2021

  • Important COVID-19 Update: Changes to classes, exams, residences

    April 05, 2021
    As COVID-19 variants fuel transmission in the region, and with further restrictions expected in Ontario, Western University is moving the majority of in-person classes and final exams online, effective April 5.

  • Feature: Creating culturally safe, accessible health care

    March 30, 2021
    Working with partners and communities with lived experience, medical students Claire Dong, Dilini Kekulawala and Brintha Sivajohan founded The BIPOC Women’s Health Network, a national, student-led organization focused on improving health care experiences and reducing disparities for BIPOC women.

  • News: Safe Ride Home Program for residents

    March 26, 2021
    A new program is providing safe transportation home for resident doctors who are experiencing fatigue after long or difficult shifts. The Safe Ride Home Program is free and available 24/7 for residents.

  • In the media: Longtime London doctor co-directed film on Ontario medical 'trailblazer'

    March 18, 2021
    Inspired by Dr. May Cohen’s induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, Dr. Barbara Lent co-directed "The Gender Lady", a film about the trailblazing physician’s life, career and contributions to women’s health, being screened online Sunday, March 21, by Jewish London to mark Women's History Month.

  • Welcome CaRMS Applicants

    March 17, 2021
    Welcome CaRMS applicants to the Department of Family Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. We look forward to virtually meeting you during one of our CMG interview days in March. Due to COVID-19, all interviews will be conducted via the Zoom platform this year. Before your scheduled interview, it is important to ensure that you are as prepared as possible for the technical part of the interview. Be sure to review the guide we have prepared for candidates to our program.

  • Announcement: MD+ to offer graduate training opportunities for MD students

    March 16, 2021
    Schulich Medicine students can now pursue professional and graduate training while completing their Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree. They will be able to explore space medicine, non-medical interests, public health or law, get hands-on research-intensive experience in the basic sciences, pursue work in Africa, or dig into the history of medicine to understand its impact on care today.

  • Celebrating Canadian Women Physicians Day

    March 11, 2021
    In 1875, Dr. Jennie Trout became the first woman in Canada to be licensed to practice medicine. 146 years later, we are celebrating the first-ever Canadian Women Physicians Day (March 11). Five physician leaders share their inspirations, personal experiences and hopes for the future of the profession.

  • Event: Mindfulness for Your Life

    March 09, 2021
    Join Diane Yeo and the Department of Family Medicine for two wellness evenings in March and learn how mindfulness can help you to calm your mind and body and improve your overall well-being. Learn effective tools you can use from morning to night to let go of stress, be more present, handle the pressures of your day and be more engaged in your life. Feel empowered as you take charge of your mind and your life.

  • Feature: Supporting wellness in meaningful ways

    February 26, 2021
    As Assistant Dean, Postgraduate Learner Experience, Dr. Michelle Marlborough supports the psychological and physical wellbeing of residents and fellows at the School. In the role, she hopes to address some of the larger systemic issues that keep learners and physicians unwell.

  • Feature: Bats may hold the key to vaccines for future pandemics

    February 10, 2021
    In their quest to develop a bank of vaccines that could be at the ready for the next pandemic, Western University researchers are hunting for coronaviruses that have the potential for animal-to-human transmission. To do so, they’ve teamed up with bat biologists at the Royal Ontario Museum, which holds thousands of frozen bat tissue samples from around the world.

  • Award: Drs. Daniel Grushka and Kyle Carter named Canadian Point of Care Ultrasound Society (CPOCUS) Educator of the Year Award recipients

    February 04, 2021
    Drs. Daniel Grushka and Kyle Carter have been selected as the recipients of the 2020 Canadian Point of Care Ultrasound Society (CPOCUS) Educator of the Year award for the development of the FamPOCUS curriculum. The course introduces Family Medicine residents to POCUS and its applications within an ambulatory setting.

  • Feature: Rebuilding resiliency - Peers-for-Peers program offers support for physicians

    January 29, 2021
    As the pandemic wears on, resilience is slowly being chipped away and peer support systems are needed now more than ever. A unique program at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry that is focused on peer-to-peer support, emphasizes the wellbeing of clinical faculty.

  • Research News: More evidence needed to inform policy around sending kids back to class

    January 21, 2021
    Are kids in schools driving community transmission of COVID-19, or is it the other way around? This uncertainty could be clarified by conducting cluster randomized trials when students return to class, according to a new publication from an international team of experts co-led by Dr. Charles Weijer.

  • Research News: Incentive payments to physicians may reduce non-urgent ED visits

    January 18, 2021
    New research shows that providing primary care physicians with incentives to see patients after hours may result in fewer visits to the emergency department for non-urgent issues, potentially helping to reducing emergency department overcrowding and lowering health care costs.

  • Feature: Rapid COVID-19 antibody test can check immune response

    January 15, 2021
    Shawn Li and his colleagues at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and the University of Toronto, have developed a simple test – faster and more accurate than any approved thus far in Canada – to determine who has developed COVID-19 antibodies.

  • Announcement: The Department of Family Medicine seeks applications for the Dr. Ian McWhinney Chair in Family Medicine

    January 12, 2021
    The Department of Family Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, is seeking applications for the Dr. Ian McWhinney Chair in Family Medicine. Candidates must hold an MD or equivalent and practice as a family physician. Candidates must also hold certification or be eligible for certification from the College of Family Physicians of Canada and be eligible for licensure in the Province of Ontario. The Dr. Ian McWhinney Chair in Family Medicine was established to honour Dr. McWhinney who was the first Professor of Family Medicine in Canada and the first Chair of the Department of Family Medicine. The Chair has a term of five years, renewable once.