Feature Stories

  • Chair's Message

    2019 will see the implementation of a new curriculum in undergraduate medical education, and with that there will be tremendous opportunities for family medicine teachers to lead, and get involved, while utilizing their teaching skills. An outline of the new curriculum can be reviewed on the School's web site at: Doctor of Medicine Curriculum Renewal. Like many medical schools the new curriculum will have an increased focus on generalism as a basis for training medical students to be part of a reformed health care system. With this in mind, family medicine will be called upon to provide a longitudinal clinical experience for medical students starting in first year.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    It is time to complete Periodic Review Forms in One45! The purpose of the Faculty Advisor Program is to provide longitudinal mentoring and educational support and guidance for our residents... Residents should contact their Faculty Advisor to arrange to meet three times per year.

  • Graduate Program Report

    Students are busy with the second half of their full credit courses and commencing additional new half credit courses. Dr. Caroline Rebicki will be defending her thesis titled "Clinical Inertia in the Management of Hypoglycemia in Primary Care” on Wednesday, February 20, with her public lecture commencing at 12:30 p.m. in WCPHFM. We invite the Family Medicine community to join us in supporting Dr. Rebicki in this milestone.

  • Celebrating our achievements

    The Department of Family Medicine would like to congratulate this year’s Undergraduate Teaching Awards recipients, Dr. Michael Craig (Full-Time Faculty), Dr. Jeffrey Price (Adjunct Faculty), Dr. Craig Kung (Resident). These awards are given to department members who have been identified by the students as providing excellent mentorship, clinical and/or classroom teaching during the undergraduate years.

  • Department of Family Medicine takes leadership role in the education of medical students

    The MD Program at Schulich Medicine is set to implement a new curriculum in September 2019. As part of this initiative, our Department has been asked to provide an early clinical experience for students across the first year of medical school. One of the main drivers of the new Longitudinal Clinical Experience (LCE) program is to assist in providing early exposure to real world patients in a generalist, primary care setting. As a first step to the planning and implementation of the LCE, we ask you to please let us know if you are willing to participate by filling out a quick survey.

  • New Patient Engagement in Primary Health Care Research online training program launched

    Our team is pleased to announce the Patient-Oriented Research Training and Learning – Primary Health Care (PORTL-PHC) program is now online. PORTL-PHC is designed to meet the learning needs of stakeholders (patients, researchers, clinicians, and decision-makers) who are interested in engaging in, or using, patient-oriented primary health care research.

  • 2019 Awards of Excellence: Nominate a deserving individual today

    Recognize the outstanding contributions of Schulich Medicine & Dentistry faculty and staff. Nominate a deserving individual today for an Award of Excellence today. Nominations are due by February 25, 2019.

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

    Save the date. The 2019 Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day will be held Wednesday, June 5 in Toronto. Stay tuned for more details.

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Dema Kadri

    Meet Dr. Dema Kadri, MD'17, and Windsor Chief Resident. Born and raised in Windsor, she chose to stay in the city and continue her involvement in the community. She is thrilled to be able to continue to train in the community that has given her so much and invested in her learning, and she hopes to one day give back by providing care.

  • January 2019 Research and Publications

    The Department of Family Medicine is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Join us for Family Medicine Grand Rounds – Integration of Point of Care Ultrasound in Family Medicine on February 6, 2019, and Family Medicine Faculty Development – Researcher Series – Ethics Submissions: What you need to know to submit your next application held at a new date and time, February 27, 2019 at 11:30 a.m., immediately following the Family Medicine Departmental meeting.

  • Top stories from our December newsletter

    Missed the December e-newsletter? Take a moment to read the top stories:Family Medicine celebrates the holidays, In Memoriam: Dr. Joshua Shadd, Are enhanced skills programs undermining family medicine?

  • Chair's Message – Opioid Use Disorder and Hepatitis C

    Whenever a gap in clinical services is identified, it is often family physicians who come forward to fill that gap. Two treatment areas that are currently receiving increasing attention from Family Medicine are Opioid Use Disorder and Chronic Hepatitis C management. There is no doubt we are in the midst of an opioid use epidemic with increasing morbidity and mortality. Outpatient treatment of Opioid Use Disorder with Buprenorphine is becoming more common in family medicine and with good reason.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    There are numerous updates for the Spring 2019 Family Medicine Certification Examination, including, the length of the SAMP examination has been reduced from six hours to four hours, and therefore there are fewer questions compared to previous years, a new self-scheduling procedure allows candidates to select a preferred examination location and time, enhanced security features and check-in procedure, and more exam locations provide greater convenience for exam candidates.

  • Community News

    The Family Medicine Interest Group is excited to announce the annual Family Medicine Clinical Skills Day will be held Saturday, March 23 at the Western Centre for Public Health & Family Medicine. The day runs from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and involves clinical skills sessions, a free lunch during which first and second year medical students can mingle and chat with family physicians, and a keynote speaker following lunch. If you are interested in facilitating a workshop please email us at westernfmig@gmail.com.

  • Celebrating our achievements

    Congratulations to Dr. Jamie Wickett on receiving a 2019 Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) Certificate of Merit Award for Western University.

  • Media Release: London’s vulnerable populations live near primary care, but language remains a challenge

    Led by Western professor Jason Gilliland, a team of researchers looked at accessibility to a primary-care provider – either a family doctor or nurse practitioner – based on distribution and geographical proximity in London.

  • PGME Accreditation

    Canada has one of the best systems for residency training in the world.A critical part of its success is its embrace of a continuous quality improvement strategy, and accreditation is a big piece of that strategy. In November 2019, all of Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry’s residency and area-of-focused-competence programs will participate in an accreditation site visit.

  • Undergraduate Curriculum Development

    The new curriculum for our Doctor of Medicine program supports an active learning model, engaging students through early clinical experiences and case-based activities. Learn what this renewal means to you by downloading an informational one-pager.

  • New Grant Funding

    Several Centre for Studies in Family Medicine faculty have been awarded new research grant funding. Faculty include Maria Mathews, PhD, Shannon Sibbald, PhD, Bridget Ryan, PhD, and Judith Belle Brown, PhD.

  • Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series speaker announced

    Mark your calendars for the fifth annual Dr. Ian McWhinney lecture on September 18. We are pleased to announce Dr. David Loxterkamp, physician and author, Associate Clinical Professor in Family Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, as the 2019 Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series speaker.

  • Opioid prescribing changes in London

    To help address the opioid crisis in our region, changes to how these drugs are prescribed will be effective February 19 for our London and region hospital network. These changes have been unanimously endorsed by all city-wide Chiefs and the Joint Medical Advisory Committee. It is our hope that by turning the opioid prescribing tap down we can effect an immediate and meaningful reduction in the opioid problem in our city and region.

  • 4th Diabetes Clinical Trial Update – London ON

    On January 12, Dr. Stewart Harris successfully chaired the 4th Diabetes Clinical Trials Update (CTU) in London, as speakers from Canada and the United States met to present findings and developments on emergent therapies in diabetes. This event confirmed the importance of research conducted here at Western in advancing the development of safer cardiovascular protectors and efficacious medications to control diabetes.

  • 2019 Awards of Excellence: Nominate a deserving individual today

    Recognize the outstanding contributions of Schulich Medicine & Dentistry faculty and staff. Nominate a deserving individual today for an Award of Excellence today. Nominations are due by February 25, 2019.

  • Baby Sleep Day – March 1

    On March 1, the Pediatric Sleep Council (PSC), a team of international pediatric sleep experts will celebrate Baby Sleep Day. For the third consecutive year, families will be able to ask members of the PSC questions about their young child's sleep. The question and answer event will take place via Facebook. Graham Reid, PhD, will answer questions from 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

    The Call for Abstracts has opened with a deadline for submission of May 1, 2019. If you are interested in presenting your research at Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day, we want to hear from you. Please visit our site to see submission guidelines and to submit an abstract.

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Rochelle Dworkin

    Thirty-two years ago, Dr. Rochelle Dworkin arrived in Hanover with plans to do a six-month locum. Although now retired, her passion for medical education and rural medicine continues.

  • February 2019 Research and Publications

    The Department of Family Medicine is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Join us for Family Medicine Faculty Development – Researcher Series – Ethics Submissions: What you need to know to submit your next application, held at a new date and time, February 27, 2019 at 11:30 a.m., immediately following the Family Medicine Departmental meeting.

  • Top stories from our January newsletter

    Missed the December e-newsletter? Take a moment to read the top stories: Chair's Message, Celebrating our achievements, Resident Spotlight: Dr. Dema Kadri.

  • Chair's Message – MyChartTM patient portal

    Your patients will soon be accessing their hospital chart and results on line. Are you ready in your practice? Be aware that MyChartTM, the patient access portal is coming to Southwestern Ontario, and will probably be more widely available later this year. MyChartTM is a patient portal through which patients will have access to results in their electronic chart. These results will include lab reports, imaging results, microbiology and pathology reports.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    The CFPC Accreditation visit is rapidly approaching. The Postgraduate team’s preparation for this visit is well underway. Ms. Kelsey Klages and Dr. Jamie Wickett will be presenting at the April 24 Faculty Development session. The session entitled “Keep Calm and Accredit On" will provide faculty with an understanding of the new accreditation standards and process and will review key accreditation standards that may be discussed with the accreditation team.

  • Graduate Program Report

    We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Caroline Rebicki successfully defended her thesis on February 20, and is eligible to graduate at the Spring Convocation in June. There are also several theses defences on the horizon. Stay tuned for further details in upcoming newsletters. Applications for the MClSc and PhD programs are being accepted until April 1 (PhD) and May 1 (MClSc). We appreciate your continued support in promoting the graduate programs.

  • Celebrating your achievements

    Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Grushka, associate professor, 2019 PARO (Professional Association of Residents of Ontario) Clinical Teaching Award recipient.

  • Media Release: New study aims to understand team-based care for chronic disease management

    Chronic diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), are complex and require thorough care to help manage the condition. Shannon Sibbald, PhD, is leading a study to better understand integrated health care teams for chronic disease management and factors that help successful implementation.

  • Heart and Mind Study update

    Funded by The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, The Heart and Mind Study aims to improve the cognitive and vascular health in hypertensive older adults with memory complaints. The interdisciplinary team from the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine (CSFM) is looking to see if there is a difference in cognitive and vascular health outcomes after six months of either moderate continuous or high-intensity interval training on stationary bicycles.

  • Two-Eyed Seeing: The gift of multiple perspectives

    CIHR-funded research projects led by Maria Mathews, PhD, and Lloy Wylie, PhD, incorporate multiple perspectives to advance care and training for Indigenous communities. – By Emily Leighton.

  • CaRMS Match results

    On February 26, medical students from across Canada learned their residency match results as the first iteration of the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) process became available.

  • 2019 OCFP Awards Program – nominate a family doctor today!

    Know a colleague whose skill and dedication to family medicine inspires you? Help the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) recognize the vital work of family physicians across our province by nominating a colleague for a 2019 OCFP Award. The deadline for nominations is April 8.

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

    The Call for Abstracts has opened with a deadline for submission of May 1. If you are interested in presenting your research at Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day, we want to hear from you. Please visit our site to see submission guidelines and to submit an abstract

  • Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine

    Join us for Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine on Wednesday, May 8 at the Four Points by Sheraton, in London, Ontario. Dr. Joshua Tepper, MD FCFP MPH MBA, Family Physician and President & CEO of North York General Hospital, will give the keynote presentation, Can this Marriage be Saved? The primary care - hospital relationship. Register today.

  • Resident Project Day – Wednesday, June 12

    Join the Department of Family Medicine for a day of scholarly oral presentations as our residents unveil their projects and commend their achievements at this year's Resident Project Day. Registration opens on April 1.

  • Resident Graduation – Friday, June 14

    Save the date. Our resident graduation reception will be held on Friday, June 14 at the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. Formal invitation to follow. Watch for more information and registration details.

  • Department Spotlight: Maria Mathews, PhD

    Maria Mathews, PhD, has worked in rural and remote areas across Canada, and has seen firsthand the challenges associated with living in small communities, far from big health care centres. Today, you can find her in the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, a part of the Department of Family Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University, in London, Ontario, a hub for medical excellence in the region.

  • March 2019 Research and Publications

    The Department of Family Medicine is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Join us on Wednesday, April 3 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. for Family Medicine Grand Rounds in the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine Building, Room 1150. Maria Mathews, PhD, will present, Do Canadians who study abroad make better residents than traditional international medical graduates (IMG)?

  • Top stories from our February newsletter

    Missed the February e-newsletter? Take a moment to read the top stories: Postgraduate Program Report, Chair's Message – Opioid Use Disorder and Hepatitis C, Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series speaker announced.

  • Chair's Message – PMH and OHT

    It is timely that the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) has released the vision document for the Patient’s Medical Home (PMH) 2019. This comes at a time when, in Ontario, we are struggling to understand what the proposed Ontario Health Teams, (OHT), will look like, as the system is being reformed around us. I think we should look to the CFPC vision as the solution to the Ontario Health Team.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    Congratulations on a great CaRMS 2nd iteration match. We filled our remaining positions with many of our top ranked candidates. A sincere thank you to all of the staff that helped with this event, as well as to the faculty and residents that were involved in the file review and interviews... There are some exciting new changes coming July 1, 2019 to MyFM. Category 1 Enhanced Skills programs will soon have customized field notes mapped to their competencies and entrustable professional activities.

  • Graduate Program Report

    Recruiting for the 2019-20 academic year continues. The MClSc application deadline date is May 1. We ask that you continue to promote the Graduate Programs amongst your residents and colleagues... Dr. Les Lee (Singapore) will be defending his PhD thesis titled “Measuring Multimorbidity” on June 3... Our warmest congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Johnson (MClSc) and Dr. Jane Uygur (PhD) who are the recipients for the Dr. Wm. Victor Johnston Award in Family Medicine for the 2018-19 academic year.

  • Congratulations to the 2019 Awards of Excellence recipients

    As educators, researchers, innovators and leaders, the 2019 Awards of Excellence London and Windsor Campus recipients are making a difference at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Mariam Hayward, Mauricio Marin, and Drs. Samuel Appavoo, Matthew Dibartolomeo, Nicole Freeman, Sarah-Ann Hanik, David Huffman, Dema Kadri, Zeke Milkovic, Tatjana Milovic, Donald Neal, Ken Uffen, and Patricia Valcke, were all recognized with awards.

  • SSHRC Partnership Development Grant enables researchers to investigate integrated model for effective youth sport concussion management

    A three-year SSHRC Partnership Development Grant will allow Alison Doherty, PhD, (Kinesiology) and a 14-member interdisciplinary team, including Western scholars Dr. Lisa Fischer (Family Medicine) and Dr. Shannon Sibbald (Family Medicine, Health Studies, Schulich Interfaculty Program in Public Health) to investigate "An integrated model for effective youth sport concussion management."

  • Resident Project Day – Wednesday, June 12

    Join the Department of Family Medicine for a day of scholarly oral presentations as our residents unveil their projects and commend their achievements at this year's Resident Project Day on June 12. We are still recruiting faculty judges. All presentations will be done in lightening oral format. Register today.

  • Resident Graduation – Friday, June 14

    Join us as we celebrate Resident Graduation on Friday, June 14. The Department of Family Medicine cordially invites you to a reception in honour of residents graduating between November 1, 2018 and October 31, 2019. Register today.

  • Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine

    Join us for Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine on Wednesday, May 8 at the Four Points by Sheraton, in London, Ontario. Joshua Tepper, MD FCFP MPH MBA, Family Physician and President & CEO of North York General Hospital, will give the keynote presentation, Can this Marriage be Saved? The primary care - hospital relationship. Register today.

  • World Premiere of The Gender Lady: The Fabulous Dr. May Cohen

    The world premiere of The Gender Lady: The Fabulous Dr. May Cohen will be on May 8, 2019 at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival, the largest Jewish film festival in the world. The documentary co-directed and co-produced by Dr. Cheryl Levitt and Dr. Barbara Lent explores how influential and inspirational Dr. Cohen has been in promoting gender issues in medical schools and the role of women doctors throughout the health sector.

  • WalkMORE Program

    Dr. Rob Petrella and team helped develop a new walking program at London Health Sciences Centre University Hospital, fourth floor Medicine inpatient unit. The program is called WalkMORE and the aim is to help patients maintain activity and reduce complications due to hospitalization.

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

    The Call for Abstracts has opened with a deadline for submission of May 1, 2019. If you are interested in presenting your research at Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day, we want to hear from you. Please visit our site to see submission guidelines and to submit an abstract. The Distinguished Lecture will feature Dr. Rick Glazier as he presents, CIHR Investments to Date: What we know, what we have learned.

  • Indigenous Health Seminar

    Join us for our Indigenous Health Seminar featuring Dr. Sarah Larkins, Professor, Health Systems Strengthening, College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University, Australia. Dr. Larkins will present, Strengthening Health Systems with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Across Northern Australia: "It's Not Just What You Do But How You Do It." Formal lecture begins promptly at 9:15 a.m.

  • Awards of Excellence - Tickets On Sale Now

    Join us as we honour the 2019 Awards of Excellence recipients and recognize the outstanding talent found at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Tickets available until Thursday, May 23, 2019. Event takes place Thursday, May 30, 2019, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m., at the London Convention Centre. Learn more and purchase your ticket.

  • Department Spotlight: Natalie Au

    Meet Natalie Au, the newest full-time staff member on the Diabetes Alliance and a rising star in the emerging field of real-world hypoglycemia research. After successfully defending her thesis, Natalie joined the Diabetes Alliance in April 2019 as a Full-time Research Assistant, dedicating her knowledge and expertise to support the Hypoglycemia Program in its effort to enhance the understanding of the real-world impact of hypoglycemia.

  • April 2019 Research and Publications

    The Department of Family Medicine is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Join us on Wednesday, April 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for Family Medicine Faculty Development – Leadership Series: Keep Calm and Accredit On, in the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine Building, Room 1120. Family Medicine Grand Rounds will be held on Wednesday, May 1, from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. in the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine Building, Room 1150.

  • Top stories from our March newsletter

    Missed the March e-newsletter? Take a moment to read the top stories: CaRMS Match results, New study aims to understand team-based care for chronic disease management, Heart and Mind Study update.

  • Chair's Message

    It is very encouraging to follow developments that have the potential to further integrate and enhance palliative care across our region. Here in London, the Citywide Palliative Care Program in the Department of Family Medicine is taking shape with the appointment of Dr. Anita Singh as the Citywide Medical Leader... The Southwest LHIN Hospice Palliative Care Network is planning to implement two palliative care outreach teams in London Middlesex to complement existing community-based palliative care groups.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    The Assessment Director and Postgraduate Education Committee has made some improvements to the Faculty Advisor Form. This new form will be implemented for July 1, 2018... There have been some recent changes to the time away categories in residency as covered by the PARO-CAHO Collective Agreement.

  • Graduate Program Report

    MClSc and PhD students enrolled in full credit courses have successfully completed their first term and are onto the second term of the 2017-18 academic year. Students enrolled in half credit courses that commenced in January are off to a strong start... The Graduate Studies Program is pleased to announce a new award. The Dr. Wm. Victor Johnston Award is open to both domestic and international MClSc and PhD students valued at $4500 each.

  • Retirement News

    Postgraduate Program Coordinator Sharon Story has decided to retire from Western as of May 1, 2018. With accrued vacation, Sharon’s last working day in Family Medicine will be March 16. "The best part of the job is the relationships I have developed over the years, both internally and externally..."

  • Hockey Fans in Training (Hockey FIT) receives CIHR funding

    Dr. Robert Petrella and the entire Hockey Fans in Training (Hockey FIT) team are thrilled to announce that their recent grant application to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research was successful. The team has been awarded $948,600 over 5 years.

