Feature Stories

  • Final Chair's Message

    This is my last message as Chair/Chief of the Department of Family Medicine as my term comes to an end very soon and my retirement from active faculty comes into play. It has been an honour and a huge pleasure for me to lead this department for the last 10 years.

  • Undergraduate Report

    What a difference 2 months can make… we were on the verge of launching the Longitudinal Clinical Experience (LCE) but then the Omicron wave has hit! I hope everyone has been able to make the necessary adjustments (virtual care, home school, etc.) and has been staying safe and feeling well. Clerkship has continued on – thank you to the preceptors who continue to show our medical students the flexibility and resiliency of Family Medicine and to you ongoing commitment to your patients.

  • Postgraduate Report

    The Family Medicine Postgraduate team encourages all to be aware of their role in supporting the health, mental health, and wellbeing of all those who are part of our Family Medicine program, especially given the pandemic and option to participate in additional patient care above and beyond the training program. 

  • Graduate Report

    We hope the Holiday Season afforded you an opportunity to spend time with loved ones and get a bit of well deserved rest while keeping healthy. On the occasion of Dr. Steve Wetmore’s retirement, we would like to acknowledge his many contributions to the Graduate Programs over the years. 

  • Research Report

    The Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, Department of Family Medicine welcomes Priya Garg as the new TUTOR-PHC Program Coordinator. Priya will be supporting TUTOR-PHC, as well as the OSSU Capacity Building Initiative and the PORTL-PHC program. 

  • Congratulations Dr. Stephen Wetmore on your Retirement

    It is with heartfelt congratulations that we wish Dr. Stephen Wetmore well on his imminent and well-deserved retirement! Dr. Wetmore has made significant contributions to the discipline of Family Medicine over his long career. He has been an incredible champion and role model for the clinical practice of Family Medicine as well as the development of Family Medicine as an academic field including medical education, and research.

  • Graduate Student Profile: Makoto Kaneko

    "I am a family physician in Japan. In Japan, Family Medicine is a relatively young discipline. So, I would like to foster family physicians and family medicine researchers for Japanese primary care. Before joining the MClSc program I did not know Family Medicine outside Japan. However, through the program, I understand how we as family physicians have similar enjoyment and difficulty in clinical practice."

  • Hockey Fans in Training Project Update – January 2022

    The Hockey Fans in Training (Hockey FIT) project led by Principal Investigator, Dr. Robert Petrella, has received a strong reception from both program partners and interested hockey fans across Canada and the United States. 

  • HealtheSteps™ Program & Funding Update

    The HealtheSteps (HeS) Research Program (PI: Dr. Robert Petrella) has continued to grow across BC and Canada since launch in September 2020. HeS is currently being delivered as a free, virtual, 6-month healthy lifestyle program providing adults (18+) with a specific plan of action to improve their PA levels and reduce their sedentary behaviour; increase their exercise levels; improve their eating habits; and improve their mental wellbeing. 

  • Family Medicine Graduate Programs - Applications Open

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

  • First Chair's Message

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

  • Postgraduate Report

    CaRMS interviews are proceeding in a virtual format again in 2022 (and 2023). The CaRMS recruitment dates are rapidly approaching.  This is always an exciting time of year where we have the opportunity to show our enthusiasm and demonstrate to applicants why this is a great residency training program.

  • Graduate Report

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

  • Research Report

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

  • Undergraduate Report

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

  • Announcement: Dr. Scott McKay appointed Chair/Chief of the Department of Family Medicine

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

  • Chief Resident Profile: Dr. Reyhaneh Keshmiri

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

  • Community Spotlight: In the Hot Seat!

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

  • Family Medicine Graduate Programs - Applications Open

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

  • In the Media: Embrace your inner Winter Olympian: The art and science of enjoying exercise in the cold

    Dr. Jane Thornton discusses tips on how to embrace your inner Olympian and enjoy exercising outside in the cold.

  • Centre for Studies in Family Medicine: Research Opportunities

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

  • Chair's Message - Remembering Dr. John F. Sangster

    The Family Medicine family lost an incredible physician, teacher, and person this March. Dr. John F. Sangster died after being involved in a car accident on Friday, March 18. This is a tremendous loss to so many people his legacy touched over his lengthy career.

  • Undergraduate Report

    It’s CaRMS time! Thank you to everyone who participated in CaRMS interviews with the soon-to-be-graduating medical students over the past few weeks. Match day is April 12 and we look forward to welcoming our new group of incoming PGY1s.

  • Postgraduate Report

    CaRMS interviews were hosted in a virtual format in 2022. As a Department, we interviewed over 500 applicants – many excellent candidates. All of this was done virtually through Zoom and the postgraduate team would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the staff, faculty, and residents who participated. We couldn’t do it without you. Match day is April 12, 2022.

  • Graduate Report

    The Graduate Program Cyclical Review site visit took place virtually on February 10 & 11, 2022. Feedback was received from the External Reviewers in early March and a response to their recommendations has been provided to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS).

  • Research Report

    Congratulations to Dr. Jane Thornton on her induction to the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame and Dr. Bridget Ryan on her recent appointment as an ICES Adjunct Scientist.

  • In Memoriam: Dr. John Sangster

    It is with great sadness that we share the news of the sudden passing of Dr. John Sangster, Professor Emeritus, Family Medicine.

  • Family Medicine Graduate Programs - Applications Open

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

  • Community Spotlight: North 42 Family Health Organization

    We are the North 42 Family Health Organization, a group of four family physicians practising comprehensive family medicine in Windsor, Ontario. We are relatively new to practice having completed residency in 2019 through Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry’s Family Medicine Program.

  • Graduate Student Profile: Dr. Reema Ray

    I received my medical degree, Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from the University of Calcutta, India. Following this, I completed a post graduate residency training program in Anesthesiology and received my Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the Utkal University, India. 

  • Western News: Physical activity reduces risks of severe COVID-19 outcomes

    Moderate physical activity in adults is associated with significant protective effects from severe COVID-19 outcomes, according to an international study involving Drs. Jane Thornton and Saverio Stranges.

  • COVID-19 update for the campus community

    Western's masking mandate and vaccination policy will remain in effect until at least the end of this term to ensure the health and safety of the campus community.

  • Chair's Message - Celebrating Our People

    Each spring, the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry honors faculty with Awards of Excellence. These awards highlight exceptional contributions of faculty and recognize work that enriches life and learning at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry each day. I am extremely pleased that three of our London based faculty were recipients of Awards of Excellence for 2022.

  • Undergraduate Report

    The Year 2 Longitudinal Clinical Elective students have brought new energy to our family medicine clinics. It is lovely to see students in their first clinical experiences having their eyes opened to the breadth of family medicine. It truly has warmed my heart to have these young people in our office.

  • Postgraduate Report

    On April 12, we matched many excellent candidates for CaRMS match. We do have some unfilled positions and will be participating in the second iteration of CaRMS on May 12.

  • Graduate Report

    Recruiting for the 2022-23 academic year continues.  Applications to MClSc Program are being accepted until May 1, 2022. We invite you to explore our website and discover how truly flexible our online learning platform is. For more information contact Liz McInnis at lmcinnis@uwo.ca.

  • Research Report

    Congratulations to Dr. Evelyn Vingilis who is receiving the Schulich Excellence in Education Awards for Graduate/Postgraduate – Distinguished Leader Award.

  • Community Spotlight: London Lambeth Family Health Organization

    Meet London Lambeth Family Health Organization, where each physician brings their own superpower to the group, specializing in care of the elderly, chronic pain, dermatology, palliative care and surgical assistance.

  • MCISc Application Deadline Approaching – May 1, 2022

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

  • Announcement: Celebrating the 2022 Awards of Excellence recipients

    The 2022 Awards of Excellence recipients enrich life and learning at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry each and every day. Their commitment to the School’s mission, their innovative approaches to their work, and their leadership distinguishes them. It is with great pride that we recognize and honour their achievements.

  • Indigenous graduation 'a day of celebration'

    Medical student Ryan Brooks was among 20 Western students who participated in a special graduation ceremony for Indigenous students on April 1, 2022.

  • Working better together to improve care for patients with complex chronic illness

    Help us understand how you collaborate with your specialist colleagues and how we can improve this collaboration. 

  • Family Medicine Study Guide: “Teaching Outside the Box”

    The Family Medicine Study Guide was the first dedicated primary care app of its kind in Canada. This project has been branded as a “Learn & Give Back” initiative. 100 percent of the app’s profits are donated to various charities around the world. 

  • Chair's Message - #LifeWithoutADoctor

    With a provincial election looming on June 2, 2022, the Ontario College of Family Physicians launched a public advocacy campaign at the beginning of May to highlight that every Ontarian deserves a Family Doctor. The campaign has gained a lot of traction provincially, as well as nation-wide.

  • Undergraduate Report

    Meds2022 will be graduating on June 3, 2022. The Class of 2022 will be hooded at Convocation on June 3, 0900-1200 hrs. Check out the live stream if you are unable to attend.

  • Postgraduate Report

    For residents completing the program in June 2022, keep in mind the requirements for completion of residency. To ensure there are no delays in receiving your family medicine certificate or CPSO license, please keep your one45 assessments, academic credits, field notes, and procedures up to date. 

  • Graduate Report

    Recruiting for the 2022-23 academic year has concluded and applications have been reviewed for both programs.  We have extended offers of admission to three PhD applicants and three MClSc applicants.  We continue to encourage you to promote the Graduate Programs to your residents and colleagues in your interactions with them.

  • Research Report

    Congratulations to Principal Investigators Drs. Bridget Ryan, Jennifer Johnson, and Jane Thornton on their recent grant funding success! 

  • (TUTOR-PHC) 2022 Virtual Symposium

    TUTOR-PHC held its annual Symposium from April 25 to April 28, 2022. This is the 19th year of the TUTOR-PHC program – the only interdisciplinary primary health care research training program in Canada.

  • Chair's Message - Congratulations Graduates

    As we work towards getting to the end of June, we will celebrate the research and quality improvement projects of our residents at the annual Resident Project Day. On June 22nd, we will hold Resident Graduation when we will formally acknowledge the accomplishments of this “COVID Cohort” of residents.

  • Undergraduate Report

    View our opportunities to sign up for MD Program key roles. We anticipate having departmental recruitment completed by June 30, 2022, for the 2022-2023 Academic Year.

  • Postgraduate Report

    The Family Medicine Postgraduate Program would like to sincerely thank Dr. Vikram Dalal and Dr. Michael Craig for their years of service and congratulate them on pursuing their new endeavours as they leave their respective clinical teaching positions in the Department of Family Medicine.

  • Graduate Report

    Congratulations to Dr. Gustavo Gusso (MClSc graduate) who is the recipient of the Young Alumni Award – 2022 Alumni of Distinction Awards. Dr. Gusso is a key leader in the development of family medicine and practice-based research in Brazil, working to improve the country’s health care system by bringing primary health care to the forefront. 

  • Research Report

    Congratulations to Maureen Kennedy on her retirement. Maureen has been a valued Department/CSFM staff member since 2001. We want to thank Maureen for her commitment and years of service and wish her all the very best in her retirement.

  • Community Spotlight: Message from Dr. Firas Al-Dhaher

    Thank you for all the contributions from my colleagues and friends who are affiliated with our department. I hoped that you, the readers, saw a glimpse of the diversity of talent we have across our faculty. I also hope that you were interested to read and learn about the many innovations, practice niches, and various clinics over the past few months.

  • Chair's Message

    Although July 1st marks the start of the year for our residents, it’s September when the academic year gets into full swing. Time has flown by, and it’s hard to believe we are already at the end of October. For the first Department newsletter of the 2022-23 year, I want to review some of the exciting things that happened in September, as well as highlight some upcoming events not to miss.

  • Undergraduate Report

    The Undergraduate year is now well underway. Meds 2023 are completing electives and preparing CaRMS applications, Meds 2024 are eight weeks into clerkship, Meds 2025 are working through the Principles of Medicine II course, while the first years, Meds 2026, are learning in the Foundations of Medicine course. Meds 2025 have also begun their Longitudinal Clinical Experience Course, which has them matched with a preceptor for the equivalent of 6 ½ days between October and January 2023.

