April 2023 Newsletter

    • Chair's Message
      I am pleased and excited to release the finalized version of the Department of Family Medicine new mission, vision, and strategic plan in this month’s newsletter. “Passion and Purpose 2027” is the culmination of almost six months of work and consultation. Trying to include as many perspectives as we could was a goal when developing this plan. My estimate is that well over 100 people made specific suggestions and contributions that can be seen in the final result.

    • Undergraduate Report
      Meds 2024: Clerkship continues, and by now the class has just over three months remaining. Clerkship logbooks should be 75 per cent complete – please ensure your clerk is filling out their log book. Meds 2023: Almost done! The CaRMS 1st iteration saw a 94 per cent match rate for the class (national 93 per cent) and the 2nd iteration results are released April 27th.

    • Postgraduate Report
      For residents completing the program in June 2023, keep in mind the requirements for completion of residency. To ensure there are no delays in receiving your family medicine certificate or CPSO license, please keep your one45 assessments, academic credits, field notes, and procedures up to date. 

    • Graduate Report
      It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Dr. Nisha Ravichandiran (PhD) and Dr. Sakina Walji (PhD) for being selected as the recipients of the Dr. Wm. Victor Johnston Award. 

    • Research Report
      Dr. Mathews is leading a Patient Partner Program for the Department of Family Medicine.  As part of this program there is a Brown Bag Lunch Seminar Series held monthly for the Department to join.  The next Brown Bag Series presentation is scheduled for May 17. 

    • In the Media
      Many regions in Ontario continue to need family doctors, and Schulich Medicine is committed to training as many as possible. Listen in to London Morning with Family Medicine Chair Dr. Scott McKay on what's being done to support the region.

    • Staff Profile: Liz McInnis
      The Department of Family Medicine would like to introduce Liz McInnis, our Postgraduate Education Manager. "It has been almost nine months since I transitioned into my current role as Postgraduate Education Manager and I cannot believe how quickly time has passed!  It has been exciting, busy and challenging all at the same time. I am grateful for being part of a well-established team and having the opportunity to contribute to the process of training family doctors at a time when there is such need in our healthcare system."

    • Innovation in Education
      The Family Medicine PG Team welcomed PGY1s into our classrooms for an Obstetrical Skills Workshop on April 5. Residents learned how to perform many key obstetrical procedures including artificial rupture of membranes, performing a vaginal delivery, perineum repairs and knot-tying to name a few. The afternoon was a tremendous success, and we would like to extend a big thank you to all of those involved in the planning of and teaching at this cutting edge simulation-based workshop. 

    • Do you work with a Registered Nurse?
      Dr. Maria Mathews and team are looking for family physicians and registered nurses who work together to take part in qualitative interviews.  Please contact Leslie.Meredith@schulich.uwo.ca for more information. 

    • Apply or nominate an outstanding resident for an award
      The Department of Family Medicine Resident Awards for 2023 are now posted on the Department's website. If you wish to nominate yourself for any of the awards, or to nominate another resident, please visit the website for details on eligibility and nomination requirements. All nomination letters and forms (where necessary) must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 19, 2023.

    • Resident Project Day
      Join the Department of Family Medicine for a day of scholarly presentations as we celebrate the success of our resident projects and bring our distributed teaching sites together. Resident Project Day will be held in person on Wednesday, June 21. For more information visit our website. Please Note: Registration is mandatory for all speakers and attendees. REGISTER TODAY.

    • Resident Graduation
      We invite you to join the Department of Family Medicine as we honour residents who complete their training between October 25, 2022 and October 23, 2023 at our Resident Graduation on Friday, June 23. All attendees are required to register. REGISTER TODAY. We can't wait to celebrate with you!

    • Share Your Story: Dr. Emel Ghafari
      Dr. Emel Ghafari was born and raised in Iran. The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry's reputation for inclusion and diversity led Dr. Ghafari to pursue her residency with our Department of Family Medicine. "I can tell I found my professional family here. It overjoys me with the sense of belonging and community."