  • In the news: Hockey FIT has launched at the University of New Brunswick

    New fitness program helps overweight hockey fans make lasting lifestyle changes. The Hockey Fans in Training Program, piloted at Western University, is being rolled out by researchers at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton in January. Via CTVNews, Huffington Post, National Post, and iheartradio.

  • Dr. Leanne Peters is in Pyeongchang, South Korea as the team doctor for the Team Canada Women’s Hockey team

    Stratford faculty member, Dr. Leanne Peters, is in Pyeongchang, South Korea as the team doctor for Canada's Olympic Women's Hockey team. She couldn't be more proud to be wearing the maple leaf as the team looks to repeat as Olympic gold medalists.

  • CAME announces 2018 Certificate of Merit

    Congratulations to Dr. George Kim, one of this year’s recipients of the 2018 Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) Certificate of Merit for Western University. Dr. Kim, assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine, and Assistant Dean, Rural & Regional Community Engagement, demonstrates an immense passion for the mentorship and training of future physicians.

  • Dr. Puneet Seth recognized with Canadian Society of Hospital Medicine award

    The Canadian Society of Hospital Medicine recognized Dr. Puneet Seth with the 2017 Award for Outstanding Service in Hospital Medicine for his work done in founding a hospitalist department at the Woodstock General Hospital, helping to bring quality improvement through electronic documentation, and creating a teaching site for family medicine residents in hospital medicine in Woodstock.

  • Drs. James and Leslie Rourke named co-winners of WONCA 5-Star Doctors award

    Congratulations to Drs. James and Leslie Rourke, this year's co-recipients of the WONCA 5-Star Doctors award for the North America region. The Rourkes were co-honoured for their life’s work as family physicians and the significant contributions they have made to family medicine for the past 35 years, including the development of the Rourke Baby Record.

  • Mind-Body Maximizes Benefits of Exercise to Seniors

    Nárlon Cassio Boa Sorte Silva, Kinesiology PhD student, and his supervisor, Dr. Robert Petrella were featured in Western’s Be Extraordinary, Against the Dying Light Series. Boa Sorte Silva’s research appears in Chapter 2: Research of the publication.

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

    Save the date. Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day will be held Wednesday, June 6 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto. A keynote on learning health systems provided by Dr. Robert Reid of Trillium Health Partners will anchor the day, and workshops on ‘Integrating rigorous evaluation into learning health systems in Ontario’ and ‘Patient storytelling in research’ are planned.

  • Dr. Elaine Toomey to visit Western and explore Hockey Fans in Training (Hockey FIT) program

    Dr. Elaine Toomey from the School of Psychology at NUI Galway has received an award from the Irish Canadian University Foundation to visit Western University and explore the Hockey Fans in Training (Hockey FIT) program. She will be looking at how Hockey FIT was adapted to Canada and hockey by Dr. Robert Petrella from the Scottish Football Fans in Training program. Via GalwayDaily and LimerickPost.

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Susan McNair

    Dr. Susan McNair is a Staff Physician at the St. Joseph's Family Medical Centre and the Medical Director of the Regional Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centre at St Joseph’s Hospital. She also provides palliative care at University Hospital and sees patients in their homes, as well as patients in long term care. "...teaching residents is my greatest passion. I love their stage of learning and being part of their transition to independent practice."

  • February 2018 Research and Publications

    The Department of Family Medicine is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Join us for Family Medicine Grand Rounds: Limiting Screentime for Children on Wednesday, March 7 featuring Dr. George Kim. Mark your calendars for Family Medicine Faculty Development: Research Incubator on Wednesday, April 11 with Drs. Saadia Hameed, Daniel Leger and Merrick Zwarenstein. Mark your calendars to learn, engage, and support your fellow Family Medicine faculty members at the Annual Clinical Day on May 9.

  • Top stories from our December newsletter

    Chair's Message, Awards: Drs. Bailey, Cargill, McKay, and Schmidt Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) 2017 Award recipients, R.E.A.L. Life Perspectives: Central Lambton Family Health Team - Family Medicine.

  • Chair's Message

    It was a pleasure to attend the Windsor Campus Celebration of Excellence dinner on March 19. Congratulations to all the award winners, including family medicine faculty members, Dr. Albert Schumacher, Dr. John Day and Dr. Sherri Bergeron...Training medical students in Windsor is one of the factors which has positively influenced the family medicine training program in Windsor...approximately 75 per cent of the family medicine graduates from the Windsor program have set up practice in Windsor and surrounding area...

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    We had a very successful match on March 1. We have 13 unfilled positions that we anticipate filling with high quality candidates in the second iteration of the residency match. The CaRMS second iteration interview day was March 14 and the match day is April 11.

  • Graduate Program Report

    We are pleased to announce that Dr. Kamila Premji (PhD student) has been nominated and selected to represent the Department, the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and Western University at the Canadian Student Health Research Forum (CSHRF). CSHRF is a National Conference being held in Winnipeg from June 12 – 14th. Congratulations Dr. Premji.

  • Community News

    Meet Dr. Phil Vandewalle, our community physician representative. With community physicians comprising the largest component of our department, they do a great deal of the teaching of residents and medical students, and play an ever important role offering hands-on clinical experience. As such, we want to hear from you.

  • Save the Date! 50th Anniversary Celebration Lecture

    Join us May 30 at 1:00 p.m. in the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine to celebrate the Department's 50th Anniversary. We are pleased to welcome back Dr. Danielle Martin, alumna, family physician and Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Toronto as the keynote speaker for event.

  • Recognizing the Windsor Campus 2018 Awards of Excellence recipients

    Congratulations to the 2018 Award of Excellence recipients. Each is recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry - Windsor Campus. The recipients will be celebrated on Monday, March 19, at Caesar's Windsor.

  • Dr. Daniel Pepe receives OMA Resident Achievement Award and PARO Resident Teaching Award

    Dr. Daniel Pepe recently received two prestigious resident teaching awards. Dr. Pepe was recognized with the OMA Resident Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to the advancement of postgraduate training, and the PARO Resident Teaching Award for providing outstanding clinical teaching experiences to junior residents and clinical clerks.

  • Announcement: New INSPIRE-PHC-2 grant

    The Centre for Studies in Family Medicine is pleased to announce their participation in a newly funded Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health System Research Fund grant. The project, Primary Health Care as the Foundation for Health Systems Performance, Integration and Sustainability: INSPIRE-PHC-2 is a three year funded grant.

  • Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research - Primary Health Care (TUTOR-PHC)

    TUTOR-PHC has selected its trainees for the 2018-2019 program year. Twelve Canadian trainees were selected, along with two international trainees (from Australia and the United Kingdom). Jacqueline Kueper from Western was one of the selected. Congratulations to Jacqueline.

  • Newly enhanced Behavioural Medicine rotation - Windsor Campus

    Commencing July 2018, Family Medicine at Windsor Campus will be offering a Behavioural Medicine rotation with Dr. Pat Montaleone. This rotation is open to all PGY1s and PGY2s, and the capacity is one Learner per Block. The Mental Health rotation has been redesigned to meet the needs of our residents, and will include some of the following; problem gambling, more ambulatory clinics and rest home visits.

  • Go behind the scenes with Dr. Lauren Bouillon at Grey Bruce Health Services

    Family medicine resident Dr. Lauren Bouillon says exposing learners to rural contexts early and often provides them with a better understanding of the realities of practice. Go behind the scenes with her during a neurology rotation at Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound, in the fourth installment of the R.E.A.L. Life Perspectives.

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

    Save the date. Join us June 6 for Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto. Abstract submission and registration are now open online. Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day provides an opportunity to share your primary health care relevant research in a welcoming and constructive atmosphere. Dr. Robert Reid will discuss Creating a Research-enabled Learning Health System.

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Eric Wong

    I think we celebrate milestones not only to remind ourselves of who we are and what we do but also to help us figure out where we want to go next. As such, our 50-year anniversary would be a good opportunity for our department to ask how we will influence the future of family medicine.

  • March 2018 Research and Publications

    The Department of Family Medicine is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Join us for Family Medicine Grand Rounds: New Standards for Postpartum Care on April 4 featuring Drs. Laura Lyons and Brenna Velker. Mark your calendars for Family Medicine Faculty Development: Research Incubator on April 11 with Drs. Saadia Hameed, Daniel Leger and Merrick Zwarenstein. Learn, engage, and support your fellow Family Medicine faculty members at the Annual Clinical Day on May 9. Save the date for Resident Project Day on June 13.

  • Top Stories from our February newsletter

    Retirement News, Dr. Leanne Peters is in Pyeongchang, South Korea as the team doctor for the Team Canada Women’s Hockey team, Chair's Message.

  • Chair's Message – Opioid deaths and prescribing

    As many of you know, opioid use and abuse hits the news regularly these days, and for good reason. Fentanyl – related deaths have dramatically increased in Ontario according to a recent analysis of data from the Ontario Chief Coroner’s Office. Compared to 2016, levels of accidental opioid – related deaths have risen by 52 per cent in Ontario for 2017... This is, on average, three-four opioid – related deaths per day in Ontario.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    Congratulations on a great CaRMS 2nd iteration match. We filled our remaining positions with many of our top ranked candidates. A sincere thank you to all of the staff that helped with this event, as well as to the faculty and residents that were involved in the file review and interviews... There are some exciting new changes coming July 1, 2018 to the Faculty Advisor Form, now named the Periodic Review Form.

  • Graduate Program Report

    The recipients of the Dr. Wm. Victor Johnston Award in Family Medicine have been selected and are Dr. Les Lee (Singapore) and Dr. Sajitha Rahman (India). We were overwhelmed with the response to the Award and it was a close competition. Applications for the PhD Program have been reviewed. This year there were five complete applications reviewed and we are extending an offer to one applicant to commence in September.

  • MCISc Program Alumni Profile: Dr. Joshua Shadd

    “What inspires me in my work is the ability to help people and family at a moment of need in a practical way,” said Dr. Shadd. “The MCISc has been a key to both giving the tools and opening the doors to making this work possible. It helped me to reflect on and understand my patient’s journey and my role in my patient’s journey in a different and deeper way.”

  • Congratulations to the 2018 Awards of Excellence recipients

    As educators, researchers, innovators and leaders, this year’s Awards of Excellence recipients are making a difference at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. It is with great pride that we recognize and honour their achievements. Congratulations Drs. Al-Dhaher, Munro, Weston, and the Diabetes Research Program Team, at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine.

  • Dean’s Award of Excellence for Staff - Innovation – Team Award

    The Diabetes Research Team has been awarded the Dean’s Award of Excellence for Team Innovation for their Indigenous Quality Improvement Program, which is an accumulation of over a decade of work with Indigenous communities.

  • Dr. Magbule Doko publishes creative piece "Nothing" on the CMAJ Blogs

    Magbule Doko, a family physician in Windsor, Ontario, and an adjunct professor at Western University, publishes “Nothing”, a creative written piece about medicine, on the CMAJ Blogs.

  • Successful Research Bazaar

    Drs. Saadia Hameed and Dan Leger facilitated our Department’s first Research Bazaar, as a faculty development session, held on April 11. Saadia and Dan provided their own personalized engagement and motivation to conduct research, after which they asked participants to share their research interests and experiences. A number of clinicians provided their success stories with regard to research.

  • IMAGING in Orthopaedics: Choosing Wisely

    Join BlueWater Health on April 25, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for a multidisciplinary look at diagnostic imaging for low back pain with bonus coverage on the effective use of imaging for shoulders and knees. Please RSVP to medical_affairs@bluewaterhealth.ca. OTN webcast link is available.

  • SOAR: Pathway to Wellness first workshop

    Four Indigenous communities, along with their organizational counterparts, will be traveling to London, May 3 and 4 to attend the SOAR: Pathway to Wellness first workshop. The workshop will launch quality improvement initiatives within the communities aimed at redesigning diabetes healthcare delivery.

  • Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine

    Join us for Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine on Wednesday, May 9 at the Four Points by Sheraton, in London, Ontario. Mark Bowden, internationally renowned Expert in Human Behaviour and Body Language, will present the keynote, The Body Language of Trust: How to build positive relationships with patients and avoid communication breakdown. Register today.

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

    Join us June 6 for Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto. Abstract submission and registration are now open online. Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day provides an opportunity to share your primary health care relevant research in a welcoming and constructive atmosphere. Dr. Robert Reid will discuss Creating a Research-enabled Learning Health System.

  • Resident Project Day

    Join us for a day of oral presentations and research posters, as we celebrate the success of our resident projects and bring our distributed teaching sites together. Family Medicine residents will present their projects and commend their achievements on Wednesday, June 13 at the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine (WCPHFM), 1465 Richmond Street. REGISTER TODAY!

  • Resident Graduation

    The Department of Family Medicine cordially invites you to a reception in honour of residents graduating between November 1, 2017 and October 31, 2018. The Department will cover the cost for the graduate and one guest, and for faculty who supervise residents and family medical staff who wish to join in the celebration. You are welcome to invite other guests but there will be a cost associated with extra attendees. RSVP Today!

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Saadia Hameed

    "I am in awe of the enormous national and international impact the Department of Family Medicine at Western has had over the last five decades, in establishing the discipline of Family Medicine. The alumni of the department are spread wide and far on the face of the globe. They continue to propagate the spirit and practice of Family Medicine that was kindled by Dr. Ian McWhinney 50 years ago..."

  • April 2018 Research and Publications

    The Department of Family Medicine is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Support your fellow Family Medicine faculty members at Annual Clinical Day on May 9. Join us for Resident Project Day on June 13. Save the date for Resident Graduation on June 15.

  • Top Stories from our March newsletter

    Department Spotlight: Dr. Eric Wong, Windsor Campus: Recognizing the 2018 Awards of Excellence recipients, Postgraduate Program Report.

  • Chair's Message

    This month the Department of Family Medicine is marking the 50th anniversary of the academic department, one of the first departments of family medicine established in Canada! Now, 50 years later, our Department has graduated well over 1000 family doctors and continues to provide excellent clinical care, education and research in primary care. What remarkable changes have taken place over 50 years.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    There are some exciting new changes coming July 1 to the Faculty Advisor Form, now named the Periodic Review Form. The Periodic Review Form will soon be mapped to the Competencies and Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for our program. In preparation for the start of the new academic year, please take a moment to review the program policies.

  • 50th Anniversary

    The Department of Family Medicine invites you to our 50th Anniversary Celebration Lecture on May 30 in Room 1150 of the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. We are pleased to welcome back Dr. Danielle Martin, alumna, family physician and Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto as the keynote speaker for our cornerstone anniversary event.

  • Celebrating our achievements

    The Department of Family Medicine would like to congratulate this year’s Undergraduate Teaching Awards recipients, Dr. Jessica Howard (Full-Time Faculty), Dr. James Mather (Adjunct Faculty), Dr. Wendy Cui (Resident). These awards are given to department members who have been identified by the students as providing excellent mentorship, clinical and/or classroom teaching during the undergraduate years.

  • A history of the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine Presented by Moira Stewart on May 9

    Dr. Moira Stewart, former Director of the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine (CSFM) from 1997 to 2012, gave a fascinating presentation May 9 on the history of the Centre. As one of the original founding faculty members of CSFM, she has a unique perspective on its rich history and accomplishments.

  • SOAR: Pathway to Wellness Program - Successful Launch of the Quality Improvement Workshop

    On May 3 and 4, teams from Indigenous communities and organizational partners across Canada travelled to London to attend the first of three Quality Improvement workshops offered in the SOAR program... The workshop was a huge success... The SOAR team will support the attendees as they test ways to improve diabetes care for Indigenous people in their communities.

  • Elaine Toomey, PhD visiting from the National University of Ireland Galway

    Dr. Robert Petrella and the Lifestyle Research Team welcome visiting researcher and post-doctoral research fellow Elaine Toomey, PhD from The National University of Ireland Galway (NUIGalway). Elaine is part of the Health Behaviour Change Research Group at NUIGalway and is visiting to learn more about Hockey Fans In Training and how Fans In Training may be adapted for sport and fans in Ireland.

  • A phenomenal feeling

    Before leaving for the South Korea, Dr. Leanne Peters, MD’06, wondered if it would ever sink in that she was actually at the Olympics. – Jennifer Parraga, BA'93

  • TUTOR-PHC 2018 Symposium

    TUTOR-PHC held its annual Symposium from April 30 to May 4 in Wendake, Quebec (a Huron-Wendat community). This Symposium signifies the launch of the 15th year of the TUTOR-PHC program – the only interdisciplinary, primary health care training program in Canada.

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

    Join us June 6 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto. Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day provides an opportunity to share your primary health care relevant research in a welcoming and constructive atmosphere. Dr. Robert Reid will discuss Creating a Research-enabled Learning Health System. Deadline to Register is Friday, May 18.

  • Resident Project Day

    Join us for a day of oral presentations and research posters, as we celebrate the success of our resident projects and bring our distributed teaching sites together. Family Medicine residents will present their projects and commend their achievements on June 13 at the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. REGISTER TODAY.

  • Resident Graduation

    The Department of Family Medicine cordially invites you to a reception in honour of residents graduating between November 1, 2017 and October 31, 2018. The Department will cover the cost for the graduate and one guest, and for faculty who supervise residents and family medical staff who wish to join in the celebration. RSVP TODAY.

  • See the Line Returns for Two Days in August

    Hear the latest in concussion news and research through presentations, workshops, panel discussions and more with three events being presented August 15 and 16.

  • 2018 Homecoming Weekend

    Celebrate the mark you’ve made on Schulich Medicine & Dentistry by coming back to campus for the 2018 Homecoming Weekend. Festivities include a community lecture, the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture featuring Dr. Paul Polak MD’58, DSc’08, lunch with the Dean, the Golden Alumni reception, Schulich Dentistry Cocktail Party and the Dean’s Gala.

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Nelson Chan

    "I am proud to be a part of such an established and supportive community with a long history of excellence. Knowing that family medicine started here at Western gives me the confidence that we have the tools to continue as leaders of our discipline," Dr. Nelson Chan on what it means to celebrate 50 years of academic family medicine at Western.

  • May 2018 Research and Publications

    The Department of Family Medicine is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Join us for Resident Project Day on June 13. RSVP today for Resident Graduation on June 15. Save the date for See the Line August 15 and 16.

  • Top Stories from our April newsletter

    Congratulations to the 2018 Awards of Excellence recipients, Dean’s Award of Excellence for Staff - Innovation – Team Award, Dr. Magbule Doko publishes creative piece "Nothing" on the CMAJ Blogs.

  • Chair's Message

    During this past year the new Conditions of Appointment document for clinical faculty members was approved by the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Western University. The document was entirely reviewed and revised from the last version which was over 10 years old. If you have an appointment with Western University and you are a clinical faculty member this document outlines your relationship with the University.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    There are some exciting new changes coming July 1 to the Faculty Advisor Form, now named the Periodic Review Form. The Periodic Review Form will soon be mapped to the Competencies and Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for our program... In preparation for the start of the new academic year, please take a moment to review the program policies... As learners, there are many resources available to you for support and counselling...

  • Graduate Program Report

    Congratulations to the Dr. J. F. Sangster Graduate Studies Family Medicine Award (2018-19) award winners Drs. Reema Ray and Anne Robinson... We are preparing to welcome our new cohort and returning MClSc and PhD students as we launch the 2018-19 year with the on-site sessions from September 17 - 26, 2018, at the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine.

  • Alumni Profile

    "Our patients are the focus of our care and hence it is highly appropriate that they should be at the centre of education in health care. While family medicine is the leader of this approach and family physicians are specialists in patient-centred care, we need to ensure that we continue to seek input on, reflect and improve upon this approach within our own discipline whilst simultaneously working on its adoption by all involved in health care and health care education..."