  • Postgraduate Report

    Liz McInnis is the new Postgraduate Education Manager (formerly Kelsey Klages). You will recognize Liz as she held the Grad Studies Coordinator role for 15 years and most recently the Faculty Development Admin Coordinator title. Please welcome her to her new role when you see her.

  • Graduate Report

    The 2022-23 Family Medicine graduate programs academic year launched in a hybrid format on September 19th. This year we welcomed two new MClSc students –and four PhD students. It was exciting to have some of our new and returning students from across the globe with us in person for a few weeks. We welcome Amanda Mazza as the new Graduate Program Coordinator, and extend our tremendous thanks to Liz McInnis for her 15 years of service to the MClSc & PhD programs, and her contributions, gifts and ongoing commitment to the program.

  • Research Report

    The Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day was held in person at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on October 14, 2022. Members of the Department of Family Medicine presented their research via oral and poster sessions. Dr. Amanda Terry, along with Co-Principal Investigators, Drs. Jacqueline Kueper and Dan Lizotte (Department Computer Science & Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics) were highlighted in the Western News regarding their findings from a study published in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making; “Is primary health care ready for artificial intelligence? What do primary health care stakeholders say?

  • Staff Profile: Kim Champion

    The Department of Family Medicine would like to welcome Kim Champion to the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine (CSFM) in the role of Administrative Assistant (Research Dissemination and Office Coordinator). In her role as Administrative Assistant (Research Dissemination and Office Coordinator), Kim will coordinate research dissemination and knowledge translation activities supporting the Department/CSFM research portfolio. As well as provide office management for CSFM; and coordinate the Department Research Committee.

  • In the media: Dr. Scott McKay discusses the number of family doctors who left the profession during the pandemic

    Dr. Scott McKay, Chair/Chief of the Department of Family Medicine discusses the number of family physicians who left the profession during the pandemic. Via AM980 (CFPL).

  • In Memoriam: Dr. Eric McCracken

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Eric McCracken. Dr. McCracken passed away peacefully on September 27, 2022 at the age of 97. He began teaching in the Department of Family Medicine at Western University at the Southwest Middlesex Health Centre. His teaching career touched and shaped the lives of many physicians.

  • Western News: The impact of artificial intelligence on primary health care

    Whether we’re ready or not, artificial intelligence (AI) already plays a role in many health-care settings. However, cautiously developing, deploying and even defining further AI advancements will determine its impact and efficacy in the years ahead, according to a new Western study led by Dan Lizotte, PhD.

  • Carol Herbert, the late Stephen Blizzard, Canadian Medical Hall of Fame inductees

    Dr. Carol Herbert, former Schulich Medicine and Dentistry dean, and Dr. Stephen Blizzard, MD’63, a decorated peacekeeper, pilot, and physician, were announced today as inductees into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

  • Masking requirements remain in place

    After careful consultation with health experts and members of our community, Western’s masking requirement will continue until the end of fall term. This means that medical-grade (ASTM level 3) masks will still be required indoors in instructional spaces such as classrooms, labs, and seminar rooms. One change is that leaders of research labs may make their own decisions about masking based on their specific lab environments.

  • Meet our Resident Leaders

    Drs. Laura Caracas, Neil Sengupta, Mary Ann Zokvic, and Nicholas Chandna are the 2022/2023 Family Medicine chief residents. They serve as an important resource to the Department and resident body, and act as mentors, leaders and advocates for the Program. Meet each of our resident leaders in this profile series. 

  • Chair's Message – Family Medicine and Public Health

    "Every cloud has a silver lining.” This is an apt sentence for current times as we have a large cloud hovering over us with the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the silver linings in this cloud, in my view, has been the enhanced connection between public health and family medicine that has developed as a result of this public health emergency.

  • Graduate Program Report

    Graduate students are busy with the second half of their full credit courses as they also deal on the front lines with the COVID-19 pandemic. Congratulations to Drs. Julie Copeland and Reema Ray who completed the MClSc Program in December. They will both graduate in February (in Absentia February Convocation).

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    We are excited to introduce ourselves to you as the new postgraduate leadership team in the Department of Family Medicine. Beginning January 1, 2021 the new PG directors are: Dr. Julie Copeland (Postgraduate Director), Dr. Daniel Grushka (Associate Postgraduate Director) and Dr. Kyle Carter (Enhanced Skills Program Director). We are very excited to continue to work with you all as you continue your training in our department.

  • Undergraduate Program Report

    Happy New Year from Family Medicine Undergraduate Education. As we hope for what 2021 will bring, I want to extend a personal thank you for everything you continue to do for your patients, communities and learners as we hit the crest of wave two. Despite the challenges of COVID, placements for third year clerks and fourth year electives continue to go well. A huge thank you to our administrative assistant, Michele Vanderspank, for all her hard work connecting with our faculty and arranging placements. The fourth year elective period will finish January 31, 2021 and CaRMS will be next up for the fourth years.

  • Reappointment for Adjunct Faculty members in Family Medicine

    Please be advised that the reappointment process for your Adjunct Faculty position will be starting soon. If your reappointment is pending this year you will receive the documents via email. Please watch for this and complete and return these documents as soon as you can to minimize the waiting process for reappointment.

  • Announcement: The Department of Family Medicine seeks applications for the Dr. Ian McWhinney Chair in Family Medicine

    The Department of Family Medicine is seeking applications for the Dr. Ian McWhinney Chair in Family Medicine. Candidates must hold an MD or equivalent and practice as a family physician. Candidates must also hold certification or be eligible for certification from the College of Family Physicians of Canada and be eligible for licensure in the Province of Ontario.

  • Celebrating our Achievements: The Department of Family Medicine celebrates Dr. Stewart Harris’ 25 years of service at Western and Schulich

    Congratulations to Dr. Stewart Harris on 25 years of service at Western and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Dr. Harris has received many awards and honours including Member of the Order of Canada (C.M.), for the contributions to the development of strategies to manage and reduce diabetes in Indigenous communities and other vulnerable populations in 2015.

  • Honour: Celebrating 25 Years of Service

    Congratulations to Department of Family Medicine faculty who were honoured with a Western University long-term service award in 2020.

  • Research News: Incentive payments to physicians may reduce non-urgent ED visits

    New research shows that providing primary care physicians with incentives to see patients after hours may result in fewer visits to the emergency department for non-urgent issues, potentially helping to reducing emergency department overcrowding and lowering health care costs.

  • In the Media: Hockey FIT

    Dr. Rob Petrella and his Hockey FIT team have been in the news in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

  • 2021 Awards of Excellence: Nominate a deserving individual today

    Take part in celebrating and recognizing the outstanding contributions of faculty and staff at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry with an Award of Excellence. To nominate someone, click on the link, select the award, and submit the online nomination form. There have been changes to the awards criteria, so please read through the nomination forms carefully. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Nominate a deserving individual today.

  • Department Spotlight: Ms. Jody Moon

    2020 has been all about virtual. As such, we will be virtually profiling our administrative staff as they continue to work from home and keep our Department on track and meeting its strategic goals. Ms. Jody Moon is celebrating 16 years in the Department of Family Medicine this coming February.

  • Research Report

    January is a good time to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year. 2020 was a very productive year for research at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and in the Department of Family Medicine as a whole. We welcomed Dr. Jane Thornton as a new faculty member in the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and the Department of Family Medicine.

  • Events

    Join us via Zoom for Faculty Development Teacher / Educator Series: Family Medicine: Exploring the Continuum and our Graduate Program Information Session on January 27. Save the date for Family Medicine Grand Rounds – Family Physicians’ management of Obesity on February 3 via Zoom.

  • Top stories from our December newsletter

    Missed reading our December newsletter. Take a moment to read the top stories: Chair's Message – COVID and Mental Health Continuum, Transition of Leadership, Celebrating our Achievements.

  • Chair's Message – Boosting Vaccine Confidence

    It is no longer “vaccine hesitancy;" it is now “vaccine confidence.” It is so important for the population that we serve that there is significant uptake of the COVID-19 vaccines by our patients to help curtail the spread of COVID-19 infection. Family physicians will play a critical role in educating their patients about the vaccine and promoting its uptake.

  • Graduate Program Report

    Interested in further pursuing academia and research in your career? Our MClSc or PhD programs in Family Medicine could be a fit for you. Applications to the Family Medicine Graduate Programs are now being received. We invite you to explore our website and discover how truly flexible our online learning platform is. MClSc applications are due May 1, 2021, and PhD applications are due April 1, 2021.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    CaRMS interviews will proceed in a virtual format in 2021. This is 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 and we thank you for the exceptional response we’ve received from our faculty and residents. There will be an interviewer orientation set for March 3 at 3:30 p.m. Details on how to register will be sent to our interviewers shortly.

  • Undergraduate Program Report

    Ask Undergrad. Do you have questions about Family Medicine Undergraduate Education? Do you want to supervise students or deliver small or large group teaching sessions? Have feedback or questions about clerkship placements? This is your chance to ask your questions. Answers to common questions will be in next month’s newsletter. Please send questions to Scott McKay, Department of Family Medicine Undergraduate Education Director, at smckay28@uwo.ca.

  • In the Media: Dr. Jane Thornton on CBC and podcasts

    Dr. Jane Thornton was recently interviewed by Dr. Brian Goldman on CBC’s White Coat, Black Art on The Dose. She has also been featured on two recent podcasts: British Journal of Sports Medicine and The STEAM League – profiling careers of ‘superheroes’ in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

  • Celebrating our Achievements: Dr. Sonny Cejic receives 2020 Chair-Chiefs Recognition Award from Citywide Department of Family Medicine

    Congratulations to Dr. Sonny Cejic for receiving the Chair/Chiefs Award to a Family Physician. The Citywide Department of Family Medicine annually presents Recognition Awards to celebrate the achievements and contributions of our colleagues that benefit the Department.

  • Drs. Daniel Grushka and Kyle Carter named Canadian Point of Care Ultrasound Society (CPOCUS) Educator of the Year Award recipients

    Drs. Daniel Grushka and Kyle Carter have been selected as the recipients of the 2020 Canadian Point of Care Ultrasound Society (CPOCUS) Educator of the Year award for the development of the FamPOCUS curriculum. The course introduces Family Medicine residents to POCUS and its applications within an ambulatory setting.

  • Welcome Dr. Kyle Carter as Enhanced Skills Program Director

    The Department of Family Medicine and the Postgraduate Program would like to welcome Dr. Kyle Carter to his new role as Enhanced Skills Program Director. Dr. Carter is a clinical team lead at the SouthWest Medical Health Centre after joining the Department in July 2015 as Assistant Professor. He completed his MD at Western University in 2011 and then started his Family Medicine residency within our Regional Program. In 2014, he became a graduate of the CCFP-EM program.

  • Western email address your preferred method of contact

    our Western email, user ID, and password provide a safe and vital part of the University’s information technology infrastructure. By using your Western credentials, it allows you safe access to view and update your personal banking information for pay, T4s, and other important Western documents. It is also a service provided to support necessary communication in conducting and administering the business of the university, including teaching, research and scholarly activities.

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

    TUTOR-PHC has selected its trainees for the 2021-2022 program year. Twelve Canadian trainees from 10 institutions across the country were selected, along with six international trainees (from Australia, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France and Ireland). Mathew Grandy who is completing his Masters of Clinical Science at Western was one of the selected. Congratulations to Mathew.

  • Family Medicine Wellness Evenings: Mindfulness for Your Life

    Are you feeling anxious or stressed? Is your mind going nonstop? Is it affecting your quality of life? You are not alone. Join Diane Yeo and our Department for two wellness evenings on March 10 and 17 at 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. and learn how mindfulness can help you to calm your mind and body and improve your overall well-being.

  • Power of Population Data Science Series: Webinar Thursday March 11

    Chronic disease prevention is a concern of primary care practitioners and the patients they care for. Disease risk estimates help patients and practitioners understand: what is the patient’s risk of developing a disease and what can be done to minimize their risk? You are invited to join Jason and Jaky who will describe their work on Thursday, March 11 at 12:30 p.m. EST.

