February 2022 Newsletter

    • First Chair's Message
      It is my pleasure and honour to write my first message to you as the new Chair of the Department of Family Medicine. I am filled with pride and enthusiasm taking on this role and thinking about the future accomplishments and success the Department will have.

    • Postgraduate Report
      CaRMS interviews are proceeding in a virtual format again in 2022 (and 2023). The CaRMS recruitment dates are rapidly approaching.  This is always 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.

    • Graduate Report
      The Graduate Program Cyclical Review site visit took place virtually on February 10 & 11, 2022.  Thank you to everyone who took time out their busy schedules to attend the meetings with the Reviewers.

    • Research Report
      We are always interested in learning about new grants, publications, presentations, and other research activities! Please send your news and updates to Maureen Kennedy mkennedy@uwo.ca

    • Undergraduate Report
      As Dr. McKay has moved on to become the Chair/Chief of the department, Dr. Jessica Howard has taken over as the Interim UG Director in addition to her role as Clerkship Coordinator. We are looking forward to the resumption of the Longitudinal Clinical Elective (LCE) for our second-year students.

    • Announcement: Dr. Scott McKay appointed Chair/Chief of the Department of Family Medicine
      Dr. Scott McKay has been appointed as the Chair/Chief of the Department of Family Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University effective February 1, 2022 to March 31, 2027.

    • Chief Resident Profile: Dr. Reyhaneh Keshmiri
      "I am one of the family medicine residents at the Mount Brydges site, with the fantastic Dr Kyle Carter as my preceptor. We practice cradle to grave medicine including FM clinic, retirement home, hospitalist, emergency medicine, and obstetrics. Outside of the FM blocks, we rotate through London Health Sciences and several community hospitals."

    • Community Spotlight: In the Hot Seat!
      We are Team Peterson – a dedicated staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and administrators that provide primary care to thousands of patients in Sarnia and the surrounding area.  With COVID-19 pandemic entering its fifth wave in Canada, increased patient demand and restrictions affecting our in-office provision of care had pushed patients’ wait time to “be seen” to over four weeks.  We needed to change; we needed a paradigm shift!  

    • Family Medicine Graduate Programs - Applications Open
      Interested in further pursuing academia and research in your career? Our MClSc or PhD Program in Family Medicine could be a fit for you! We invite you to explore our website and discover how truly flexible our online learning platform is.

    • In the Media: Embrace your inner Winter Olympian: The art and science of enjoying exercise in the cold
      Dr. Jane Thornton discusses tips on how to embrace your inner Olympian and enjoy exercising outside in the cold.

    • Centre for Studies in Family Medicine: Research Opportunities
      Are you a family doctor in Ontario who accepted patients from Health Care Connect or provided care to unattached patients during COVID? We are interested in talking to you. Please contact leslie.meredith@schulich.uwo.ca to share your experiences.