Don't miss out! Registration closes Friday, September 16. RSVP and join us for this wonderful Department event. Opening remarks and the annual Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture will begin at 2:30 p.m. and will be followed by a celebratory reception.
Chair's Message Our first newsletter of the academic year seems a good time to highlight the importance of faculty development for all clinical teachers in our department. Faculty development has been described as a tool for improving the educational vitality of academic institutions through attention to the competencies needed by individual teachers. I encourage each of you to seek out faculty development opportunities that will help you make the most of your teaching experience.
Postgraduate Program Report On behalf of the Postgraduate Program, I would like to extend a warm welcome to the incoming PGY1 residents. The new academic year is off to a great start and we have some exciting new innovations that we have implemented. We have rolled out our new competency-based In-Training Evaluation Reports (ITERs) for the core Family Medicine rotations...There are also some new changes with the myFM resident assessment system...
Graduate Program Report This year we launch the 39th year of the MClSc Graduate Program. Our MClSc/PhD on-site will take place from September 19 - 30 here on the first floor of the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. We look forward to having our students from across the globe with us. This year we have three MClSc students joining the program and one PhD student.
Community News: Dr. Susan Batten Dr. Susan Batten came to medicine later in life. Before becoming a rural generalist in Hanover, ON, she travelled, lived in northern Canada, worked as a personal support worker, a pharmacy assistant, and a medic in the military. "I love what I do, I truly feel that medicine and specifically rural medicine is a calling, not just a 'job'."
Dr. Judith Belle Brown to receive Family Medicine Researcher of the Year Award Dr. Judith Belle Brown will receive the 2016 Family Medicine Researcher of the Year Award, and has been invited to make a special presentation during Family Medicine Innovations in Research and Education Day, held in conjunction with Family Medicine Forum (FMF) 2016 in Vancouver, on November 9, 2016. The award will be presented at the Section of Researchers’ Annual Dinner on November 9, 2016.
Celebrating our achievements The Department of Family Medicine would like to congratulate Dr. Jo-Anne Hammond on being named Ontario College of Family Physicians Regional Family Physician of the Year, and Dr. Firas Al-Dhaher for receiving an award of excellence.
New Family Medicine ITERs implemented As part of the on-going implementation of the Triple C competency-based curriculum, we have modified the In-Training Evaluation Reports (ITERs) to reflect our program competencies and entrustable professional activities. The new ITERs have been implemented, and will roll out first to our core Family Medicine sites before moving on to the different rotations such as palliative care, and sports medicine, and the Family Medicine rural sites.
Transitions of Care Recommendations published in the International Journal of Stroke Department of Family Medicine faculty member, Dr. Catherine Yanchula, and a team of co-authors, worked on a committee of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada to publish new guidelines. After a long 16-18 months, the Transitions of Care Recommendations document was approved and published in the International Journal of Stroke on July 21, 2016.
New Associate Academic Coordinator in Windsor Dr. Helena Hamdan has joined the administrative team in Windsor as the Associate Academic Coordinator. In this role, she will assist Dr. Dale Ziter, Academic Director Postgraduate Family Medicine, in the oversight and development of the Postgraduate Family Medicine program, with a key focus on site visits for new faculty and bringing to fruition new rotations.
Multimorbidity Symposium sponsored by PACE in MM Patient-Centred Innovations for Persons with Multimorbidity (PACE in MM), a CIHR funded research program, sponsored a Multimorbidity Symposium that took place on September 10 at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine. The Symposium brought together researchers Drs. Natasha Lane, Carri Hand, and Pauline Boeckxstaens and Kathryn Nicholson, who shared their perspectives and research on multimorbidity.
CMA MD Financial Management Seminar – Transition to Practice FM residents from the Windsor program will be attending the CMA’s Transition to Practice seminar presented by MD Financial Management on September 28 from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. at La Zingara Trattoria & Pizzeria. Topics to be discussed include Transition to Practice: Financial Planning and Preparedness, Tax Planning and Incorporation, Risk Management and Insurance Planning, Legal Negotiations for New-To-Practice Physicians: Leasing and Contract Negotiations, Employment Law, and Practice Option.
Reunion Weekend Join us for Reunion Weekend, Friday, September 30 - Sunday, October 2 as we unlock the past and focus on passion, purpose, professionalism and potential — key attributes that have driven our alumni to success in varying ways. A variety of events and activities will be taking place all weekend long offering something for everyone.
Medical Assistance in Dying: Lecture and Expert Panel Discussion With the assisted-dying Bill C-14 now law, the Medical Assistance in Dying: Lecture and Expert Panel Discussion will bring together experts from various fields to discuss this controversial topic. The two-part event will begin with a lecture from Dr. Jeff Blackmer. Following the lecture a panel discussion and audience Q&A period will be moderated by Carly Weeks, a journalist with The Globe and Mail.
Dr. Fred Arthur Research Presentation Dr. Arthur will be giving a presentation on “The Failure of the PSA Test: what exactly has failed and do we have the intellectual tools to analyze it?” on October 12, 2016 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm in Room 2005 on the second floor of the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
Inaugural Annual Teachers Day Dr. Catherine Yanchula, Academic Director in Windsor for Undergraduate Family Medicine, is organizing the inaugural Annual Teacher’s Day in Windsor for Family Medicine faculty, taking place the evening of Tuesday, October 18 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the University of Windsor, Dr. Murray O’Neill Medical Education Centre.
Department Spotlight: Dr. Stacey Valiquet Dr. Stacey Valiquet is an Associate Professor in Family Medicine at Western University and was recently welcomed to the role of Centre Director at the Victoria Family Medical Centre (VFMC) in 2016. Dr. Valiquet is committed to the students whom she is educating, and welcomes the opportunity to assist in shaping her learners into comprehensive physicians within this challenging discipline.
September 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.
Events Mark your calendars for the annual Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series on September 21, 2016. Save the date for Medical Assistance in Dying: Expert Panel Discussion on September 30, 2016.