  • 2021 Awards of Excellence: Nominate a deserving individual today

    Take part in celebrating and recognizing the outstanding contributions of faculty and staff at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry with an Award of Excellence. To nominate someone, click on the link, select the award, and submit the online nomination form. There have been changes to the awards criteria, so please read through the nomination forms carefully. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Nominate a deserving individual today.

  • Department Spotlight: Mr. Dennis Sue

    2020 was all about virtual, and now 2021 is following suit. As such, we will be virtually profiling our administrative staff as they continue to work from home and keep our Department on track and meeting its strategic goals. Mr. Dennis Sue is celebrating three years in the Department of Family Medicine as of March 5.

  • Research Report

    Share your good news. We are interested in hearing about your publications, grant funding and conference presentations, and research projects. Please contact Maureen.Kennedy@schulich.uwo.ca with any and all of our your research updates. If you are not sure whether or not to include particular items/activities, Maureen can help you.

  • Events

    Join us via Zoom for Family Medicine Grand Rounds – Towards a More Equitable Palliative Care:  Exploring Non-Malignant Frontiers on March 3. Save the date for Family Medicine Obstetrics Grand Rounds – Prenatal Genetic Screening in Ontario on March 11 and Palliative Care Journal Club – The Use of Adjuvant Dexmedetomidine For Pain on March 16.

  • Top stories from our January newsletter

    Missed reading our January newsletter. Take a moment to read the top stories: Research News: Incentive payments to physicians may reduce non-urgent ED visits, Chair's Message – Family Medicine and Public Health, Honour: Celebrating 25 Years of Service.

  • Chair's Message – Fourth Wave

    As I write this, we are in a third wave of this COVID-19 pandemic as cases and hospitalizations are rising. But, did you know that we are already in a fourth wave, happening right now; that is the wave of patients suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions, either new-onset or exacerbated by the pandemic. It is not exactly a wave either; more like choppy seas that will be with us for some time to come.

  • Graduate Program Report

    Interested in further pursuing academia and research in your career? Our MClSc or PhD programs in Family Medicine could be a fit for you. Applications to the Family Medicine Graduate Programs are now being received. We invite you to explore our website and discover how truly flexible our online learning platform is. PhD applications are due April 1, 2021 and MClSc applications are due May 1, 2021.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    CaRMS interviews were hosted in a virtual format in 2021. As a Department we interviewed over 500 applicants – many excellent candidates. All of this was done virtually through Zoom and the postgraduate team would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the staff, faculty, and residents who were open and adjusted to all the new changes for this year. We couldn’t do it without you. Match day is April 20, 2021.

  • Undergraduate Program Report

    With spring in the air, it must be CaRMS time. Thank you to everyone who participated in CaRMS interviews with the soon-to-be-graduating medical students over the past few weeks. The national interview period ended March 28 and candidates will be ranking programs until April 8. Fourth-year students are now out on post-CaRMS electives, so it's a great time to talk to them about Schulich Medicine and Western University, and a career in Family Medicine.

  • In the Media: Longtime London doctor co-directed film on Ontario medical 'trailblazer'

    Inspired by Dr. May Cohen’s induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, Dr. Barbara Lent co-directed "The Gender Lady", a film about the trailblazing physician’s life, career and contributions to women’s health. Via LFPress.

  • Hockey FIT program reaches fans from coast to coast

    Hockey FIT, a program that uses fan culture to encourage Canadian men to get fit, has expanded to 32 communities across the Canada. Despite the shuttering of hockey arenas across the country, men in cities from Chilliwack B.C. to Kingston, Ont. have accessed the 12-week program developed in the Department of Family Medicine Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

  • Meet Alumna Dr. Helena Piccinini-Vallis

    Dr. Helena Piccinini-Vallis is a clinician researcher in Family Medicine at Dalhousie University. "I decided to pursue a PhD because I have a passion for academia, and also I believe a PhD will allow me to be more competitive when applying for funding."

  • Family Medicine Wellness Evenings

    Thank you to the many faculty, staff and residents who joined us for the Mindfulness and Meditation zoom sessions earlier this month. We had 42 participants join by zoom for the first session and 62 for the second, including many with more than one person joining them on the zoom session. Feedback was very positive and participants felt they learned some excellent new skills.

  • Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Discovery of Insulin

    Dr. Stewart Harris participated as a panel presenter at the recent virtual reception, “Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Discovery of Insulin: Diabetes Research and Innovation in the Making.” Dr. Harris represented Western University and was one of 22 diabetes experts in Canada presenting.

  • Safe Ride Home Program for residents

    A new program is providing safe transportation home for resident doctors who are experiencing fatigue after long or difficult shifts. The Safe Ride Home Program is free and available 24/7 for residents.

  • School to open Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

    The new Office, including an Associate Dean, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and a Specialist, will direct and implement all matters related to equity, diversity, inclusion, bias, anti-racism and Indigenous initiatives at the School.

  • Department Spotlight: Mr. John Berger

    2020 was all about virtual, and now 2021 is following suit. As such, we will be virtually profiling our administrative staff as they continue to work from home and keep our Department on track and meeting its strategic goals. Mr. John Berger is celebrating four years in the Department of Family Medicine as of April 24.

  • Research Report

    Despite a year of working from home and ZOOM meetings, research has continued as strong as ever in the Centre and the Department. Every month we have been either applying for grants or hearing the good news that we have been awarded new funding. Congratulations and thanks to everyone on this continued initiation and implementation of research endeavours.

  • Events

    Join us via Zoom for Faculty Development Teacher / Educator Series: Assessing Patient-Centredness in Learners on March 31. Save the date for Geriatric Interdisciplinary Grand Rounds on April 1, and Family Medicine Grand Rounds – Is there a role for Family Practice Obstetrics in Smaller Communities? on April 7.

  • Top stories from our February newsletter

    Missed reading our February newsletter. Take a moment to read the top stories: Why Choose Family Medicine at Schulich Medicine?, Department Spotlight: Mr. Dennis Sue, CBC’s White Coat, Black Art on The Dose: What are the dos and don'ts of getting the most out of my daily walk?

  • Chair's Message – Vaccination

    Are we there yet? Is that the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel or is that a train coming the other way? Ontario is experiencing a stay at home order and strong advice to avoid non-essential travel and limit gatherings. This has helped to stabilize and slow down the COVID-19 case growth but ICU capacity in Ontario hospitals remains stretched and could easily be overwhelmed if there was another surge in cases.

  • Graduate Program Report

    Recruitment for the Graduate Programs for the 2021-22 academic year has concluded. Applications to the PhD Program have been reviewed and one offer has been extended. Applications for the MClSc Program closed May 1 and will be reviewed at the May 12 Graduate Studies Committee meeting. Our warmest congratulations to Dr. Kamila Premji and Dr. Setorme Tsikata currently enrolled in the PhD Program who are the recipients for the Dr. Wm. Victor Johnston Award in Family Medicine for the 2020-21 academic year.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    CaRMS Match day was April 20 and we matched many excellent candidates. We do have some unfilled positions and will be participating in the second iteration of CaRMS. The second iteration match day is May 20. For residents completing the program in June 2021, keep in mind the requirements for completion of residency. To ensure there are no delays in receiving your family medicine certificate or CPSO license, please keep your one45 assessments, academic credits, field notes, and procedures up to date.

  • Undergraduate Program Report

    With the first round of CaRMS behind us and the end of the year in sight for the first, second and fourth years, we are looking ahead to the 2021-22 Academic year. Congratulations to the fourth years who have matched and will be starting residency in July. Over 70 Western medical students matched to Family Medicine across the country. When we look ahead to the 2021-22 academic year, we hope that the vaccination effort will be slowly putting the pandemic in the rear-view mirror. We hope to return to some more of our “normal” activities. Currently, the Longitudinal Clinical Elective (LCE) is planned to restart in January 2022.

  • Announcement: 2021 CaRMS Match Results

    On April 20, medical students from across Canada learned their residency match results, as the first iteration of the 2021 Canadian Resident Matching Service process became available.

  • Announcement: Celebrating the 2021 Awards of Excellence recipients

    As educators, researchers, innovators and leaders, the 2021 Awards of Excellence recipients are making a difference at the School. It is with great pride that we recognize and honour their achievements.

  • Announcement: 2021 Awards of Excellence – Windsor Campus recipients

    The Awards of Excellence – Windsor Campus celebrate the commitment and dedication of faculty, residents, staff and students. As mentors and role models, the recipients are distinguished by their leadership skills and embodiment of the School’s values. Congratulations to the 2021 recipients.

  • Award: Family Medicine Resident Research Grant Competition recipient announced

    The Family Medicine Resident Research Grant Competition has awarded Dr. Jennifer Gray for her project entitled, “Do rural adolescents that use social media with a high degree of literacy experience less psychological distress? Exploring the social media behaviours and mental health outcomes of a sample of adolescents in Petrolia, Ontario.”

  • Gifts: Busy spring for our Alumni Relations & Development team

    It has been a very busy spring for the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry Alumni Relations & Development team. We are pleased to share news and celebrate the following gifts that were generously donated in the months of March and April.

  • In the Media: Hockey FIT (Fans in Training)

    Recently Hockey FIT was featured in the local news: Hockey FIT program reaches fans from coast to coast via Western News, and Using a passion for hockey as a way to promote fitness via CTV News.

  • Dr. Jane Thornton featured on Sports Medicine Research In the Lab and in the Field

    Dr. Jane Thornton’s recent paper “2021 consensus statement for preventing and managing low back pain in elite and subelite adult rowers” was recently featured on Sports Medicine Research In the Lab and in the Field blog post.

  • Meet Alumni Dr. Tesshu Kusaba, MClSc 2019

    Dr. Tesshu Kusaba is a family doctor working in Hokkaido, Japan. He is the CEO of the Hokkaido Centre for Family Medicine (HCFM) and the President of Japan Primary Care Association (JPCA). "My career as a family doctor was derived from learning in HCFM under Dr. Kassai who obtained his roots in Canada in his learnings through Dr. Ian McWhinney."

  • Artificial Intelligence in Primary Health Care (AI in PHC)

    The Artificial Intelligence in Primary Health Care (AI in PHC) research project team hosted a virtual Stakeholder Collaborative Consultation on March 26. A total of 35 people attended including a mix of PHC providers, patients, decision makers, digital health stakeholders and researchers. Participants discussed their priorities for PHC issues that could be addressed by AI.

  • The Pierre Ploye International Mixed Methods Thesis & Dissertation Awards in Family Medicine Education

    The McGill Family Medicine Education Research Group (FMER) has announced sponsorship of the "The Pierre Ploye International Mixed Methods Thesis & Dissertation Awards in Family Medicine Education". These awards are aimed at distinguishing the work of promising new researchers committed to the advanced of science in family medicine education research around the world.

  • Department Spotlight: Ms. Adrienne Wakabayashi

    2020 was all about virtual, and now 2021 is following suit. As such, we will be virtually profiling our administrative staff as they continue to work from home and keep our Department on track and meeting its strategic goals. Ms. Adrienne Wakabayashi is celebrating five years in the Department of Family Medicine as of April 24.

  • Research Report

    There are many ongoing research projects at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine. Hockey FIT (Fans in Training) led by Dr. Robert Petrella, Principal Investigator, is one of the current projects. It is a novel, evidence-based, gender-sensitized, weight loss and healthy lifestyle program that began as a pilot program in 2014 in London and Sarnia, and is now in 32 communities across Canada.

  • Events

    Join us via Zoom for Beyond the Pandemic, Critical Updates in Primary Care on May 12 at 7:00 p.m. Save the date for Palliative Care Grand Rounds – When Chronic Becomes Terminal: Meeting the Palliative Needs of Patients with Multi-Morbidity and Chronic Illness on May 12, and Geriatric Interdisciplinary Grand Rounds – Inter-Community Wrap Around Program on May 13.

  • Top stories from our March newsletter

    Missed reading our March newsletter. Take a moment to read the top stories: Celebrating Canadian Women Physicians Day, Department Spotlight: Mr. John Berger, Research Report.