  • Celebrating our achievements

    The Diabetes Research Team was awarded the Dean’s Award of Excellence for Team Innovation for their Indigenous Quality Improvement Program, which is an accumulation of over a decade of work with Indigenous communities. Their collaborative effort shows significant potential for further adaptability and sustainability throughout First Nations communities across the country.

  • Award: Dr. Evelyn Vingilis recognized nationally for impact on road safety in Canada

    Congratulations Dr. Evelyn Vingilis, psychologist and Director of the Population and Community Health Unit, and Professor with the Departments of Family Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, on receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals.

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

    Congratulations to Dr. Saadia Hameed for winning the Patients’ Choice Poster Award for the poster presentation “Family Physicians and the mental health needs of emerging adults”. Dr. Hammeed was the presenter in collaboration with Javeed Sukhera, MD, HBSc, DABPN; and Kristina Miller PhD(c).

  • TUTOR-PHC paper published in CFP Hypothesis

    TUTOR-PHC or Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research–Primary Health Care is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. And what better way to celebrate than to publish a paper that details what the program is, what its successes are, and how it has evolved over the last 15 years.

  • Resident Project Day

    On June 13 the Department of Family Medicine hosted Resident Project Day. With 19 oral and 27 poster presentations, the scholarly activities that the PGY2/PGY3 residents completed over the course of their programs were showcased to more than 175 attendees. The day allowed for knowledge sharing, networking, and discussion about current topics in family medicine and primary care. Photos from the event are now available.

  • ICYMI: A history of the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine Presented by Moira Stewart on May 9

    Dr. Moira Stewart, former Director of the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine (CSFM) from 1997 to 2012, gave a fascinating presentation May 9 on the history of the Centre. As one of the original founding faculty members of CSFM, she has a unique perspective on its rich history and accomplishments. ICYMI: a video of the presentation is now available to view.

  • See the Line Returns for Two Days in August

    Hear the latest in concussion news and research through presentations, workshops, panel discussions and more with three events being presented August 15 and 16.

  • 2018 Homecoming Weekend

    Celebrate the mark you’ve made on Schulich Medicine & Dentistry by coming back to campus for the 2018 Homecoming Weekend. Festivities include a community lecture, the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture featuring Dr. Paul Polak MD’58, DSc’08, lunch with the Dean, the Golden Alumni reception, Schulich Dentistry Cocktail Party and the Dean’s Gala.

  • Resident Spotlight: Dr. Shawn Segeren

    My experience in the Chatham-Kent Rural Program has been incredible. From day-one of residency, I felt welcomed into the community by both patients and providers. One of my favorite aspects of the program is the fact that nearly all block-based rotations in first-year can be completed in Chatham. Because of this, I was able to work one-on-one with consultants. This allowed me to perform numerous procedures, engage in unique patient encounters, as well as develop strong, professional relationships...

  • June 2018 Research and Publications

    The Department of Family Medicine is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Join us for Resident Orientation on July 4. RSVP today for See the Line August 15 and 16. Save the date for the annual Dr. Ian McWhinney Lectures Series on September 26.

  • Top Stories from our May newsletter

    Celebrating our achievements, A history of the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine Presented by Moira Stewart on May 9, A phenomenal feeling.

  • Chair's Message – Continuity of Care

    I hope many of you have been following the consultation process for policies and initiatives at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, (CPSO). The latest policy for consultation is the Continuity of Care policy, which is actually a series of four policies under the Continuity of Care umbrella...Within these policies are key recommendations that will affect the day to day practice of family physicians. Learn More.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    The new academic year is off to a great start. On behalf of the Postgraduate Program, we would like to extend a warm welcome to the incoming PGY1 residents. Please visit our website to take a look at the requirements to complete residency. Learn more about important reminders and dates for the year.

  • Graduate Program Report

    The 2018-19 Family Medicine graduate programs academic year will launch with our on-site sessions from September 17 to 26 on the first floor of the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine (WCPHFM). This year we welcome two new MClSc students and one PhD student. We look forward to having our new and returning students from across the globe with us. Learn More.

  • Learner Profile: Dr. Caroline Rebicki

    Dr. Caroline Rebicki is a current student in the MClSc in Family Medicine program. She is also a teacher at Positivo University Medical School, in Curitiba, Brazil. Dr. Rebicki believes that teaching medicine at the community level will enhance medical students’ ability to see “the big picture” on equity of access to health services, impact of social determinants of health in a community and ultimately improve competence on patient-centered clinical method at the community level. Learn More.

  • Celebrating our achievements

    Congratulations to all award recipients. Dr. Susan McNair was honoured by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) with an Award of Excellence for Ontario, Dr. Jane Thornton was named the recipient of the prestigious Murray Stalker Award, and Dr. Henry Becker was named a CFPC Research Award for Family Medicine Residents recipient. Learn More.

  • In the media: Dr. Merrick Zwarenstein’s tool "Precis-2" referenced in New York Times

    Dr. Merrick Zwarenstein’s article, "The PRECIS-2 tool: designing trials that are fit for purpose" was referenced in Aaron E. Carroll’s New York Times article, "What if a Study showed Opioids Weren’t Usually needed? Pragmatic trials’ differ from most research studies by focusing on effects in the real world." Learn More.

  • Scaling up: Diabetes Alliance unveils new website ahead of second Indigenous Quality Improvement Workshop

    Nearly 30 years have passed since Dr. Stewart Harris first arrived in Northern Ontario to begin his research on the mounting diabetes epidemic affecting First Nations peoples. Today, his work is carried forward by the Diabetes Alliance, a multidisciplinary research team located at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine. Learn More.

  • Getting Hockey FIT

    Dr. Rob Petrella has deployed a new system with the goal of getting men excited about being active. Using fan culture around junior hockey to motivate men to exercise and eat healthy, the 12-week pilot program, Hockey Fans in Training (Hockey FIT), led to significant weight loss and improvements in the health of its participants. Learn More.

  • New Public Health Research Debunks “grey Tsumani”

    The Canadian Public Health Association issued a media release for the recent article "Beyond the Grey Tsunami: a cross-sectional population-based study of multimorbidity in Ontario" in the Canadian Journal of Public Health. Learn More.

  • New Research Funding

    Congratulations to Graham Reid, PhD, and his team who have been awarded a CIHR Project Grant titled, "Equity in Mental Health Care for Children and Youth." Learn More.

  • Announcement: Professor Emerita of Family Medicine and former Dean to be honoured at fall Convocation

    Dr. Carol Herbert, Professor Emerita of Family Medicine, who served as Dean of Schulich Medicine & Dentistry from 1999 to 2010, is among those being celebrated this fall when Western University bestows honorary degrees on seven Canadian luminaries at the 312th Convocation. Learn More.

  • Family Medicine Interest Group kicks off new school year

    With a new academic year in session, the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) would like to introduce ourselves. Richard and Alex will be working together as the 2018-2019 FMIG Co-Chairs in London. Along with a team of dedicated peers, we will be organizing various events to promote exposure to family medicine in the undergraduate medical experience. Learn More.

  • 2018 Homecoming Weekend

    Celebrate the mark you’ve made on Schulich Medicine & Dentistry by coming back to campus for the 2018 Homecoming Weekend. Festivities include a community lecture, the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture featuring Dr. Paul Polak MD’58, DSc’08, lunch with the Dean, the Golden Alumni reception, Schulich Dentistry Cocktail Party and the Dean’s Gala. Learn More.

  • 33rd Annual Therapeutics in Action Conference

    Save the date for the Annual Therapeutics in Action Conference presented by Pharmacy Services of London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care, London, on Wednesday, October 24 at the Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre. To register contact Krista Ryan or by phone at 519.685-8500 x. 52037. Learn More.

  • Resident Spotlight: Dr. Jane Thornton

    Dr. Jane Thornton is a resident physician, researcher and advocate for physical activity for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. She has led a national strategy on physical activity in the undergraduate medical curriculum, and created and curated resources for both patients and physicians on the topic. Learn More.

  • September 2018 Research and Publications

    The Department of Family Medicine is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Join us for the Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series on September 26. Save the date for Faculty Development: Teacher Series – Faculty Advising - Our Roles as Coaches and Mentors with Drs. Christina Cookson and Jamie Wickett on October 10.

  • Top Stories from our June newsletter

    Missed the June e-newsletter? Take a moment to read the top stories: Resident Graduation, Resident Project Day Photos, and the Chair's Message.

  • Chair's Message – MOHLTC Arbitration

    The release of the arbitration position for primary care as outlined by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) has created a lot of angst among family physicians in Ontario... . If even some of these proposals are accepted by the arbitrator it could have a devastating effect on family doctor morale, teaching and academic work, the existence of patient enrollment models and the choice of family medicine as a career by medical students. Learn More.

  • Meet the PhD Candidates conducting their work in Family Medicine

    As part of our annual Dr. Ian McWhinney Lectures Series, the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine - Showcasing our PhD Students’ research hour included four captivating presentations by current PhD candidates conducting work in Family Medicine with a Family Medicine supervisor. Drs. Helena Piccinini-Vallis and Kamila Premji are students in the PhD in Family Medicine Graduate Studies Program, Alexandria Ratzki-Leewing is enrolled in the Doctoral Program in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, and Narlon Cassio Boa Sorte Silva is enrolled in the School of Kinesiology's PhD program. As a Department we are proud of our talented PhD students and the collaborations our Family Medicine faculty has with other departments across campus. Learn More.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    We are recruiting Family Medicine faculty to teach in the Academic Half Day series... Drs Christina Cookson and Jamie Wickett recently led a faculty development session that described roles of coaches and mentors in medicine, reviewed accreditation standards for faculty advising, and explored how clinical preceptors in family medicine can fulfill the roles using the new Periodic Review Form. An archived recording of the session can be reviewed on our livestream website. Learn More.

  • Graduate Program Report

    I am pleased to report a very successful MClSc / PhD on-site that commenced on September 17 and culminated with the Ian McWhinney Lecture on September 26. We congratulate our current PhD students’ - Dr. Kamila Premji (Patients’ Access to Primary Care) and Dr. Helena Piccinini-Vallis (Women’s Gestational Weight and Their Children’s BMI) on their excellent presentations showcased at the Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series Day. Learn More.

  • Chief Residents

    Adam Fogel, Dema Kadri and Peter Chedade are the 2018/2019 Family Medicine chief residents. They serve as an important resource to the Department and resident body, as well as mentors, leaders, and advocates for the Program. Meet each of our resident leaders in this profile series.

  • Heart and Stroke Grant enables researchers to study the effect of exercise on the brain

    Thanks to a recent grant from the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Dr. Rob Petrella, Professor at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and a team from the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine will be initiating a community-based exercise program combining high-intensity exercise with mind-motor training with the goal of looking for ways to improve cardiovascular health and cognitive function.

  • In the media: Why family medicine residencies might become longer/Fans in Training and the TechAlliance BURST program

    Dr. Kath Stringer, MClSc '17, Chair of the Discipline of Family Medicine at Memorial University in St. John’s Newfoundland, weighs in on the question that's long been kicked around — should family medicine residencies be longer? Via CBC Nova Scotia. London Inc. weekly featured Fans in Training as part of the TechAlliance BURST program, a year-long incubation program that provides intensive support to high-potential medical technology startups and scale-ups. Learn More.

  • Family Medicine celebrates annual Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series

    The Department celebrated the legacy of Dr. Ian McWhinney with the fourth annual lecture series on September 26. Dr. Ruth Wilson delivered the keynote presentation, "What's in a name?" to a full auditorium of residents, faculty, researchers and community physicians. An archived recording of the session is available on our live stream channel.

  • Opioids: A Country in Crisis

    Dr. Sharon Koivu shared her experience and expertise as part of a panel discussion on the opioid crisis during Western's homecoming. Dr. Koivu advocates for safe injection sites as part of addressing the opioid crisis currently impacting our communities. “If you’ve been devalued and marginalized by the health care system, you need a place where you feel valued.” Watch the panel discussion on Facebook Live.

  • Raising Their Voices

    Residents Drs. Adam Kassam and Jane Thornton are taking their roles as health advocates seriously – using their voices to effect meaningful change in Canadian health care. Learn More.

  • Schulich Wellness Seminar Series:Understanding the Positive and Negative Effects of Marijuana on Mental Health

    Schulich Wellness is pleased to host this very timely presentation on marijuana. Steven Laviolette, PhD, Professor and Faculty Scholar in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, will present on October 29 at 12:00 p.m. in Dental Sciences Building, Room 1002. The session is also available via Live stream. Learn More.

  • Family Doctor Week in Canada

    Family Doctor Week in Canada (FDW) will be recognized from November 12-17, 2018. This celebratory week provides governments, health care organizations, colleagues and the public an opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding contributions made by family doctors to improve the health and well-being of their patients. Learn More.

  • Family Medicine 50th Anniversary Reception at FMF

    Faculty members, past and present, graduates, students and residents are invited to join the Department of Family Medicine for a reception in celebration of our 50th Anniversary on November 16 at 5:00 p.m.at Family Medicine Forum (FMF) in Toronto. Reconnect with your classmates, friends and colleagues while enjoying some refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. Learn more and register today.

  • Obstetrical Skills Day

    First year family medicine residents will attend the annual Obstetrical Skills Day on November 7. A dedicated group of faculty will come together under the leadership of Dr. Laura Lyons to present an informative 1/2 day workshop with hands-on rotating work stations covering everything from the mechanics of a normal vaginal birth to diagnosing and treating a shoulder dystocia.

  • Save the date – QI teaching session

    On Nov 21, Dr. Scott McKay and Adrienne Wakabayashi are hosting an AHD for residents AND faculty members on QI. Because of the hands-on nature to some of the activities, attendance in person is preferable, if possible. Time: 1:30-3:30 pm – QI teaching, 3:30-4:30pm – QI project Q&A. Place: WCPHFM 1150 and Livestream channel.

  • Annual Family Medicine Mix & Mingle

    The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) is pleased to announce its first formal event of the academic year, our annual Family Medicine Mix & Mingle on November 28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. This event provides students with an opportunity to connect with family medicine residents and doctors in the area. We are asking those who are able to attend to please complete this form before November 18. Thank you in advance for volunteering your time.

  • Family Medicine Forum

    Family Medicine Forum (FMF) will be held from November 14 to 17 in Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This is the largest annual conference for family physicians. Many of our research and clinical faculty and staff will be presenting posters, workshops or education sessions. Learn More.

  • Interdisciplinary Primary Health Care Research Training Program Now Accepting Applications

    TUTOR-PHC or Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research – Primary Health Care, is a one-year, pan-Canadian interdisciplinary research capacity building program that has been training primary and integrated health care researchers and decision-makers from family medicine, nursing, psychology, epidemiology, social work, occupational therapy, education, policy and other disciplines since 2003. Learn More.

  • Alumni Spotlight: Dr. David Liu

    Recent graduate Dr. David Liu talks about his experience in the London Urban Program. "My greatest experience is more the culmination of all my training and the realization that I am able to independently and confidently manage a patient with various medical and social issues, and feel I’ve made a difference to them." Learn More.

  • October 2018 Research and Publications

    The Department of Family Medicine is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Join us for Family Medicine Grand Rounds: Heart Failure update and management mode on November 7. Save the date for Family Medicine Obstetrics Grand Rounds on November 8 and the Palliative Care Journal Club on November 22. Learn More.

  • Top stories from our September newsletter

    Missed the September e-newsletter? Take a moment to read the top stories: Chair's Message – Continuity of Care, Award: Dr. Jane Thornton recognized with the College of Family Physicians of Canada Family Medicine Resident Leadership Award, Graduate Program Report.

  • Chair's Message – 50th Anniversary

    I have just returned from Family Medicine Forum 2018 in Toronto where we hosted a reception in honour of our 50th anniversary as an academic department. Thank you to the many faculty members, residents and graduates that attended. Our Department actually began in approximately 1966 with two family medical centres, Victoria Family Medical Centre and St. Joseph’s Family Medical Centre, so we are indeed 52 years old. In 1968, Dr. Ian McWhinney was recruited as the first Professor of Family Medicine in Canada and the first Chair of our Department.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    It's that time of year again! The 2019 CaRMS recruitment weekend is 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! We can’t do this without your help, so please mark your calendars with these important interview dates: CaRMS IMG interviews on January 11, 2019; CaRMS CMG interview weekend on January 19 and 20, 2019.

  • Graduate Program Report

    Congratulations to Dr. Britta Laslo for a successful thesis defence on September 24, 2018, and to Dr. Clarissa Burke who graduated at the October 24, 2018 Convocation ceremony. Dr. Judith Brown attended NAPCRG in Chicago and FMF in Toronto and was actively recruiting for the MClSc and PhD programs. Several of our current MClSc and PhD students presented at NAPCRG. We congratulate them on successful presentations.

  • Celebrating 50 years

    Faculty members, past and present, graduates, students and residents attended a reception in celebration of the Department of Family Medicine's 50th Anniversary on November 16 at Family Medicine Forum (FMF) in Toronto. Classmates, friends and colleagues were encouraged to reconnect and reflect on the success of the Department.

  • In the media: The Agenda with Steve Paiken

    Dr. Stewart Harris was one of the panel guests on the Agenda with Steve Paikin on November 20. The panel discussed the alarming high rates of diabetes and why advocates are calling for a national strategy for diabetes. Dr. Harris is the principal investigator for the Diabetes Alliance. Watch the show.

  • Award: Dr. Rochelle Dworkin named Regional Family Physician of the Year

    The Regional Family Physician of the Year Award recognizes seven physicians - one from each region of the province - who provide exemplary care to their patients and are passionately involved in activities that contribute to excellence in family medicine.

  • Dr. Sonny Cejic and Amanda Terry, PhD, appointed interim Co-Directors of the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine

    Dr. Stephen Wetmore, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, is pleased to announce the interim directorship of the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, (CSFM). Effective November 1, 2018 through to September 30, 2019, the interim Co-Directors of the CSFM will be Dr. Sonny Cejic and Amanda Terry, PhD.

  • Judith Belle Brown, PhD, appointed President of the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG)

    The Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and the Department of Family Medicine would like to congratulate Judith Belle Brown, PhD for being appointed President of NAPCRG. Dr. Brown is the 20th President of NAPCRG, the sixth woman and the first social worker. This is a three year commitment, first as Vice-President, then President, followed by serving as Chair of the Board of NAPCRG.

  • Innovation in Education

    The annual Obstetrical Skills Workshop for PGY1 residents was held on November 7. Residents learned how to perform many key obstetrical procedures including artificial rupture of membranes, application of scalp clips, performing a vaginal delivery, perineum repairs and knot-tying to name a few. The day was a tremendous success, and I 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.

  • Call for Nominations – Bootcamp for Resident Teachers

    Core Family Medicine Faculty Members: As in previous years, the PGME office is asking us to take a moment to nominate a resident for the 2019 iteration of the Bootcamp for Resident Teachers (BCRT) on January 30 and 31, 2019. The BCRT is an intensive two-day program aimed at building resident teaching capacity at Schulich through a train-the-trainer model.

  • NAPCRG 2018

    The North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) 46 Annual Meeting was held November 9 to 12 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Researchers, residents and clinicians from the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and Department of Family Medicine had several oral presentations and poster presentations during the conference.

  • TUTOR PHC Networking event at NAPCRG

    The TUTOR-PHC NAPCRG Networking event took place on November 10 in Chicago at NAPCRG 2018. Over 45 alumni, trainees and mentors of the program attended the event including the following Western Family Medicine representatives: Co-Primary Investigator Judith Belle Brown, former Primary Investigator Moira Stewart, mentor Bridget Ryan and alumni Heather Maddocks and Kathryn Nicholson.

