November/December 2023 Newsletter

    • Chair's Message
      As 2023 winds down, I want to reflect on some of the highlights of the year and look ahead to 2024 in this edition of the Department of Family Medicine newsletter. It was such a busy year and it’s incredible how it has flown by. Although it seems like yesterday, it was in April that we launched our new mission, vision, and strategic plan.

    • Undergraduate Report
      It has been as busy fall and as we head into the Holiday season, we are hoping everyone can enjoy a well-deserved break. Please remember to set aside time to discuss your learner's clinical encounter log book, and allow them time to fill out their faculty assessment.

    • Postgraduate Report
      This will be my last newsletter as Postgraduate Director and as such I wanted to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU for all everyone does for our for our residents and our Postgraduate program each year. We have an excellent residency program all thanks to the incredible mentors and preceptors in our Department. Thank you for all you do. Wishing you much peace and joy this Holiday Season and in the New Year.

    • Graduate Report
      Dr. Anne Robinson successfully defended her thesis, "Jumping Ship and Going to the Other Side: Experience of Nurses Who Retrain as Doctors" on November 27, 2023. Dr. Sudit Ranade successfully defended his thesis, "The Population-Centered Medical Model: A Theory of Practice for Public Health and Preventative Medicine" on December 4, 2023. Applications for the MClSc program open in the New Year.

    • Research Report
      The December CSFM Brown Bag Lunch Seminar Series will be held on the 20th at noon and will feature Cathy Thorpe, Research Associate and Senior Manager, CSFM. The presentations will include “Meaningful Involvement of Family Physicians in Health System Design and Implementation" as well as ‘The Impact of COVID-19 on the Training and Practice Choices of Early Career Family Physicians.” 

    • Meet our Resident Leaders
      Drs. Moaz Chohan, Julia Petta and David Zheng are the 2023/2024 Family Medicine chief residents. They serve as an important resource to the Department and resident body, and act as mentors, leaders and advocates for the Program. Meet each of our resident leaders in this profile series. 

    • Celebrating your achievements 
      Congratulations to Dr. Thomas Freeman on receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award in Family Medicine Research from the College of Family Physicians of Canada, Dr. Alexandria Ratzki-Leewing on being appointed a Research Scientist, continuing her leadership of the Hypoglycemia program, Gillian Young on receiving a 2023 Distinguished Trainee Research Award, and Marisa Kfrerer for being selected as one of five trainee stipend recipients for the 2023 NACPRG Annual meeting. 

    • Department Spotlight: Dr. Craig Olmstead
      Dr. Craig Olmstead is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine and a graduate of our London Urban residency program. He is currently practicing comprehensive full scope family medicine in Parkhill, ON, and involved in undergraduate teaching... Learn More.