  • Graduate Program Report

    Planning is underway for the Graduate Programs on-site session that will be held virtually from September 13 – 24, 2021. Six MClSc students and one PhD (with representation from Canada, Brazil and Uganda) have accepted offers and will be commencing in the 2021 fall term.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    The Family Medicine Postgraduate Program would like to welcome Dr. Anne Martin and Dr. Saadia Jan to their new roles as Site Directors at Avon Family Medicine Centre in Stratford and St Joseph’s Family Medical and Dental Centre in London, respectively. Site Directors at our Core Sites play large roles in directing and leading residency related activities. We want to extend a huge thank you to Dr. Laura Lyons and Dr. Stacey Snider who have stepped down from their roles held for a number of years. They have both helped lead our program through accreditation and have been champions and advocates of many residency curricular activities at their centres.

  • Undergraduate Program Report

    Summer is here, pre-clerkship classes have wrapped up, 3rd year clerks are looking ahead to electives and CaRMS, and the 4th years have graduated and are waiting with excitement to start residency July 1st! A sincere thank-you to all faculty who have participated in Undergraduate education activities during the 2020-21 academic year! The pre-clerkship years have seen a new curriculum implemented the past 2 years with a greater focus on generalism. Clerkship has been renewed and now includes 8 weeks total of Family Medicine – 4 weeks of “FM core” at one of the six full-time academic centres and 4 weeks of “FM Plus” based in community and rural/regional sites.

  • Research Report

    A very successful and well attended Department of Family Medicine Grand Rounds was held virtually on May 5, 2021. Two of our faculty members presented their on-going COVID-19 related research. Maria Mathews PhD summarized findings to date from the ‘Pandemic Planning for Primary Care (3PC)’ project, describing family physicians’ roles during the different stages of the pandemic and the policies needed to support these roles. Bridget Ryan PhD shared findings from ‘Family Physicians and Virtual Care during COVID-19’, describing the magnitude of the move to virtual care by family physicians in the region, their experiences, and the path forward for virtual care as part of the overall family practice post-pandemic.

  • Resident Project Day

    On June 9, the Department of Family Medicine hosted our Annual Resident Project Day. Around 200 faculty, staff and residents were in attendance to support our graduating residents as they presented their scholarly projects in either rapid-fire poster or lightning oral format on Zoom. Congratulations to all of our presenters on their excellent work! We wish all of our graduating residents all the best as they take on more scholarly projects in independent practice.

  • 2021 Resident Graduation

    Our 2021 resident graduation reception was our first ever virtual ceremony held on June 23 at 4:00-5:00pm. We welcomed nearly 200 guests, including residents, faculty members, staff, family and friends, and enjoyed a relaxed evening of celebration and commemoration. As a department we celebrated residents graduating between November 1, 2020 and October 31, 2021, and recognized those residents and faculty members receiving awards. Photos from the evening's festivities are posted to the Department's.

  • Graduate Student Profile: Melad Marbeen

    Melad Marbeen is a family physician and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine at Western University. She moved to Canada from Northern Iraq after finishing medical school. Her greatest experience so far was conducting a mixed methods research study and completing her thesis with the guidance of enthusiastic role models for research in family medicine.

  • Announcement: Introducing our New Adjunct Representative: Dr Firas Al-Dhaher

    The Department is thrilled to introduce our new adjunct representative, Dr Firas Al-Dhaher. Firas grew up on a farm in Westminster, Ontario. He graduated from Western University where he trained in rural family medicine at Mount Brydges, and now serves as the site director in Petrolia. "I was inspired to teach in addition to my regular clinical duties after supervising medical students from Schulich, and found the experience to be rewarding."

  • In the Media: Enhancing care for patients with multiple chronic conditions

    Dr. Moira Stewart’s recent publication on multimorbidity in the British Journal of General Practice was featured in Schulich Medicine & Dentistry News.

  • In the Media: 2 Doctors, One a Recent Grad and One Experienced, Reflect on the Position Ahead of Doctor's Day

    Dr. Jane Thornton Was on CBC Afternoon Drive on April 30, and interviewed about physicians on Doctor’s Day

  • Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research – Primary Health Care (TUTOR-PHC) 2021 Symposium

    TUTOR-PHC held its annual Symposium from April 26th to April 29th, 2021. The Symposium is the start of the year-long TUTOR-PHC program. This is the 18th year of the TUTOR-PHC program – the only interdisciplinary primary health care research training program in Canada.

  • Homecoming Weekend

    Homecoming is the perfect time to reconnect with friends and colleagues. Join us virtually on September 25, 2021 for an exciting line-up of events.

  • HealtheSteps™ Program Update

    We are happy to report HealtheSteps has continued to grow over the past 8 months since initial launch in September 2020. HealtheSteps is a free, virtual 6-month healthy lifestyle program delivered to adults (18+) interested in making changes to their lifestyle.

  • Top Stories from our April-May Newsletter

    Missed reading our March newsletter? Take a moment to read the top stories: Celebrating the 2021 Awards of Excellence recipients, Department Spotlight: Adrienne Wakabayashi, Research Report and more.

  • Department Spotlight: Cheryl Leystra-Lantz

    2020 was all about virtual, and now 2021 is following suit. As such, we will be virtually profiling our administrative staff as they continue to work from home and keep our Department on track and meeting its strategic goals. Meet Cheryl Leystra-Lantz who is celebrating four years working with the Department of Family Medicine as of July 19.

  • Chair's Message – Maintaining Wellness

    The College of Family Physicians of Canada recently released the results of a member survey that indicated a rate of burnout in family physicians that was three times higher than in 2020. This is concerning and may be exacerbated by as well as the many other pressures that family physicians are facing.

  • Graduate Report

    The 2021-22 Family Medicine graduate programs academic year launched virtually on September 13, 2021, with sessions running until September 22, 2021.

  • Postgraduate Report

    With our Family Medicine Residents rotating to different sites and services each block, it is essential that Residents reach out to their rotations approximately one month before their rotation starts to determine any requirements and documents needed to join their rotation on time.

  • Undergraduate Report

    Welcome to the 2021-22 academic year! As we continue to navigate the COVID pandemic, undergraduate medical education at Schulich is in full swing!

  • Research Report

    The Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, Department of Family Medicine welcomes Dr. Kevin Pottie in his new role as the McWhinney Chair in Family Medicine! Dr. Pottie is joining the faculty as a Clinician Scientist and Professor of Family Medicine.

  • Announcement: Alumnus Dr. Kevin Pottie returns to Western as the Ian McWhinney Chair of Family Medicine Studies

    Dr. Kevin Pottie has been appointed as the Ian McWhinney Chair of Family Medicine Studies at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, effective September 7, 2021 to September 6, 2026. Dr. Pottie brings expertise in refugee health, patient-centered approaches to virtual care and enhancing accessibility of health care guidelines to reduce health inequities.

  • Community Spotlight: Dr. Firas Al- Dhaher, Petrolia Medical Clinic

    While the COVID-19 pandemic has been overwhelming to many clinics, hospitals, and the health care system at large, it has in some cases brought out the best in individuals and communities. I want to take this opportunity in our inaugural column focusing on adjunct faculty and the communities that they serve in, to share how in Petrolia, Ontario, the town and the clinic worked together to focus on the vaccination efforts.

  • Department Spotlight: Laura Sparrow

    "My name is Laura and I'm filling in for Michele Vanderspank as the Undergraduate Program Coordinator. I am responsible for scheduling rotations all throughout Southwestern Ontario for clerkship and elective students. I love working with students, in any capacity. Being able to interact with our faculty and making connections is very rewarding."

  • The Conversation: Lack of exercise linked to increased risk of severe COVID-19

    The pandemic has given us an unparalleled chance to look at the benefits of physical activity and existing social inequalities in a new light. Jane Thornton writes for The Conversation Canada.

  • CBC: Vaccine Hunters Canada winds down as vaccine supply increases and need dwindles

    Dr. Taylor Rice, MD’20, a second-year resident helped people find COVID-19 vaccine appointments and answer questions about vaccine hesitancy and safety.

  • The Conversation: The Tokyo Olympics will be the Games of all mothers

    Now that pregnancy no longer marks the end of an athlete’s career, many elite athletes not only return to sport, but go on to break personal and world records as new moms. Jane Thornton writes for The Conversation Canada.

  • The Conversation: How the COVID-19 delay of the Tokyo Olympics helped some athletes break records

    While athletic performances won’t bring an end to a pandemic that is far from over in most countries, their stories are glimmers of hope that shine in these dark times as examples of creativity and the resilience of the human spirit. Jane Thornton writes for The Conversation Canada.

  • The Conversation: Why women are owning the podium for Canada at the Tokyo Olympics

    Canadian women are defying the rules of age, motherhood, and funding. Jane Thornton writes for The Conversation Canada. Soak it in. Celebrate it. Promote it. Lifting up Canadian women’s success in sport bodes well not only for our future generations of athletes but for our nation as a whole. Jane Thornton writes for The Conversation Canada.

  • Podcast: Exploring physical exercise prescription

    Dr. Jane Thornton discusses the latest research in relation to the current exercise prescription principles, specifically through the WHO guidelines.

  • Events

    Join us as we observe Orange Shirt Day and NDTR on September 30, 2021. Save the date for Geriatric Interdisciplinary Grand Rounds - "Preventing the Fracture Cascade: Interdisciplinary Management of Vertebral Fractures." on October 7, 2021, and Palliative Care Grand Rounds - Cultural Sensitivity and Awareness in the Palliative Care Sector" on October 13, 2021.

  • Western University COVID-19 Protocols

    Western University has mandated COVID-19 vaccinations for all faculty members, including clinical faculty, and staff even though they may not be on campus on a regular basis. It is a requirement for all faculty members to upload proof of their double COVID-19 vaccination, even if you won’t be on campus very often. You will need your vaccination receipts for the first and second dose on your phone or computer to upload.

  • Chair's Message - Teaching Opportunities

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

  • Undergraduate Report

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

  • Postgraduate Report

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

  • Graduate Report

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

  • Research Report

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

  • Announcement: Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Launch a New Five-Year Strategic Plan

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

  • Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Kathleen Milne

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

  • Chief Resident Profile: Steven Ronald Scott Brunet

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

  • TUTOR-PHC Call for Applications

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

  • Feature: Channeling the power of communication

    From narrative medicine to vaccine education on social media, Dr. Magbule Doko, MD’11, finds ways to forge connections with students, colleagues, and patients alike.

  • FMIG Profile: Madeleine Claire Farquhar

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

  • Chair's Message – Children’s Vaccination

    The approval of a COVID 19 vaccination program for children, ages 5-11 years, has injected a feeling of optimism into the population. The significance of vaccinating this large group of unvaccinated individuals is highlighted through the media reports about this and considerable focus on the role of family physicians and others in combatting vaccine hesitancy in the parents of these children. It is estimated in some circles that up to 30% of parents are hesitant and want more information before consenting to vaccinate their children.

  • Undergraduate Report

    One of the most exciting opportunities for Family Medicine to promote and recruit students into a Family Medicine career is starting in January 2022. The Longitudinal Clinical Experience (LCE) will provide early exposure for first- and second-year medical students to real patients in a generalist, primary care setting. The goal of the program is to provide an observership experience in a clinical setting to help prepare students for entering clerkship. The benefit for Family Medicine is repeated exposure, over-time, to the daily work we do as physicians, and insight into the joy of a long-term patient-physician relationship.

  • Postgraduate Report

    With the December holidays approaching, we wanted to take a moment to remind our preceptors and residents to complete their One45 to-do items. Please also mark your calendars with the upcoming program recruitment events and to see details about resident projects. 

  • Graduate Report

    We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous resilience of our students who continue to fight COVID-19.  Despite their tremendous clinical roles, they remain committed to pursuing their academic goals in the MClSc and PhD Programs.

  • Research Report

    The Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and the Department of Family Medicine were pleased to welcome Professor Christian Mallen on his recent visit to us from the United Kingdom. During his visit, he delivered a well-received lecture entitled “Pain and Prejudice”.

