May 2015 Newsletter

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    Chair's Message

    One of the great things about Family Medicine is the variety in scope and location of practice that is available. Changes in the clinical care we provide can be challenging, refreshing and rewarding. Palliative care is part of complex care and can be both challenging and rewarding.

  • decorative imagePostgraduate program update
    We're at a transitional point in the postgraduate program year. CaRMS 2015 has officially come to a close. We successfully filled our remaining seven positions in the second iteration match. In preparation for the start of the new academic year, we ask that you review the program policies.

  • decorative imageGraduate studies program update
    The graduate program courses are drawing to an end after another successful academic year and recruitment for the 2015-16 academic year continues. We are happy to report that Drs. Dave Davidson and Carmen Nadal have completed the MClSc program and will be graduating at the Spring Convocation on June 11, 2015. Dr. Saadia Hameed will be defending her thesis on Friday, May 22nd at 12:30 p.m. in WCPHFM 1120.

  • decorative imageFamily medicine still great career despite Ministry restrictions
    Dr. Wetmore 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.

  • decorative imageCongratulations to our Family Medicine Awards of Excellence recipients
    The Department of Family Medicine is happy to congratulate our post graduate team, Dr. Judith Brown and Dr. Daniel Grushka on receiving a 2015 Award of Excellence.

  • decorative imageDr. George Kim awarded 2015 Alumni of Distinction award
    Congratulations to Dr. George Kim on receiving the 2015 Young Alumni Award from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. 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.

  • decorative imageDr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series - inaugural lecture announced
    The Department of Family Medicine is excited to announce that the date for the inaugural lecture of the Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series has been set for Wednesday, September 23, 2015. Dr. Michael Kidd, WONCA president, will deliver the lecture. Dr. Kidd reflects the principles and values articulated by Dr. McWhinney.

  • decorative imageIn the news
    Dr. Wetmore and The London Free Press take a closer look at the cost-cutting changes pushed through by the 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.

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    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.

  • decorative image Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day
    Join us for Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day 2015. This premier research event is held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Thursday, June 4th and showcases approximately 30 oral presentations and 24 posters from top researchers, graduate trainees and students. Registration is now open.

  • decorative imageResident Project Day
    Registration is now open for Resident Project Day. On Wednesday, June 10, Family Medicine residents will present their projects and commend their achievements at the WCPHFM. Please join us in celebrating the success of our resident projects.

  • decorative imageJoin us as we celebrate Resident Graduation
    The Department of Family Medicine cordially invites you to a celebratory dinner in honour of our graduating residents. The graduation reception and dinner is at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 19, 2015 in Great Hall, Somerville House at Western University. Ticket sales close June 11, 2015.

  • decorative imagePublic Health and Family Medicine Seminar
    You are invited to attend the upcoming Public Heath and Family Medicine seminar: Evidence versus Experience: Does the Periodic Health visit have a future? Drs. Stephen Wetmore, Mark Speechley and Ava John-Baptiste will speak on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 12 noon - 1:00 p.m. in WCPHFM, Room 4006.

  • Drs. Ted Osmun, George Kim and senior medical student Emily Harrison publish article in Canadian Family Physician
    Drs. Ted Osmun, George Kim and senior medical student Emily Harrison have published an article in Canadian Family Physician's Teaching Moment. 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.

  • Family Medicine Research Incubator
    Interested in sharing research ideas? Have an idea you'd like to develop with department colleagues? Simply want to join in the discussion? All faculty and staff are welcome to attend the next Family Medicine Research Incubator hosted by CSFM Director, Dr. Merrick Zwarenstein and Research Associate, Cathy Thorpe on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in room 1120, WCPHFM.

  • May 2015 Research and Publications
    The Department of Family Medicine at Western University is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.