Undergraduate Report

Don’t miss out – sign up now!

One of the most exciting opportunities for Family Medicine to promote and recruit students into a Family Medicine career is starting in January 2022. The Longitudinal Clinical Experience (LCE) will provide early exposure for first- and second-year medical students to real patients in a generalist, primary care setting. The goal of the program is to provide an observership experience in a clinical setting to help prepare students for entering clerkship. The benefit for Family Medicine is repeated exposure, over-time, to the daily work we do as physicians, and insight into the joy of a long-term patient-physician relationship.

Students will be placed with adjunct and full-time faculty and complete between 4 and 6 half-days observing you. The half-day requirement can be completed in any combination of half or full-days, at a time convenient to you and the student between January and May 2022. After-hours, on-call and weekend work are acceptable.

We hope faculty will be able to supervise between 2 and 4 students so we can accommodate the over 250 students who need placed. Preferably, students will attend individually, but attending in pairs is also acceptable. A stipend is available for adjunct faculty who participate.

If you are interested in participating as an LCE supervisor, please reply to shazia.donachie@schulich.uwo.ca by FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3rd so we can connect you with your students in December. Please advise how many students you would be willing to supervise.

If you have any questions about the LCE, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Darren Van Dam (dvandam2@uwo.ca), LCE Faculty Lead or Scott McKay (smckay28@uwo.cs), Family Medicine Undergraduate Education Director.

In other undergraduate updates, plans continue to be in place for all learning to occur in-person starting in January 2022 (London and Windsor sites), pending any orders to the contrary from Middlesex-London or the Windsor-Essex County Health Units.

In October, a new strategic plan was released by the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry for 2021-2026. Strategic priorities include educational excellence, social accountability, research impact, people, and partnerships. I expect undergrad education will be significantly shaped by these priorities over the coming years. More to come on the impact to UG, but please see https://www.schulich.uwo.ca/strategicplan2021/ to read more about the strategic plan.

There will be an Undergraduate Medical Education Accreditation in November 2023 and groundwork is well underway. Several workshops are scheduled for Nov 2021 and January 2022, sponsored by CACMS (Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools) to kick-off preparations for UME leaders across Schulich.

Thanks for your commitment to undergraduate education and please never hesitate to reach out with questions, concerns or suggestions.

Dr. Scott McKay, Undergraduate Education Director – smckay28@uwo.ca