  • West Middlesex Health Centre (WMHC) Grand Opening

    On November 10, a small event took place to celebrate the official opening of another full-time teaching clinic in the Department of Family Medicine and welcome three new doctors coming to the centre.

  • Award: Dr. Laura Lyons Receives Region 2 Family Physician of the Year Award

    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.

  • Community Spotlight: Chatham-Kent

    As with all health care settings, the Thamesview Family Health Team and Chatham-Kent Family Health Team had to pivot very quickly with the arrival of COVID-19 in Canada in March 2020.  Many of us worked shifts at the newly-established COVID Assessment Centre or continued our duties in a new way in the Emergency Departments.  We reorganized our hospital rounds into small groups to minimize the number of people rounding in the hospital, and we began to figure out how to provide “virtual” visits. 

  • Award: Dr. Bridget Ryan - AMS 2021 Fellow in Compassion and Artificial Intelligence

    AMS Healthcare announced the 2021 Research Fellows in Compassion and Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Bridget Ryan was selected by an external expert review panel as a leader and innovator to address the challenges facing healthcare.

  • Award: Dr. Kevin Pottie receives the 2021 Family Medicine Researcher of the Year Award.

    “The Family Medicine Researcher of the Year Award recognizes a College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) member who has made original contributions to research and knowledge building in family medicine in Canada. This award honours a researcher who has been a pivotal force in the definition, development, and dissemination of concepts central to the discipline of family medicine”.

  • Strategic Plan: Leading in health… with our region for the world

    Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s new five-year Strategic Plan outlines five strategic priorities: Educational Excellence; Research Impact; Social Accountability; People; and Partnerships. Learn more about the goals established for these priorities.

  • Department Spotlight: Leslie Meredith

    "Having an active role in the creation of the TUTOR-PHC program approximately 19 years ago was perhaps the most impactful accomplishment at the CSFM. Having a national training program in interdisciplinary primary health care research with Western as the lead university is impressive. As well, the creation of the provincially based INSPIRE-PHC program that created a network of PHC researchers and supported broad-based PHC research throughout the province was very rewarding."

  • Alumni Profile: Nisanthini (Nisha) Ravichandiran

    "I practice Family Medicine in Scarborough, as part of a multidisciplinary family health team. My research interests include access to healthcare for immigrants and the role of technology in patient care."

  • FMIG Profile: Arielle Sutton

    "I think that because I have suffered from a chronic condition since I was a teenager, I have seen the importance of empathy and strong interpersonal skills in a doctor."

  • Chief Resident Profile: Adam Beswick

    "The opportunity to practice in such a variety of clinical settings and at hospitals within our catchment area has given me the opportunity to meet so many interesting people and participate in fascinating and rewarding medicine."

  • TUTOR-PHC Call for Applications

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

  • Looking for Interview Participants: Study Regarding Unattached Patients and Access to Primary Care During Pandemic

    Are you a family doctor in Ontario who accepted patients from Health Care Connect or provided care to unattached patients during COVID-19? Researchers are interested in talking to you. Please contact leslie.meredith@schulich.uwo.ca to share your experiences.

  • Feature: It’s in her DNA

    Putting patients first has been central to Dr. Moira Stewart’s research ethos. Throughout her 40+ year career as an epidemiologist and research methodologist in family medicine, Dr. Stewart has always focused on patients, and patient engagement.

  • Feature: Fighting diabetes and inequity for all patients

    Dr. Stewart Harris, the Diabetes Canada Chair in Diabetes Management, develops and delivers strategies to support Indigenous communities and other vulnerable and racialized populations to help manage and reduce diabetes-related outcomes.

  • Feature: Unique study uncovers realities of hypoglycemia

    Led by Western University’s Alexandria Ratzki-Leewing and Dr. Stewart Harris, the year-long iNPHORM study is the first of its kind to be conducted in the U.S. and follows an earlier Canadian study that reveals unexpectedly high rates of self-reported hypoglycemic episodes among patients with diabetes.

  • In the Media: COVID-19 vaccine appointments for ages 5-11 open up

    Hear from Dr. Stephen Wetmore, Chair/Chief, Department of Family Medicine, as COVID-19 vaccine appointments open up for ages 5-11.

  • Celebrating your achievements

    Congratulations Laura Lyons, Bridget Ryan, and Kevin Pottie on your recent awards and recognitions.

  • Chair's Message – Focus on Strategic Priorities

    This month is the beginning of a new year and a new decade. What is in store for the Department of Family Medicine over the next five to 10 years? Things seem to be changing very quickly in primary care and how does our department adapt to change and continue to thrive? I will use the next few Chair’s messages to focus on the strategic priorities established in our strategic plan of 2018 and indicate how these guidelines will keep us moving ahead.

  • 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

    Graduate students are busy with the second half of their full credit courses and some are commencing an additional half credit course. Dr. Jennifer Johnson will be defending her thesis titled "The Health Experiences of Long-haul Truck Drivers and their Relationship with their Primary Care Provider” on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 with her public lecture commencing at 12:30 pm in WCPHFM 1120. We invite the Family Medicine community to join us in supporting Dr. Johnson in this academic milestone.

  • Announcement: New Dean chosen for Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

    On behalf of Western University's Board of Governors, President Alan Shepard, and the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Decanal Selection Committee, Andy Hrymak is very pleased to announce that Dr. John Yoo has been appointed as the next Dean of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, beginning May 1, 2020 through June 30, 2025.

  • Celebrating our achievements

    Congratulations Dr. Daniel Grushka on being recognized by the Canadian Association for Medical Education with a Certificate of Merit Award. The Certificate of Merit Awards promote and recognize faculty committed to medical education in Canadian medical schools. Award recipients have demonstrated a valuable contribution to education at their institution.

  • Welcoming the Enhanced Skills Class of 2020

    Congratulations to those who matched to our Enhanced Skills Program. Many thanks to all our faculty and administrators for their efforts in this important and difficult process. We were able to match 27 residents for the 2020-2021 year. We are thrilled to welcome those joining our program for the upcoming academic year.

  • November 2019 Accreditation

    The accreditation visit that took place in November 2019 was a huge success. We received helpful feedback from the survey team regarding our central and enhanced skills programs. Thank you to staff, residents and faculty for all of their hard work in preparation for the visit and during the visit, and your ongoing leadership and commitment to the Family Medicine program.

  • Family Medicine Forum 2019

    The Family Medicine Forum (FMF) 20th Annual Meeting was held October 30 to November 2 in Vancouver, B.C. Researchers, residents, students and clinicians from the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and Department of Family Medicine had six presentations and four posters during the conference.

  • TUTOR-PHC NAPCRG Networking Event

    The TUTOR-PHC NAPCRG Networking event took place November 17 in Toronto at the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Meeting 2019. Over 45 alumni, trainees and mentors of the program attended the event including department of Family Medicine-connected representatives: Co-Primary Investigators Judith Belle Brown and Amanda Terry, Kathryn Nicholson, Jaky Kueper and Kyleigh Schraeder. Attendees had the opportunity to build relationships, discuss potential collaborations and network with researchers from across Canada and internationally.

  • Awards of Excellence: Less than two weeks left to nominate your peers and mentors

    The School is home to many outstanding staff and faculty – celebrate their accomplishments with an Award of Excellence. Submit your nomination online by February 7.

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Simraaj (Simi) Powar

    Dr. Simraaj (Simi) Powar is a family medicine resident in the Windsor program. She chose to train in Windsor because of its “family-style” Family Medicine residency program. "The small tight-knit group of residents support and mentor each other towards success." Dr. Powar lives by the mantra, "I am motivated; I am dedicated; on a quest to be my best!" stemming from fifteen years training in Goju Ryu Karate to achieve a black belt.

  • January 2020 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 our Faculty Development Leader Series: How to Maximize the Potential of an EMR to Improve Patient Outcomes on January 29. Save the date for Family Medicine Grand Rounds – Human Trafficking in Ontario: Identification and Management in Primary Care, and the annual London Perinatal Rounds both happening on February 5. Maria Mathews, PhD, presents as part of the New Faculty Lecture Series on February 7.

  • Top stories from our November newsletter

    Missed the November e-newsletter? Take a moment to read the top stories: Western captures second place in Resident Simulation Showcase at Family Medicine Forum, Graduate Program Report, Postgraduate Program Report.

  • Chair's Message – Convergence Centre

    We will soon see full occupancy of the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine (WCPHFM), as the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics moves to occupy the third floor. This move is eagerly anticipated as it brings together the Departments of Family Medicine and Epidemiology with the Interprofessional Program in Public Health in one location. This is a unique opportunity to impact health care in Southwestern Ontario and beyond.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    For residents completing the program in June 2020, keep in mind the requirements for completion of residency. To ensure there are no delays in receiving your family medicine certificate or CPSO license, please keep your academic credits, field notes, and procedures up to date. For residents continuing in the program past June 2020, it is extremely important that trainees follow up regarding any requirements affecting their registration status. Emails will be sent by PGME and Medical Affairs to residents with outstanding requirements and due dates over the next few months. Learn More.

  • Graduate Program Report

    Interested in further pursuing academia and research in your career? Our MClSc or PhD programs in Family Medicine could be a fit for you. Applications to the Family Medicine Graduate Programs are now being received. We invite you to explore our website and discover how truly flexible our online learning platform is. MClSc applications are due May 1, 2020, and PhD applications are due April 1, 2020.

  • Celebrating our achievements

    Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Leger and the Family Medicine Study Guide which closed out their 2019 year making a $10,000 charitable donation. The app has been approved by the CFPC for 5 CME credits, and is currently being configured to allow users to track their progress and officially receive recognition for CME credits. The hope is to launch this new feature in April 2020.

  • Announcement: Danielle Alcock, PhD, appointed as Indigenous Leader in Residence

    Danielle Alcock, PhD, has been appointed as the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry’s Indigenous Leader in Residence effective February 11.

  • Coronavirus information for students, faculty and staff

    Read the latest update from the Middlesex-London Health Unit and recommendations for travellers returning from Hubei province and other parts of mainland China.

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

    TUTOR-PHC has selected its trainees for the 2020-2021 program year. Twelve Canadian trainees were selected, along with four international trainees (from Australia, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands). Joshua Wiener, PhD candidate in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, was one of the selected. Congratulations to Joshua. TUTOR-PHC will be holding its annual Symposium to launch the program year from April 27 – April 30, 2020 at the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre in London, Ontario.

  • Clinical Skills Day

    The annual Family Medicine Clinical Skills Day Saturday, February 29 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 and a free lunch. Dr. Graham Briscoe, Family Physician and Sports Medicine Physician at Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic, will deliver a keynote presentation.

  • Physical Activity Counselling and Exercise Prescription in Health Care

    Exercise is Medicine Canada presents, Physical Activity Counselling and Exercise Prescription in Health Care on Friday, March 6 at GoodLife Fitness Home Office in London, Ontario. Facilitated by Dr. Jonathon Fowles, PhD, from Acadia University and Dr. Paul Oh, MD, from University Health Network and University of Toronto, the workshop will give participants the confidence and skills to prevent, manage and treat chronic disease by way of physical activity.

  • Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine

    Join us for Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine on Wednesday, May 13 at the Four Points by Sheraton, in London, Ontario. Dr. Jason Fung, Nephrologist, from Toronto, Ontario, World-leading expert on Intermittent Fasting, will give the James McSherry Memorial Lecture. Learn More and Register Today.

  • Save the Date: Annual McWhinney Lecture Series

    Mark your calendars for the sixth annual Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture on September 23. The Lecture Series upholds the deep insights and wisdom of the remarkable physician, philosopher, researcher, educator and writer.

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Shawn Segeren

    For alumnus Dr. Shawn Segeren, a seed planted as a teenager grew into a passion for rural medicine. Dr. Segeren has been involved in the health care community in Chatham since he was thirteen years old. As a volunteer in the hospital, he remembers looking up to the health care providers that expertly and compassionately cared for patients in his community. Now, he’s proud to be one of them.

  • February 2020 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: Novel coronavirus (COVID-19): Role of primary care on March 4, 2020, and Physical Activity Counselling and Exercise Prescription in Health Care on March 6, 2020. Save the date for Faculty Development Teacher / Educator Series: Assessing Patient-Centredness in Learners taking place on March 25, 2020.

