November 2017 Newsletter

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    Moira Stewart recognized by North American Primary Care Research Group

    Congratulations to Moira Stewart, PhD, recipient of the 2017 Maurice Wood Award for Lifetime Contribution to Primary Care Research from the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG). Stewart, renowned for her work in primary care, is a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

  • decorative imageChair's Message
    At the recent Family Medicine Forum (FMF) the Family Medicine Professional Profile was officially introduced and championed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). This document was designed to be a clear definition of Family Medicine for those external to the discipline, and to provide a picture of what can be expected from the discipline and its practitioners.

  • decorative imagePostgraduate Program Report
    The CPFC has just released a set of objectives for the assessment of competence in intrapartum and perinatal care. The PG team will be using these to reflect on our curriculum design and assessment strategies... The CaRMS recruitment weekend is rapidly approaching. This exciting time of year gives us the opportunity to showcase our enthusiasm and demonstrate to applicants why this is a great training program...

  • decorative imageGraduate Program Report
    Our congratulations to Drs. Sofian Al-Samak and Isabel Correia who graduated on October 25 at the 2017 Western University Convocation... A number of interested MClSc prospects stopped by our booth at the Family Medicine Forum... Several of our alumni/current students were presented with awards at the FMF Awards Gala, and were well represented at The Family Medicine Innovations in Research and Education day...

  • decorative imageCommunity News
    On November 8, Emily Leighton, Crystal Mackay, and Michelle Stubnya, facilitated a faculty development session on Social Media as part of the Department of Family Medicine's faculty development series. The session discussed extending the reach of your research and engaging with a wider audience through social media. Participants were introduced to the various social media platforms, tips and best practices. Watch Now.

  • decorative image In the news: Dr. Susan McNair and St. Joseph's Health Care lead cutting-edge partnership with London police
    The Regional Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Program at St. Joseph’s Health Care is the first clinic to partner with police for victims of human trafficking. Dr. Susan McNair is the medical director. Media coverage via CBC London, CTV London, and London Free Press.

  • decorative imageCelebrating our Achievement: Erin Shellington, PhD
    Erin Shellington, a PhD student in Kinesiology, under the supervision of Dr. Rob Petrella, successfully defended her PhD thesis on November 6. Her thesis is entitled: "The feasibility of Square-stepping exercise as a universal intervention for older adults with chronic disease to improve cognitive and physical function."

  • decorative image Indigenous health care leaders meet in London to share successes in diabetes care and prevention
    Health care and community leaders from over a dozen Indigenous communities across the country have gathered in London this week to launch a national roll-out of strategies for diabetes prevention and care.

  • decorative imageHockey Fans In Training supports Movember
    Movember supported our pilot research project, Hockey Fans In Training, which helped male sports fans of two OHL hockey teams lose weight and improve their lifestyle. Now it’s our turn to give back. Join our team as we raise money and awareness for men's health with Movember, one mo at a time.

  • decorative imageR.E.A.L. Life Perspectives: Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance
    In the second installment of R.E.A.L. Life Perspectives, we follow faculty member Dr. Miriam Mann and Family Medicine resident Dr. Alicia Cundall during an overnight shift in the Emergency Department at Stratford General Hospital, one of four Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) sites.

  • decorative imageMeet our resident leaders
    Drs. Matthew DiBartolomeo, Janina Mailloux and Saif Zahir are the 2017/2018 Family Medicine chief residents. They serve as an important resource to the Department and resident body, as well as mentors, leaders, and advocates for the Program.

  • decorative imageConduct and Use of Patient-Oriented Research for Ontario SPOR Support Unit MasterClass
    On November 6 and 7, Moira Stewart, PhD and Amanda Terry, PhD, together with Ms. Lorraine Bayliss (patient representative), delivered a workshop for researchers and trainees as part of the Ontario SPOR Support Unit’s MasterClass on the Conduct and Use of Patient-Oriented Research.

  • decorative imageTUTOR-PHC application deadline fast approaching
    Attention clinicians and researchers in Primary Health Care – The December 1st deadline to apply to TUTOR-PHC is almost here. The one-year, pan-Canadian interdisciplinary research capacity building program has been training primary and integrated health care researchers and decision-makers since 2003.

  • decorative image2017 Annual Carol Buck Lecture and Graduate Scholarship with Dr. Stewart Harris
    Dr. Stewart Harris, CM, MD, MPH, FCFP, FACPM, Professor, CDA Chair in Diabetes Management, Ian McWhinney Chair of Family Medicine Studies, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, will present the 2017 Annual Carol Buck Lecture and Graduate Scholarship: “Diabetes and the Sweetness of Life” on Friday, November 17, from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. in DSB 1002.

  • decorative imageNorth American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) 45th Annual Meeting
    NAPCRG's 45th Annual Meeting will be held November 16 - 21 in Montreal PQ. Many researchers, students and clinicians from the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and Department of Family Medicine will be making oral presentations and poster presentations during the conference. A schedule of these presentations is available.

  • decorative imageDepartment Spotlight: Dr. Donna Manca
    Dr. Donna Manca is the Director of the Research Program in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta. She chose to pursue a Master in Clinical Science in Family Medicine to learn about the patient centred method developed in the 1980s, and how she could improve care to patients. She also wanted to develop skills in evaluating primary care and research. "I grew and learned a great deal during my time at Western..."

  • decorative imageNovember 2017 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.

  • decorative imageEvents
    Mark your calendars for the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Meeting on November 17-21, and the Ontario College of Family Physicians 2017 Annual Scientific Assembly on November 23-24.

  • decorative imageTop stories from our October newsletter
    Department Spotlight: Dr. Caroline Rebicki, Chair's Message, Postgraduate Program Report.