April 2018 Newsletter

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    Celebrating 50 Years of Academic Family Medicine

    The Department of Family Medicine invites you to our 50th Anniversary Celebration Lecture on May 30 in Room 1150 of the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. Opening remarks will begin at 1:00 p.m. and the lecture will commence at 1:30 p.m., with a celebratory reception to follow. We are pleased to welcome back Dr. Danielle Martin, alumna, family physician and Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Toronto as the keynote speaker.

  • decorative imageChair's Message – Opioid deaths and prescribing
    As many of you know, opioid use and abuse hits the news regularly these days, and for good reason. Fentanyl – related deaths have dramatically increased in Ontario according to a recent analysis of data from the Ontario Chief Coroner’s Office. Compared to 2016, levels of accidental opioid – related deaths have risen by 52 per cent in Ontario for 2017... This is, on average, three-four opioid – related deaths per day in Ontario.

  • decorative imagePostgraduate Program Report
    Congratulations on a great CaRMS 2nd iteration match. We filled our remaining positions with many of our top ranked candidates. A sincere thank you to all of the staff that helped with this event, as well as to the faculty and residents that were involved in the file review and interviews... There are some exciting new changes coming July 1, 2018 to the Faculty Advisor Form, now named the Periodic Review Form.

  • decorative imageGraduate Program Report
    The recipients of the Dr. Wm. Victor Johnston Award in Family Medicine have been selected and are Dr. Les Lee (Singapore) and Dr. Sajitha Rahman (India). We were overwhelmed with the response to the Award and it was a close competition. Applications for the PhD Program have been reviewed. This year there were five complete applications reviewed and we are extending an offer to one applicant to commence in September.

  • decorative imageMCISc Program Alumni Profile: Dr. Joshua Shadd
    “What inspires me in my work is the ability to help people and family at a moment of need in a practical way,” said Dr. Shadd. “The MCISc has been a key to both giving the tools and opening the doors to making this work possible. It helped me to reflect on and understand my patient’s journey and my role in my patient’s journey in a different and deeper way.”

  • decorative image Congratulations to the 2018 Awards of Excellence recipients
    As educators, researchers, innovators and leaders, this year’s Awards of Excellence recipients are making a difference at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. It is with great pride that we recognize and honour their achievements. Congratulations Drs. Al-Dhaher, Munro, Weston, and the Diabetes Research Program Team, at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine.

  • decorative imageDean’s Award of Excellence for Staff - Innovation – Team Award
    The Diabetes Research Team has been awarded the Dean’s Award of Excellence for Team Innovation for their Indigenous Quality Improvement Program, which is an accumulation of over a decade of work with Indigenous communities.

  • decorative image Dr. Magbule Doko publishes creative piece "Nothing" on the CMAJ Blogs
    Magbule Doko, a family physician in Windsor, Ontario, and an adjunct professor at Western University, publishes “Nothing”, a creative written piece about medicine, on the CMAJ Blogs.

  • decorative imageSuccessful Research Bazaar
    Drs. Saadia Hameed and Dan Leger facilitated our Department’s first Research Bazaar, as a faculty development session, held on April 11. Saadia and Dan provided their own personalized engagement and motivation to conduct research, after which they asked participants to share their research interests and experiences. A number of clinicians provided their success stories with regard to research.

  • decorative imageIMAGING in Orthopaedics: Choosing Wisely
    Join BlueWater Health on April 25, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for a multidisciplinary look at diagnostic imaging for low back pain with bonus coverage on the effective use of imaging for shoulders and knees. Please RSVP to medical_affairs@bluewaterhealth.ca. OTN webcast link is available.

  • decorative image SOAR: Pathway to Wellness first workshop
    Four Indigenous communities, along with their organizational counterparts, will be traveling to London, May 3 and 4 to attend the SOAR: Pathway to Wellness first workshop. The workshop will launch quality improvement initiatives within the communities aimed at redesigning diabetes healthcare delivery.

  • decorative imageAnnual Clinical Day in Family Medicine
    Join us for Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine on Wednesday, May 9 at the Four Points by Sheraton, in London, Ontario. Mark Bowden, internationally renowned Expert in Human Behaviour and Body Language, will present the keynote, The Body Language of Trust: How to build positive relationships with patients and avoid communication breakdown. Register today.

  • decorative imageTrillium Primary Health Care Research Day
    Join us June 6 for Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto. Abstract submission and registration are now open online. Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day provides an opportunity to share your primary health care relevant research in a welcoming and constructive atmosphere. Dr. Robert Reid will discuss Creating a Research-enabled Learning Health System.

  • decorative imageResident Project Day
    Join us for a day of oral presentations and research posters, as we celebrate the success of our resident projects and bring our distributed teaching sites together. Family Medicine residents will present their projects and commend their achievements on Wednesday, June 13 at the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine (WCPHFM), 1465 Richmond Street. REGISTER TODAY!

  • decorative imageResident Graduation
    The Department of Family Medicine cordially invites you to a reception in honour of residents graduating between November 1, 2017 and October 31, 2018. The Department will cover the cost for the graduate and one guest, and for faculty who supervise residents and family medical staff who wish to join in the celebration. You are welcome to invite other guests but there will be a cost associated with extra attendees. RSVP Today!

  • decorative imageDepartment Spotlight: Dr. Saadia Hameed
    "I am in awe of the enormous national and international impact the Department of Family Medicine at Western has had over the last five decades, in establishing the discipline of Family Medicine. The alumni of the department are spread wide and far on the face of the globe. They continue to propagate the spirit and practice of Family Medicine that was kindled by Dr. Ian McWhinney 50 years ago..."

  • decorative imageApril 2018 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
    Support your fellow Family Medicine faculty members at Annual Clinical Day on May 9. Join us for Resident Project Day on June 13. Save the date for Resident Graduation on June 15.

  • decorative imageTop Stories from our March newsletter
    Department Spotlight: Dr. Eric Wong, Windsor Campus: Recognizing the 2018 Awards of Excellence recipients, Postgraduate Program Report.