  • Top Stories from our January Newsletter

    Missed the Januaury e-newsletter? Take a moment to read the top stories: Welcoming the Enhanced Skills Class of 2020, CaRMS 2020, Chair's Message – Focus on Strategic Priorities.

  • Welcome Back – Chair's Message

    It is hard not to think about anything else but the COVID-19 pandemic these days. If nothing else this pandemic has highlighted, more than ever, the importance of family medicine and primary care to our healthcare system. This key role of primary care has been recognized by our provincial government because they have set primary care engagement as a key component of Ontario health team applications.

  • Graduate Program Report

    The 2020-21 Family Medicine graduate programs academic year launched virtually on September 14 with sessions running until September 25. This year we welcomed five new MClSc students – Drs. Astha Dhingra, Yvette Emerson, Sundus Kellow, Olivia Reis, Faria Rubab. It was exciting to have our new and returning students from across the globe with us for a few weeks.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    The annual career night hosted by Learner Equity & Wellness (LEW) will take place in a virtual format on September 29. We will also be hosting two virtual CaRMS information sessions on October 7 and November 11 to help promote our program to graduating medical students. CaRMS interviews will proceed in a virtual format in 2021. The CaRMS national interview period is: March 8-28, 2021.

  • Undergraduate Program Report

    Welcome to the 2020-21 academic year. Pre-clerkship classes are currently being delivered entirely online. A special recognition to Dr. Darren Van Dam who has been one of the first course chairs to “go-online” with Year 1 Foundations of Medicine. Since clerkship for Meds 2021 was suspended due to COVID, the rotation lengths and dates have been revised. Blocks were shortened from six weeks to four weeks and clerkship has been extended to run until October 11. This has bumped the start of the Meds 2022 clerkship to October 12.

  • In the media: Canada’s rural residents face thousands in medical travel costs and a patchwork subsidy system

    Dr. Maria Mathews’ work on out of pocket expenses for rural patients accessing health care outside of their communities was featured in Canada’s National Observer on September 14.

  • In the media: London hockey fan fitness program skates by lockdown, expands out West

    Dr. Rob Petrella and the Hockey FIT project were featured in the London Free Press on August 12. The Hockey FIT program will be starting up in British Columbia, followed by Alberta and Saskatchewan.

  • New Grant Funding

    Congratulations to Dr. Maria Mathews & Co-Investigator team on receiving two Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grants, and to Dr. Shannon Sibbald and Co-Investigator team on receiving a 2020 CIHR Project Grant.

  • Celebrating over 40 years of long term family practice

    For over 40 years, Dr. Ken Hook practiced as a comprehensive family physician as part of the group practice in Tavistock, Ontario. And if it were not for a personal health scare and the global COVID-19 pandemic, he would still be doing what he loves, looking after patients and teaching.

  • Celebrating our achievements

    Alumni Dr. Forson Chan won the Research Award for Family Medicine Residents from The College of Family Physicians of Canada for his project entitled, “Performance of Symptom Checkers in Patient Triage for Simulated and Adult Patients.” He will present his research with a 15-minute presentation at FMF 2020, and has been awarded up to $1500 to reimburse travel expenses to attend FMF 2021 in Toronto.

  • Dr. Laura Foxcroft appointed as Assistant Dean, Faculty Wellbeing

    Dr. Laura Foxcroft, Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, has been appointed as the Assistant Dean, Faculty Wellbeing effective October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2025.

  • Peer program supports clinician well-being

    The new Peers for Peers Program at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry provides one-on-one peer support for clinical faculty, emphasizing empathetic listening and shared experience.

  • A shared commitment to Indigenous health advocacy

    Sisters Kristin and Cassie Poole hope to become family physicians to improve access, safe and culturally sensitive health care for rural and Indigenous communities.

  • FMRW Instagram Page

    The Family Medicine Residents of Western have created an Instagram account to provide their fellow residents with helpful information including updates, upcoming events and useful resources. You can request to follow them @westernfmresidents as the account will be kept private.

  • Engaging with the media

    Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s communications team supports all media engagement for faculty, staff and students at the School. Please review the School’s Media Engagement Guidelines and contact Communications before engaging with the media.

  • Return to Campus Questionnaire

    Faculty, staff and graduate trainees must complete the ‘Return to Campus’ questionnaire before each work shift or visit to campus. Complete the questionnaire.

  • Family Medicine Residents of Western Retreat

    Join the FMRW for this year's virtual retreat on Saturday, October 31 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. via Zoom (link to be provided upon registration). There will be 10+ presentations scheduled during the day given by recruiters from various communities as well as insurance companies, investment firms, accountants, etc. Residents can drop in/out and attend as many sessions as they desire.

  • Department Spotlight: Meet Dr. Adam Loennberg

    Meet Dr. Adam Loennberg, a PGY1 resident in our Windsor Program. "I love every aspect of medicine, so what better specialty than Family Medicine?"

  • September 2020 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 our virtual Department of Family Medicine Information Session on October 7 at 6:00 pm. Save the date for Family Medicine Grand Rounds: How to think, not what to think on October 7, and Trillium Virtual Primary Health Care Research Day on October 23.

  • Top stories from the last few months

    Missed reading our newsletter these last few months. Take a moment to read the top stories: In the media: A family physician or a dear friend?, Announcement: Nicole Kaniki and Bertha Garcia named special advisors on anti-racism, Announcement: Centre for Studies in Family Medicine Leadership Roles.

  • Chair's Message – COVID-19 Second Wave

    We are in the midst of the second wave of COVID-19. In the Department of Family Medicine our doctors and clinics are doing a good job of balancing the public health recommendations with the need to provide patient care. Family practices in our Department are providing service approximately 60 per cent virtually and 40 per cent in person while gradually increasing the in-person services with appropriate precautions.

  • Graduate Program Report

    Congratulations to Drs. Nisha Ravichandiran and Divya Garg (MClSc) on completing their programs. Western will be celebrating their success virtually on October 29, 2020 and again back on campus at a future Convocation ceremony when it is safe to do so. Dr. Julie Copeland will defend her thesis virtually on December 2, 2020. Dr. Copeland’s thesis is titled “The Experiences of Family Medicine Teachers and Family Medicine Residents in Multimorbidity Care and Education" and her supervisors are Drs. Sonja Reichert and Ted Osmun.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    The annual career night for medical students hosted by the Learner Experience office took place in a virtual format on September 29. We also had our first virtual CaRMS information session on October 7 and over 230 students registered to attend. We will be hosting a second CaRMS information session highlighting our rural/regional site directors on November 11. Residents and preceptors should contact the FM office regarding any leaves due to exposure to and/or symptoms of COVID-19. We are required to report these leaves to the central PGME office.

  • Undergraduate Program Report

    Thank you to all the faculty who have continued to accept clinical clerks, elective students and special selective students this fall! In October alone, we have placed almost 100 students on rotations. We realize rotations look different in the COVID pandemic with a combination of in-person and virtual care, and possibly reduced office hours, but appreciate the on-going learning experiences you are providing to the doctors of tomorrow.

  • Celebrating our achievements

    The PSI Foundation has approved funding for Dr. Obaidullah Khan's Resident Research application, "Training of Canadian family medicine residents for POCUS screening of AAAs: a feasibility study" in the amount of $20,000.00 over 1 year.

  • Meet the Administrative Staff – Ms. Kelsey Klages

    2020 has been all about virtual. As such, we will be virtually profiling our administrative staff as they continue to work from home and keep our Department on track and meeting its strategic goals. Ms. Kelsey Klages is approaching nine years in the Department come November 23, and five years as the Manager of our Postgraduate Program.

  • In the Media

    Dr. Jane Thornton co-hosted the Season One, Episode 12 MSK Matters podcast and also participated in a British Journal of Sports Medicine blog posted on October 7 titled, Opportunities for Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) in a Post COVID-19 world.

  • New Grant Funding

    Congratulations to Dr. Jane Thornton as a team member on two new grants: Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network Pilot Grant (2020) Joint Management: An Online Web-Based Platform for Individuals with Mild to Moderate Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis, and SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2020) (Collaborator/Key Advisory Board Member) – Sport Policy for pregnancy and postpartum athletes.

  • Meet our new Resident Leaders

    Drs. Karan Chawla, Diana Cuckovic, and Obaidullah Khan are the 2020/2021 Family Medicine chief residents. They serve as an important resource to the Department and resident body, and act as mentors, leaders and advocates for the Program. Meet each of our resident leaders in this profile series.

  • Family Medicine Residents of Western Retreat

    The Family Medicine Residents of Western invite current residents to this year's virtual retreat held on October 31 and November 1 via Zoom (link to be provided upon registration). The retreat aims to connect residents with resources for future clinical practice as well as potential job opportunities.

  • Announcement: Learner Equity & Wellness Office changes name to serve learners

    Effective October 2, the Learner Equity & Wellness (LEW) Office at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry will be renamed to Learner Experience. The decision to change the Office name comes after consultation and feedback from faculty, staff, students and School leadership

  • Recruitment Request

    Western University and UBC Family Medicine faculty are looking for third- and fourth-year medical students and Family Medicine residents to deliver the HealtheSteps™ Program to community patients.

  • TUTOR-PHC Call for Applications

    The call for applications for TUTOR-PHC is open to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, mid-career clinicians, and decision makers from across primary health care and is now open. Learn more about this exciting opportunity.

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Diana Cuckovic

    There was a time where Dr. Diana Cuckovic, PGY2, Family Medicine, considered dance might be her calling, but her interest for life sciences and desire to help others encouraged her to pursue a different path. Read the full Resident Spotlight.

  • October 2020 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 our Faculty Development Leader Series: Digital Primary Care via Zoom on October 28 at 11:00 a.m. Save the date for Family Medicine Grand Rounds – COVID-19: Review of Current Epidemiology and Community Practice on November 4, and our second Family Medicine Information Session (core site overview) on November 11.

  • Top stories from our September newsletter

    Missed reading our September newsletter. Take a moment to read the top stories: Undergraduate Program Report, Department Spotlight: Meet Dr. Adam Loennberg, Celebrating over 40 years of long term family practice.

  • Chair's Message – COVID and Mental Health Continuum

    Things are not looking good in Ontario and in Canada overall in the last couple of weeks with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this second wave it appears that the virus is spreading easily in the community. How are you personally feeling about his? It would be natural for us to feel more anxiety as things appear to be getting worse lately. Fortunately there are ways to monitor this and know when help may be needed.

  • Graduate Program Report

    We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous resilience of our students who continue to fight COVID-19 on the front lines whether in their own clinics, assessment centres, contact tracing or in long term care facilities. Despite their tremendous clinical roles, they remain committed to pursuing their academic goals in the MClSc and PhD Programs.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    With December holidays approaching, we wanted to take a moment to remind our preceptors and residents to complete their One45 to-do items. If you’ve forgotten your One45 password, click “Need help logging in?” on log-in page and enter your UWO email address. Check your UWO email for password reset instructions.

  • Undergraduate Program Report

    In the midst of rising COVID cases, clinical rotations for clerkship and electives are continuing. Thank you to the preceptors who are dedicated to excellence in training our physicians of tomorrow. As the holiday season approaches, I hope that you are able to find some down-time to recharge.

  • Celebrating our Achievements

    Congratulations to Leslie Meredith, Program Manager, who was awarded the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Outstanding Research Coordinator Award. This award goes to an individual responsible for managing the everyday operations of a research project, or a group of projects or a program.

  • Commentary: What Canada learned (and didn’t learn) from the SARS pandemic

    As the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic takes hold across the country, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry experts say while Canadian officials implemented improvements to public health organization and in-hospital infection prevention and control after the SARS pandemic in 2003, vulnerabilities remained in the long-term care sector and the supply-chain for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

  • Meet the Administrative Staff – Mr. Don Cvetkovic

    2020 has been all about virtual. As such, we will be virtually profiling our administrative staff as they continue to work from home and keep our Department on track and meeting its strategic goals. Mr. Don Cvetkovic is celebrating four years in the Department of Family Medicine this November.

