February 2021 Newsletter

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    Why Choose Family Medicine at Schulich Medicine?

    Follow along with our Chief Residents Drs. Obaidullah Khan, Diana Cuckovic and Karan Chawla as they highlight the Department’s Rural Regional, Windsor and London Urban programs in a three-part video series.

  • decorative imageChair's Message – Boosting Vaccine Confidence
    It is no longer “vaccine hesitancy;" it is now “vaccine confidence.” It is so important for the population that we serve that there is significant uptake of the COVID-19 vaccines by our patients to help curtail the spread of COVID-19 infection. Family physicians will play a critical role in educating their patients about the vaccine and promoting its uptake.

  • decorative imageGraduate Program Report
    Interested in further pursuing academia and research in your career? Our MClSc or PhD programs in Family Medicine could be a fit for you. Applications to the Family Medicine Graduate Programs are now being received. We invite you to explore our website and discover how truly flexible our online learning platform is. MClSc applications are due May 1, 2021, and PhD applications are due April 1, 2021.

  • decorative imagePostgraduate Program Report
    CaRMS interviews will proceed in a virtual format in 2021. This is 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 and we thank you for the exceptional response we’ve received from our faculty and residents. There will be an interviewer orientation set for March 3 at 3:30 p.m. Details on how to register will be sent to our interviewers shortly.

  • decorative imageUndergraduate Program Report
    Ask Undergrad. Do you have questions about Family Medicine Undergraduate Education? Do you want to supervise students or deliver small or large group teaching sessions? Have feedback or questions about clerkship placements? This is your chance to ask your questions. Answers to common questions will be in next month’s newsletter. Please send questions to Scott McKay, Department of Family Medicine Undergraduate Education Director, at smckay28@uwo.ca.

  • decorative imageIn the Media: Dr. Jane Thornton on CBC and podcasts
    Dr. Jane Thornton was recently interviewed by Dr. Brian Goldman on CBC’s White Coat, Black Art on The Dose. She has also been featured on two recent podcasts: British Journal of Sports Medicine and The STEAM League – profiling careers of ‘superheroes’ in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

  • decorative imageCelebrating our Achievements: Dr. Sonny Cejic receives 2020 Chair-Chiefs Recognition Award from Citywide Department of Family Medicine
    Congratulations to Dr. Sonny Cejic for receiving the Chair/Chiefs Award to a Family Physician. The Citywide Department of Family Medicine annually presents Recognition Awards to celebrate the achievements and contributions of our colleagues that benefit the Department.

  • decorative imageDrs. Daniel Grushka and Kyle Carter named Canadian Point of Care Ultrasound Society (CPOCUS) Educator of the Year Award recipients
    Drs. Daniel Grushka and Kyle Carter have been selected as the recipients of the 2020 Canadian Point of Care Ultrasound Society (CPOCUS) Educator of the Year award for the development of the FamPOCUS curriculum. The course introduces Family Medicine residents to POCUS and its applications within an ambulatory setting.

  • decorative imageWelcome Dr. Kyle Carter as Enhanced Skills Program Director
    The Department of Family Medicine and the Postgraduate Program would like to welcome Dr. Kyle Carter to his new role as Enhanced Skills Program Director. Dr. Carter is a clinical team lead at the SouthWest Medical Health Centre after joining the Department in July 2015 as Assistant Professor. He completed his MD at Western University in 2011 and then started his Family Medicine residency within our Regional Program. In 2014, he became a graduate of the CCFP-EM program.

  • decorative image Western email address your preferred method of contact
    our Western email, user ID, and password provide a safe and vital part of the University’s information technology infrastructure. By using your Western credentials, it allows you safe access to view and update your personal banking information for pay, T4s, and other important Western documents. It is also a service provided to support necessary communication in conducting and administering the business of the university, including teaching, research and scholarly activities.

  • decorative image Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research - Primary Health Care (TUTOR-PHC)
    TUTOR-PHC has selected its trainees for the 2021-2022 program year. Twelve Canadian trainees from 10 institutions across the country were selected, along with six international trainees (from Australia, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France and Ireland). Mathew Grandy who is completing his Masters of Clinical Science at Western was one of the selected. Congratulations to Mathew.

  • decorative image Family Medicine Wellness Evenings: Mindfulness for Your Life
    Are you feeling anxious or stressed? Is your mind going nonstop? Is it affecting your quality of life? You are not alone. Join Diane Yeo and our Department for two wellness evenings on March 10 and 17 at 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. and learn how mindfulness can help you to calm your mind and body and improve your overall well-being.

  • decorative image Power of Population Data Science Series: Webinar Thursday March 11
    Chronic disease prevention is a concern of primary care practitioners and the patients they care for. Disease risk estimates help patients and practitioners understand: what is the patient’s risk of developing a disease and what can be done to minimize their risk? You are invited to join Jason and Jaky who will describe their work on Thursday, March 11 at 12:30 p.m. EST.

  • decorative image2021 Awards of Excellence: Nominate a deserving individual today
    Take part in celebrating and recognizing the outstanding contributions of faculty and staff at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry with an Award of Excellence. To nominate someone, click on the link, select the award, and submit the online nomination form. There have been changes to the awards criteria, so please read through the nomination forms carefully. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Nominate a deserving individual today.

  • decorative imageDepartment Spotlight: Mr. Dennis Sue
    2020 was all about virtual, and now 2021 is following suit. As such, we will be virtually profiling our administrative staff as they continue to work from home and keep our Department on track and meeting its strategic goals. Mr. Dennis Sue is celebrating three years in the Department of Family Medicine as of March 5.

  • decorative imageResearch Report
    Share your good news. We are interested in hearing about your publications, grant funding and conference presentations, and research projects. Please contact Maureen.Kennedy@schulich.uwo.ca with any and all of our your research updates. If you are not sure whether or not to include particular items/activities, Maureen can help you.

  • decorative imageEvents
    Join us via Zoom for Family Medicine Grand Rounds – Towards a More Equitable Palliative Care:  Exploring Non-Malignant Frontiers on March 3. Save the date for Family Medicine Obstetrics Grand Rounds – Prenatal Genetic Screening in Ontario on March 11 and Palliative Care Journal Club – The Use of Adjuvant Dexmedetomidine For Pain on March 16.

  • decorative imageTop stories from our January newsletter
    Missed reading our January newsletter. Take a moment to read the top stories: Research News: Incentive payments to physicians may reduce non-urgent ED visits, Chair's Message – Family Medicine and Public Health, Honour: Celebrating 25 Years of Service.