2 – Mt. Brydges), the competition is a great opportunity for residents to use as a stepping stone for much larger national level grants in the future.

  • Announcement: Dr. Davy Cheng, extended appointment as Acting Dean of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

    July 10, 2019
    Dr. Davy Cheng has agreed to an extension of his appointment as the Acting Dean of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective from July 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.

  • Announcement: Dr. Eric Wong appointed to position of Faculty Lead - Assessment, MD Program

    June 26, 2019
    We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Eric Wong, MD, MClSc(FM), CCFP, FCFP to the position of Faculty Lead - Assessment, MD Program, reporting to Dr. Gary Tithecott, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education. Dr. Wong will lead the MD Program Assessment Committee and Competence Committee. Additionally, he will collaborate with the MD Program course leadership to implement the assessment strategy defined by the MD Program Curriculum Committee and will work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to facilitate the transition of the assessment strategy to competency-based medical education.

  • Media Release: Researchers examine gender-based differences in physician burnout

    June 06, 2019
    A crucial step to successfully improve clinician well-being is recognizing how gender-related differences impact physician burnout. Dr. Javeed Sukhera examines why investigating these differences with scientific rigor is critical.

  • Announcement: Dr. Robert Petrella appointed Head (Chair), Department of Family Practice at University of British Columbia

    June 04, 2019
    Dr. Robert Petrella has been appointed Professor and Head (Chair), Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, effective October 15, 2019. Fortunately for us, Dr. Petrella will continue to lead his Lifestyle Research Team, and research program in the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine at Western University as part of this new appointment, and will continue as a part-time clinical academic in the Department of Family Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

  • Announcement: Indigenous Leader in Residence

    May 27, 2019
    Schulich Medicine & Dentistry strives to create an environment that is inclusive and culturally safe for all people and is working to specifically address the health of Indigenous peoples and communities. A new position for an Indigenous Leader in Residence (ILIR) has been created at the School.

  • Announcement: Second iteration of 2019 CaRMS results

    May 14, 2019
    The second iteration of the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) process was released on April 10, 2019.

  • Awards: Dr. Ken Milne honoured for excellence in academic emergency medicine

    May 02, 2019
    Congratulations to Dr. Ken Milne who has been honoured with two international awards in recognition of his contribution to academic medicine. He is the recipient of the Judith E. Tintinalli Award for Outstanding Contribution in Education from The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and has been recognized by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) with the FOAMed Excellence in Education Award.

  • News: Government of Canada supports HockeyFIT expansion across Canada

    April 05, 2019
    Today, Peter Fragiskatos, Member of Parliament, announced that the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) will be investing up to $2.5 million over three and a half years to help expand Western University’s Hockey Fans in Training (Hockey FIT) program across the country. Hockey FIT is led by Dr. Rob Petrella.

  • Funding: SSHRC Partnership Development Grant enables researchers to investigate integrated model for effective youth sport concussion management

    April 01, 2019
    Thanks to a recent three-year SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, Alison Doherty, PhD, (Kinesiology) and a 14-member interdisciplinary team, including Western scholars Dr. Lisa Fischer (Family Medicine), Dr. Shannon Sibbald (Family Medicine, Health Studies, Schulich Interfaculty Program in Public Health), and Dr. Brendan Riggin, Post-Doctoral Fellow (Kinesiology) will be investigating "An integrated model for effective youth sport concussion management."

  • Awards: 2019 Awards of Excellence recipients announced

    March 29, 2019
    As educators, researchers, innovators and leaders, the 2019 Awards of Excellence London and Windsor Campus recipients are making a difference at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. It is with great pride that we recognize and honour their achievements. Congratulations to this years' recipients.

  • Two-Eyed Seeing: The gift of multiple perspectives

    March 21, 2019
    CIHR-funded research projects led by Maria Mathews, PhD, and Lloy Wylie, PhD, incorporate multiple perspectives to advance care and training for Indigenous communities.

  • Award: Dr. Daniel Grushka recognized as 2019 PARO Award recipient

    March 13, 2019
    Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Grushka, associate professor, 2019 PARO (Professional Association of Residents of Ontario) Clinical Teaching Award recipient.

  • Balance For Better: International Women’s Day

    March 08, 2019
    Balance is not a women's issue, it's a business issue. On International Women’s Day, we support the #BalanceforBetter campaign to build a gender-balanced world – in boardrooms, government, clinical environments, academic spaces, media coverage... As part of this year’s initiative, we asked women at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry what #BalanceforBetter means to them.

  • New study aims to understand team-based care for chronic disease management

    March 07, 2019
    Chronic diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), are complex and require thorough care to help manage the condition. Patients often need support from an integrated team of health care professionals who work in different settings. Shannon Sibbald, PhD, is leading a study to better understand integrated health care teams for chronic disease management and factors that help successful implementation.

  • CaRMS Match results

    March 05, 2019
    On February 26, medical students from across Canada learned their residency match results as the first iteration of the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) process became available.

  • Media Release: London’s vulnerable populations live near primary care, but language remains a challenge

    February 14, 2019
    Led by Western professor Jason Gilliland, a team of researchers looked at accessibility to a primary-care provider – either a family doctor or nurse practitioner – based on distribution and geographical proximity in London.

  • February 13: Western returns to a regular schedule

    February 13, 2019
    Western will be open and operating on a regular schedule on Wednesday, February 13.

  • Western operating on a normal schedule February 7

    February 07, 2019
    Western is operating on a regular schedule today. All classes, exams, and scheduled activities will be held.

  • 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.

  • Announcement: Dr. Stewart Harris reappointed as the Canadian Diabetes Association Chair in Diabetes Management

    February 01, 2019
    Dr. Stewart Harris has been reappointed to his third term as the Canadian Diabetes Association Chair in Diabetes Management at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2023.

  • Let's Talk: Resident mental health and wellness

    January 30, 2019
    A recent survey by the Canadian Medical Association found that a significant number of resident doctors are suffering from burnout and depression. Dr. Caroline Just, PGY5 Neurology, says these experiences need to be supported with empathy from peers and colleagues. She shares more about the increasing incidence of mental health issues, the culture of medicine and how residents can support one another.

  • Department of Family Medicine takes leadership role in the education of medical students

    January 23, 2019
    The MD Program at Schulich Medicine is set to implement a new curriculum in September 2019. As part of this initiative, the Department of Family Medicine has been asked to provide an early clinical experience for students across the first year of medical school. One of the main drivers of the new Longitudinal Clinical Experience (LCE) program is to assist in providing early exposure to real world patients in a generalist, primary care setting.

  • Media Release: Dr. Gillian Kernaghan appointed to the Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine

    January 08, 2019
    Associate Professor, Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, has been appointed to the Premier's Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine. This group of visionary health system leaders aims to identify strategic priorities and actions that will lead to improved health and wellness outcomes for Ontarians, high patient satisfaction, and a more effective care delivery structure.