  • Drive-thru Flu shot clinic

    Middlesex Center Family Medicine Clinic in Ilderton conducted their first annual drive-thru Flu shot clinic which was a fantastic success. Over seven mornings nearly 1000 patients were immunized and the team received universally positive feedback. The initiative was led by Thames Valley FHT RN Paula Day and involved residents and medical students.

  • Obstetrical Skills Day

    The Department of Family Medicine’s 7th annual Obstetrical Skills Day looked a bit different this year. Typically, this is an in-person, hands-on, half-day teaching session where Family Medicine residents come together to learn skills for delivering low-risk intrapartum care. In order to follow public health guidelines and reduced capacity, we’re offering three sessions this year. We successfully hosted our first event on November 11 with 25 resident attendees.

  • Pandemic Planning for Primary Care

    Researchers from the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine are interviewing family physicians from the Ontario Health West region to learn from their experiences to inform future pandemic planning. Interviews are currently underway. The research team in Ontario is particularly looking for fee for service doctors and doctors in urban areas. To share your experiences during COVID19 or learn more about the project, please contact Dr. Maria Mathews or Leslie Meredith.

  • HealtheSteps™ Program Update

    We are happy to report the recruitment of medical students and residents at Western University has been a success! We have over 30 Western medical students/residents interested in being trained to deliver the HealtheSteps program. This adds to our network of 16 medical and kinesiology students delivering the program at UBC to 30 HealtheSteps participants.

  • Seeking Participant Referrals

    Participants in the UBC HealtheSteps program were referred to the program through their family physician. We are looking to replicate this at Western University with matching referred patients to a Western medical student trained to deliver the program. We are currently recruiting participants for the HealtheSteps program.

  • TUTOR-PHC Virtual Networking Event

    The TUTOR-PHC Networking event took place on November 24th virtually during the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Meeting 2020. Nearly 50 alumni, trainees and mentors of the program attended the event including the following Western Family Medicine-connected representatives: Co-Primary Investigators Judith Belle Brown and Amanda Terry, former PI Moira Stewart, as well as Bridget Ryan, Kathryn Nicholson, and Jaky Kueper.

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

    Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day is a one day event for researchers, policy makers, patients and clinicians interested in primary health care research. This year the event was held virtually on October 23. Faculty, graduate students and staff members from the Department of Family Medicine and the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine contributed to six oral and 15 poster presentations.

  • Family Medicine Forum FMF

    This year's Family Medicine Forum was held as a virtual meeting November 4 – 7. Family Medicine staff, faculty, residents and graduate students were well represented in oral and poster presentations. Congratulations to the Award winners: CFPC Resident Research Award, Dr. Forson Chan; CFPC Family Medicine Resident Scholarship, Dr. Lawrence Yau; and the Family Medicine Resident Awards for Scholarly Achievement; Drs. Ahmed Mahdi and Matthew Renaud.

  • North American Primary Care Research Group - NAPCRG Annual Meeting 2020

    NAPCRG 48th Annual Meeting was a virtual event held November 20 – 24. Members of the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and the Department of Family Medicine attended the virtual event with oral and poster presentations.

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Jennifer Johnson

    As an alumna of the MClSc in Family Medicine program, Dr. Jennifer Johnson learned the patient-centred clinical method and applyed it to her patients of 20 years, observing how positively they responded to being more deely known and understood. "There is definitely more trust, mutual respect and enjoyment of my relationships with my patients now," said Dr. Johnson.

  • November 2020 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 via Zoom for Family Medicine Grand Rounds – Management of Eating Disorders Update on Wednesday, December 2 at 8:30 a.m. Save the date for Geriatric Interdisciplinary Grand Rounds – Use of Medical Marijuana and CBD on December 3 at 8:00 a.m.

  • Top stories from our October newsletter

    Missed reading our October newsletter. Take a moment to read the top stories: Transition of Leadership, Meet the Administrative Staff – Ms. Kelsey Klages, and Resident Spotlight: Dr. Diana Cuckovic.

  • 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 – Medical School Selection Process

    Family doctors who are preceptors for medical students and residents contribute significantly to the knowledge, skills and attitudes of future family doctors. Did you know that you can also influence the future of healthcare by playing a role in the selection of students who enter medical school? Many of you are already engaged in this process here at Western, but there is always a need for more.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    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. 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.

  • Graduate Program Report

    Recruiting for the 2019-20 academic year has concluded and applications have been reviewed. This year there were 4 PhD applications and 8 MClSc applications. We have extended offers to 4 MClSc applicants. Applications for the Dr. John F. Sangster Graduate Studies Family Medicine Awards close May 31, 2019

  • Celebrating our achievements

    Dr. Sonja Reichert, Assistant Professor in Family Medicine, has been appointed to the Brian W. Gilbert Chair in Primary Health Care in the Department of Family Medicine for a five year term commencing July 1 2019. The Gilbert Chair award will facilitate the further development of Dr. Reichert's independent research program within the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and the Department of Family Medicine.

  • 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.

  • FamPOCUS

    Family Medicine point of care ultrasound was introduced to residents and clinicians for the first time at the Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine on May 8. The program was then offered as an academic 1/2 day to Family Medicine residents at Western on May 15. Both days were a huge success with participants very much enjoying getting hands on experience with primary care ultrasound applications.

  • Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research – Primary Health Care (TUTOR-PHC) 2019 Symposium

    TUTOR-PHC held its annual Symposium from May 6 to May 9, 2019 in London, Ontario at the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre. The Symposium is the start of the year-long TUTOR program. This is the 16th year of the program – the only interdisciplinary primary health care research training program in Canada.

  • TUTOR-PHC Secures $275,000 in Funding

    Since Fall 2018, Judith Belle Brown, PhD, and Amanda Terry, PhD, have secured $275,000 for the TUTOR-PHC program, and TUTOR-PHC mentors have supported these efforts. This funding allowed the continued operation of TUTOR-PHC - a one-of-a-kind pan-Canadian, interdisciplinary primary health care research training program based at Western University in the Department of Family Medicine.

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

    Join us June 5 at the Delta Hotel Toronto for Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day, a one day provincial meeting of researchers, policy makers, patients and clinicians interested in primary health care research. The Distinguished Lecture will feature Dr. Rick Glazier as he presents, "CIHR Investments to Date: What we know, what we have learned."

  • Welcome to new Lifestyle Research Team members

    Welcome Katie Shillington and Cherise Parish. Shillington recently completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences with an Honours Specialization in Health Promotion and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Health Promotion under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Irwin at Western University. Parish just finished her Undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Western.

  • Department Spotlight: Michelle Welch

    Having completed a general internship at the hospital in Barbados, and working for a few years there as a GP, Dr. Michelle Welch returned to Ontario to pursue postgraduate studies in Family Medicine, and a plus one in Primary Care Rheumatology, the first Rheumatology program of its kind to be offered in Canada. "I saw how greatly my patients could benefit from these relatively simple procedures. I knew right away these were useful skills and seeing patients who had traveled for hours to receive an injection that could be done in a few minutes convinced me I was choosing the right area to focus my practice."

  • May 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 May 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for Family Medicine Faculty Development Researcher Series: Quality Improvement as Scholarly Activity, in the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine Building, Room 1120. Family Medicine Grand Rounds – Physical Activity Prescription in Chronic Disease: Pearls for Family Physicians will be held on Wednesday, June 5, from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. in the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine Building, Room 1150.

  • Top stories from our April newsletter

    Missed the April e-newsletter? Take a moment to read the top stories: Congratulations to the 2019 Awards of Excellence recipients, Chair's Message – PMH and OHT, Postgraduate Program Report.

  • Chair's Message

    It has been a tumultuous year for healthcare in Ontario. The Premier’s Council on “Ending Hallway Healthcare” has now released two reports to help point the way for healthcare reform. The first report, released in January, identified challenges facing the system including difficult navigation for patients and long wait times, capacity pressures, and the need for more effective communication. The second report, released today, comes with 10 recommendations on how to move forward.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    There are some exciting new changes coming July 1, 2019 to MyFM. Our “Clinical Experience” assessment form will be updated to include all of our entrustable professional activities. This change will allow our residents to receive valuable feedback on their progression in the program...In preparation for the start of the new academic year, please take a moment to review the program policies. They can be found at this link “Policies”.

  • Graduate Program Report

    Congratulations to Dr. Les Lee who successfully defended his PhD thesis on June 3 and to Dr. Amanda Pendergast who also successfully defended her MClSc thesis on June 18. The following students graduated from the MClSc program at the June 14 Convocation celebration, Dr. Britta Laslo (in absentia February), Dr. Caroline Rebicki (not in attendance), Dr. Sajitha Rahman (in absentia February), Dr. Jamie Wickett (in attendance). The Dr. John F. Sangster Graduate Studies Family Medicine award winners for the 2019 year are Dr. Melad Marbeen (MClSc) and Dr. Sudit Ranade (PhD).

  • Celebrating our achievements

    Congratulations to Dr. Robert Petrella on his recent appointment as Professor and Head (Chair), Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia (UBC) effective October 15, 2019. Fortunately for us, Dr. Petrella will continue to lead his Lifestyle Research Team and research program in the CSFM at Western as part of this new appointment.

  • Resident Project Day

    On June 12 the Department of Family Medicine hosted Resident Project Day. With 44 projects (30 PGY2, 14 PGY3) presented, the scholarly activities that the PGY2/PGY3 residents completed over the course of their programs were showcased to 199 attendees. The day allowed for knowledge sharing, networking, and discussion about current topics in family medicine and primary care.

  • Hockey Fans in Training (Hockey FIT): Improving Men’s Health through the Power of Sport

    In partnership with local hockey teams and YMCA branches, researchers at Western University are looking to improve the health of adult male hockey fans through a 12 week, off-ice, exercise and healthy lifestyle program. Hockey Fans In Training (Hockey FIT) is run by certified coaches, helping sports fans make sustainable lifestyle changes to improve their health.

  • Indigenous Health Seminar

    Thank you to all of the organizers and attendees of the recent Indigenous Health Seminar. Over thirty-five people attended and provided very positive feedback on the session. Dr. Sarah Larkins, Professor, Health Systems Strengthening and Associate Dean, Research at the College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University, Australia presented to an audience of faculty, staff and graduate students.

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

    Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day was held June 5, 2019 at the Delta Hotel, Toronto, Ontario. Faculty, staff and graduate students from the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and the Department of Family Medicine made 10 oral presentations and 29 posters. Dr. Merrick Zwarenstein led a workshop on Pragmatic Trials.

  • See the Line 2019 Continuing Medical Education (CME) Session

    Thursday, August 15, 2019 | Learn the latest in sport related brain injury and clinical care. Topics include new technology in sports protective equipment, managing expectations of the patient and the invested parties and approaches to the treatment of persistent and systematic concussions. $125 for physicians and health care professionals; $25 for residents and students. Fees include HST.

  • See the Line 2019 Community Symposium

    Thursday, August 15, 2019 | Get the latest insight on sport concussion research from world-class medical experts. Topics include policy change, concussions in the female brain and the role media plays in telling stories of concussion. The afternoon also features an engaging panel discussion with medical experts, professional and amateur athletes. Free for all to attend. Registration is required.

  • Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series

    Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | We are pleased to announce Dr. David Loxterkamp, a family physician and author who lives and works in Belfast, Maine, as the 2019 Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series speaker. The lecture series has been established in memory of Dr. McWhinney, the founding chair of the Department of Family Medicine and one of the leading thinkers in the discipline of Family Medicine. Registration will open shortly.

  • CMPA Physician Leadership Workshop

    Monday, October 7, 2019 | Medical-Legal Essentials for Physician Leaders: Engaging Physicians and Managing Performance. This full-day accredited education session allows physician leaders to gain knowledge, skills and attitudes required to establish a workplace culture that promotes and prioritizes safe medical care. Fee: $70 + HST.

  • Homecoming 2019

    Revisit your roots at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry this October. With a weekend of events planned, it's the perfect time to reconnect with colleagues. Friday, October 18, 2019 - Sunday, October 20, 2019.