  • Interdisciplinary Primary Health Care Research Training Program Now Accepting Applications

    TUTOR-PHC is a one-year, pan-Canadian interdisciplinary research capacity building program that has been training primary and integrated health care researchers and decision-makers from family medicine, nursing, psychology, epidemiology, social work, occupational therapy, education, policy and other disciplines since 2003.

  • Family Medicine Residents of Western: Annual Resident Retreat

    The residents held a successful retreat November 9-11 at Oakwood Resort in Grand Bend. The weekend was filled with transition to practice talks, a career fair, and fun group activities. Highlights of the annual event included two comedians from Yuk Yuks on Friday evening, and an arcade night on Saturday. The retreat would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the retreat coordination team: Nicole Perrier, Tina Lam, Cassandra Stiller-Moldovan, and Bianca Naeeni.

  • Resident Spotlight: Dr. Jun Yin

    Dr. Jun Yin is a resident in our Regional Family Medicine program and practices out of the Strathroy Family Health Organization. He loves the variety the program brings, and the continuity of care he can provide by seeing patients in the ER, hospital and then back in clinic.

  • November 2018 Research and Publications

    The Department of Family Medicine is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Join us for Family Medicine Faculty Development: Make better judgments about your learners using validity theory on December 12. Save the date for the CaRMS Recruitment weekend on January 19/20, 2019.

  • Top stories from our October newsletter

    Missed the October e-newsletter? Take a moment to read the top stories: Chair's Message – MOHLTC Arbitration, Meet the PhD Candidates conducting their work in Family Medicine, Meet our Resident Leaders.

  • Chair's Message

    As we approach the end of the year I want to sincerely thank all the clinician teachers, graduate studies teachers and primary care researchers across our whole network in Southwestern Ontario for all that you do to support our Department of Family Medicine in achieving our strategic goals. Many department staff in various roles contribute to that success and I thank you all for that as well.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    Congratulations on a great Enhanced Skills match. We are thrilled that top ranked candidates were accepted into our program and will continue on their family medicine career with Western. The CaRMS recruitment weekend is rapidly approaching. We can’t showcase our great residency training program without your help. Learn More.

  • Graduate Program Report

    Congratulations to Dr. Sajitha Rahman (India) who has recently completed the requirements of the MClSc program. Dr. Rahman will be graduating in absentia in February. As we near the end of 2018 we wish to express our sincere gratitude to our new and continuing Graduate Studies Faculty for their time and commitment to the MClSc and PhD programs. We look forward to a busy and productive year in 2019. Our sincere Best Wishes for the Holiday Season and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

  • In Memoriam: Dr. Joshua Shadd

    With sadness, we share news of the passing of Dr. Joshua Shadd, formerly of our Department of Family Medicine and, at present, a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster.

  • Award: Dr. Jamie Dr. Wickett recognized by CAME with Certificate of Merit

    Congratulations Dr. Jamie Wickett on receiving the 2019 Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) Certificate of Merit Award for Western University.

  • Family Medicine celebrates the holidays

    The Department of Family Medicine and the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine community kicked off the holidays with the Chair's Christmas Celebration Reception, hosted by Dr. Stephen Wetmore. Celebrating the season of festivity, kindness and giving, guests attended the reception wearing their most festive hat, and brought donations to support the United Way.

  • New UME curriculum emphasizes experiential learning

    The new medical school curriculum, which rolls out in September 2019, emphasizes integrated, experiential learning, and aims to engage students through the early integration of clinical experiences and case-based learning. Learn More.

  • New teaching opportunities on the horizon

    As Schulich Medicine rolls out their redesigned UME curriculum in September 2019, new teaching opportunities will be presented to Family Medicine faculty as first year students are immersed in clinical experiences in communities throughout Southwestern Ontario. Stay tuned.

  • In the media: Western exercise study targets hypertension and cognitive decline

    Kinesiology doctoral candidate Narlon Boa Sorte Silva and Western University family medicine professor Robert Petrella launch study examining the link between high-intensity exercise, blood pressure reduction and cognitive health with community-based exercise program. Learn More via LFPress.

  • Are enhanced skills programs undermining family medicine?

    Dr. Daniel Grushka, director of the enhanced skills program at Western University, shares his thoughts on the sentiment that fewer family doctors want to provide comprehensive “cradle to grave” care. Learn More via CMAJ News.

  • Congratulations Andrea Petrella

    Congratulations to Andrea Petrella on successfully defending her Masters thesis on December 11 under the supervision of Dr. Matthew Heath. The title of her thesis is “A 10-Minute Single-Bout of Moderate to Very-Heavy Intensity Aerobic Exercise Improves Executive Function in Older Adults”.

  • Department of Family Medicine staff volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House London

    Administrative staff from the Department of Family Medicine got into the holiday spirit by spending a Thursday evening volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House of London's Meals From The Heart kitchen program, baking snacks for the families of the House.

  • Recent Additions to Lifestyle Research Team

    We welcome three new members to the Lifestyle Research Team, Brooke Bliss, Andrea Petrella and Marisa Kfrerer. There was significant interest in the Heart and Mind Study and Hockey FIT Trial among Western undergraduates. Over 70 first year Western students attended two separate evening information sessions to learn more about how they can be a part of our research and how to volunteer.

  • Moira Stewart receives Certificate of Achievement in Primary Health Care Research

    Moira Stewart attended a joint pan-Canadian meeting of CIHR-funded Community-based Primary Health Care Teams and SPOR Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation Networks and received a Certificate of Achievement in Primary Health Care Research for the uniqueness of her mentoring; the originality of her research; the inclusivity of her leadership; and her eagerness to both teach and learn.

  • New Patient Engagement in Primary Health Care Research online training program launched

    The Patient-Oriented Research Training and Learning – Primary Health Care program (PORTL-PHC) is designed to meet the learning needs of stakeholders (patients, researchers, clinicians, and decision-makers) who are interested in engaging in, or using, patient-oriented primary health care research. The training program is free, self-directed, and available online now.

  • Diabetes Clinical Trials Update

    The 4th annual Diabetes Clinical Trials Update (CTU) comes to London, Ontario, January 12, 2019. Speakers from Canada and the United States will meet to present findings and developments on emergent therapies in diabetes. The accredited CME program will feature a series of open panel discussions and a keynote presentation on the Real world evidence and what they could tell us by Dr. John B. Buse from the University Of North Carolina School Of Medicine. Registration is free.

  • 2019 Awards of Excellence: Nominate a deserving individual today

    Help recognize the outstanding contributions of your fellow faculty and staff. Nominate a deserving individual today for an Award of Excellence today. Nominations due February 25, 2019.

  • Meet our residents

    Meet various residents from across our 12 teaching sites in this engaging video series.

  • December 2018 Research and Publications

    The Department of Family Medicine is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Join us for Faculty Development - Teacher Series: Encouraging Exemplary Behaviour and Remediating Lapses on January 9, 2019, and Family Medicine Grand Rounds – Integration of Point of Care Ultrasound in Family Medicine on February 6, 2019.

  • Top stories from our November newsletter

    Missed the November e-newsletter? Take a moment to read the top stories: Western captures second place in the SIM Olympiad, Chair's Message – 50th Anniversary, Postgraduate Program Report.

  • Chair's Message

    Happy new year to all. The new year is a great time to reflect on the hopes and challenges for the year(s) ahead... I am preparing to accept the offer of a second five-year term as Chair of the Department of Family Medicine. I very much appreciate the confidence of the selection committee and the Dean in my ability to lead the Department over the next five years.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    The internal review for the two-year program will now be taking place in the Fall of 2017. We have started the process of completing the pre-survey questionnaires... We have implemented the new competency-based In-Training Evaluation Reports (ITERs) for all rotations. These new ITERs have been tailored to reflect the unique competencies and Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) associated with each rotation...

  • Graduate Program Report

    MClSc student Dr. Katherine Stringer will be defending her thesis entitled "Patient-centered Primary Care of Adults with Severe or Profound Developmental Disabilities: The Patient–physician Relationship" on February 28, 2017. You are invited to join us for her public lecture in the Western Centre for Public Health & Family Medicine at 1:00 p.m.

  • Community News

    In this final installment of the R.E.A.L. Life Series, we get an insider’s view of the Hanover Medical Clinic and Hanover & District Hospital. Follow faculty member Dr. Rochelle Dworkin and residents Drs. Alethea Anderson and Andy Walus as they complete patient visits, and discover how the School's learners are trained to manage a broad spectrum of patient care.

  • Celebrating our achievements

    Family Medicine resident, Dr. Jane Thornton, has been selected as a participant for the 2017 Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference (GGCLC). The GGCLC brings together future national Canadian leaders from across the spectrum while in their late 20s and 30s.

  • Shannon Sibbald receives scholarship from The Case Centre

    Shannon Sibbald, PhD was awarded a $1,500 scholarship from The Case Centre to write a case for the Schulich Interfaculty Program in Public Health. The case is titled: The Ontario Health Promoting Hospital Network: Failure to launch, or planting the seeds for change? Current winners can be found on The Case Centre website.

  • In the News: Pilot project recently launched at Windsor family practice

    Drs. Nick Paquette and Aaron Sacheli are piloting the Windsor Primary Care Medical Legal Program, a project that enlists lawyers to help solve patient's problems... Via Windsor Star.

  • Local family physician creates charitable educational app to enhance the way learners are taught about family medicine

    Dr. Daniel Leger, assistant professor of Family Medicine, developed the app for family medicine residents, medical students, family physicians, nurse practitioners, and allied health professionals to learn about family medicine topics in a portable, rapid, and user friendly platform.

  • Why CBME

    Drs. Kristin Chow and Chris Watling discuss the importance of Competency Based Medical Education and the impact of Triple C, and answer the question, "Why CBME?"

  • Conversation with Ian McWhinney

    Nicholas Pimlott, MD CCFP FCFP, Scientific Editor, published an editorial in Canadian Family Physician looking at how the McWhinney lectures provide Canadian family medicine with an ongoing conversation with Dr. McWhinney and his ideas...

  • Save the Date: Schulich Medicine Education Conference

    Join us for the Schulich Medicine Education Conference, a unique professional development opportunity for all faculty from London, Windsor and Southwestern Ontario on Friday, May 5, 2017 at the Four Points by Sheraton in London, ON.

  • Call for abstracts

    Join hundreds of health research trainees from across the region. Submit your abstract for London Health Research Day 2017. Deadline is January 30, 2017.

  • Nominations are now open for the 2017 Awards of Excellence

    Every year, the Awards of Excellence honour the outstanding contributions of faculty and staff at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. This year all nominations are available online. Forms are now available and can be accessed on the Awards of Excellence web page. Only online nominations will be accepted.

  • Call for Nominations: Schulich Medicine - Windsor Campus Awards of Excellence

    Recognizing excellence, that's what the Schulich Medicine - Windsor Campus Awards of Excellence program is all about. Nominations are now open.

  • 2017 Alumni of Distinction Nominations

    Recognize the outstanding accomplishments of a peer, classmate or colleague. The Alumni of Distinction Awards celebrates and honours alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the School, Western University, the community and/or their profession. Deadline for nomination is March 10, 2017. Nomination forms are available online.

  • Department Spotlight: Lauren Siegel - Clinical Faculty Research Coordinator

    The department is pleased to welcome Lauren Siegel in the role of Clinical Faculty Research Coordinator. Lauren graduated from McGill University with a degree in Psychology and Linguistics, then completed a Master's of Rehabilitation Science at Western University...

  • January 2017 Research and Publications

    The department of family medicine is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Mark your calendars for the Enhanced Skills Internal Review on February 15, 2017. Save the date for Resident Project Day on June 7, 2017 and Resident Graduation on June 16, 2017. In case you missed it: the Internal Review of our Family Medicine Residency Training Program has been rescheduled for October 4-5, 2017.

  • Top Stories from our December newsletter

    Chair's Message, In the News: Good health: A London area doctor creates a prescription form not for medication but for exercise and nutrition, Community News: Sarnia Palliative Care.

  • Chair's Message

    A key part of the goals outlined in last month's Chair's Message was the development of a Strategic Plan... As a department we have already started to address this at an initial planning session held in October 2016. There were some good ideas and themes that came out of that retreat. However, there is still a debate about whether to totally revamp our Vision and Mission statements or to just review and adjust these for the current environment...

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    We are committed to developing future leaders in Family Medicine. As such, we are pleased to be offering the Crucial Conversations course, the first module for leadership training, to our PGY1 and PGY2 residents on Saturday, March 25...We have made some changes to the London Urban program curriculum in order to increase continuity in Family Medicine training. These changes will be rolled out in July 2017.

  • Graduate Program Report

    Dr. Judith Belle Brown, chair of graduate programs, is on sabbatical from January - June 2017. Dr. Bridget Ryan will be the acting chair of graduate programs during this time... Planning for a celebration of the Master of Clinical Science program's 40th Anniversary is under way. It will be held September 22 and 23, 2017.

  • Community News

    Register today for the Schulich Medicine Education Conference taking place Friday, May 5. Join faculty from London, Windsor and across Southwestern Ontario to discuss and collaborate on taking competency-based medical education (CBME) from theory to practice in undergraduate and postgraduate education.

  • Celebrating our achievements

    Congratulations to Narlon Boa Sorte Silva on being fast-tracked from the MSc program to the PhD program in Kinesiology at Western University. Silva’s Canadian experience began in 2014 when he was selected as a top-ranked applicant for the Mitacs 12-week Research Internship to study under Dr. Robert Petrella here at Western.

  • In the News: Study Buddy app enhances learning for trainees and gives to charity at the same time

    Learn & Give Back: Dr. Leger's Study Buddy app enhances learning for family medicine trainees and gives to charity at the same time. Via CTV News London.

  • Grand Rounds – Patient-Centred Care for Persons with Multimorbidity

    Join us on Wednesday, March 1 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. for Family Medicine Grand Rounds in the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine Building, Room 1150. Dr. Martin Fortin and Moira Stewart, PhD. will provide a presentation on Patient-Centred Care for Persons with Multimorbidity.

  • Following Grand Rounds: Greetings to Moira Stewart

    The Centre for Studies in Family Medicine invites Department of Family Medicine faculty and staff to give greetings to Moira Stewart on the occasion of her retirement following Grand Rounds on March 1. Join us from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. in Room 1150 of the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. Light refreshments will be provided.

  • Nominations are now open for the 2017 Awards of Excellence

    Every year, the Awards of Excellence honour the outstanding contributions of faculty and staff at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. This year all nominations are available online. Forms are now available and can be accessed on the Awards of Excellence web page. Deadline for nominations is March 6, 2017.

  • 2017 Alumni of Distinction Nominations

    Recognize the outstanding accomplishments of a peer, classmate or colleague. The Alumni of Distinction Awards celebrates and honours alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the School, Western University, the community and/or their profession. Deadline for nomination is March 10, 2017. Nomination forms are available online. The 2017 Awards will be presented at the Dean’s Gala on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

  • Save the Date: Periodic Health Visit Seminar

    Join us on Wednesday, March 29 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in Room 1150 of the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine for the next seminar on the Periodic Health Visit hosted by the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and the Schulich Interfaculty Program in Public Health. More details to follow soon.

  • Save the Date: Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

    Join us on Wednesday, May 31 for Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day at the Sheraton Centre Hotel, in Toronto. Details will be updated on the Trillium website.

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Laura Clademenos

    Dr. Laura Clademenos knew she would have a strong, comprehensive experience in our Regional Program, and is a current resident at the Mount Brydges site. "I want to provide highly competent, evidence based care in both the office and emergency department. It's encouraging to encounter staff physicians who are successfully pulling off my dream."

  • February 2017 Research and Publications

    The Department of Family Medicine is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Mark your calendars for the Schulich Medicine Education Conference on May 5. Save the date for Resident Project Day on June 7 and Resident Graduation on June 16. In case you missed it: the Internal Review of our Family Medicine Residency Training Program has been rescheduled for October 4-5.

  • Top Stories from our January newsletter

    Chair's Message, Dr. Jane Thornton selected as a participant for the 2017 Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference, Department Spotlight: Lauren Siegel - Clinical Faculty Research Coordinator.

  • Chair's Message

    Back in July 2014 my Chair’s Message was about quality improvement in primary care. At that time our residents were starting to focus on quality improvement projects for the academic component of their residency training... Health Quality Ontario (HQO) is the agency that is the provincial advisor on the quality of healthcare in Ontario, and has been reporting on the performance of healthcare since 2006.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    We had a very successful match on March 1. We have five unfilled positions and we anticipate filling them with high quality candidates in the second iteration of the residency match.

  • Graduate Program Report

    Dr. Katherine Stringer successfully defended her thesis on February 28 and will graduate at the Spring Convocation...Planning for the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the MClSc continues. Guest speakers for the symposium day have been confirmed and the event is shaping up well.

  • Community News

    Register today for the Schulich Medicine Education Conference taking place Friday, May 5. Join faculty from London, Windsor and across Southwestern Ontario to discuss and collaborate on taking competency-based medical education (CBME) from theory to practice in undergraduate and postgraduate education.

  • Dr. Stephen Wetmore re-appointed Chair/Chief, Department of Family Medicine

    Dr. Stephen Wetmore has been re-appointed as Chair/Chief of the Department of Family Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and its teaching hospitals effective February 1, 2017 to January 31, 2022.

  • Celebrating our achievements

    The 2017 Awards of Excellence recipients have demonstrated passion, professionalism and excellence in their teaching, support and leadership. Congratulations to our Windsor family medicine faculty and resident recipients.

  • Dr. Scott McKay receives Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) Certificate of Merit

    The award recognizes commitment to medical education at the undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development levels, taking into account valuable contributions made toward teaching, evaluation, educational leadership and course coordination.

  • In the News: U of C med school beefs up nutrition and lifestyle education

    Dr. Aric Sudicky, a current family medicine resident and former fitness trainer and model, wanted to see more nutrition and exercise education incorporated into the undergrad medical curriculum. Via Calgary Herald.

  • Periodic Health Visit Seminar

    Join us on March 29 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in Room 1150 of the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine for this interactive seminar, facilitated by Cathy Thorpe, with presentations by Mark Speechley, PhD, and Heather Maddocks, PhD. Deadline to register is March 24. RSVP to Maureen Kennedy.

  • Dr. Katherine Stringer's MClSc thesis defence public lecture

    Dr. Katherine Stringer, Department of Family Medicine, presented her MClSc thesis defence public lecture in London, ON, on February 28, 2017. The presentation was entitled, Patient-centered Primary Care of Adults with Severe or Profound Developmental Disabilities: The Patient–Physician Relationship. Watch now.

  • Resident Spotlight – Dr. Carolyn Adams

    With roots in Windsor stretching back to the early 1900’s, Dr. Adams is looking forward to practicing in her hometown and continuing the family tradition of socially responsible care. Via Schulich Communications.

  • Dr. Robert Petrella – Real Life Research Team

    Dr. Robert Petrella is pleased to announce the new name of his research team within the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine: Research in Lifestyle Interventions to Prevent Chronic Disease, or the shortened version: Real Life Research Team.

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

    Abstract submission and registration are now open. Join us on Wednesday, May 31 for Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day at the Sheraton Centre Hotel, Mezzanine Level, Toronto. Abstract Deadline: May 1. Registration Deadline: May 19.

  • Register today: Resident Project Day

    Family Medicine residents will present their projects and commend their achievements on Wednesday, June 7 at the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. Join us for a day of oral presentations and research posters. Register today.

