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.
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.
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.
December 14, 2020 Congratulations to Leslie Meredith, Program Manager, who was awarded the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Outstanding Research Coordinator Award. This award goes to an individual responsible for managing the everyday operations of a research project, or a group of projects or a program.
November 18, 2020 A new report from Trans PULSE Canada provides insight on the unique experiences of racialized trans and non-binary Canadians. Principal investigator Greta Bauer, PhD, says the findings show this group faces increased levels of physical violence, harassment and sexual assault.
November 13, 2020 As the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic takes hold across the country, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry experts say while Canadian officials implemented improvements to public health organization and in-hospital infection prevention and control after the SARS pandemic in 2003, vulnerabilities remained in the long-term care sector and the supply-chain for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
November 05, 2020 The Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education have officially informed Schulich Medicine & Dentistry that the MD program and School have now met all accreditation standards and elements from the 2015 review when we were granted full accreditation status.
October 30, 2020 At 2:00 a.m. on October 31, 1920, Dr. Frederick Banting, a surgeon practising in London, Ontario, conceived of an idea to isolate the internal secretion of the pancreas - an idea that culminated in the discovery and clinical use of insulin. Dr. Rob Hegele takes a look back at this important moment in a new publication for The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.
October 15, 2020 The PSI Foundation has approved funding for Dr. Obaidullah Khan's Resident Research application, "Training of Canadian family medicine residents for POCUS screening of AAAs: a feasibility study" in the amount of $20,000.00 over 1 year.
October 07, 2020 As the second wave peak approaches, a new global study suggests hospitals should set up ‘COVID-19 free’ areas for surgical patients – and that doing so could reduce the risk of serious complications and death from lung infections associated with coronavirus.
October 05, 2020 An important step to achieving excellence and differentiation at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry is the creation of a new leadership structure, which expands focus on research, scholarship, education and wellness.
October 02, 2020 Dr. Gabriel Leung, MD'96, Dean of Medicine at Hong Kong University, is one of the world's leading epidemiology and global health experts. He provided early and accurate predictions on the initial trajectory of COVID-19, and says we need to plan for the worst, and hope for the best.
September 29, 2020 There was a time where Dr. Diana Cuckovic, PGY2, Family Medicine, considered dance might be her calling, but her interest for life sciences and desire to help others encouraged her to pursue a different path.
September 22, 2020 A team of medical students is helping deliver medical gowns to health care workers in the London area. With volunteers from Canada Sews, the gowns are made from donated fabric. More than 800 gowns, along with notes of encouragement, have been delivered to local clinics, long-term care homes, pharmacies and emergency shelters.
September 14, 2020 Dr. Laura Foxcroft, Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, has been appointed as the Assistant Dean, Faculty Wellbeing effective October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2025.
September 14, 2020 Dr. Robert Stein, Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, has been re-appointed to Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Equity and Wellbeing, effective October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2022.
September 11, 2020 Funding from the Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund is enabling a team of researchers across Ontario led by Grace Parraga, PhD, to use novel lung-imaging techniques to better understand the long-term effects of COVID-19 and plan health care and societal resources for survivors, post-infection.
September 09, 2020 For many Canadian scholars, being elected into the Royal Society of Canada is a crowning achievement of their careers. To Lisa Saksida, PhD, – newly honoured into the into RSC, along with four other Western scholars – it is also a reminder of the teamwork that takes place in any successful research program, and that their collective work has only just started.
August 27, 2020 Changes to the medical school admissions process during the past two years have mitigated barriers for underrepresented populations resulting in a more diverse class in terms of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, as well as rural versus urban and whether or not parents had attended medical school or university.
August 26, 2020 A team of researchers led by Dr. Douglas Fraser has identified six molecules that can be used as biomarkers to predict how severely ill a COVID-19 patient will become, and are also the first to reveal a new mechanism causing blood clots in COVID-19 patients and potential ways to treat them.
August 13, 2020 HockeyFIT, a unique program developed at Western University that uses hockey fan culture to help fans get fit, is moving forward with plans to expand this fall in Western Canada. The program, which started in London, is now scaling up to be offered across the country.
August 10, 2020 “Our numbers couldn’t possibly be at a better place right now,” said Dr. Mario Elia, a family physician in southwest London and an adjunct professor in Western University’s family medicine department. The return to classrooms is the top COVID-19 question he’s hearing from patients.
August 05, 2020 Vaping among teenaged Canadians has doubled in the past two years – a troubling trend that three Western researchers will examine in depth with new funding through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR.) The researchers are working to understand the rapid rise of vaping in Canada and measure its health effects.
July 29, 2020 Researchers have shown that how well you sleep and for how long is linked to increased odds of living with multiple chronic conditions, and argue that promotion of good sleep habits should be given greater focus in clinical practice and public health.
July 24, 2020 Robert Bartha, PhD, has been appointed as Acting Director, Strategy and Scientific Integration at Robarts Research Institute, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry effective July 27, 2020 to June 30, 2021.
