May 2019 Newsletter

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    Resident Project Day

    Dr. Craig Olmstead, PGY-2 in the London Urban stream of the Family Medicine postgraduate program at the Byron Family Medical Centre, is one of many second and third year residents who will come together on June 12 to present their QI and research projects to colleagues. Dr. Olmstead's project in addition to another 40+ will be presented and shared at our annual Resident Project Day on Wednesday, June 12, beginning at 9:30 a.m., in the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. Learn more about Dr. Olmstead's project, which looks at screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms.

  • decorative imageChair’s message – Medical School Selection Process
    Family doctors who are preceptors for medical students and residents contribute significantly to the knowledge, skills and attitudes of future family doctors. Did you know that you can also influence the future of healthcare by playing a role in the selection of students who enter medical school? Many of you are already engaged in this process here at Western, but there is always a need for more.

  • decorative imagePostgraduate Program Report
    There are some exciting new changes coming July 1, 2019 to MyFM. Category 1 Enhanced Skills programs will soon have customized field notes mapped to their competencies and entrustable professional activities. It is time to complete Periodic Review Forms in One45. The purpose of the Faculty Advisor Program is to provide longitudinal mentoring and educational support and guidance for our residents.

  • decorative imageGraduate Program Report
    Recruiting for the 2019-20 academic year has concluded and applications have been reviewed. This year there were 4 PhD applications and 8 MClSc applications. We have extended offers to 4 MClSc applicants. Applications for the Dr. John F. Sangster Graduate Studies Family Medicine Awards close May 31, 2019

  • decorative imageCelebrating our achievements
    Dr. Sonja Reichert, Assistant Professor in Family Medicine, has been appointed to the Brian W. Gilbert Chair in Primary Health Care in the Department of Family Medicine for a five year term commencing July 1 2019. The Gilbert Chair award will facilitate the further development of Dr. Reichert's independent research program within the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and the Department of Family Medicine.

  • decorative imageResident Project Day – Wednesday, June 12
    Join the Department of Family Medicine for a day of scholarly oral presentations as our residents unveil their projects and commend their achievements at this year's Resident Project Day on June 12. We are still recruiting faculty judges. All presentations will be done in lightening oral format. Register today.

  • decorative imageResident Graduation – Friday, June 14
    Join us as we celebrate Resident Graduation on Friday, June 14. The Department of Family Medicine cordially invites you to a reception in honour of residents graduating between November 1, 2018 and October 31, 2019. Register today.

  • decorative imageFamPOCUS
    Family Medicine point of care ultrasound was introduced to residents and clinicians for the first time at the Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine on May 8. The program was then offered as an academic 1/2 day to Family Medicine residents at Western on May 15. Both days were a huge success with participants very much enjoying getting hands on experience with primary care ultrasound applications.

  • decorative imageTransdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research – Primary Health Care (TUTOR-PHC) 2019 Symposium
    TUTOR-PHC held its annual Symposium from May 6 to May 9, 2019 in London, Ontario at the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre. The Symposium is the start of the year-long TUTOR program. This is the 16th year of the program – the only interdisciplinary primary health care research training program in Canada.

  • decorative imageTUTOR-PHC Secures $275,000 in Funding
    Since Fall 2018, Judith Belle Brown, PhD, and Amanda Terry, PhD, have secured $275,000 for the TUTOR-PHC program, and TUTOR-PHC mentors have supported these efforts. This funding allowed the continued operation of TUTOR-PHC - a one-of-a-kind pan-Canadian, interdisciplinary primary health care research training program based at Western University in the Department of Family Medicine.

  • decorative imageTrillium Primary Health Care Research Day
    Join us June 5 at the Delta Hotel Toronto for Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day, a one day provincial meeting of researchers, policy makers, patients and clinicians interested in primary health care research. The Distinguished Lecture will feature Dr. Rick Glazier as he presents, "CIHR Investments to Date: What we know, what we have learned."

  • decorative imageWelcome to new Lifestyle Research Team members
    Welcome Katie Shillington and Cherise Parish. Shillington recently completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences with an Honours Specialization in Health Promotion and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Health Promotion under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Irwin at Western University. Parish just finished her Undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Western.

  • decorative imageDepartment Spotlight: Michelle Welch
    Having completed a general internship at the hospital in Barbados, and working for a few years there as a GP, Dr. Michelle Welch returned to Ontario to pursue postgraduate studies in Family Medicine, and a plus one in Primary Care Rheumatology, the first Rheumatology program of its kind to be offered in Canada. "I saw how greatly my patients could benefit from these relatively simple procedures. I knew right away these were useful skills and seeing patients who had traveled for hours to receive an injection that could be done in a few minutes convinced me I was choosing the right area to focus my practice."

  • decorative imageMay 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.

  • decorative imageEvents
    Join us May 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for Family Medicine Faculty Development Researcher Series: Quality Improvement as Scholarly Activity, in the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine Building, Room 1120. Family Medicine Grand Rounds – Physical Activity Prescription in Chronic Disease: Pearls for Family Physicians will be held on Wednesday, June 5, from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. in the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine Building, Room 1150.

  • decorative imageTop stories from our April newsletter
    Missed the April e-newsletter? Take a moment to read the top stories: Congratulations to the 2019 Awards of Excellence recipients, Chair's Message – PMH and OHT, Postgraduate Program Report.