  • Department Spotlight: Adrienne Wakabayashi

    The department is pleased to introduce Adrienne Wakabayashi in the role of Postgraduate Academic Program Coordinator. Adrienne graduated from Western University with both BMSc (Honors) and MSc degrees in Microbiology and Immunology... Adrienne recently participated in Western's Alternative Spring Break and shares her experience...

  • March 2017 Research and Publications

    The Department of Family Medicine is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Mark your calendars for the Schulich Medicine Education Conference on May 5 and Resident Project Day on June 7. Save the date for Resident Graduation on June 16 and the 40th Anniversary of the MClSc Program in Family Medicine on September 22-23.

  • Top Stories from our February newsletter

    Department Spotlight: Dr. Laura Clademenos, Following Grand Rounds: Greetings to Moira Stewart, Postgraduate Program Report.

  • Chair's Message

    These days one doesn’t have to look too far in medical journals, magazines and periodicals, social media, or the internet before finding a reference to Choosing Wisely. The Choosing Wisely campaign began in the United States of America and now has spread to many countries around the world, championed by Choosing Wisely Canada. The Choosing Wisely campaign is designed to bring attention to unnecessary tests and treatments in medicine, and strives to educate physicians, other health care personnel and the public.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    Congratulations on a great CaRMS 2nd iteration match. We filled our remaining positions with many of our top ranked candidates. A sincere thank you to all of the faculty, residents and staff that helped with the file reviews and interviews...Lin Hill and Dianne Brooks, two exceptional members of our postgraduate team, have announced their retirements.

  • Community News – Entering the world of research

    It is increasingly becoming known that research is important for patient care. The Department of Family Medicine would like to encourage and aid in our community faculty entering the world of research and has welcomed Ms. Lauren Siegel in the role of Clinical Faculty Research Coordinator.

  • Celebrating our achievements

    Congratulations to Erin Shellington (PhD Candidate with Dr. Robert Petrella) on being awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health (CIHR) Travel Award to attend the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado; May 30 – June 3, 2017. Erin will present a poster on the Mind Fun Research Study: Feasibility of Square-stepping Exercise to Improve Mobility and Cognition in Long-term Care and Retirement Living.

  • New Funding Announcement – Dr. Stewart Harris – PATHWAYS

    Dr. Stewart B. Harris is the Principal Investigator on a new grant sponsored by Canadian Institutes of Health (CIHR) titled Transformation of Indigenous Primary Healthcare Delivery (FORGE AHEAD): Enhancement and Adaptation of Community-driven Innovations and Scale-up Toolkits (PATHWAYS).

  • Successful Seminar on the ‘Periodic Health Visit: They’re Complicated!’

    The interactive seminar hosted by the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and the Schulich Interfaculty Program in Public Health was well attended by department clinicians and other faculty members. Attendees posed insightful questions, provided their clinical expertise and perspectives concerning Periodic Health Visits, and provided guidance regarding next steps for this research.

  • Choosing Wisely in Southwestern Ontario - May 12, 2017

    SWAHN Presents: Choosing Wisely in Southwestern Ontario: A Knowledge Exchange Forum on May 12 at Parkwood Institute, Mental Health Care Building Auditorium. For more information, contact Catherine Joyes, and to register, visit the SWAHN website. RSVP deadline April 28.

  • Schulich Medicine Education Conference

    Join faculty from London, Windsor and across Southwestern Ontario on Friday, May 5 at the Four Points by Sheraton London to discuss and collaborate on taking CBME from theory to practice in undergraduate and postgraduate education.

  • Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine

    The 26th Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine will take place on May 10 at the Four Points by Sheraton London. Dr. Jose Silveira, Medical Director, Mental Health & Addiction Program, St. Joseph’s Health Care Toronto, will deliver the keynote presentation: Managing Uncertainty: A Novel Approach to Undifferentiated Mental Disorders.

  • Congratulations to the 2017 Awards of Excellence recipients

    As educators, researchers, innovators and leaders, this year’s Awards of Excellence recipients are making a difference at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. It is with great pride that we recognize and honour their achievements. Congratulations Dr. Rochelle Dworkin, Dr. Daniel Leger, and Dr. Moira Stewart.

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

    Abstract submission and registration are now open. Join us on Wednesday, May 31 for Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day at the Sheraton Centre Hotel, Mezzanine Level, Toronto. Abstract Deadline: May 1. Registration Deadline: May 19.

  • Resident Graduation

    Join us as we celebrate Resident Graduation on Friday, June 16. This reception honours residents graduating between November 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017. The celebration will be held at the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine and will include hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. RSVP deadline June 8.

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Rochelle Dworkin

    For Dr. Rochelle Dworkin, the most enjoyable part of teaching is seeing the practice of medicine through the learner’s eyes. At the beginning of her career she was recruited to Hanover to do a six-month locum and nearly thirty years later, she is still practicing in the same town and has embraced the depth and breadth of being a rural generalist physician. Dr. Dworkin has been honoured with a Schulich Award of Excellence for Faculty in Distributed Sites and will receive her award at the celebration dinner on May 24.

  • April 2017 Research and Publications

    The Department of Family Medicine is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Mark your calendars for the Schulich Medicine Education Conference on May 5 and Resident Project Day on June 7. Save the date for Resident Graduation on June 16 and the 40th Anniversary of the MClSc Program in Family Medicine on September 22-23.

  • Top Stories from our March newsletter

    CaRMS match, Dr. Robert Petrella – Real Life Research Team, and Resident Spotlight - Dr. Carolyn Adams.

  • Chair's Message

    As I write this month's Chair's Message, the Patient’s First Act (2016) is in the early stages of implementation. Within this act is the transfer of the Community Care Access Centre to the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and the LHIN assuming responsibility for primary care organization and oversight. This is a great opportunity for better organization and integration of health care for all Ontarians.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    Starting in July, field notes will align with the program competencies and entrustable professional activities... In preparation for the start of the new academic year, please take a moment to review the program policies... Resident Project Day will take place on June 7. We are still looking for faculty to judge the oral presentations and posters on this day.

  • Graduate Program Report

    The MClSc and PhD Program courses have drawn to an end after a very successful 2016-17 academic year... Planning for the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the MClSc continues. A call for abstracts has gone out, as has the formal invitation to the celebration. We invite all alumni and teachers to visit the Anniversary website for more information.

  • Community News

    Thank you for attending the 2017 Schulich Medicine Education Conference. We hope you enjoyed the day and had an opportunity to network and collaborate with colleagues. Several workshop presentations are now available online. Please enjoy a photo gallery from the event.

  • Celebrating our achievements

    Drs. Freeman and Stewart (co-Principal Investigators), Copeland, Jordan, Leger, and Hons (co-Investigators) are recipients of a two-year grant from Physicians Services Incorporated (PSI) for their project: Symptoms and Relevant Outcomes: SMART.

  • In the media: Study finds street racers more likely to crash

    Western family medicine professor Evelyn Vingilis co-authors study that finds street racers more likely to crash than other motorists. via London Free Press.

  • In the media: Dr. Adam Sirek one of 17 Canadian astronaut finalists

    Windsor faculty member, Dr. Adam Sirek has been selected as one of 17 finalists in the race to become Canada's next astronaut. via CBC.

  • Family Medicine retirements

    The Department of Family Medicine said goodbye to Dianne Brooks and Lin Hill, two exceptional members of our postgraduate team, as they announced their retirements in the last few months.

  • Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series speaker announced

    Mark your calendars for the third annual Dr. Ian McWhinney lecture on September 20. We are pleased to announce Dr. Larry Green, Professor of Family Medicine at The University of Colorado School of Medicine as the 2017 Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series speaker.

  • Commitment to the Community: Dr. Evelyn Vingilis - Inspiring young girls through STEM

    The Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS) is inspiring young girls across Canada to join science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Founded in 1992 by Dr. Evelyn Vingilis and her then nine-year-old daughter Larissa Vingilis-Jaremko ... via Schulich Communications.

  • Congratulations to the 2017 Awards of Excellence recipients

    As educators, researchers, innovators and leaders, this year’s Awards of Excellence recipients are making a difference at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. It is with great pride that we recognize and honour their achievements. Congratulations Dr. Rochelle Dworkin, Dr. Daniel Leger, and Dr. Moira Stewart. Purchase tickets today.

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day – May 31

    Learn about ongoing primary health care research through presentations and posters and participate in skill-building workshops led by experienced, Ontario-based primary health care researchers. Registration Deadline: May 19.

  • Resident Project Day – June 7

    Join us for a day of oral presentations and research posters, as we celebrate the success of our resident projects and bring our distributed teaching sites together. Resident Project Day is a full-day event. Lunch is included for those who have registered and have indicated "yes" to attending lunch on the registration form.

  • See the Line Returns August 16

    Learn the latest in concussion research. Hear from world-class medical experts, health care advocates and professional athletes at the full day CME or afternoon Community Symposium that will educate you on sport related brain injury evaluation and treatment.

  • Department Spotlight: John Berger

    The department is pleased to welcome John Berger in the role of Post-Graduate Coordinator, Scheduling and Recruitment. John graduated from Western University with a degree in Psychology and English Literature.

  • May 2017 Research and Publications

    The Department of Family Medicine is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Mark your calendars for Resident Project Day on June 7 and Resident Graduation on June 16. Save the date for the Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series on September 20 and the 40th Anniversary of the MClSc Program in Family Medicine on September 22-23.

  • Top Stories from our April newsletter

    Congratulations to the 2017 Awards of Excellence recipients, April 2017 Research and Publications, and Department Spotlight: Dr. Rochelle Dworkin.

  • Chair's Message

    The Cancer Care Ontario Bulletin for Primary Care was released in April 2017, and included some interesting statistics about our area. The overall cancer incidence for all cancers in the Southwest LHIN, (SW LHIN), was higher than the Ontario average in the latest statistics from 2010/12 at 714 per 100,000 person years, age standardized. The SW LHIN also has one of the highest rates of colorectal cancer in the province. The report also pointed to where family physicians could play a role by counseling patients about risk factors for cancer and chronic disease.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    We are recruiting Family Medicine faculty to teach in the Academic Half Day series. Please contact us if you have any thoughts on the series. Our Internal Review date initially scheduled for the Fall of 2017 is now moving to Spring 2018. More details to come. In preparation for the start of the new academic year, please take a moment to review the program policies.

  • Graduate Program Report

    Our Graduate Program Convocation took place on June 15 at Alumni Hall. Dr. Katherine Stringer was awarded her degree but was unable to attend the ceremony. Dr. Helena Piccinini-Vallis successfully defended her Comprehensive Examination on June 6. We are preparing to welcome our new cohort and returning MClSc and PhD students as we launch the 2017-18 academic year with the on-site sessions from September 18 - 29.

  • Community News – Faculty Development Program survey

    The purpose of this survey is to assess the faculty development needs for the department of Family Medicine in order to lay the groundwork for the creation of faculty development curricula that are both relevant and considered important by you as well as offered at a time that is convenient to you. Please fill out the anonymous survey if you currently hold an academic appointment with the Department of Family Medicine at Western University.

  • Celebrating our achievements

    Kathryn Nicolson graduated with a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics on June 15. Kathryn’s dissertation was titled “Multimorbidity Among Adult Primary Health Care Patients In Canada: Examining Multiple Chronic Diseases Using An Electronic Medical Record Database”. Her co-supervisors were Dr. Amardeep Thind and Amanda Terry, PhD.

  • Dr. Stewart Harris' team receives the Sandra Letton Quality Award

    The Department would like to congratulate Dr. Stewart Harris and his team on receiving the prestigious Sandra Letton Quality Award. The Sandra Letton Quality Award is one of the President’s awards presented by St. Joseph’s Health Care in London. The award recognizes a team who have made an outstanding contribution toward improvement in quality patient care.

  • Moira Stewart, PhD appointed Professor Emerita

    Western University welcomed Moira Stewart, PhD as Professor Emerita during Spring Convocation. Stewart's accomplishments and important contributions to Western are recognized with this prestigious honour. Congratulations Moira.

  • Judith Belle Brown, PhD appointed Vice President of the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG)

    The Department of Family Medicine would like to congratulate Judith Belle Brown, PhD for being appointed Vice President of the North American Primary Care Research Group. She will transition to President in one year's time.

  • Honouring our long-standing faculty

    The Department of Family Medicine would like to honour long-standing faculty members Drs. Jo-Anne Hammond and John Jordan for their years of service training comprehensive family physicians and future leaders in health care.

  • Sunscreen Made Simple

    Family Medicine graduates Dr. Aric Sudicky and Dr. Mario Elia produced a YouTube video highlighting what is the best sunscreen to prevent skin cancer, and debunking current sunscreen myths.

  • Resident Profile - Dr. Jean-Marc Beausoleil

    Dr. Beausoleil, PGY2, Family Medicine decided to pursue his medical degree while studying to be a paramedic. via Schulich Communications.

  • TUTOR-PHC Symposium – King City, ON

    The annual TUTOR-PHC Symposium recently took place from May 8 – 11 in King City, Ontario, signifying the start of the 2017-2018 program year. TUTOR-PHC or Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research – Primary Health Care is a pan-Canadian, interdisciplinary training program led by Judith Belle Brown, PhD and Amanda Terry, PhD.

  • INSPIRE-PHC Program hosts Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit meeting

    Moira Stewart, PhD, Department of Family Medicine and lead of the INSPIRE-PHC Program hosted the Operational Management Team of the Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit (OSSU) for their in-person meeting May 29 and 30. This event brought together researchers and decision makers from all over Ontario, who may not otherwise cross paths.

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day 2017

    The INSPIRE-PHC Program, led by Moira Stewart, PhD, Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, hosted another successful Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day on May 31 in Toronto. There were 115 participants, 58 (poster and oral) research presentations from PHC researchers across the province, a distinguished lecture, keynote panel and two workshops.

  • Resident Project Day June 7

    On June 7 the Department of Family Medicine hosted Resident Project Day. With 15 oral and 27 poster presentations, the scholarly activities that the PGY2/PGY3 residents completed over the course of their programs were showcased to more than 170 attendees. The day allowed for knowledge sharing, networking, and discussion about current topics in family medicine and primary care.

  • Celebration of Success Breakfast June 15

    Faculty and staff of the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine enjoyed a delicious breakfast buffet to celebrate another great year of success. Our achievements are due in large part to the tremendous team work and collaboration within, and amongst all of our teams.Congratulations and thanks to everyone for your valuable contributions.

  • See the Line Returns August 16

    Learn the latest in concussion research. Hear from world-class medical experts, health care advocates and professional athletes at the full day CME or afternoon Community Symposium that will educate you on sport related brain injury evaluation and treatment.

  • Department Spotlight: Annaka Norman

    The postgraduate team would like to extend a big thank you to Annaka Norman for her coordination of resident graduation. Annaka joined the postgraduate team May 15 on a temporary contract. She did an amazing job coordinating our resident graduation celebration and has stepped in to help out with completing time off requests and the organization of the new academic year.

  • June 2017 Research and Publications

    The Department of Family Medicine is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Mark your calendars for the Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series on September 20. Save the date for the 40th Anniversary of the MClSc Program in Family Medicine on September 22-23.

  • Top Stories from our May newsletter

    Family Medicine retirements, Chair's Message and Celebrating our achievements.

  • Chair's Message

    Welcome to another academic year. I would like to take this opportunity to re-emphasize the importance of faculty development and to introduce our new program... Faculty development is the means by which you enhance your skills, knowledge and attitudes about teaching, leadership, research, quality improvement, and other facets of academia. Through faculty development you will achieve personal and professional career development.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    On behalf of the Postgraduate Program we would like to extend a warm welcome to the incoming PGY1 residents. The new academic year is off to a great start. At the beginning of the new academic year, we would like to take some time to remind you of an essential component of the program, Field Notes. Field notes can be generated by either a faculty member or resident...

  • Graduate Program Report

    This year we launch the 40th year of the MClSc Graduate Program. We will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary with an alumni / student reception on September 22 followed by a Symposium on Saturday, September 23 highlighting some of our exceptional Alumni speakers... Our MClSc/PhD on-site will take place September 18 - 29 on the first floor of the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine.

  • Community News: Dr. Dax Biondi

    A graduate of our residency program, Dr. Dax Biondi practices in his hometown of Chatham, encompassing family medicine, emergency medicine and nursing home in his practice. He is inspired by seeing patients recover from lifestyle related illnesses including obesity and diabetes and by his great team in the emergency department.

  • Celebrating our achievements

    Congratulations to Dr. Scott McKay on receiving the Ontario College of Family Physicians 2017 Award of Excellence, Dr. Kate Bailey on receiving the Ontario College of Family Physicians Region 2 Family Physician of the Year award, and Dr. Daniel Pepe on receiving a 2017 CFPC Patient Education Grant for Family Medicine Residents for his project called "Teach and Learn."

  • In the news: Hockey FIT

    Dr. Rob Petrella's Hockey FIT program was featured on CTV London and CBC London Morning. His new study shows that the pilot program, which uses the fan culture around junior hockey to motivate men to exercise and eat healthy, led to significant weight loss and improvements in the health of its participants.

  • Dr. Cathy Faulds named Chief Clinical Lead in the South West LHIN

    Named as the new Chief Clinical Lead in the South West LHIN, faculty member Dr. Cathy Faulds is tasked with advancing high-quality, coordinated, patient-focused health care. In her new role she will be providing clinical leadership and strategic direction to advance engagement among partners, clinical standards implementation, patient safety and quality improvement.

  • Dr. Daniel Leger receives 2017 Team Williams Family Medicine Innovation Grant

    Dr. Daniel Leger has been selected to receive the 2017 Team Williams Family Medicine Innovation Grant for his work in founding The Family Medicine Study Guide. The Team Williams Family Medicine Innovation Grant supports family physicians and family medicine residents in the creation and development of innovative medical IT projects in family medicine.

  • Family Medicine Interest Group kicks off new school year

    As September and a new school year gets underway we would like to take this moment to introduce ourselves and highlight the exciting events we have planned this year with the Family Medicine Interest Group. Myself, Cece, along with Sierra and Brandon have the privilege of working together as the 2017-2018 FMIG Co-Chairs.

  • TUTOR-PHC is now accepting applications

    TUTOR-PHC or Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research – Primary Health Care is a one-year, pan-Canadian interdisciplinary research capacity building program that has been training primary and integrated health care researchers and decision-makers from family medicine, nursing, psychology, epidemiology, social work, occupational therapy, education, policy and many other disciplines since 2003.

  • 32nd Annual Therapeutics in Action Conference

    Save the date for the 32nd Annual Therapeutics in Action Conference presented by Pharmacy Services of London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care, London, on Wednesday, October 25 at the Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre.

  • J. Allyn Taylor Symposium

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017 The day includes a panel discussion and keynote lecture by the 2017 J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine winner in multiple sclerosis.

  • Leaders in Innovation Dinner

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Celebrate research advancements in multiple sclerosis. Guests will enjoy an engaging armchair discussion with Ann and Mitt Romney.

  • Department Spotlight: Cheryl Leystra-Lantz

    The postgraduate team would like to extend a warm welcome to Cheryl Leystra-Lantz who joined the Department in the role of Postgraduate Program Coordinator Student Relations on July 19.

  • September 2017 Research and Publications

    The Department of Family Medicine is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Mark your calendars for the Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series on September 20 and the 40th Anniversary of the MClSc Program in Family Medicine on September 22-23. Save the date for the Lecture Series in Refugee Health – Women's Health on September 27.

  • Top stories from our June newsletter

    Sunscreen Made Simple, Dr. Stewart Harris' team receives the Sandra Letton Quality Award, Department of Family Medicine Facebook Page.

