December 2018 Newsletter

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    From all of us to all of you

    The Department of Family Medicine would like to wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season. Our office will close for the holidays on Friday, December 21 and reopen on Thursday, January 3, 2019.

  • decorative imageChair's Message
    As we approach the end of the year I want to sincerely thank all the clinician teachers, graduate studies teachers and primary care researchers across our whole network in Southwestern Ontario for all that you do to support our Department of Family Medicine in achieving our strategic goals. Many department staff in various roles contribute to that success and I thank you all for that as well.

  • decorative imagePostgraduate Program Report
    Congratulations on a great Enhanced Skills match. We are thrilled that top ranked candidates were accepted into our program and will continue on their family medicine career with Western. The CaRMS recruitment weekend is rapidly approaching. We can’t showcase our great residency training program without your help. Learn More.

  • decorative imageGraduate Program Report
    Congratulations to Dr. Sajitha Rahman (India) who has recently completed the requirements of the MClSc program. Dr. Rahman will be graduating in absentia in February. As we near the end of 2018 we wish to express our sincere gratitude to our new and continuing Graduate Studies Faculty for their time and commitment to the MClSc and PhD programs. We look forward to a busy and productive year in 2019. Our sincere Best Wishes for the Holiday Season and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

  • decorative imageIn Memoriam: Dr. Joshua Shadd
    With sadness, we share news of the passing of Dr. Joshua Shadd, formerly of our Department of Family Medicine and, at present, a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster.

  • decorative imageAward: Dr. Jamie Dr. Wickett recognized by CAME with Certificate of Merit
    Congratulations Dr. Jamie Wickett on receiving the 2019 Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) Certificate of Merit Award for Western University.

  • decorative imageFamily Medicine celebrates the holidays
    The Department of Family Medicine and the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine community kicked off the holidays with the Chair's Christmas Celebration Reception, hosted by Dr. Stephen Wetmore. Celebrating the season of festivity, kindness and giving, guests attended the reception wearing their most festive hat, and brought donations to support the United Way.

  • decorative image New UME curriculum emphasizes experiential learning
    The new medical school curriculum, which rolls out in September 2019, emphasizes integrated, experiential learning, and aims to engage students through the early integration of clinical experiences and case-based learning. Learn More.

  • decorative image New teaching opportunities on the horizon
    As Schulich Medicine rolls out their redesigned UME curriculum in September 2019, new teaching opportunities will be presented to Family Medicine faculty as first year students are immersed in clinical experiences in communities throughout Southwestern Ontario. Stay tuned.

  • decorative image In the media: Western exercise study targets hypertension and cognitive decline
    Kinesiology doctoral candidate Narlon Boa Sorte Silva and Western University family medicine professor Robert Petrella launch study examining the link between high-intensity exercise, blood pressure reduction and cognitive health with community-based exercise program. Learn More via LFPress.

  • decorative image Are enhanced skills programs undermining family medicine?
    Dr. Daniel Grushka, director of the enhanced skills program at Western University, shares his thoughts on the sentiment that fewer family doctors want to provide comprehensive “cradle to grave” care. Learn More via CMAJ News.

  • decorative imageCongratulations Andrea Petrella
    Congratulations to Andrea Petrella on successfully defending her Masters thesis on December 11 under the supervision of Dr. Matthew Heath. The title of her thesis is “A 10-Minute Single-Bout of Moderate to Very-Heavy Intensity Aerobic Exercise Improves Executive Function in Older Adults”.

  • decorative imageDepartment of Family Medicine staff volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House London
    Administrative staff from the Department of Family Medicine got into the holiday spirit by spending a Thursday evening volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House of London's Meals From The Heart kitchen program, baking snacks for the families of the House.

  • decorative imageRecent Additions to Lifestyle Research Team
    We welcome three new members to the Lifestyle Research Team, Brooke Bliss, Andrea Petrella and Marisa Kfrerer. There was significant interest in the Heart and Mind Study and Hockey FIT Trial among Western undergraduates. Over 70 first year Western students attended two separate evening information sessions to learn more about how they can be a part of our research and how to volunteer.

  • decorative image Moira Stewart receives Certificate of Achievement in Primary Health Care Research
    Moira Stewart attended a joint pan-Canadian meeting of CIHR-funded Community-based Primary Health Care Teams and SPOR Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation Networks and received a Certificate of Achievement in Primary Health Care Research for the uniqueness of her mentoring; the originality of her research; the inclusivity of her leadership; and her eagerness to both teach and learn.

  • decorative imageNew Patient Engagement in Primary Health Care Research online training program launched
    The Patient-Oriented Research Training and Learning – Primary Health Care program (PORTL-PHC) is designed to meet the learning needs of stakeholders (patients, researchers, clinicians, and decision-makers) who are interested in engaging in, or using, patient-oriented primary health care research. The training program is free, self-directed, and available online now.

  • decorative imageDiabetes Clinical Trials Update
    The 4th annual Diabetes Clinical Trials Update (CTU) comes to London, Ontario, January 12, 2019. Speakers from Canada and the United States will meet to present findings and developments on emergent therapies in diabetes. The accredited CME program will feature a series of open panel discussions and a keynote presentation on the Real world evidence and what they could tell us by Dr. John B. Buse from the University Of North Carolina School Of Medicine. Registration is free.

  • decorative image2019 Awards of Excellence: Nominate a deserving individual today
    Help recognize the outstanding contributions of your fellow faculty and staff. Nominate a deserving individual today for an Award of Excellence today. Nominations due February 25, 2019.

  • decorative imageMeet our residents
    Meet various residents from across our 12 teaching sites in this engaging video series.

  • decorative imageDecember 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
    Join us for Faculty Development - Teacher Series: Encouraging Exemplary Behaviour and Remediating Lapses on January 9, 2019, and Family Medicine Grand Rounds – Integration of Point of Care Ultrasound in Family Medicine on February 6, 2019.

  • decorative imageTop stories from our November newsletter
    Missed the November e-newsletter? Take a moment to read the top stories: Western captures second place in the SIM Olympiad, Chair's Message – 50th Anniversary, Postgraduate Program Report.