Our 2019 resident graduation reception was held on Friday, June 14 at the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. We welcomed over 200 guests, including residents, faculty members, staff, family and friends, and enjoyed a relaxed evening of mingling and commemoration. As a department we celebrated residents graduating between November 1, 2018 and October 31, 2019, and recognized those residents and faculty members receiving awards.
Chair's Message It has been a tumultuous year for healthcare in Ontario. The Premier’s Council on “Ending Hallway Healthcare” has now released two reports to help point the way for healthcare reform. The first report, released in January, identified challenges facing the system including difficult navigation for patients and long wait times, capacity pressures, and the need for more effective communication. The second report, released today, comes with 10 recommendations on how to move forward.
Postgraduate Program Report There are some exciting new changes coming July 1, 2019 to MyFM. Our “Clinical Experience” assessment form will be updated to include all of our entrustable professional activities. This change will allow our residents to receive valuable feedback on their progression in the program...In preparation for the start of the new academic year, please take a moment to review the program policies. They can be found at this link “Policies”.
Graduate Program Report Congratulations to Dr. Les Lee who successfully defended his PhD thesis on June 3 and to Dr. Amanda Pendergast who also successfully defended her MClSc thesis on June 18. The following students graduated from the MClSc program at the June 14 Convocation celebration, Dr. Britta Laslo (in absentia February), Dr. Caroline Rebicki (not in attendance), Dr. Sajitha Rahman (in absentia February), Dr. Jamie Wickett (in attendance). The Dr. John F. Sangster Graduate Studies Family Medicine award winners for the 2019 year are Dr. Melad Marbeen (MClSc) and Dr. Sudit Ranade (PhD).
Celebrating our achievements Congratulations to Dr. Robert Petrella on his recent appointment as Professor and Head (Chair), Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia (UBC) effective October 15, 2019. Fortunately for us, Dr. Petrella will continue to lead his Lifestyle Research Team and research program in the CSFM at Western as part of this new appointment.
Resident Project Day On June 12 the Department of Family Medicine hosted Resident Project Day. With 44 projects (30 PGY2, 14 PGY3) presented, the scholarly activities that the PGY2/PGY3 residents completed over the course of their programs were showcased to 199 attendees. The day allowed for knowledge sharing, networking, and discussion about current topics in family medicine and primary care.
Hockey Fans in Training (Hockey FIT): Improving Men’s Health through the Power of Sport In partnership with local hockey teams and YMCA branches, researchers at Western University are looking to improve the health of adult male hockey fans through a 12 week, off-ice, exercise and healthy lifestyle program. Hockey Fans In Training (Hockey FIT) is run by certified coaches, helping sports fans make sustainable lifestyle changes to improve their health.
Indigenous Health Seminar Thank you to all of the organizers and attendees of the recent Indigenous Health Seminar. Over thirty-five people attended and provided very positive feedback on the session. Dr. Sarah Larkins, Professor, Health Systems Strengthening and Associate Dean, Research at the College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University, Australia presented to an audience of faculty, staff and graduate students.
Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day was held June 5, 2019 at the Delta Hotel, Toronto, Ontario. Faculty, staff and graduate students from the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and the Department of Family Medicine made 10 oral presentations and 29 posters. Dr. Merrick Zwarenstein led a workshop on Pragmatic Trials.
See the Line 2019 Continuing Medical Education (CME) Session Thursday, August 15, 2019 | Learn the latest in sport related brain injury and clinical care. Topics include new technology in sports protective equipment, managing expectations of the patient and the invested parties and approaches to the treatment of persistent and systematic concussions. $125 for physicians and health care professionals; $25 for residents and students. Fees include HST.
See the Line 2019 Community Symposium Thursday, August 15, 2019 | Get the latest insight on sport concussion research from world-class medical experts. Topics include policy change, concussions in the female brain and the role media plays in telling stories of concussion. The afternoon also features an engaging panel discussion with medical experts, professional and amateur athletes. Free for all to attend. Registration is required.
Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | We are pleased to announce Dr. David Loxterkamp, a family physician and author who lives and works in Belfast, Maine, as the 2019 Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series speaker. The lecture series has been established in memory of Dr. McWhinney, the founding chair of the Department of Family Medicine and one of the leading thinkers in the discipline of Family Medicine. Registration will open shortly.
CMPA Physician Leadership Workshop Monday, October 7, 2019 | Medical-Legal Essentials for Physician Leaders: Engaging Physicians and Managing Performance. This full-day accredited education session allows physician leaders to gain knowledge, skills and attitudes required to establish a workplace culture that promotes and prioritizes safe medical care. Fee: $70 + HST.
Homecoming 2019 Revisit your roots at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry this October. With a weekend of events planned, it's the perfect time to reconnect with colleagues. Friday, October 18, 2019 - Sunday, October 20, 2019.
Department Spotlight: Dr. Adrianna Bruni During her fourth year of undergraduate medical studies, Dr. Adrianna Bruni took some electives at the Schulich Medicine – Windsor Campus with Drs. Dale Ziter and Lawrence Aoun. She was so impressed by how dedicated they were to their community that she knew she had to be part of it. Meet Dr. Adrianna Bruni via Schulich Communications.
June 2019 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 June 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for Family Medicine Faculty Development Teacher Series: Needs Assessments: What do I need to know?, in the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine Building, Room 1120.
Top stories from our May newsletter Missed the May e-newsletter? Take a moment to read the top stories: Department Spotlight: Michelle Welch, Celebrating our achievements, Resident Project Day.