  • Chair's Message

    One of the important roles that family doctors play is in the area of prevention. Family doctors are uniquely set up to do this effectively through our primary contact with patients before disease occurs, through our knowledge of our patients’ context, and our ability to follow patients over time in a trusting relationship.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    The new academic year is off to a great start. The Postgraduate team is currently seeking feedback regarding the new curriculum changes that were implemented this year in the Urban Program...

  • Graduate Program Report

    This year we launched the 2017-18 academic year with four new MClSc students and one PhD student. The opening reception of the MClSc 40th Anniversary marked the inaugural J.F. Sangster Graduate Studies Family Medicine Awards...

  • Community News

    We have revamped your Western Family Medicine Faculty Development Program. The Faculty Development Dispatch is sent out at the start of each month, and provides details on the full scope of events and opportunities taking place during that month. A full event calendar is available on our new web page...

  • Family Doctor Week in Canada

    Family Doctor Week in Canada (FDW) will be recognized from November 6-11, 2017. This celebratory week provides governments, health care organizations, colleagues and the public an opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding contributions made by family doctors to improve the health and well-being of their patients.

  • Family Medicine celebrates annual Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series

    The Department celebrated the legacy of Dr. Ian McWhinney with the third annual lecture series on September 20. Dr. Larry Green delivered the keynote presentation, "Will People have a Personal Physician Anymore?" to an auditorium of over 200 residents, faculty, researchers and community physicians.

  • Hometown pride

    Dr. Joseph Zakaria is proud to have completed his clerkship and residency in Windsor. Now he's teaching and mentoring students in his role as the Academic Director for Family Medicine. Via the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry Communications Department.

  • Obstetrical Skills Day

    First year family medicine residents will attend the annual Obstetrical Skills Day on November 1. A dedicated group of faculty will come together under the leadership of Dr. Laura Lyons to present an informative 1/2 day workshop with hands-on rotating work stations covering everything from the mechanics of a normal vaginal birth to diagnosing and treating a shoulder dystocia.

  • Family Medicine Grand Rounds

    Join Drs. Chantelle Richmond and Joshua Tobias for their presentation "Journeying breast cancer as a First Nation’s woman: One mother’s stories of isolation, courage and healing" on Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. in Room 1150 of The Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine.

  • Annual Family Medicine Mix & Mingle

    The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) is pleased to announce its first formal event of the academic year: our Family Medicine Mix & Mingle on November 22. This event provides students with an opportunity to connect with family medicine residents and doctors in the London area. We would like to thank all of the residents and doctors for volunteering their time.

  • Family Medicine Forum

    Family Medicine Forum (FMF) will be held from November 8 to 11 in Montréal, Quebec at the Palais des Congrès. This is the largest annual conference for family physicians. Many of our research and clinical faculty and staff will be presenting posters, workshops or education sessions.

  • TUTOR-PHC is now accepting applications

    TUTOR-PHC or Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research – Primary Health Care is a one-year, pan-Canadian interdisciplinary research capacity building program that has been training primary and integrated health care researchers and decision-makers since 2003.

  • Academic Half Day: Social Media 101

    On November 15 Dr. Daniel Pepe and Dr. Saadia Hameed will present academic half day on Social Media 101. We encourage all attending to sign up for Twitter BEFORE the session. The session will be interactive so we ask you to bring your phone, tablet, and laptops. Faculty are more than welcome to attend either in person, or by participating online.

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Caroline Rebicki

    Dr. Caroline Rebicki is a current student in the MClSc in Family Medicine program. She is a busy wife, and mother of five kids, who loves to travel, cook, and garden. "Western’s Family Medicine Department is recognized world-wide for their avant-gard approach to Family Medicine as a discipline. I wanted to be part of that. And maybe make it a family tradition to have a degree from Western University."

  • October 2017 Research and Publications

    The Department of Family Medicine is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Mark your calendars for the annual Family Medicine Forum on November 8-11. Save the date for the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Meeting on November 17-21, and the Ontario College of Family Physicians 2017 Annual Scientific Assembly on November 23-24.

  • Top stories from our September newsletter

    Department of Family Medicine Facebook Page, Postgraduate Program Report, Chair's Message.

  • Chair's Message

    At the recent Family Medicine Forum (FMF) the Family Medicine Professional Profile was officially introduced and championed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). This document was designed to be a clear definition of Family Medicine for those external to the discipline, and to provide a picture of what can be expected from the discipline and its practitioners.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    The CPFC has just released a set of objectives for the assessment of competence in intrapartum and perinatal care. The PG team will be using these to reflect on our curriculum design and assessment strategies... The CaRMS recruitment weekend is rapidly approaching. This exciting time of year gives us the opportunity to showcase our enthusiasm and demonstrate to applicants why this is a great training program...

  • Graduate Program Report

    Our congratulations to Drs. Sofian Al-Samak and Isabel Correia who graduated on October 25 at the 2017 Western University Convocation... A number of interested MClSc prospects stopped by our booth at the Family Medicine Forum... Several of our alumni/current students were presented with awards at the FMF Awards Gala, and were well represented at The Family Medicine Innovations in Research and Education day...

  • Community News

    On November 8, Emily Leighton, Crystal Mackay, and Michelle Stubnya, facilitated a faculty development session on Social Media as part of the Department of Family Medicine's faculty development series. The session discussed extending the reach of your research and engaging with a wider audience through social media. Participants were introduced to the various social media platforms, tips and best practices. Watch Now.

  • In the news: Dr. Susan McNair and St. Joseph's Health Care lead cutting-edge partnership with London police

    The Regional Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Program at St. Joseph’s Health Care is the first clinic to partner with police for victims of human trafficking. Dr. Susan McNair is the medical director. Media coverage via CBC London, CTV London, and London Free Press.

  • Celebrating our Achievement: Erin Shellington, PhD

    Erin Shellington, a PhD student in Kinesiology, under the supervision of Dr. Rob Petrella, successfully defended her PhD thesis on November 6. Her thesis is entitled: "The feasibility of Square-stepping exercise as a universal intervention for older adults with chronic disease to improve cognitive and physical function."

  • Indigenous health care leaders meet in London to share successes in diabetes care and prevention

    Health care and community leaders from over a dozen Indigenous communities across the country have gathered in London this week to launch a national roll-out of strategies for diabetes prevention and care.

  • Hockey Fans In Training supports Movember

    Movember supported our pilot research project, Hockey Fans In Training, which helped male sports fans of two OHL hockey teams lose weight and improve their lifestyle. Now it’s our turn to give back. Join our team as we raise money and awareness for men's health with Movember, one mo at a time.

  • R.E.A.L. Life Perspectives: Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance

    In the second installment of R.E.A.L. Life Perspectives, we follow faculty member Dr. Miriam Mann and Family Medicine resident Dr. Alicia Cundall during an overnight shift in the Emergency Department at Stratford General Hospital, one of four Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) sites.

  • Meet our resident leaders

    Drs. Matthew DiBartolomeo, Janina Mailloux and Saif Zahir are the 2017/2018 Family Medicine chief residents. They serve as an important resource to the Department and resident body, as well as mentors, leaders, and advocates for the Program.

  • Conduct and Use of Patient-Oriented Research for Ontario SPOR Support Unit MasterClass

    On November 6 and 7, Moira Stewart, PhD and Amanda Terry, PhD, together with Ms. Lorraine Bayliss (patient representative), delivered a workshop for researchers and trainees as part of the Ontario SPOR Support Unit’s MasterClass on the Conduct and Use of Patient-Oriented Research.

  • TUTOR-PHC application deadline fast approaching

    Attention clinicians and researchers in Primary Health Care – The December 1st deadline to apply to TUTOR-PHC is almost here. The one-year, pan-Canadian interdisciplinary research capacity building program has been training primary and integrated health care researchers and decision-makers since 2003.

  • 2017 Annual Carol Buck Lecture and Graduate Scholarship with Dr. Stewart Harris

    Dr. Stewart Harris, CM, MD, MPH, FCFP, FACPM, Professor, CDA Chair in Diabetes Management, Ian McWhinney Chair of Family Medicine Studies, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, will present the 2017 Annual Carol Buck Lecture and Graduate Scholarship: “Diabetes and the Sweetness of Life” on Friday, November 17, from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. in DSB 1002.

  • North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) 45th Annual Meeting

    NAPCRG's 45th Annual Meeting will be held November 16 - 21 in Montreal PQ. Many researchers, students and clinicians from the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and Department of Family Medicine will be making oral presentations and poster presentations during the conference. A schedule of these presentations is available.

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Donna Manca

    Dr. Donna Manca is the Director of the Research Program in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta. She chose to pursue a Master in Clinical Science in Family Medicine to learn about the patient centred method developed in the 1980s, and how she could improve care to patients. She also wanted to develop skills in evaluating primary care and research. "I grew and learned a great deal during my time at Western..."

  • November 2017 Research and Publications

    The Department of Family Medicine is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Mark your calendars for the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Meeting on November 17-21, and the Ontario College of Family Physicians 2017 Annual Scientific Assembly on November 23-24.

  • Top stories from our October newsletter

    Department Spotlight: Dr. Caroline Rebicki, Chair's Message, Postgraduate Program Report.

  • Chair's Message

    This is our last newsletter for 2017. At this time I would like to offer my personal thank you to the faculty and staff of our Department for your dedication and hard work throughout the year, and your commitment to excellent clinical care, outstanding education, and groundbreaking research... 2018 will mark the Fiftieth Anniversary of our academic Department of Family Medicine...

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    MyFM underwent a major update on December 8. Field notes will soon be mapped to competencies and Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for our program...The PG committee is currently reviewing the Faculty Advisor Form, completed as part of our Faculty Advisor Program and will be implementing changes for July 1, 2018.

  • Graduate Program Report

    Congratulations to Dr. John Campbell on his successful thesis defence on Tuesday, December 5... We wish to remind faculty that our Graduate Program applications will open January 1, 2018... Our sincere Best Wishes for the Holiday Season and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

  • Community News

    In the third instalment of the R.E.A.L. Life Perspectives, we get a behind the scenes look at the Central Lambton Family Health Team (CLFHT) with faculty member Dr. Firas Al-Dhaher and second-year Family Medicine resident Dr. Cody Jackson. Via R.E.A.L. Life Perspectives.

  • Celebrating our Achievements: Drs. Bailey, Cargill, McKay, and Schmidt Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) 2017 Award recipients

    Congratulations Drs. Bailey, Cargill, McKay, and Schmidt, faculty recognized by the OCFP as 2017 Awards recipients. Dr. Bailey received the Region 2 Family Physician of the Year Award recognizing her exemplary care to her patients ... Drs. Cargill, McKay, and Schmidt each received an Ontario College of Family Physicians 2017 Award of Excellence.

  • Dr. Susan McNair receives the Chief's Recognition Award for 2017

    Congratulations Dr. Susan McNair on receiving the Chief's Recognition Award for 2017. This award recognizes the professional efforts that have made a significant impact on our community. Dr. McNair does exemplary work as the Director of the Regional Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centre at St. Joseph’s Health Care London.

  • Team of researchers receive Award of Excellence in Research

    Family Medicine researchers, Drs. Tom Freeman, Stephen Wetmore and Eric Wong, and Ms. Leslie Boisvert, received an Award of Excellence in Research for their paper, "The Normative Definition of Comprehensive Practice Across Three Generations of Alumni of One Family Practice Program," from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Section of Researchers.

  • TUTOR-PHC applications closed

    The TUTOR-PHC recruitment campaign has closed. TUTOR-PHC received 50 applications from interested candidates at 24 different universities or health care organizations looking to join the 2018 cohort. We received four application packages from Western University. The applications will be reviewed and the 12 trainees will be selected in January 2018.

  • Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit (OSSU) features Moira Stewart

    Moira Stewart PhD, was recently interviewed and featured in the latest issue of the OSSU newsletter.

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Cody Jackson

    Dr. Cody Jackson is a second-year Family Medicine resident. His rural placement was with the Central Lambton Family Health Team (CLFHT) in Petrolia. "‘Cradle to grave’ is often an expression used to describe the role of a family physician, but there is no doctor that better exemplifies this expression than rural family physicians..." Via R.E.A.L. Life Perspectives.

  • December 2017 Research and Publications

    The Department of Family Medicine is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Mark your calendars for the CaRMS CMG interview weekend on January 20 and 21, 2018. Join us for our Faculty Development session Resident Assessment and Field Note Review on Wednesday, January 10.

  • Top stories from our November newsletter

    R.E.A.L. Life Perspectives: Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance, Family Medicine Professional Profile, CSFM and Department of Family Medicine Present at NAPCRG 2017.

  • Chair's Message

    According to Dr. Stephen Wetmore, 2016 will prove to be a very interesting year for family physicians. In the January Chair's Message he addresses several issues in Ontario that are likely to impact family practice and the Health Care system during this year.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    Our family medicine postgraduate program is part of the College of Family Physicians of Canada's (CFPC) Family Medicine Longitudinal Survey (FMLS). This survey is one of the methodologies being used to evaluate the effectiveness of the new Triple C Competency Based Curriculum.

  • Enhanced Skills Program Report

    The enhanced skills program is pleased to welcome incoming residents into the class of 2016-2017. Congratulations to all the successful residents on matching to our program.

  • Community News

    This month in our community faculty update we sat down with Dr. Catherine Walsh to discuss what it's like to be involved as an adjunct faculty member in the department. Dr. Walsh brings numerous years of practice and a wealth of experience to her teaching.

  • In the news: Researcher turned family doctor happy with her choice

    It’s been a roller-coaster ride for her and her family but Dr. Wendy Kennette says leaving her longtime career as a cancer researcher to train as a family doctor in her hometown has definitely been worth it. Via Windsor Star.

  • In the news: Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care releases proposal on the future of Ontario health care

    Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care has released Patients First: A Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario describing the need to improve several aspects of our health-care system. The Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) has responded with their December Pulse on Family Medicine.

  • In the news: Dr. Stephen Wetmore discusses the need for better electronic communication systems for physicians in Canada

    Dr. Stephen Wetmore responds to the recently released report from the Commonwealth Fund survey of primary care physicians in 10 countries asking about their readiness to care for patients with complex health needs via The London Free Press.

  • The Family Medicine Study Guide is LIVE

    Created as a 'study buddy' for family medicine curriculums, the Family Medicine Study Guide is live and available on Apple & Android. The Family Medicine Study Guide was founded by Dr. Daniel Léger, assistant professor of family medicine and academic program director at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University.

  • Register today - Schulich Medicine Education Conference - April 1

    Register online today for the Schulich Medicine Education Conference. This is an opportunity for faculty in London, Windsor and across Southwestern Ontario to hear about program updates from the School's key educational portfolios, ask questions of senior leadership and choose from a variety of CPD workshops to update teaching and professional skills.

  • Inaugural Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture published in Canadian Family Physician

    Dr. Michael Kidd's inaugural Dr. Ian McWhinney lecture, "The importance of being different," was published in the December Canadian Family Physician.

  • Call for nominations - Awards of Excellence

    Nomination forms are now available for the 2016 Awards of Excellence. Forms can be accessed through the Faculty Awards of Excellence web page and the Staff Awards of Excellence web page. We look forward to honouring our 2016 award recipients at the Celebration of Excellence Dinner. Nomination deadline is March 7, 2016.

  • Centre for Studies in Family Medicine Research Incubator

    All faculty and staff are welcome to join the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine Research Incubator hosted by CSFM Director, Dr. Merrick Zwarenstein, and Research Associate, Cathy Thorpe. At these incubators, we share research ideas and how to develop them with department colleagues.

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day - June 1, 2016

    Please join us for the Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day June 1, 2016 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The conference is hosted by the INSPIRE-PHC Research Program (Dr. Moira Stewart, lead). Residents, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty are all encouraged to attend.

  • Call for Nominations - Awards of Excellence Windsor

    Nomination Deadline: February 12, 2016 Celebrate the strength of our people and recognize the exceptional talent and dedication of the faculty and staff at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry Windsor Program. Nomination forms are now available.

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Wendy Kennette

    Dr. Kennette is ecstatic to train in her hometown where she plans to practice. She believes the Windsor Program offers an excellent one-to-one experience with faculty, a diverse multi-cultural patient population, and a wonderful community...

  • January 2016 Research and Publications

    The department of family medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Save the date for the upcoming Family Medicine Grand Rounds session on Feb. 3, 2016. Mark your calendars for London Health Research Day 2016 on March 29 and the Schulich Medicine Education Conference on April 1, 2016.

  • Top Stories from our December newsletter

    Outstanding Family Medicine residents nominated for excellence in teaching award, Department Spotlight: Dr. Kathleen Milne, Chair's Message.

  • Chair's Message

    I was intrigued to read the memoir of the life of Dr. Oliver Sacks, written by Norman Doidge, which appeared in the Globe and Mail on February 6, 2016. Sacks was a neurologist, a remarkable physician and writer who died recently... Sacks, himself, attributed his success as a physician and writer to his ability to write about each patient individually...

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    The CaRMS recruitment days that took place on January 15th, 23rd and 24th were a huge success. We interviewed over 600 candidates in total...We are continuing to work on enhancing the continuity component of our program. Within the Triple C curriculum there is continuity in terms of patient care, but also continuity in terms of the amount of time spent in Family Medicine specific training...

  • Community News

    Community preceptors: We will soon be reaching out to you with a new form to update your teaching and clinic profiles in order to ensure our "interactive map" on our website remains up to date. This is a valuable resource for medical students and residents seeking various rotations and electives and your assistance is appreciated.

  • In the news: Let’s probe palliative options

    Dr. Stephen Wetmore, Chair/Chief of Family Medicine, discusses the role of the family physician in providing palliative care and supporting death at home, in today's Letters to the Editor - Via London Free Press.

  • Victoria Family Medical Centre gets new director

    After 12 years of service, Dr. Jo-Anne Hammond will step down from the role of Medical Director (Centre Director) at the Victoria Family Medical Centre, effective March 1, 2016. We would like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Hammond, and welcome Dr. Stacey Valiquet as the successor to the role.

  • Refugee Health 101

    On January 27, 2016, more than 60 health and social service providers met at the Cross Cultural Learners Centre for an information session about health and health care for the Syrian refugees who have joined the London community. Faculty members, Drs. Bhooma Bhayana and Natalie Lovesey, presented Refugee Health 101. Watch Now.

  • It lies in the balance

    Dr. Magbule Doko, a family physician in Windsor, Ontario, and an adjunct professor in the department of family medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, has written a post for the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) Blogs, titled "It lies in the balance."

  • Diabetes Evaluation Framework for Innovative National Evaluations (DEFINE)

    Dr. Stewart Harris launched the Diabetes Evaluation Framework for Innovative National Evaluations (DEFINE) website in the spring of 2015. DEFINE was developed to guide the comprehensive evaluation of diabetes prevention and management initiatives, and to facilitate policy innovations... Two 4-minute videos, a user-guide, and worksheets are available on the website.

  • Centre for Studies in Family Medicine Research Incubator

    All faculty and staff are welcome to join the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine Research Incubator hosted by CSFM Director, Dr. Merrick Zwarenstein, and Research Associate, Cathy Thorpe. At these incubators, we share research ideas and how to develop them with department colleagues.

  • Clinical Skills Day

    Schulich’s undergraduate FMIG is hosting its annual Clinical Skills Day on Saturday, February 20th, at the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. Pre-Clerkship students have the opportunity to practice clinical skills spanning the breadth of family medicine, including: IV administration, baby delivery, treating depression, and more.

  • Mini LEAP

    The department of family medicine will be running a Mini LEAP on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in room 1150 in the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. Facilitated by hospice palliative care experts, the one-day course will offer a broad introduction to the basic concepts of palliative care in a Top Ten Tips Format.

  • Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine

    Mark your calendars for the 25th Anniversary Edition of Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at the Four Points by Sheraton. This event is presented by the Citywide Department of Family Medicine, London Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph's Health Care London and Continuing Professional Development - Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. More information to follow.

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day - June 1, 2016

    Please join us for the Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day June 1, 2016 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The conference is hosted by the INSPIRE-PHC Research Program (Dr. Moira Stewart, lead). Residents, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty are all encouraged to attend.

  • Annual Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture

    Each fall the department of family medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University, hosts the Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture in memory of the founding chair of the Department and one of the leading thinkers in the discipline of Family Medicine. The 2nd annual lecture will take place on September 21, 2016.

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Sofia Cuba

    Dr. Sofia Cuba chose the MClSc program in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University because she wanted to learn the tools necessary to improve training in Family Medicine in Peru, and also to influence the development of a better health system based on primary health care.

  • February 2016 Research and Publications

    The department of family medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Save the date for the upcoming Family Medicine Faculty Development session Practical teaching tips for junior faculty on March 9, 2016. Mark your calendars for London Health Research Day 2016 on March 29 and the Schulich Medicine Education Conference on April 1, 2016.

  • Top Stories from our January newsletter

    Chair's Message, The Family Medicine Study Guide is LIVE, Enhanced Skills Program Report.

  • Chair's Message

    I am not a big fan of Facebook, but I really do like Twitter, and I recommend it to you as another way to keep up with what is happening in healthcare currently. A case in point is a recent article highlighted in Twitter and published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine about the Association between in hospital supportive visits by primary care physicians and patient outcomes...

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    The first iteration CaRMS match took place on March 2, 2016. The overall match was quite successful and we are pleased with the results. Second iteration results will be available on April 12, 2016... There has been great progress in working towards migrating the academic credit reporting system into MyFM. The anticipated implementation date is July 1, 2016.

  • Community News

    "I have a bit more to offer than I had anticipated. I have enjoyed the contact with the young people, and am impressed with all the knowledge and enthusiasm I usually see..." After almost 32 years of practice, Dr. Donna Watterud enjoys being able to share her love of what she does. “I love it when I can convince a learner that Family Medicine is where it's at...

  • Family Medicine top residency choice for Schulich Medicine students in 2016 CaRMS match

    For the third year in a row, Family Medicine is the top residency choice for Schulich Medicine students. The 2016 Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) results were delivered to students on March 2, and more than 40 per cent of the Class of 2016 chose Family Medicine.

  • Putting patients in the spotlight

    “I think that often times in medicine the patient can be forgotten,” says Judith Brown, PhD. This opinion drives the chair of the Department of Family Medicine's Master of Clinical Science and PhD programs to concentrate her research on the patient-centred clinical method... via Jesica Hurst.

  • Celebrating our achievements: Dr. Jana Malhotra successfully defends MClSc thesis

    Congratulations to Dr. Jana Malhotra who successfully defended her MClSc thesis titled "An Evaluation of the Determinants of Job Satisfaction in Canadian Family Physicians" on February 19th...

  • Clinical Skills Day

    On Saturday, February 20th, the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine was filled with over 90 medical students, residents, and staff for the Family Medicine Interest Group's (FMIG's) Clinical Skills Day. First and second year students gained an appreciation for the breadth of family medicine by participating in a variety of clinical workshops...

  • The 61st Annual Tachyardia - April 8 & 9

    The medical students of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry are proud to present the 61st annual Tachyardia. A fantastic medical musical comedy guaranteed to get your heart racing. Three shows will take place: April 8th at 7:00 p.m., April 9th at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Over the past five years, Tachycardia has raised over $110 000 for Regional HIV/AIDS and other local charitable causes. This year we aim to continue this tradition.

  • Centre for Studies in Family Medicine Research Incubator

    All faculty and staff are welcome to join the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine for April's Research Incubator featuring Professor Kate Hunt, Associate Director MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit and Professor of Gender and Health at Glasgow University, as she discusses perspectives from Football Fans in Training and other case studies.

  • SouthWestern Academic Health Network (SWAHN) Symposium

    Join the SWAHN for their 2nd Research and Innovation Symposium - Evaluation, Resilience, and Sustainability in Family Mental Health & Addiction Peer Support on Monday, May 2, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, Windsor, Ontario.

  • Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine

    The 25th Anniversary Edition of Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine will take place on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at the Four Points by Sheraton. Dr. Peter Lin, Director of Primary Care Initiatives, Canadian Heart Research Centre, will present the keynote: Who Killed Mr. Smith? (An Exploration of Everyday Health Threats to Our Patients.)

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

    Please join us for the Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day on June 1, 2016 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The conference is hosted by the INSPIRE-PHC Research Program (Dr. Moira Stewart, lead). Residents, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty are all encouraged to attend.

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Kyle Carter

    Dr. Kyle Carter completed all of his medical training at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University. Now, as faculty, he looks to continue to foster the support he received as a learner with his residents and students in the Family Medicine training program.

  • March 2016 Research and Publications

    The department of family medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Save the date for the second annual Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series on September 21, 2016. Mark your calendars for Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, and Resident Project Day on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

  • Top Stories from our February newsletter

    Schulich Medicine Education Conference for Faculty, Chair's Message, Victoria Family Medical Centre gets new director.

  • Chair's Message

    Are family physicians ready for their patients who request physician-assisted death (PAD)? There are patients who are suffering and who wish to die at home. They are likely to seek medical assistance from those physicians they know and trust, their family doctor. They are waiting for the right to do this... I ask again, are we ready?

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    CaRMS 2nd iteration interviews took place on March 16th. A sincere thank you to all of the faculty, residents and staff that helped with the file review and interviews. There were many excellent candidates and I am very happy to report that we have filled all remaining positions.

  • Community News

    Originally from Sudbury, Dr. Evan Lilly is currently completing a family medicine residency in our Rural Regional Petrolia Program. The first physician in his family, Dr. Lilly enjoys the variety that comes with practicing family medicine in a smaller community.

  • 2nd annual Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series speaker announced

    We are pleased to announce Dr. Marie-Dominique Beaulieu, professor in the Department of Family and Emergency Medicine at the University of Montreal, as this year's Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series speaker. The 2016 Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture will take place on September 21, 2016.

  • Prescribing physical activity can go a long way in preventing chronic disease

    Dr. Jane Thornton, former Olympian, world rowing champion, and family medicine resident in London, Ontario, spoke with The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) on seniors care and physical activity... via DemandaPlan.ca.

  • In the news: Dr. Kathyrn Bailey promotes benefits of obstetrics training to medical residents

    Dr. Kathryn Bailey is teaching medical residents that obstetrics can be an important part of family medicine... via Chatham Daily News.

  • Update – Conditions of Appointment for Physicians

    Dr. Margaret Steele led our April Faculty Development session on April 13, discussing the Revised Conditions of Appointment for Clinical Faculty. The presentation is archived on our Livestream channel and available for viewing. Access the Revised Conditions of Appointment for Clinical Faculty document and Dr. Steele's PowerPoint presentation here...

  • Celebrating our achievements - Windsor Awards of Excellence recipients

    Congratulations to the recipients of the 2016 Windsor Awards of Excellence. Award winners were celebrated April 12 at the Ambassador Golf Club in Windsor.

  • Congratulations Dr. Eric Wong - Awards of Excellence recipient

    We are pleased to announce Dr. Eric Wong as a 2016 Awards of Excellence recipient. Dr. Wong has been recognized with a Schulich Excellence in Education Award for Undergraduate Education, receiving one of two Schulich Educator Awards.

  • FORGE AHEAD research program gains momentum with 11 partnering communities across Canada

    The TransFORmation of IndiGEnous PrimAry HEAlthcare Delivery (FORGE AHEAD) Research Program’s reach is expanding as 11 diverse First Nations communities progress with their community-driven diabetes quality improvement (QI) initiatives.

  • Local family physician prescribes preventative health care to address diabetes epidemic

    Dr. Lori Teeple, community faculty, has turned her team at Bluewater Area Family Health Team into a preventative health care practice, hoping to reduce the overall incidence of obesity and diabetes in the region - via Tristan Joseph.

  • Western Email System Change Coming - How will it impact you?

    Western University has announced the next phase of the project to replace its campus-wide email platform to a new cloud-based system. This next phase includes moving the Western email accounts (i.e. those ending in @uwo.ca) of all faculty and staff in Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. This change will likely impact you...

  • New Nomenclature for Schulich Medicine Distributed Education and Windsor Campus

    As part of the School's Distributed Education strategic planning work, new nomenclature has been established for the School's Distributed Education program and the Windsor Campus. There are new guidelines to assist you in your work. A video outlining the changes has also been developed.

  • McWhinney’s Textbook of Family Medicine, Fourth Edition

    Dr. Tom Freeman edited the fourth edition of the McWhinney’s Textbook of Family Medicine. Oxford University Press has it available to order online. Use promo code AMPROMD9 at check out and save 30%.

  • Centre for Studies in Family Medicine Research Incubator

    Join the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine for their upcoming Research Incubator on April 20, 2016. Professor Kate Hunt, Gender and Health at Glasgow University, will discuss perspectives from Football Fans in Training and other case studies. Professor Hunt is a collaborator with Dr. Rob Petrella on the Hockey FIT study.

  • Mini LEAP

    Palliative and End-of-Life Care (LEAP) is an educational program designed to update your ability to care for people with advanced illness and high symptom burden. Join us for one of two workshops, April 27 or May 18, 2016, at the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. Register Today.

  • Research Discussion of the Periodic Health Visit

    The Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and The Master of Public Health Program invite you to attend a research discussion of the Periodic Health Visit on May 6, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. in Rm 2005, WCPHFM. Your clinical reflections and research suggestions on data analysed to date will assist us in determining next steps...

  • Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine

    The 25th Anniversary Edition of Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine will take place on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at the Four Points by Sheraton. Dr. Peter Lin, Director of Primary Care Initiatives, Canadian Heart Research Centre, will present the keynote: Who Killed Mr. Smith? (An Exploration of Everyday Health Threats to Our Patients.)

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day - June 1, 2016

    Please join us for the Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day on June 1, 2016 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The conference is hosted by the INSPIRE-PHC Research Program (Dr. Moira Stewart, lead). Registration deadline: May 20, 2016. Abstract submission deadline: May 2, 2016.

  • Department Spotlight: Sheila Porter, RN

    After more than 15 years of working as a clinical trials coordinator with Dr. Stewart Harris and the diabetes team, Sheila Porter, RN, is retiring at the end of April. “It’s nice to finish my general nursing career on this high note..."

  • April 2016 Research and Publications

    The department of family medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Mark your calendars for Family Medicine Grand Rounds on May 4, 2016 and the Family Medicine Graduation Reception on June 17, 2016. Save the date for the second annual Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series on September 21, 2016.

  • Top Stories from our March newsletter

    Community News, Postgraduate Program Report, LEAP Core Mini Workshops.

  • Chair's Message

    It has been nearly one full year since a governance review was completed for the Department of Family Medicine by Deloitte. For some time now, we have had a small Governance Committee examining the final report and deciding how best to bring the recommendations into our Department. Ultimately, the Department of Family Medicine will need to develop a strategic plan to cover the next five-year period...

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    Congratulations on a great CaRMS 2nd iteration match. We filled our remaining positions with many of our top ranked candidates... There are some exciting new changes coming to the Academic Credit Reporting System (ACRS). In July, 2016, the ACRS will be moved into myFM. The academic credits will now be mapped to the Competencies and Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for our program.

  • Community News

    For Dr. Kristin McCulloch, pursuing a family medicine residency in the Chatham-Kent rural regional program brought her back to her community, and offered an opportunity to gain exposure to a wide variety of medicine and a broad scope of practice.

  • Dr. Stewart Harris receives Order of Canada

    Dr. Stewart Harris received his Order of Canada insignia at a ceremony held at Rideau Hall, on Friday, May 13, 2016. The Governor General bestowed the honour on two Companions, four Officers and 42 Members. The Order of Canada is one of Canada’s highest civilian honours. It recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

  • Important Message re: Voting - Conditions of Appointment for Physicians Document

    New information is available regarding the vote for the Conditions of Appointment for Physicians and Clinical Faculty.

  • Celebrating our achievements: Edmund V. Cowdry Award Winner

    Congratulations to The Patient-Centred Innovations for Persons with Multimorbidity (PACE in MM) trainee Kathryn Nicholson, who was the recent recipient of the 2016 Edmund V. Cowdry Award for the best scientific presentation by a Master's, PhD or post-doctoral trainee from the Canadian Geriatrics Society.

  • Invited Plenary Presentation

    Judith Belle Brown, PhD, was one of two guest speakers invited to the plenary presentation at The Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME 2016), Montreal, Quebec on April 18. Her presentation titled “Striving for Work-Life Balance: Perils and Pearls” was part of the major plenary session on “The Conflict Within Self, Practice and Society; Balancing Self and Professional Responsibilities”.

  • CSFM Announces New Adjunct Faculty

    The Center for Studies in Family Medicine (CSFM) is thrilled to announce two new research focused adjunct faculty members to our department, Jennifer Rayner, PhD, and Dr. Archna Gupta-Narula.

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day - June 1, 2016

    Abstract Submission is now closed. We received 50 oral and poster presentations that reflect the diversity and breadth of primary health care. These presentations, along with a keynote on the Patients First proposal, a distinguished lecture of integration in primary health care, and the numerous workshops, will make for an informative and productive day. There is still time to register for this exciting research event.

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Pauline Boeckxstaens

    Dr. Pauline Boeckxstaens, from Ghent, Belgium, joins the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine as a post-doctoral fellow on the PACE team. “I am happy to focus on research for this time, but my love is with family practice. I want to do research to better the care I provide. If there is going to be anything I miss from home, it will be my patients.”

  • May 2016 Research and Publications

    The department of family medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Mark your calendars for Resident Project Day on June 8, 2016 and the Family Medicine Graduation Reception on June 17, 2016.

  • Top Stories from our April newsletter

    Chair's Message, Congratulations to the Awards of Excellence recipients, Department Spotlight: Sheila Porter, RN.

  • Chair's Message

    This month the Department of Family Medicine celebrated another graduation of a cohort of new family physicians... We know from our own data that approximately 70 per cent of graduates say they will practice comprehensive family medicine... The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) refers to comprehensive care in the context of the Patient’s Medical Home as a complex basket of medical services that is provided by the Team...

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    The academic credit reporting system has migrated into the myFM system...As part of the on-going implementation of the Triple C competency-based curriculum, the In-Training Evaluation Reports (ITERs) have been modified to reflect the program competencies and entrustable professional activities.

  • Graduate Program Report

    Our Graduate Program Convocation took place on June 16, 2016. We were honoured to have Dr. Garth Kidd hood Dr. Annabeth Loveys, our 100th graduate of the MClSc Program. We are happy to announce that we will have three MClSc students and one PhD student joining the program this fall.

  • Community News

    Dr. Samantha Chittick, PGY1 Rural Hanover Program, will be taking an eight-month unpaid educational leave of absence to complete two months of course work and in-person training (>450 hours) through the University of Minnesota (UMN) in tropical medicine, refugee health, and travel medicine, and six months of tropical medicine humanitarian work in Niger.

  • Family Medicine Administrative staff update

    The Department would like to formally welcome Kelsey Klages into the role of Postgraduate Manager... We are pleased to announce that Adrienne Wakabayashi joined the department as the new Postgraduate Academic Program Coordinator... We are saddened to report that Charlie Mehagan has accepted a new position back home in Thunder Bay and will be leaving the department on June 23, 2016.

  • MyFM update

    On June 1 MyFM underwent a major release update. The primary update introduced academic credit logging into MyFM, decommissioning the current Academic Program Credit Reporting System. PGY1 residents transitioning into PGY2 who have logged credits in the old system will have the required credits adjusted accordingly.

  • Recognizing our achievements: Magda Catani

    The Department of Family Medicine would like to congratulate Ms. Magda Catani, Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, on celebrating 25 years of service to Western University... Ms. Catani began working at Western in 1989. She joined Family Medicine in 1991, and has remained with the department for 25 years.

  • Dr. Ryan Renn receives Dr. Dana Winterburn Memorial Award

    The Dr. Dana Winterburn Memorial Award was presented to Dr. Ryan Renn at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry convocation held at Western University on Friday, May 13. Dr. Renn is from the town of Caledonia and the neighbouring Six Nations of the Grand River, located in Oshweken.

  • Dr. Margaret Steele takes on new role at Memorial University

    Dr. Margaret Steele, MD’87, Vice Dean Hospital and Interfaculty Relations has accepted a new role as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University.

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

    Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day was held June 1st in Toronto. The event was a success with over 100 participants and 51 poster/oral presentations on Primary Health Care Research in Ontario. The distinguished lecture on innovations that integrate PHC with other sectors and the keynote on the Patients First Proposal and its implications for PHC research were well received and thought provoking.

  • Resident Project Day

    This year's Resident Project Day was a huge success. The event, which took place on June 8th in the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine, brought together upwards of 200 people and really showcased the success of our resident projects. A photo gallery of the event is now available on the web page.

  • See the Line

    Join Dr. Lisa Fischer, Director, Primary Care Sport Medicine at the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic, for the morning Continuing Medical Education (CME) at See the Line on August 10 at 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Dental Science Building, Rm. 1002, Western University. Dr. Fischer has helped to develop a post-concussive rehabilitation protocol at Fowler Kennedy for those athletes with prolonged symptoms.

  • Reunion Weekend

    Join us for Reunion Weekend, Friday, September 30 - Sunday, October 2 as we unlock the past and focus on passion, purpose, professionalism and potential — key attributes that have driven our alumni to success in varying ways. A variety of events and activities will be taking place all weekend long offering something for everyone.

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Annabeth Loveys

    Dr. Annabeth Loveys attended Western's June Convocation as the 100th graduate of the MClSc program. "I am proud to have [had] Dr. Kidd at the ceremony to hood me. He is an inspiration for lifelong learning while maintaining a balanced life with varied interests. He was my Chemistry professor in my first year at Western and sang with me at Metropolitan United Church during the four years of my undergraduate degree."

  • June 2016 Research and Publications

    The department of family medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Mark your calendars for Resident Orientation on July 6, 2016 and See the Line on August 10, 2016. Save the date for the annual Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series on September 21, 2016.

  • Top Stories from our May newsletter

    Chair's Message, Community News, Postgraduate Program Report.

  • Chair's Message

    Our first newsletter of the academic year seems a good time to highlight the importance of faculty development for all clinical teachers in our department. Faculty development has been described as a tool for improving the educational vitality of academic institutions through attention to the competencies needed by individual teachers. I encourage each of you to seek out faculty development opportunities that will help you make the most of your teaching experience.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    On behalf of the Postgraduate Program, I would like to extend a warm welcome to the incoming PGY1 residents. The new academic year is off to a great start and we have some exciting new innovations that we have implemented. We have rolled out our new competency-based In-Training Evaluation Reports (ITERs) for the core Family Medicine rotations...There are also some new changes with the myFM resident assessment system...

  • Graduate Program Report

    This year we launch the 39th year of the MClSc Graduate Program. Our MClSc/PhD on-site will take place from September 19 - 30 here on the first floor of the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. We look forward to having our students from across the globe with us. This year we have three MClSc students joining the program and one PhD student.

  • Community News: Dr. Susan Batten

    Dr. Susan Batten came to medicine later in life. Before becoming a rural generalist in Hanover, ON, she travelled, lived in northern Canada, worked as a personal support worker, a pharmacy assistant, and a medic in the military. "I love what I do, I truly feel that medicine and specifically rural medicine is a calling, not just a 'job'."

