November 2018 Newsletter

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    Western captures second place in the SIM Olympiad

    CCFP(EM) and Family Medicine residents from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University competed in the SIM Olympiad at Family Medicine Forum (FMF). University-based teams are comprised of two PGY3 CCFP(EM) residents, one PGY2 and one PGY1 family medicine resident. The teams are presented with a high-fidelity emergency medicine simulation case and asked to work through it as a team. Congratulations to our Western team on placing second in the competition.

  • decorative imageChair's Message – 50th Anniversary
    I have just returned from Family Medicine Forum 2018 in Toronto where we hosted a reception in honour of our 50th anniversary as an academic department. Thank you to the many faculty members, residents and graduates that attended. Our Department actually began in approximately 1966 with two family medical centres, Victoria Family Medical Centre and St. Joseph’s Family Medical Centre, so we are indeed 52 years old. In 1968, Dr. Ian McWhinney was recruited as the first Professor of Family Medicine in Canada and the first Chair of our Department.

  • decorative imagePostgraduate Program Report
    It's that time of year again! The 2019 CaRMS recruitment weekend is rapidly approaching. This is always an exciting time of year where we have the opportunity to show our enthusiasm and demonstrate to applicants why this is a great residency training program! We can’t do this without your help, so please mark your calendars with these important interview dates: CaRMS IMG interviews on January 11, 2019; CaRMS CMG interview weekend on January 19 and 20, 2019.

  • decorative imageGraduate Program Report
    Congratulations to Dr. Britta Laslo for a successful thesis defence on September 24, 2018, and to Dr. Clarissa Burke who graduated at the October 24, 2018 Convocation ceremony. Dr. Judith Brown attended NAPCRG in Chicago and FMF in Toronto and was actively recruiting for the MClSc and PhD programs. Several of our current MClSc and PhD students presented at NAPCRG. We congratulate them on successful presentations.

  • decorative imageCelebrating 50 years
    Faculty members, past and present, graduates, students and residents attended a reception in celebration of the Department of Family Medicine's 50th Anniversary on November 16 at Family Medicine Forum (FMF) in Toronto. Classmates, friends and colleagues were encouraged to reconnect and reflect on the success of the Department.

  • decorative image In the media: The Agenda with Steve Paiken
    Dr. Stewart Harris was one of the panel guests on the Agenda with Steve Paikin on November 20. The panel discussed the alarming high rates of diabetes and why advocates are calling for a national strategy for diabetes. Dr. Harris is the principal investigator for the Diabetes Alliance. Watch the show.

  • decorative imageAward: Dr. Rochelle Dworkin named Regional Family Physician of the Year
    The Regional Family Physician of the Year Award recognizes seven physicians - one from each region of the province - who provide exemplary care to their patients and are passionately involved in activities that contribute to excellence in family medicine.

  • decorative image Dr. Sonny Cejic and Amanda Terry, PhD, appointed interim Co-Directors of the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine
    Dr. Stephen Wetmore, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, is pleased to announce the interim directorship of the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, (CSFM). Effective November 1, 2018 through to September 30, 2019, the interim Co-Directors of the CSFM will be Dr. Sonny Cejic and Amanda Terry, PhD.

  • decorative image Judith Belle Brown, PhD, appointed President of the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG)
    The Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and the Department of Family Medicine would like to congratulate Judith Belle Brown, PhD for being appointed President of NAPCRG. Dr. Brown is the 20th President of NAPCRG, the sixth woman and the first social worker. This is a three year commitment, first as Vice-President, then President, followed by serving as Chair of the Board of NAPCRG.

  • decorative imageInnovation in Education
    The annual Obstetrical Skills Workshop for PGY1 residents was held on November 7. Residents learned how to perform many key obstetrical procedures including artificial rupture of membranes, application of scalp clips, performing a vaginal delivery, perineum repairs and knot-tying to name a few. The day was a tremendous success, and I would like to extend a big thank you to all of those involved in the planning of and teaching at this cutting edge simulation-based workshop.

  • decorative imageCall for Nominations – Bootcamp for Resident Teachers
    Core Family Medicine Faculty Members: As in previous years, the PGME office is asking us to take a moment to nominate a resident for the 2019 iteration of the Bootcamp for Resident Teachers (BCRT) on January 30 and 31, 2019. The BCRT is an intensive two-day program aimed at building resident teaching capacity at Schulich through a train-the-trainer model.

  • decorative imageNAPCRG 2018
    The North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) 46 Annual Meeting was held November 9 to 12 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Researchers, residents and clinicians from the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and Department of Family Medicine had several oral presentations and poster presentations during the conference.

  • decorative imageTUTOR PHC Networking event at NAPCRG
    The TUTOR-PHC NAPCRG Networking event took place on November 10 in Chicago at NAPCRG 2018. Over 45 alumni, trainees and mentors of the program attended the event including the following Western Family Medicine representatives: Co-Primary Investigator Judith Belle Brown, former Primary Investigator Moira Stewart, mentor Bridget Ryan and alumni Heather Maddocks and Kathryn Nicholson.

  • decorative imageInterdisciplinary Primary Health Care Research Training Program Now Accepting Applications
    TUTOR-PHC is a one-year, pan-Canadian interdisciplinary research capacity building program that has been training primary and integrated health care researchers and decision-makers from family medicine, nursing, psychology, epidemiology, social work, occupational therapy, education, policy and other disciplines since 2003.

  • decorative imageFamily Medicine Residents of Western: Annual Resident Retreat
    The residents held a successful retreat November 9-11 at Oakwood Resort in Grand Bend. The weekend was filled with transition to practice talks, a career fair, and fun group activities. Highlights of the annual event included two comedians from Yuk Yuks on Friday evening, and an arcade night on Saturday. The retreat would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the retreat coordination team: Nicole Perrier, Tina Lam, Cassandra Stiller-Moldovan, and Bianca Naeeni.

  • decorative imageResident Spotlight: Dr. Jun Yin
    Dr. Jun Yin is a resident in our Regional Family Medicine program and practices out of the Strathroy Family Health Organization. He loves the variety the program brings, and the continuity of care he can provide by seeing patients in the ER, hospital and then back in clinic.

  • decorative imageNovember 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 Family Medicine Faculty Development: Make better judgments about your learners using validity theory on December 12. Save the date for the CaRMS Recruitment weekend on January 19/20, 2019.

  • decorative imageTop stories from our October newsletter
    Missed the October e-newsletter? Take a moment to read the top stories: Chair's Message – MOHLTC Arbitration, Meet the PhD Candidates conducting their work in Family Medicine, Meet our Resident Leaders.