July 20, 2020 Wataru Inoue, PhD, studies the effect of chronic stress on the brain. His latest paper shows that the neurons in the brain actually change their size and microstructure, and become desensitized to stress signals over time.
July 13, 2020 An international research team led by Daniel Lizotte, PhD, hopes that tweet you just posted – and the millions of others posted to the popular social media site – will provide insights into our collective mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
July 09, 2020 Family Medicine resident Daniela Keren, MD MSc, reflects on what it's been like working virtually with patients during the pandemic. "As a family medicine resident, I have adapted to COVID-19 just as everyone else has. At least a few days of the week, I work from home. There were kinks initially, naturally; many patients screened my calls at first when they saw “No Caller ID” appear on their phones. I wasted precious appointment minutes giving my spiel regarding security over the phone and the limitations of not having the physical exam, explaining “but we are adapting, because of COVID.”"
July 06, 2020 Two projects led by Maria Mathews, PhD, and Dr. Leigh Sowerby will address virus transmission during surgery and pandemic planning for COVID-19, thanks to new funding announced by the Government of Canada, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), along with provincial partners.
June 25, 2020 A team from Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University are the first in the world to profile the body’s immune response to COVID-19. By studying blood samples from critically ill patients at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), the research team identified a unique pattern of six molecules that could be used as therapeutic targets to treat the virus.
June 24, 2020 The COVID-19 Brain Study looks to recruit 50,000 individuals who received a confirmed positive diagnosis of the virus in order to answer pressing questions about the disease’s direct and indirect effects on the brain.
June 19, 2020 The Department of Family Medicine is happy to announce (and celebrate!) this year's Postgraduate Program Awards recipients. A full list of 2019/2020 award recipients can be found on our website. Congratulations!
June 15, 2020 In its inaugural year, the Family Medicine Resident Research Grant Competition has awarded $3000 to Dr. Obaidullah Khan’s project entitled, “Triaging of Canadian family medicine residents for POCUS screening of AAAs: a feasibility study.” The competition was established to promote high-level primary care research while building grant preparation and writing skills. All first year family medicine residents were eligible to apply.
June 03, 2020 As researchers, health care providers and teachers, whose careers and lives are focused on making this world better, safer and healthier, we have a responsibility to actively engage in anti-racist work. We need to listen, to learn, to check in, to step in, and to use our voices to make change in our own environments and those around us each and every day.
May 27, 2020 The Centre for Quality, Innovation and Safety at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s Department of Medicine aims to improve patient care through research in quality improvement, innovation and patient safety.
May 21, 2020 "We won't find out about it if we don't ask." Dr. Susan McNair, faculty and Medical Director of the Regional Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centre at St Joseph’s Hospital, encourages healthcare providers – from family doctors to physiotherapists – to connect through patients and keep an eye out for signs of violence. Dr. McNair is reminding health-care providers to ask two simple questions. Do you feel safe? Is anyone harming you?
May 19, 2020 The “Research Western Catalyst Grant: Surviving Pandemics” supports interdisciplinary projects at the University that will contribute to a broad range of evidence, tools and guidelines into disease outbreaks. Five research projects at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry received funding through the initiative.
May 11, 2020 The Department of Family Medicine is pleased to announce that the Director of the Centre for Studies and Family Medicine (CSFM) and the Director of Research in the Department of Family Medicine is Dr. Amanda Terry. This position was effective May 1, 2020. The Director of the CSFM will be assisted in the role by a family physician in the role of clinical liaison physician to the Director. We are pleased to announce that Dr. Sonny Cejic has accepted the role of Liaison physician for the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine.
May 08, 2020 As part of a randomized controlled trial, a London-based team is the first in the world to treat a patient with COVID-19 using a modified dialysis device. The device gently removes a patient's blood, modifies white blood cells and returns them to fight hyperinflammation. It is being tested with critically ill patients at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC).
April 30, 2020 Adjunct faculty member and Emergency Physician Dr. Ken Milne speaks to Dr. Brian Goldman on CBC's podcast, The Dose, about the reasons why he thinks patients are avoiding the ER during this pandemic, and when patients should definitely be coming in to the hospital.
April 27, 2020 Alumni and adjunct faculty, Dr. Mario Elia, who practices at the London Lambeth Family Medicine Clinic, has found a way to keep the relationship he has with his patients going during the evolving pandemic.
April 27, 2020 Internationally recognized academic leader Lesley Rigg will join Western as Vice-President (Research) on August 1. Western’s Board of Governors approved a five-year term for Professor Rigg at its meeting on April 23. Currently, Rigg is dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary where she leads 250 faculty, 300 staff and 6,000 students spanning six departments and five multidisciplinary programs.
April 15, 2020 As educators, researchers, innovators and leaders, the 2020 Awards of Excellence recipients are making a difference at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. This year, we celebrate 42 award recipients. It is with great pride that we recognize and honour their achievements.
April 14, 2020 Dr. Michael Craig, Academic Director and Assistant Professor who practices at the Middlesex Centre Regional Medical Clinic in Ilderton, where six doctors and from eight to 10 residents treat approximately 1,600 patients, discusses how COVID-19 has changed the practice. The clinic’s hours have been reduced to 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, but has doctors on call 24/7. Via London Free Press.
