February 2016 Newsletter

  • decorative image

    Schulich Medicine Education Conference

    Join us Friday, April 1, 2016, for the Schulich Medicine Education Conference, a unique professional development opportunity for all faculty from London, Windsor and across Southwestern Ontario. Conference agenda is now available. Space is limited. Register Today.

  • decorative imageChair's Message
    I was intrigued to read the memoir of the life of Dr. Oliver Sacks, written by Norman Doidge, which appeared in the Globe and Mail on February 6, 2016. Sacks was a neurologist, a remarkable physician and writer who died recently... Sacks, himself, attributed his success as a physician and writer to his ability to write about each patient individually...

  • decorative imagePostgraduate Program Report
    The CaRMS recruitment days that took place on January 15th, 23rd and 24th were a huge success. We interviewed over 600 candidates in total...We are continuing to work on enhancing the continuity component of our program. Within the Triple C curriculum there is continuity in terms of patient care, but also continuity in terms of the amount of time spent in Family Medicine specific training...

  • decorative imageCommunity News
    Community preceptors: We will soon be reaching out to you with a new form to update your teaching and clinic profiles in order to ensure our "interactive map" on our website remains up to date. This is a valuable resource for medical students and residents seeking various rotations and electives and your assistance is appreciated.

  • decorative imageIn the news: Let’s probe palliative options
    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.

  • decorative imageVictoria Family Medical Centre gets new director
    After 12 years of service, Dr. Jo-Anne Hammond will step down from the role of Medical Director (Centre Director) at the Victoria Family Medical Centre, effective March 1, 2016. We would like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Hammond, and welcome Dr. Stacey Valiquet as the successor to the role.

  • decorative imageRefugee Health 101
    On January 27, 2016, more than 60 health and social service providers 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. Watch Now.

  • decorative imageIt lies in the balance
    Dr. Magbule Doko, a family physician in Windsor, Ontario, and an adjunct professor in the department of family medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, has written a post for the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) Blogs, titled "It lies in the balance."

  • decorative imageDiabetes Evaluation Framework for Innovative National Evaluations (DEFINE)
    Dr. Stewart Harris launched the Diabetes Evaluation Framework for Innovative National Evaluations (DEFINE) website in the spring of 2015. DEFINE was developed to guide the comprehensive evaluation of diabetes prevention and management initiatives, and to facilitate policy innovations... Two 4-minute videos, a user-guide, and worksheets are available on the website.

  • decorative imageCentre for Studies in Family Medicine Research Incubator
    All faculty and staff are welcome to join the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine Research Incubator hosted by CSFM Director, Dr. Merrick Zwarenstein, and Research Associate, Cathy Thorpe. At these incubators, we share research ideas and how to develop them with department colleagues.

  • decorative imageClinical Skills Day
    Schulich’s undergraduate FMIG is hosting its annual Clinical Skills Day on Saturday, February 20th, at the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. Pre-Clerkship students have the opportunity to practice clinical skills spanning the breadth of family medicine, including: IV administration, baby delivery, treating depression, and more.

  • decorative imageMini LEAP
    The department of family medicine will be running a Mini LEAP on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in room 1150 in the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. Facilitated by hospice palliative care experts, the one-day course will offer a broad introduction to the basic concepts of palliative care in a Top Ten Tips Format.

  • decorative imageAnnual Clinical Day in Family Medicine
    Mark your calendars for the 25th Anniversary Edition of Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at the Four Points by Sheraton. This event is presented by the Citywide Department of Family Medicine, London Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph's Health Care London and Continuing Professional Development - Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. More information to follow.

  • decorative imageTrillium Primary Health Care Research Day - June 1, 2016
    Please join us for the Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day June 1, 2016 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The conference is hosted by the INSPIRE-PHC Research Program (Dr. Moira Stewart, lead). Residents, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty are all encouraged to attend.

  • decorative imageAnnual Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture
    Each fall the department of family medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University, hosts the Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture in memory of the founding chair of the Department and one of the leading thinkers in the discipline of Family Medicine. The 2nd annual lecture will take place on September 21, 2016.

  • decorative imageDepartment Spotlight: Dr. Sofia Cuba
    Dr. Sofia Cuba chose the MClSc program in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University because she wanted to learn the tools necessary to improve training in Family Medicine in Peru, and also to influence the development of a better health system based on primary health care.

  • decorative imageFebruary 2016 Research and Publications
    The department of family medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, 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 upcoming Family Medicine Faculty Development session Practical teaching tips for junior faculty on March 9, 2016. Mark your calendars for London Health Research Day 2016 on March 29 and the Schulich Medicine Education Conference on April 1, 2016.

  • decorative imageTop Stories from our January newsletter
    Chair's Message, The Family Medicine Study Guide is LIVE, Enhanced Skills Program Report.