“I was a family physician for 43 years, and have cared for multiple generations of families, and had the privilege to live through unique experiences with many of them,” Dr. John Sangster said. A graduate of Family Medicine residency and master’s programs at Western, Sangster is proud to have been associated with the department for all of its 50 years. He is looking forward to the celebrations as the department recognizes its golden anniversary this year.
Chair's Message This month the Department of Family Medicine is marking the 50th anniversary of the academic department, one of the first departments of family medicine established in Canada! Now, 50 years later, our Department has graduated well over 1000 family doctors and continues to provide excellent clinical care, education and research in primary care. What remarkable changes have taken place over 50 years.
Postgraduate Program Report There are some exciting new changes coming July 1 to the Faculty Advisor Form, now named the Periodic Review Form. The Periodic Review Form will soon be mapped to the Competencies and Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for our program. In preparation for the start of the new academic year, please take a moment to review the program policies.
50th Anniversary 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. We are pleased to welcome back Dr. Danielle Martin, alumna, family physician and Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto as the keynote speaker for our cornerstone anniversary event.
Celebrating our achievements The Department of Family Medicine would like to congratulate this year’s Undergraduate Teaching Awards recipients, Dr. Jessica Howard (Full-Time Faculty), Dr. James Mather (Adjunct Faculty), Dr. Wendy Cui (Resident). These awards are given to department members who have been identified by the students as providing excellent mentorship, clinical and/or classroom teaching during the undergraduate years.
SOAR: Pathway to Wellness Program - Successful Launch of the Quality Improvement Workshop On May 3 and 4, teams from Indigenous communities and organizational partners across Canada travelled to London to attend the first of three Quality Improvement workshops offered in the SOAR program... The workshop was a huge success... The SOAR team will support the attendees as they test ways to improve diabetes care for Indigenous people in their communities.
Elaine Toomey, PhD visiting from the National University of Ireland Galway Dr. Robert Petrella and the Lifestyle Research Team welcome visiting researcher and post-doctoral research fellow Elaine Toomey, PhD from The National University of Ireland Galway (NUIGalway). Elaine is part of the Health Behaviour Change Research Group at NUIGalway and is visiting to learn more about Hockey Fans In Training and how Fans In Training may be adapted for sport and fans in Ireland.
A phenomenal feeling Before leaving for the South Korea, Dr. Leanne Peters, MD’06, wondered if it would ever sink in that she was actually at the Olympics. – Jennifer Parraga, BA'93
TUTOR-PHC 2018 Symposium TUTOR-PHC held its annual Symposium from April 30 to May 4 in Wendake, Quebec (a Huron-Wendat community). This Symposium signifies the launch of the 15th year of the TUTOR-PHC program – the only interdisciplinary, primary health care training program in Canada.
Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day Join us June 6 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto. 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. Deadline to Register is Friday, May 18.
Resident 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 June 13 at the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. REGISTER TODAY.
Resident 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. RSVP TODAY.
2018 Homecoming Weekend Celebrate the mark you’ve made on Schulich Medicine & Dentistry by coming back to campus for the 2018 Homecoming Weekend. Festivities include a community lecture, the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture featuring Dr. Paul Polak MD’58, DSc’08, lunch with the Dean, the Golden Alumni reception, Schulich Dentistry Cocktail Party and the Dean’s Gala.
Department Spotlight: Dr. Nelson Chan "I am proud to be a part of such an established and supportive community with a long history of excellence. Knowing that family medicine started here at Western gives me the confidence that we have the tools to continue as leaders of our discipline," Dr. Nelson Chan on what it means to celebrate 50 years of academic family medicine at Western.
May 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.
Events Join us for Resident Project Day on June 13. RSVP today for Resident Graduation on June 15. Save the date for See the Line August 15 and 16.
Top Stories from our April newsletter Congratulations to the 2018 Awards of Excellence recipients, Dean’s Award of Excellence for Staff - Innovation – Team Award, Dr. Magbule Doko publishes creative piece "Nothing" on the CMAJ Blogs.