The chief residents in the Family Medicine program at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, serve as an important resource to the department and the resident body. They provide ongoing support and leadership and operate as mentors and advocates for the program. Meet the 2016/2017 Chief Residents (L-R): Drs. Aaron Sacheli, Kristin Chow, and Steve Cornish.
Chair's Message – Bill 41 Legislation The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in Ontario has reintroduced the Patients First Legislation, now known as Bill 41... A key goal of the legislation is better coordination of primary care services at a local level and better access for patients. It behooves us all as family physicians to take advantage of local efforts to bring doctors together and to engage with LHIN planners and help design a system that will work for us all.
Postgraduate Program Report It’s that time of year again. The Faculty Advisor (FA) plays a very important role in the resident’s personal and professional development. The faculty advisor meetings are also an opportunity for mentorship. This is an opportunity to review the resident’s progress and ensure that they are on track.
Graduate Program Report Our 39th year of the Graduate Program launched with our two week on-site, which commenced on September 19th. We welcomed four new MClSc students and one PhD student. Fifteen graduate students participated in various classes during the on-site.
Community News Family Doctor Week in Canada (FDW) will be 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.
Changes to the Family Medicine Clerskship rotation 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.
Registration for the 20th annual Resident Retreat is now open The FMRW annual Fall Retreat is an interactive conference designed to provide a forum for the exploration of practice opportunities, as well as the presentation of leading-edge information in legal, professional and business issues as they relate to medical practice. It is also a fun weekend that encourages networking and socializing with your fellow residents. Register Today.
Dr. Jeff Blackmer discusses medical assistance in dying Dr. Jeff Blackmer, Vice President, Medical Professionalism, Canadian Medical Association, discussed medical assistance in dying with Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry's Senior Media Relations Officer, Crystal Mackay, following the Lecture and Expert Panel Discussion on Periscope TV.
The R.E.A.L. Life Project In the first installment of the R.E.A.L. Life photo essay series, we get an insider’s view of the learning that takes place in the Cardiac and Intensive Care Unit at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital. Follow faculty member Dr. Timothy Burns and three Schulich Medicine & Dentistry residents, including Family Medicine resident Dr. Mark Mousseau, as they complete morning rounds...
Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Mix & Mingle event The annual FMIG Mix & Mingle event will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at The Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. Medical students will have a chance to meet residents and physicians in a relaxed atmosphere in which they can converse about residency programs, family medicine practice, and anything else they choose. Please email the FMIG co-chairs if you can attend...
Dr. Henry Chapeskie publishes paper in Canadian Family Physician 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.
Dr. Samuel Appavoo and his Goderich colleagues publish paper 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...
New Grant Funding Principal Investigator, Moira Stewart, received new grant funding for Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research - Primary Health Care (TUTOR-PHC). Co-Investigators: Ashcroft R, Beaulieu MD, Brown JB, Burge F, Dolovich L, Fortin M, Goudreau J, Haggerty J, Harris S, Kothari A, Martin-Misener R, Quinlan E, Ramsden V, Reid G, Sampalli T, Terry A, Thind A, Thomas R, Vingilis E, Wong S.
TUTOR-PHC is now accepting applications TUTOR-PHC (Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research - Primary Health Care) is a one-year, pan-Canadian interdisciplinary research capacity building program that has been training primary and integrated health care researchers and decision-makers from family medicine, nursing, psychology, epidemiology, social work, education, policy and many other disciplines since 2003.
Department Spotlight: Obstetrical Skills Day First year family medicine residents will attend the third annual Obstetrical Skills Day on November 16. A dedicated group of staff and faculty will come together under the leadership of Dr. Laura Lyons to run an informative 1/2 day workshop with hands-on rotating work stations covering everything from the mechanics of a normal vaginal birth to diagnosing and treating a shoulder dystocia.
October 2016 Research and Publications The department of family medicine 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.
Events Mark your calendars for the annual Family Medicine Forum on November 9-12, 2016. Save the date for the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Meeting on November 12-16, 2016, and the Ontario College of Family Physicians 2016 Annual Scientific Assembly on November 24-26, 2016.