Graduate Program Report

The 2020-21 Family Medicine graduate programs academic year launched virtually on September 14 with sessions running until September 25. This year we welcomed five new MClSc students – Drs. Astha Dhingra, Yvette Emerson, Sundus Kellow, Olivia Reis, Faria Rubab. It was exciting to have our new and returning students from across the globe with us for a few weeks.

We are pleased to announce and congratulate our Graduate Program award winners for the 2020 year:

Dr. Wm. Victor Johnson Award in Family Medicine – Drs. Nisha Arora (MClSc), Sudit Ranade (PhD)

Dr. John F. Sangster Graduate Studies Family Medicine Award – Drs. Christine Cookson (MClSc), Setorme Tsikata (PhD)

Martin J. Bass/PSI Foundation Award – Drs. Rimpy Cheema, Keith Wong (MClSc)


New Faculty

A warm welcome to Drs. Jane Thornton and Jennifer Johnson who have recently become Graduate Studies faculty.


Recent Graduate Student Achievements:

Congratulations to Kamila Premji (PhD student) who has been awarded the Junior Clinical Research Chair in Family Medicine by the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Medicine. This is a three-year term, renewable once, and is awarded to one faculty member per department through a competitive process.

The INSPIRE PHC Knowledge User and Stakeholder group  selected Kamila Premji’s team's study on a pay-for-performance primary care incentive for presentation at their meeting held on September 4, 2020. Attendees included patient advisers and representatives from the MOH, OMA, AFHTO, and OCFP.

Title: Does the Access Bonus incentive payment correlate with patients' experiences accessing primary care? Surprising new results from urban Ontario

Authors:  Kamila Premji, Ewa Sucha, Richard Glazier, Michael Green, Walter Wodchis, William Hogg, Tara Kiran, Eliot Frymire, Thomas Freeman, Bridget Ryan

Dr. Kamila Premji together with colleague Robin McGee and a cancer patient whose care was delayed due to the COVID-19 slowdown speak with Lauren Vogel about wait times:

How can Canada improve worsening wait times?  Lauren Vogel, CMAJ, August 28, 2020