  • Dr. Stephen Wetmore has been extended as Chair/Chief of the Department of Family Medicine

    Dr. Stephen Wetmore has been extended as Chair/Chief of the Department of Family Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University and its teaching hospitals, London Health Sciences Centre & St. Joseph's Health Care London effective September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017.

  • Dr. Judith Belle Brown to receive Family Medicine Researcher of the Year Award

    Dr. Judith Belle Brown will receive the 2016 Family Medicine Researcher of the Year Award, and has been invited to make a special presentation during Family Medicine Innovations in Research and Education Day, held in conjunction with Family Medicine Forum (FMF) 2016 in Vancouver, on November 9, 2016. The award will be presented at the Section of Researchers’ Annual Dinner on November 9, 2016.

  • Dr. Stewart Harris to receive CFPC 2016 Outstanding Family Medicine Research Article Award

    Dr. Stewart Harris received the CFPC 2016 outstanding Family Medicine Research Article Award For “Impact of a quality improvement program on primary healthcare in Canada: A Mixed-method Evaluation”, published in Health Policy 119(2015) 405 – 416, judged to be the best research paper published in a national or international journal during the preceding year (2015).

  • Celebrating our achievements

    The Department of Family Medicine would like to congratulate Dr. Jo-Anne Hammond on being named Ontario College of Family Physicians Regional Family Physician of the Year, and Dr. Firas Al-Dhaher for receiving an award of excellence.

  • New Family Medicine ITERs implemented

    As part of the on-going implementation of the Triple C competency-based curriculum, we have modified the In-Training Evaluation Reports (ITERs) to reflect our program competencies and entrustable professional activities. The new ITERs have been implemented, and will roll out first to our core Family Medicine sites before moving on to the different rotations such as palliative care, and sports medicine, and the Family Medicine rural sites.

  • Transitions of Care Recommendations published in the International Journal of Stroke

    Department of Family Medicine faculty member, Dr. Catherine Yanchula, and a team of co-authors, worked on a committee of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada to publish new guidelines. After a long 16-18 months, the Transitions of Care Recommendations document was approved and published in the International Journal of Stroke on July 21, 2016.

  • New Associate Academic Coordinator in Windsor

    Dr. Helena Hamdan has joined the administrative team in Windsor as the Associate Academic Coordinator. In this role, she will assist Dr. Dale Ziter, Academic Director Postgraduate Family Medicine, in the oversight and development of the Postgraduate Family Medicine program, with a key focus on site visits for new faculty and bringing to fruition new rotations.

  • Multimorbidity Symposium sponsored by PACE in MM

    Patient-Centred Innovations for Persons with Multimorbidity (PACE in MM), a CIHR funded research program, sponsored a Multimorbidity Symposium that took place on September 10 at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine. The Symposium brought together researchers Drs. Natasha Lane, Carri Hand, and Pauline Boeckxstaens and Kathryn Nicholson, who shared their perspectives and research on multimorbidity.

  • CMA MD Financial Management Seminar – Transition to Practice

    FM residents from the Windsor program will be attending the CMA’s Transition to Practice seminar presented by MD Financial Management on September 28 from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. at La Zingara Trattoria & Pizzeria. Topics to be discussed include Transition to Practice: Financial Planning and Preparedness, Tax Planning and Incorporation, Risk Management and Insurance Planning, Legal Negotiations for New-To-Practice Physicians: Leasing and Contract Negotiations, Employment Law, and Practice Option.

  • Reunion Weekend

    Join us for Reunion Weekend, Friday, September 30 - Sunday, October 2 as we unlock the past and focus on passion, purpose, professionalism and potential — key attributes that have driven our alumni to success in varying ways. A variety of events and activities will be taking place all weekend long offering something for everyone.

  • Medical Assistance in Dying: Lecture and Expert Panel Discussion

    With the assisted-dying Bill C-14 now law, the Medical Assistance in Dying: Lecture and Expert Panel Discussion will bring together experts from various fields to discuss this controversial topic. The two-part event will begin with a lecture from Dr. Jeff Blackmer. Following the lecture a panel discussion and audience Q&A period will be moderated by Carly Weeks, a journalist with The Globe and Mail.

  • Dr. Fred Arthur Research Presentation

    Dr. Arthur will be giving a presentation on “The Failure of the PSA Test: what exactly has failed and do we have the intellectual tools to analyze it?” on October 12, 2016 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm in Room 2005 on the second floor of the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

  • Inaugural Annual Teachers Day

    Dr. Catherine Yanchula, Academic Director in Windsor for Undergraduate Family Medicine, is organizing the inaugural Annual Teacher’s Day in Windsor for Family Medicine faculty, taking place the evening of Tuesday, October 18 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the University of Windsor, Dr. Murray O’Neill Medical Education Centre.

  • Save the date for CSFM_Research Committee October Research Incubator

    All faculty and staff are welcome to join the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine Research Incubator hosted by CSFM Director, Dr. Merrick Zwarenstein, on Wednesday, October 19 at 9:30 - 11 a.m. in Room 1120 of the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine.

  • Dr. Wickett and Kelsey Klages Meeting with Windsor Postgraduate Core Faculty

    Dr. Jamie Wickett and Kelsey Klages will be in Windsor on Wednesday, October 26 to attend a dinner meeting with Postgraduate Core Faculty. During this information sharing session, they will provide an overview of key program updates, and review the requirements for the Postgraduate FM rotation block.

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Stacey Valiquet

    Dr. Stacey Valiquet is an Associate Professor in Family Medicine at Western University and was recently welcomed to the role of Centre Director at the Victoria Family Medical Centre (VFMC) in 2016. Dr. Valiquet is committed to the students whom she is educating, and welcomes the opportunity to assist in shaping her learners into comprehensive physicians within this challenging discipline.

  • September 2016 Research and Publications

    The department of family medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Mark your calendars for the annual Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series on September 21, 2016. Save the date for Medical Assistance in Dying: Expert Panel Discussion on September 30, 2016.

  • Top Stories from our June newsletter

    Resident Graduation, Resident Project Day, Recognizing our achievements: Magda Catani.

  • Chair's Message – Bill 41 Legislation

    The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in Ontario has reintroduced the Patients First Legislation, now known as Bill 41... A key goal of the legislation is better coordination of primary care services at a local level and better access for patients. It behooves us all as family physicians to take advantage of local efforts to bring doctors together and to engage with LHIN planners and help design a system that will work for us all.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    It’s that time of year again. The Faculty Advisor (FA) plays a very important role in the resident’s personal and professional development. The faculty advisor meetings are also an opportunity for mentorship. This is an opportunity to review the resident’s progress and ensure that they are on track.

  • Graduate Program Report

    Our 39th year of the Graduate Program launched with our two week on-site, which commenced on September 19th. We welcomed four new MClSc students and one PhD student. Fifteen graduate students participated in various classes during the on-site.

  • Community News

    Family Doctor Week in Canada (FDW) will be recognized from November 7–12, 2016. This celebratory week provides governments, health care organizations, colleagues and the public an opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding contributions made by family doctors to improve the health and well-being of their patients.

  • Dr. Stewart Harris reappointed as the Ian McWhinney Chair of Family Medicine Studies

    Dr. Stewart Harris has been reappointed as the Ian McWhinney Chair of Family Medicine Studies for the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2021.

  • Changes to the Family Medicine Clerskship rotation

    The undergraduate program is excited to announce changes to the Family Medicine Clerskship rotation. New this year, students will have the opportunity to attend two academic half-days during their six-week rotation, made up of topics from the Shared Canadian Curriculum in Family Medicine (SHARC-FM) program as well as key learning objectives in addictions and palliative care.

  • Registration for the 20th annual Resident Retreat is now open

    The FMRW annual Fall Retreat is an interactive conference designed to provide a forum for the exploration of practice opportunities, as well as the presentation of leading-edge information in legal, professional and business issues as they relate to medical practice. It is also a fun weekend that encourages networking and socializing with your fellow residents. Register Today.

  • Dr. Helena Hamdan is continuing the tradition of sharing lessons in patient care

    Alumnus and family physician, Dr. Helena Hamdan is using the lessons she learned from some of Schulich Medicine’s outstanding faculty as she recruits, teaches and mentors learners. By Jennifer Parraga.

  • Family Medicine celebrates second annual Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series

    The department celebrated Dr. Ian McWhinney, the founding father of family medicine in Canada, with the second annual Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series on September 21, 2016. Dr. Marie-Dominique Beaulieu delivered the keynote presentation, "The Perils and Promise of Proximity."

  • Dr. Jeff Blackmer discusses medical assistance in dying

    Dr. Jeff Blackmer, Vice President, Medical Professionalism, Canadian Medical Association, discussed medical assistance in dying with Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry's Senior Media Relations Officer, Crystal Mackay, following the Lecture and Expert Panel Discussion on Periscope TV.

  • The R.E.A.L. Life Project

    In the first installment of the R.E.A.L. Life photo essay series, we get an insider’s view of the learning that takes place in the Cardiac and Intensive Care Unit at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital. Follow faculty member Dr. Timothy Burns and three Schulich Medicine & Dentistry residents, including Family Medicine resident Dr. Mark Mousseau, as they complete morning rounds...

  • Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Mix & Mingle event

    The annual FMIG Mix & Mingle event will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at The Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. Medical students will have a chance to meet residents and physicians in a relaxed atmosphere in which they can converse about residency programs, family medicine practice, and anything else they choose. Please email the FMIG co-chairs if you can attend...

  • Dr. Henry Chapeskie publishes paper in Canadian Family Physician

    Dr. Henry Chapeskie published his paper, "Evaluation of the safety of epinephrine in digital nerve blockade - Retrospective case series analysis of 1334 toe surgeries" in Canadian Family Physician. The study demonstrates the safety of adjuvant vasopressor use in digital nerve blockade of the toes within a large, diverse population.

  • Dr. Samuel Appavoo and his Goderich colleagues publish paper

    Dr. Samuel Appavoo and his Goderich colleagues published their paper, 'Community emergency department utilization following a natural disaster (the Goderich Tornado)' in Rural and Remote Health journal. The article examines the utilization of an Emergency Department during the subacute period following a natural disaster...

  • New Grant Funding

    Principal Investigator, Moira Stewart, received new grant funding for Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research - Primary Health Care (TUTOR-PHC). Co-Investigators: Ashcroft R, Beaulieu MD, Brown JB, Burge F, Dolovich L, Fortin M, Goudreau J, Haggerty J, Harris S, Kothari A, Martin-Misener R, Quinlan E, Ramsden V, Reid G, Sampalli T, Terry A, Thind A, Thomas R, Vingilis E, Wong S.

  • TUTOR-PHC is now accepting applications

    TUTOR-PHC (Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research - Primary Health Care) is a one-year, pan-Canadian interdisciplinary research capacity building program that has been training primary and integrated health care researchers and decision-makers from family medicine, nursing, psychology, epidemiology, social work, education, policy and many other disciplines since 2003.

  • Department Spotlight: Obstetrical Skills Day

    First year family medicine residents will attend the third annual Obstetrical Skills Day on November 16. A dedicated group of staff and faculty will come together under the leadership of Dr. Laura Lyons to run an informative 1/2 day workshop with hands-on rotating work stations covering everything from the mechanics of a normal vaginal birth to diagnosing and treating a shoulder dystocia.

  • October 2016 Research and Publications

    The department of family medicine is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Mark your calendars for the annual Family Medicine Forum on November 9-12, 2016. Save the date for the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Meeting on November 12-16, 2016, and the Ontario College of Family Physicians 2016 Annual Scientific Assembly on November 24-26, 2016.

  • Top Stories from our September newsletter

    Postgraduate Program Report, Community News: Dr. Susan Batten.

  • Chair's Message

    This year at the Family Medicine Forum in Vancouver, the National Chairs of Family Medicine group had a unique opportunity to meet with the Minister of Health for Canada, Dr. Jane Philpott... she used the opportunity to point out two critical health issues for her department: Indigenous Health and opioid abuse.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    We are continuing to roll out our new competency-based In-Training Evaluation Reports (ITERs) for all rotations...The CaRMS recruitment weekends 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.

  • Community News

    The 20th annual Family Medicine Residents of Western (FMRW) Fall Retreat is taking place November 25-27 at the Oakwood Inn Resort. The interactive conference is designed to provide a forum for the exploration of practice opportunities, as well as the presentation of leading-edge information in legal, professional and business issues as they relate to medical practice. It is also a fun weekend that encourages networking and socializing.

  • Celebrating our achievements

    The Department of Family Medicine would like to congratulate Dr. Judith Belle Brown on receiving the 2016 Family Medicine Researcher of the Year Award, Dr. Stewart Harris for receiving the 2016 Outstanding Family Medicine Research Article Award, and Dr. Brenna Velker on receiving the 2016 Murray Stalker Award.

  • Family Medicine Forum (FMF)

    The 17th Family Medicine Forum (FMF) took place November 9-12 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Members of the Department of Family Medicine and the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine participated in the conference with presentations, workshops and posters that showcased their research.

  • World Diabetes Day

    On November 14 Schulich Medicine & Dentistry celebrated World Diabetes Day, uniting with the global diabetes community to produce a powerful voice for diabetes awareness and advocacy. By 2030, one in three Canadians are expected to have diabetes or prediabetes. Dr. Harris wants to help: Watch Now.

  • The R.E.A.L. Life Project

    Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry's second installment of The REAL Life Project follows family medicine resident, Dr. Rachel Orchard and Director of Hospitalist Medicine, Dr. Puneet Seth, on their morning rounds at Woodstock Hospital. Our learners and faculty are embedded in communities across southwestern Ontario getting unique experiences in both urban and rural settings.

  • Second Annual United Way Chili Lunch Fund Raiser

    Staff from the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine organized the Second Annual United Way Chili Lunch Fundraiser. Volunteers brought in crockpots of homemade chili, homemade desserts, bread, rolls and toppings. There was a fantastic turnout for the lunch with a total of $320 raised for the United Way.

  • Centre for Studies in Family Medicine participates in the Take Our Kids to Work program

    Three grade nine students, Claire, Danielle, and Grace, visited the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine on November 2 as part of the annual Take Our Kids to Work program. The students took part in a healthy living and physical activity demonstration by Ashleigh De Cruz, a research assistant on Dr. Rob Petrella’s team.

  • TUTOR-PHC Networking Event

    The annual Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research - Primary Health Care (TUTOR-PHC) Networking event at the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Meeting was a great success. 35 TUTOR mentors, trainees, and alumni, as well as trainees affiliated with the CIHR-funded Community Based Primary Health Care (CBPHC) initiative teams attended.

  • Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Mix & Mingle event

    The Family Medicine Interest Group is holding their annual Mix & Mingle event November 22, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. First and second year medical students are able to speak with and learn from family physicians passionate about their discipline in a “speed dating” format. Please email the FMIG co-chairs if you can attend.

  • TUTOR-PHC is now accepting applications

    Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research - Primary Health Care (TUTOR-PHC) is a one-year, pan-Canadian interdisciplinary research capacity building program that has been training primary and integrated health care researchers and decision-makers from family medicine, nursing, psychology, epidemiology, social work, education, policy and many other disciplines since 2003.

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Alethea Anderson

    When Dr. Alethea Anderson decided to transfer into the rural Hanover program, she was looking for an experience that would mirror the future practice she had planned for herself in Parry Sound. "The experience here has far exceeded my expectations and the faculty, staff, and my fellow residents are incredible people professionally and personally. It's a small group and so you really get to know each other - feels like home. I love that feeling."

  • November 2016 Research and Publications

    The department of family medicine is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centered care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

  • Events

    Mark your calendars for the Ontario College of Family Physicians 2016 Annual Scientific Assembly on November 24-26, 2016. Save the date for Grand Rounds: Tuberculosis: Not a disease of the past - TB in Canada and Middlesex London on December 7, 2016.

  • Top Stories from our October newsletter

    Meet the Chiefs, Chair's Message – Bill 41 Legislation, October 2016 Research and Publications.

  • Chair's Message

    There have now been two reviews of our Department of Family Medicine that have recommended a revised governance structure, improved communication and flow of information, and more engagement of community-based faculty members... I want to give you the key points about the proposal and seek your feedback.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    The CaRMS recruitment weekends are rapidly approaching... The internal review for the 2-year program will take place March 15, 2017. We have started the process of completing the pre-survey questionnaires.

  • Graduate Program Report

    As we draw to the end of 2016 we wish to express our sincere gratitude to our Graduate Studies Faculty. We look forward to a busy and productive year in 2017 when we will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the MClSc Program.

  • Community News

    Dr. Sarah Sikkema is a second-year family medicine resident with plans to practice in a rural-regional setting. She is currently completing a four-week elective in palliative care in Sarnia. View The R.E.A.L. Life Project photo essay.

  • Celebrating our achievements

    Congratulations to Kyleigh Schraeder for receiving the Distinguished Trainee Research Award (2nd place) for her paper presented at the North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting (NAPCRG), Colorado Springs, Colorado, November 12 - 16, 2016. Kyleigh is Masters student in Psychology under the supervision of Graham Reid, PhD.

  • Judith Belle Brown PhD - 2016 Family Medicine Researcher of the Year

    2016 Family Medicine Researcher of the Year, Judith Belle Brown, PhD, Chair of the Masters of Clinical Science and PhD Programs in Family Medicine, discusses family medicine research with the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Watch Now.

  • In the News: Good health: A London area doctor creates a prescription form not for medication but for exercise and nutrition

    Dr. Aric Sudicky, a family medicine resident in our Regional Program at Southwest Middlesex Health Centre, Mount Brydges, has designed a unique prescription form to make it easy for his colleagues to prescribe not medication, but exercise and nutrition... Via London Free Press.

  • In the News: Dementia care: Aging population prompts new London medical centre to focus on dementia

    Family medicine faculty members, Drs. Saadia Hameed and Tania Rubaiyya, will lead a new London clinic that will deliver early screening and care for people showing the first signs of dementia... Via London Free Press.

  • Dr. Tom Freeman publishes study on the emigration patterns of Canadian physicians to the United States

    Ontario, and Canada as a whole, faced a shortage of family physicians and other specialists in the early 1990s that had measurable negative impacts on population health...Developing a national health human resource strategy is needed to avoid the physician shortages of the past...

  • Six questions with Dr. Aaron Sacheli + bonus rapid round

    We recently caught up with this busy Windsor program chief resident and asked him to tell us about himself and what drives his passion. Via Schulich Communications.

  • Resident Research Career Development (RRCD) application deadline - December 12

    RRCD is intended to foster the development of promising young residents and/or fellows into successful clinician-scientists. This program will facilitate the identification, development and recruitment of these individuals... For more information visit the RRCD webpage.

  • Family Medicine Residents of Western 20th Annual Retreat

    Thank you to those who attended the 20th annual Family Medicine Residents of Western (FMRW) Retreat. The weekend event was a great success, with registrants and their families enjoying the beautiful Oakwood Inn Resort. A gallery of photos from the event are available on the FMRW website.

  • Obstetrical Skills Day

    It was a full house for our third annual Obstetrical Skills Day. First year family medicine residents attended the half-day workshop at the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. The workshop involved low and high fidelity simulation models to teach residents the basics in providing intra-partum care to low risk patients. Read More and View Photos.

  • CSFM_Research Committee Thinkubator

    All faculty and staff are welcome to join the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine Research Incubator on Wednesday, Dec. 21 from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. in Room 1120 of the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. Come and share your clinical, educational and related research ideas with other department members.

  • Call for Nominations: Schulich Medicine - Windsor Campus Awards of Excellence

    Recognizing excellence, that's what the Schulich Medicine - Windsor Campus Awards of Excellence program is all about. Nominations are now open.