December 18, 2019 Schulich Medicine & Dentistry has been selected as the host site for the 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS), taking place September 18 to 20, 2020.
December 09, 2019 The Diabetes Alliance team from the Department of Family Medicine held an entertaining United Way fundraising event on Tuesday, December 3. Harsh Zaran went head-to-head with a Paqui tortilla chip. The chip is made from the hottest pepper in the world – the Carolina Reaper – and has been known to take even the strongest of us down. Harsh survived the One Chip Challenge and surpassed five minutes before taking a drink of water. The team raised $150 for the United Way.
December 06, 2019 In a case study published today, researchers used a specialized MRI technique in a set of twins with asthma. While the twins are non-identical, the researchers found that they actually had identical ventilation defects in the same upper left lung segment, which stayed the same over the duration of the seven year study.
December 03, 2019 Dr. Chris Watling shares a message of gratitude for the commitment and dedication of program directors, program administrators, and teaching faculty, both for their efforts in preparing for this accreditation visit, and for their year-round support for residency training.
December 03, 2019 Dr. Lois Champion, has been appointed as Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective from January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2024.
December 02, 2019 Jessica Prodger, PhD, is on the forefront of HIV research. On World AIDS Day, we recognize the work of researchers at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry in preventing and treating HIV, and their enduring search for a cure.
November 22, 2019 A team of authors including Schulich Medicine & Dentistry faculty members have released details on Canada’s first published case of suspected vaping-related lung injury. Published today in CMAJ, the case study may be the first to describe a new type of injury from vaping products.
November 13, 2019 Dr. Mario Elia, adjunct professor in the Department of Family Medicine, was recently awarded a Physicians’ Services Incorporated (PSI) Foundation grant for Healthcare Research by Community Physicians for his research project, Feasibility Pilot Evaluation of Prescription to Get Active.
November 11, 2019 Family Medicine residents from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University competed in the Resident Simulation Showcase at Family Medicine Forum (FMF). Six teams of four family medicine residents from separate Canadian university residency programs performed a high fidelity patient simulation assessment and treatment of a computerized patient mannequin. Congratulations to our Western team on placing second in the competition for the second consecutive year.
November 05, 2019 Fifty years ago Dr. Wayne Weston, professor emeritus, was part of a pioneering group of 12 family doctors who successfully completed the first-ever certification in family medicine in Canada, earning the credentials needed to practice as family doctors from the College of Family Physicians of Canada. That class was honoured last weekend at a gathering during the Family Medicine Forum in Vancouver. Via The London Free Press.
November 05, 2019 In total, nine Indigenous communities from coast to coast completed the FORGE AHEAD program, each with their own set of goals and interventions. At the program level, the researchers saw significant improvements in important clinical indicators for diabetes, including blood glucose control, blood pressure and LDL cholesterol for high risk patients.
October 31, 2019 The Department of Family Medicine would like to congratulate Dr. Scott McKay on his appointment as Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC). The MAC Chair is a senior leadership position within the hospital at LHSC. As Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee, Dr. McKay hopes to support the evolution and improvement of the healthcare services delivered at LHSC. “With the quadruple aim as a guiding framework, I believe we can improve patient outcomes and experience, control or decrease health delivery costs, while also improving the healthcare provider experience in the delivery of care,” he said.
October 23, 2019 Dr. Sandra Northcott, has been appointed as Associate Dean, Learner Equity & Wellness, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective from December 1, 2019 – November 30, 2024.
October 10, 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 the participation of faculty, residents and staff. Please continue reading for further details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.