October 2021 Newsletter

    • Chair's Message - Teaching Opportunities
      Now that the end of the pandemic is in sight and the medical school curriculum is being revitalized, there is an excellent opportunity for both our full and part-time faculty members to re-engage with teaching medical students the best about family medicine, both in your own clinical settings and at the medical school.

    • Undergraduate Report
      The undergraduate year is now well underway. Meds2022 are completing electives and preparing CaRMS applications, Meds2023 are 8 weeks into clerkship, Meds2024 are working through the Principles of Medicine II course, while the first years, Meds2025, are learning in the Foundations of Medicine course.

    • Postgraduate Report
      The first Competency Committee of 2021/22 was held in early October and chaired by our Assessment Director, Dr. Christina Cookson. This is an important committee that oversees resident academic and clinical progress and achievement of milestones during residency.

    • Graduate Report
      Congratulations to Dr. Makoto Kaneko on completing the MClSc program. Western celebrated graduates virtually on October 22, 2021. Each graduate was provided with an opportunity to be recognized with an official slide customized with their photo and a personal message which could be downloaded and shared on social media.

    • Research Report
      A successful Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day, hosted by the INSPIRE-PHC program, was held on October 15th, 2021. Members of the Department of Family Medicine presented their research including topics focused on: Virtual Care in Primary Care, Artificial Intelligence in Primary Health Care, Impact of COVID-19 on Ontario Health Team Development, and How Primary Care Collaboratives Responded During the Pandemic.

    • Announcement: Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Launch a New Five-Year Strategic Plan
      Strategic Plan: Leading in health… with our region for the world. Schulich Medicine & Dentistry is embracing the future with a bold, new five-year Strategic Plan which will propel the School to the forefront of health education, research, and innovation. Read the Plan.

    • Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Kathleen Milne
      I have been so inspired by many of the physicians who have taught me throughout my training. The difference just one physician can have on a student or resident in lifting them up, encouraging their dreams, and bringing to light strengths they didn’t even know they had, can be profound. I am overjoyed that I now have the potential and ability to try and be a part of that for the next generation of medical learners.

    • Chief Resident Profile: Steven Ronald Scott Brunet
      My whole family is based in Windsor and I am very fortunate to be completing my residency here. My greatest passions are community engagement and working with new cultures, so family medicine was a natural fit for me. These passions have also driven me to pursue multiple backpacking expeditions to 25 countries across North America, South America, Europe, and Africa.

    • TUTOR-PHC Call for Applications
      The call for applications for TUTOR-PHC is open to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, mid-career clinicians, and decision makers from across primary health care is now open. The Deadline is December 06, 2021.

    • Feature: Channeling the power of communication
      From narrative medicine to vaccine education on social media, Dr. Magbule Doko, MD’11, finds ways to forge connections with students, colleagues, and patients alike.

    • FMIG Profile: Madeleine Claire Farquhar
      I’m a second-year medical student here at Western. This summer I was able to complete an elective at a family practice that has a focus on obstetrics. This was a great experience, as I got the opportunity to learn more about women’s health and put some of my clinical skills into practice.