November 2015 Newsletter

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    Family Medicine Forum (FMF)

    The College of Family Physicians of Canada’s 12th Annual Family Doctor Week in Canada took place November 9-14, coinciding with the annual Family Medicine Forum, November 11-14, in Toronto, Ontario. Members of the Department of Family Medicine and the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine participated in the conference with presentations, workshops and posters that showcased their research.

  • decorative imageChair's Message
    Recently we have heard conflicting messages from our community adjunct faculty members regarding communications within the Department of Family Medicine. This month's message addresses the difficult task of striking the right balance between information overload and keeping our community adjunct faculty members appropriately informed and engaged.

  • decorative imagePostgraduate Program Report
    The CaRMS recruitment days are rapidly approaching. This is always an exciting time of year where we have the opportunity to show our enthusiasm and demonstrate to applicants why ours is a great residency training program.

  • decorative imageGraduate Program Report
    The Graduate Program has been busy preparing for a number of thesis examinations over the past few months and to recruit and present at the Family Medicine Forum.

  • decorative imageCongratulating our award winners
    Dr. Dale Ziter of Windsor was named the 2015 Regional Family Physician of the Year by the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP). The Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) recognized Dr. Christina Cookson as the 2015 Resident Teacher of the Year.

  • decorative imageTop 20 Pioneers Family Medicine Research in Canada honoured at FMF
    The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) recently celebrated the Top 20 Pioneers of Family Medicine Research in Canada. During the Family Medicine Forum, The Section of Researchers honoured the recipients at a special dinner celebration on November 11. Western family medicine faculty were recognized as part of the group.

  • decorative imageNorth American Primary Care Research Group NAPCRG 2015
    The 43rd North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Meeting took place in Cancun, Mexico from October 24th - 28th. Dr. Moira Stewart co-led an International Forum, "Think-Tank on Outcomes for Patient-Centered Interventions for Persons with Multimorbidity." The summary, by Stewart, was quoted by Domhnall MacAuley in the CMAJ Blog.

  • decorative imageDr. Nusrat Jamil delivers public lecture
    Dr. Nusrat Jamil, Master of Clinical Science in Family Medicine candidate, delivers a public lecture for the following Thesis: “How Family Physicians in Saskatchewan make Lung Cancer Screening Decisions” on November 4, 2015, in the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine at Western University.

  • decorative imageFamily Medicine chairs meet in Hamilton
    Dr. Stephen Wetmore met with fellow Family Medicine chairs last month, at the recently opened David Braley Health Sciences Centre, at the downtown Hamilton McMaster Health Campus. In an effort to facilitate coordination and communication between Ontario's family medicine departments, the chairs meet several times per year to discuss matters related to medical education and research.

  • decorative imageOB Skills Acquisition Day
    PGY1 Family Medicine residents attended the 2nd annual OB Skills Acquisition Day on November 4th. A group of dedicated staff and faculty came together under the leadership of Dr. Jo-Anne Hammond to run a smooth and informative workshop with hands-on stations covering everything from the mechanics of a normal vaginal birth to diagnosing and treating a shoulder dystocia.

  • decorative imageFriendly reminder: Mail
    The Department of Family Medicine would like to remind faculty and residents to keep their mailing address up-to-date with Western HR. When you use the Department's mailing address we are unable to assure that the mail will be correctly redirected.

  • decorative imageThe Family Medicine Study Guide App coming January 2016
    The Family Medicine Study Guide App, the first ever "Study Buddy" for Family Medicine, created by assistant professor Dr. Daniel Leger, is coming January 2016. It features 50 Original SAMPS (short answer management problems), 234 Short Answer Questions (w/ answer keys), 50 Rapid Fire Questions, Clinical Pearls, and much more.

  • decorative imageLHSC ending subscription to Uptodate
    The LHSC subscription to Uptodate will be ending on November 30th, 2015. Many point of care tools are still available to you on-line through Western Libraries.

  • decorative imageUnited Way Fundraiser – Chili Lunch
    Staff from the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine organized a Chili Lunch fundraiser on October 22. A total of $260 was raised for the United Way campaign. Sincere thanks to everyone who organized and helped that day with set up and clean up. We couldn’t have done it without you. A big thank you to everyone who supported the lunch and made it a success.

  • decorative imageDepartment Spotlight: Dr. David Huffman
    Dr. David Huffman has recently assumed the role of site director in our postgraduate Chatham-Kent rural family medicine residency program. Dr. Huffman has been teaching for 12 years in office and in the ER and prides himself on fostering a collegial teaching environment with learners.

  • decorative imageNovember 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.

  • decorative imageEvents
    Save the date for the Dean's Faculty and Staff Holiday Party on December 8. Mark your calendars for London Health Research Day 2016 on March 29, 2016, and the DEN Educational Retreat on April 1, 2016.

  • decorative imageTop Stories from our October newsletter
    Chair's Message, Postgraduate Program Report, Department Spotlight: Dr. Christina Cookson