April 2015 Newsletter

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    Chair's Message

    This will be an exciting year for the Department of Family Medicine. A planning committee has been established and is working to oversee the Ian McWhinney lecture series starting this year with the inaugural lecture on September 23, 2015.

  • decorative imagePostgraduate Program update
    We held the CaRMS 2nd iteration interviews on Wednesday, March 18th. We are very pleased that there were many strong candidates to fill the remaining seven positions. Fingers crossed for a successful match on April 14, 2015!

  • decorative imageGraduate Studies Program student profile
    Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil Dr. Gustavo Gusso grew up in a house of academics; his father an engineer and his mother a lecturer of semiotics. He credits listening to his mother talk about the relationship between history, art and symbols as leading him towards the path of a career in Family Medicine.

  • decorative imageDr. Justin Mall among medical specialists providing treatment for athletes and tourists at the Pan Am Games
    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.

  • decorative imageICES Western Faculty Scholar announcement
    Congratulations to Dr. Bridget Ryan, who has been selected as a Faculty Scholar with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) Western for the 2015-2017 Faculty Scholars’ Program. Acceptance into this program is recognition of her achievements and leadership to date.

  • decorative imageFootball Fans in Training (FFIT) Glasgow
    In the United Kingdom, the Football Fans in Training (FFIT) program was developed to encourage men to lead a healthier lifestyle through a sport-related medium. In January, Dr. Rob Petrella, Dawn Gill PhD, and Ashleigh De Cruz travelled to Glasgow to meet with collaborators from the University of Glasgow and the University of Aberdeen, as well as the Scottish Professional Football League, to develop and design Hockey Fans in Training (Hockey FIT)

  • decorative imageDr. Lori Teeple sheds light on the disease of overweight while helping patients learn self-management skills
    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.

  • decorative imageMeet Dr. Ross Moncur - Windsor Family Medicine – Faculty of the Year Award recipient
    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.

  • decorative imageDr. Victor Johnson Student Research Award recipient Rhythm Shah presents at London Health Research Day
    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.

  • decorative imageAnnual Clinical Day in Family Medicine
    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.

  • decorative imageTrillium Primary Health Care Research Day
    Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day is being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Thursday, June 4th, 2015. Abstract submission deadline is Friday, May 1, 2015. Registration is now open. We welcome recently completed and in progress research related to primary health care.

  • decorative imageResident Project Day
    Registration is now open for Resident Project Day. On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Family Medicine residents will present their projects and commend their achievements at the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine (WCPHFM). Please join us in celebrating the success of our resident projects.

  • Enhancing Collaboration between Primary Care and Public Health seminar
    The Enhancing Collaboration between Primary Care and Public Health seminar held on February 11, 2015 was a great success. Dean Strong introduced the session, and MPH students, Family Medicine residents, faculty and staff members participated in this interactive seminar, facilitated by Dr. Ruta Valaitis, McMaster University and Dr. Tom Freeman.

  • Department Research Trust Fund
    The Department of Family Medicine has some research funding available for Family Medicine faculty, residents and graduate students. Up to $5,000 for faculty, $1,000 for residents and $1,500 for Masters and PhD students is available. Applicants can apply at any time throughout the year: funding announcements will be made in March, May and November.

  • Family Medicine Research Incubator
    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, April 15th, from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.m, in Room 1120, WCPHFM.

  • April 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.