April 09, 2020 Based on a Peers for Peers model, the Schulich Wellbeing Program will provide support for clinical and dentistry faculty in London and Windsor. Drs. Terri Paul, Bill McCauley and Andrea Lum are the faculty leads for the Program.
April 03, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has suddenly turned our world upside down. We are in the midst of a health crisis that has stopped or majorly altered many of our usual departmental activities. The daily news updates, statistics, and media reports have generated a certain level of stress and anxiety for everyone. I hope you and your families are all coping well and are safe. At this time I want to provide a general update for the Department of Family Medicine.
March 31, 2020 A collaboration between the Faculty of Engineering and Schulich Medicine & Dentistry has led to the production of low-cost, substantively effective medical face shields that could be in hospitals for healthcare workers (HCW) within days if not hours.
March 30, 2020 As you support your hospital, university and community, we want to say thank you. Schulich Medicine & Dentistry alumni have long been leaders in their fields and you continue to demonstrate thoughtful leadership through the COVID-19 global pandemic.
March 23, 2020 The Department of Family Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine &Dentistry, Western University, is inviting applications for one full-time clinical academic teaching position within an innovative and exciting Department of Family Medicine. Learn More.
March 19, 2020 A handful of Londoners have turned some casual conversations into a grassroots effort supplying thousands of gloves and masks to local medical clinics. Help is needed to keep medical clinics and doctors’ offices in London operating, said Dr. Mario Elia, a family doctor and professor of family medicine at Western University. Via London Free Press.
March 19, 2020 Western efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine received a major jolt thanks to million-dollar investment by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), federal officials announced today.
March 16, 2020 Due to the changing nature and spread of COVID-19, and in an effort to minimize the potential risk to patients in our care, the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry has adopted a new travel policy relating to all Schulich Medicine & Dentistry clinical/dental faculty, staff, and learners and for those who work in a clinical care environment. The policy oversees travel for international residents, fellows, and visitors who are scheduled to come to Western University for training and or guest lectures. It outlines the process for faculty, staff and learners who are not engaged in clinical or dental care or who don’t work in a hospital or clinical environment, or a research lab in a hospital or clinical care environment.
March 15, 2020 Medical students at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry are rallying to support their health care colleagues during the COVID-19 containment efforts. Through a student-led initiative, they are offering free childcare, errand running and volunteering services while Ontario schools are closed.
March 13, 2020 Classes are cancelled starting Friday, March 13 up-to and including Tuesday, March 17. Any exams scheduled during this time period will be rescheduled. Starting Wednesday, March 18, classes will be online through to the end of term.
March 10, 2020 Nearly half of transgender and non-binary Canadians who responded to a national survey say they faced one or more unmet health care needs in the past year – with about 1-in-10 saying they avoided an emergency room visit completely, according to a Western University-led project.
March 03, 2020 Researchers at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry are studying a molecule found in sweet oranges and tangerines called nobiletin, which they have shown to drastically reduce obesity and reverse its negative side-effects. But why it works remains a mystery.
February 28, 2020 The 2020 Awards of Excellence recipients from the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry – Windsor Campus continue to make a difference at the School and in the community. We’re proud to recognize and honour their achievements. The 2020 recipients include Kristen DeMarco, Marguerite Chevalier, Roni Hetzel and many more.
January 06, 2020 On behalf of Western University's Board of Governors, President Alan Shepard, and the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Decanal Selection Committee, Andy Hrymak is very pleased to announce that Dr. John Yoo has been appointed as the next Dean of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, beginning May 1, 2020 through June 30, 2025.
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.
December 17, 2018 With sadness, we share news of the passing of Dr. Joshua Shadd, formerly of our Department of Family Medicine and, at present, a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster.
November 28, 2018 Kinesiology doctoral candidate Narlon Boa Sorte Silva and Western University family medicine professor Robert Petrella launch study examining the link between high-intensity exercise, blood pressure reduction and cognitive health with community-based exercise program. Via London Free Press
November 13, 2018 The Regional Family Physician of the Year Award recognizes seven physicians - one from each region of the province - who provide exemplary care to their patients and are passionately involved in activities that contribute to excellence in family medicine.
October 30, 2018 Dr. Stephen Wetmore, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, is pleased to announce the interim directorship of the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, (CSFM). Effective November 1, 2018 through to September 30, 2019, the interim Co-Directors of the CSFM will be Dr. Sonny Cejic and Amanda Terry, PhD.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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...
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
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)
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.
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..."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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
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
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.
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.
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.
January 18, 2021 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!
January 18, 2021 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.
January 18, 2021 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.
January 18, 2021 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.
January 18, 2021 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.
January 18, 2021 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.
January 18, 2021 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.
January 18, 2021 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.
January 18, 2021 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.
January 18, 2021 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.
January 18, 2021 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.
January 18, 2021 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.
January 18, 2021 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.