September 2018 Newsletter

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    Join us for the annual Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series

    Mark your calendars for the fourth annual Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture on Wednesday, September 26 at 2:30 p.m. Dr. Ruth Wilson, Professor, Family Medicine, Queen's University, and President of the North American region of WONCA, the world organization of family doctors, as the 2018 Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series speaker. Register online by September 21, 2018. Learn More.

  • decorative imageChair's Message – Continuity of Care
    I hope many of you have been following the consultation process for policies and initiatives at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, (CPSO). The latest policy for consultation is the Continuity of Care policy, which is actually a series of four policies under the Continuity of Care umbrella...Within these policies are key recommendations that will affect the day to day practice of family physicians. Learn More.

  • decorative imagePostgraduate Program Report
    The new academic year is off to a great start. On behalf of the Postgraduate Program, we would like to extend a warm welcome to the incoming PGY1 residents. Please visit our website to take a look at the requirements to complete residency. Learn more about important reminders and dates for the year.

  • decorative imageGraduate Program Report
    The 2018-19 Family Medicine graduate programs academic year will launch with our on-site sessions from September 17 to 26 on the first floor of the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine (WCPHFM). This year we welcome two new MClSc students and one PhD student. We look forward to having our new and returning students from across the globe with us. Learn More.

  • decorative imageLearner Profile: Dr. Caroline Rebicki
    Dr. Caroline Rebicki is a current student in the MClSc in Family Medicine program. She is also a teacher at Positivo University Medical School, in Curitiba, Brazil. Dr. Rebicki believes that teaching medicine at the community level will enhance medical students’ ability to see “the big picture” on equity of access to health services, impact of social determinants of health in a community and ultimately improve competence on patient-centered clinical method at the community level. Learn More.

  • decorative imageCelebrating our achievements
    Congratulations to all award recipients. Dr. Susan McNair was honoured by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) with an Award of Excellence for Ontario, Dr. Jane Thornton was named the recipient of the prestigious Murray Stalker Award, and Dr. Henry Becker was named a CFPC Research Award for Family Medicine Residents recipient. Learn More.

  • decorative imageIn the media: Dr. Merrick Zwarenstein’s tool "Precis-2" referenced in New York Times
    Dr. Merrick Zwarenstein’s article, "The PRECIS-2 tool: designing trials that are fit for purpose" was referenced in Aaron E. Carroll’s New York Times article, "What if a Study showed Opioids Weren’t Usually needed? Pragmatic trials’ differ from most research studies by focusing on effects in the real world." Learn More.

  • decorative imageScaling up: Diabetes Alliance unveils new website ahead of second Indigenous Quality Improvement Workshop
    Nearly 30 years have passed since Dr. Stewart Harris first arrived in Northern Ontario to begin his research on the mounting diabetes epidemic affecting First Nations peoples. Today, his work is carried forward by the Diabetes Alliance, a multidisciplinary research team located at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine. Learn More.

  • decorative imageGetting Hockey FIT
    Dr. Rob Petrella has deployed a new system with the goal of getting men excited about being active. Using fan culture around junior hockey to motivate men to exercise and eat healthy, the 12-week pilot program, Hockey Fans in Training (Hockey FIT), led to significant weight loss and improvements in the health of its participants. Learn More.

  • decorative imageNew Public Health Research Debunks “grey Tsumani”
    The Canadian Public Health Association issued a media release for the recent article "Beyond the Grey Tsunami: a cross-sectional population-based study of multimorbidity in Ontario" in the Canadian Journal of Public Health. Learn More.

  • decorative imageNew Research Funding
    Congratulations to Graham Reid, PhD, and his team who have been awarded a CIHR Project Grant titled, "Equity in Mental Health Care for Children and Youth." Learn More.

  • decorative imageAnnouncement: Professor Emerita of Family Medicine and former Dean to be honoured at fall Convocation
    Dr. Carol Herbert, Professor Emerita of Family Medicine, who served as Dean of Schulich Medicine & Dentistry from 1999 to 2010, is among those being celebrated this fall when Western University bestows honorary degrees on seven Canadian luminaries at the 312th Convocation. Learn More.

  • decorative imageFamily Medicine Interest Group kicks off new school year
    With a new academic year in session, the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) would like to introduce ourselves. Richard and Alex will be working together as the 2018-2019 FMIG Co-Chairs in London. Along with a team of dedicated peers, we will be organizing various events to promote exposure to family medicine in the undergraduate medical experience. Learn More.

  • decorative image2018 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. Learn More.

  • decorative image33rd Annual Therapeutics in Action Conference
    Save the date for the Annual Therapeutics in Action Conference presented by Pharmacy Services of London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care, London, on Wednesday, October 24 at the Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre. To register contact Krista Ryan or by phone at 519.685-8500 x. 52037. Learn More.

  • decorative imageResident Spotlight: Dr. Jane Thornton
    Dr. Jane Thornton is a resident physician, researcher and advocate for physical activity for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. She has led a national strategy on physical activity in the undergraduate medical curriculum, and created and curated resources for both patients and physicians on the topic. Learn More.

  • decorative imageSeptember 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 the Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series on September 26. Save the date for Faculty Development: Teacher Series – Faculty Advising - Our Roles as Coaches and Mentors with Drs. Christina Cookson and Jamie Wickett on October 10.

  • decorative imageTop Stories from our June newsletter
    Missed the June e-newsletter? Take a moment to read the top stories: Resident Graduation, Resident Project Day Photos, and the Chair's Message.