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Adrianna Bruni

    During her fourth year of undergraduate medical studies, Dr. Adrianna Bruni took some electives at the Schulich Medicine – Windsor Campus with Drs. Dale Ziter and Lawrence Aoun. She was so impressed by how dedicated they were to their community that she knew she had to be part of it. Meet Dr. Adrianna Bruni via Schulich Communications.

  • June 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 June 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for Family Medicine Faculty Development Teacher Series: Needs Assessments: What do I need to know?, in the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine Building, Room 1120.

  • Top stories from our May newsletter

    Missed the May e-newsletter? Take a moment to read the top stories: Department Spotlight: Michelle Welch, Celebrating our achievements, Resident Project Day.

  • Chair's Message – Longitudinal Clinical Experience

    September marks the start of a new academic year and this year brings significant changes to our medical education curriculum. These changes are promising to create a better appreciation of generalism in our medical students. As part of the curriculum change, the Department of Family Medicine faces a need to provide a longitudinal clinical experience for medical students starting in the first year. We have embarked on an ambitious recruitment program seeking medical practices to welcome medical students as observers for the equivalent of 16 half days in the practice over the course of a year.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    Our Family Medicine Residency Program is undergoing a formal full survey accreditation visit by the CFPC November 24 – 29. We require your participation. 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 2019-20 Family Medicine graduate programs academic year launched on September 16 with our on-site sessions running until September 26 on the first floor of the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. This year we welcome three new MClSc students – Drs. Mathew Grandy, Aline Oliveira and Craig Olmstead. We are excited to have our new and returning students from across the globe with us for a few weeks.

  • Meet our new resident leaders

    Kristen De Marco, Ada Gu and Kelly Lien are the 2019/2020 Family Medicine chief residents. They serve as an important resource to the Department and resident body, and act as mentors, leaders and advocates for the Program. Meet each of our resident leaders in this profile series.

  • Celebrating your achievements

    Congratulations to all award recipients. Adjunct professor and alumna Dr. Linda Lee, MClSc '10, was named a 2019 Joule Innovation access to care grant recipient for her MINT Memory Clinics initiative, current PhD student Dr. Kamila Premji was selected to receive the 2019 Canadian Family Physician Best Original Research Article Award, and Dr. Amrita Roy was named a CFPC Research Award for Family Medicine Residents recipient. Learn More.

  • In the media: Researchers seek seniors to put heart and mind into study

    Researchers are recruiting a new round of seniors willing to hop on a stationary bike for science. Family Medicine Professor Dr. Robert Petrella and his team are trying to test whether high-intensity interval training — a popular fitness regimen that involves completing short bursts of intense physical activity followed by short periods of rest or moderate exercise — has more of an impact on blood pressure and memory in seniors than a regular exercise regime. Via London Free Press.

  • In the media: Moira Stewart referenced in The Conversation

    The Conversation published an article entitled “#HellomyNameIs: A simple act to improve patients’ experiences of care” which references a 2001 Editorial in the BMJ by Moira Stewart, PhD.

  • Longitudinal Clinical Experience (LCE)

    On September 3, the MD Program at Schulich welcomed its Class of 2023, the first class to take part in the newly updated curriculum. The Longitudinal Clinical Experience (LCE) in Family Medicine is an excellent opportunity to expose students to Family Medicine early in their careers. Thank you to the many faculty who have volunteered to participate in this flagship program for the new curriculum. The September Faculty Development session on the LCE will provide support and answer any remaining questions you might have.

  • The real low-down on diabetes

    The Diabetes Alliance received more than $1 million to lead a global, real-world study on diabetes-related hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). The study, Investigating Novel Predictions of Hypoglycemia Occurrence using Real-world Models (iNPHORM), is part of the Diabetes Alliance’s global hypoglycemia research program located at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine. It is led by Dr. Stewart Harris, Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Alexandria Ratzki-Leewing, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

  • Family Medicine Resident Research Grant Competition launches

    The Department of Family Medicine and the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine are excited to launch the first Family Medicine Resident Research Grant Competition this academic year. The competition is open exclusively to PGY1 family medicine residents at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, with up to $5,000 of funding awarded each year to support high level primary care research. Spearheaded by Lawrence Yau (PGY2 – Mt. Brydges), the competition is a great opportunity for residents to use as a stepping stone for much larger national level grants in the future.

  • 2019 Homecoming Weekend

    Revisit your roots at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and join us for Homecoming this October. With a full weekend of events scheduled, it’s a perfect time to reconnect with friends and colleagues and revisit where it all began.

  • Obstetrical Skills Day

    First year family medicine residents will attend our annual Obstetrical Skills Day on November 6. 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. Note: All PGY1 residents are required to attend in person.

  • Symptoms in Family Practice: New Findings using EMR Data

    Please join Dr. Tom Freeman and colleagues for an afternoon discussing “Symptoms in Family Practice: New Findings using EMR Data,” supported by the Citywide Department of Family Practice, the Department of Family Medicine and Centre for Studies in Family Medicine. When: November 13, 2019, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Where: Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine, 4th floor – Rm. 4006. Learn More and Register Today.

  • International Multimorbidity Symposium

    You are invited to attend the International Multimorbidity Symposium on Friday, November 15. This Symposium is being co-presented by the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and the Department of Family Medicine. Learn More and Register Today.

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Amanda Pendergast, MClSc'19

    Dr. Amanda Pendergast, MClSc '19, is an academic family physician and Assistant Professor at Memorial University. She lives in St. John’s, NL with her husband Shawn and their three children. "Dr. McWhinney has helped me understand my patients for who they are, not from an illness that may try to define them. I am often surprised at how the same disease will present differently in different patients."

  • September 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 October 3 for Geriatric Interdisciplinary Grand Rounds – Rock Steady Boxing: Fighting Back Against Parkinson’s at 8:00 a.m. held at Parkwood Institute Main Building in Parkwood Auditorium B2-109. Save the date: Hands-On Injection Workshop For Family Physicians, Wednesday, November 13, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the Arts & Humanities Building – Athletics Injuries Lab – Room 2B15 - Western University.

  • Top stories from our June newsletter

    Missed the June e-newsletter? Take a moment to read the top stories: Award Winners, Announcement: Dr. Robert Petrella appointed Head (Chair), Department of Family Practice at University of British Columbia and Resident Graduation photos.

  • Chair's Message – e-Consult

    No doubt you have noted the increasing complexity of family medicine care in your practices. You probably also have noticed increasing difficulty in accessing certain specialty services, long wait times for consultations, and patient’s experience with referral to specialists being less than positive. Advances in technology can be helpful in dealing with these issues. One technological advance that we are using with more frequency in the SWLHIN is e-Consult. Learn More.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    The Postgraduate team has been working extremely hard in preparation for the upcoming Accreditation Visit taking place from November 24 to November 29, 2019. We would like to thank all of those involved in planning for the visit as well as those that will be meeting with the accreditation team members. This is a tremendous team effort and we couldn't do it without your support!

  • Graduate Program Report

    Congratulations to Drs. Sherine Kamel, Amanda Pendergast (MClSc) and Les Lee (PhD) on completing their programs; they were celebrated at Western's Convocation ceremony on October 23, 2019. Congratulations also to Drs. Tesshu Kusaba and Melad Marbeen who successfully defended their thesis work recently. Our online graduate courses have commenced on OWL and students are well engaged.

  • News: Dr. Scott McKay appointed Chair, Medical Advisory Committee at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC)

    The Department of Family Medicine would like to congratulate Dr. Scott McKay on his appointment as Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC). The MAC Chair is a senior leadership position within the hospital at LHSC. As Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee, Dr. McKay hopes to support the evolution and improvement of the healthcare services delivered at LHSC. “With the quadruple aim as a guiding framework, I believe we can improve patient outcomes and experience, control or decrease health delivery costs, while also improving the healthcare provider experience in the delivery of care,” he said.

  • In the media: Exercise study aims at improving heart function to prevent dementia

    The Heart and Mind study, led by Dr. Robert Petrella and funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, is investigating the effects of high-intensity interval training on dementia risk in older adults with hypertension. The study has recently enrolled a second wave of 60 new participants. Media coverage by CTV News.

  • Lifestyle Research Team – New Staff Updates

    The Lifestyle Research Team welcomes Nathan Christopher, a recent graduate from Western University with an Honors Specialization in Kinesiology, and Melissa Majoni, who recently graduated from her Master of Science degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics here at Western University. Nathan is excited at the opportunity to assist with both the Hockey FIT and Heart and Mind research studies, and Melissa will be working with our Hockey FIT team remotely from Vancouver, BC.

  • 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. Deadline to apply is December 2, 2019.

  • United Way popcorn sale

    Thank you to everyone who came out and participated in our United Way Elgin Middlesex popcorn sale. The Department raised $82.75 in support of Western's United Way Campaign and freshly popped popcorn was enjoyed by all.

  • Dr. Firas Al-Dhaher is hoping to inspire rural-based health research

    By exploring issues of access and availability for rural patients, Dr. Firas Al-Dhaher is hoping to inspire rural-based health research. As the Site Director for the Petrolia Medical Clinic, he sees an under-serviced patient population, one that faces distinct socio-economic concerns and limited access to health care resources.

  • Funding Announcement: Caskey/Francis Family Award in Clinical Research

    Co-investigator, Evelyn Vingilis, PhD, and team were awarded the Caskey/Francis Family Award in Clinical Research for their study, "Social Media Use and Mental Health: Exploration at the Individual and Population Level." The grant runs from September 2019 to August 2021.

  • Obstetrical Skills Day

    First year family medicine residents will attend the annual Obstetrical Skills Day on November 6. 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. Note: All PGY1 residents are to attend in person.

  • Family Medicine Forum

    Family Medicine Forum (FMF) will be held from October 30 to November 2 in Vancouver at the Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC). This is the largest annual conference for family physicians. Many of our research and clinical faculty and residents will be presenting posters, workshops or education sessions.

  • NAPCRG 2019

    The North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) 47 Annual Meeting will be held this year from November 16 to 20 in Toronto, Ontario at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. Members of the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and Department of Family Medicine will be attending to make oral presentations and poster presentations during the conference.

  • Symptoms in Family Practice: New Findings using EMR Data

    Please join Dr. Tom Freeman and colleagues for an afternoon discussing “Symptoms in Family Practice: New Findings using EMR Data,” supported by the Citywide Department of Family Practice, the Department of Family Medicine and Centre for Studies in Family Medicine. When: November 13, 2019, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Where: Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine, 4th floor – Rm. 4006. Learn More and Register Today. When: November 13, 2019, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Where: Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine, 4th floor – Rm. 4006

  • International Multimorbidity Symposium

    You are invited to attend the International Multimorbidity Symposium on Friday, November 15. This Symposium is being co-presented by the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and the Department of Family Medicine. Learn More and Register Today.

  • Annual Family Medicine Mix & Mingle

    The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) is hosting a Mix and Mingle on Wednesday, December 4 and we are looking for Family Physicians to participate (residents and staff). The event will take place at the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine and include dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by "Speed Dating" from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. The Speed Dating involves speaking to a group of 2-3 pre-clerkship students for 8 minute intervals about topics such as why you choose family medicine, what your practice is like, and any questions they may have. If you are interested in attending, please email the FMIG exec via Julia Petta.

  • Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Graham Briscoe

    Dr. Graham Briscoe's current medical practice consists of academic sport medicine at the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic and emergency medicine at the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital. "I enjoy the diversity between providing specialized care in an academic teaching sport medicine clinic and caring for ill and injured patients in a community emergency department setting. A large proportion of what I see in the emergency department is musculoskeletal injuries, so my sport medicine knowledge is an asset to me when providing patient care."

  • October 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: Epidemiology and prevention of cardiometabolic disease in the era of multimorbidity: a global perspective on November 6. Save the date for Hands-On Injection Workshop for Family Physicians on November 13, and the Palliative Care Journal Club on November 21.

  • Top stories from our September newsletter

    Missed the September e-newsletter? Take a moment to read the top stories: Meet our new resident leaders, Chair's Message – Longitudinal Clinical Experience, and Hands-On Injection Workshop For Family Physicians.

  • Chair's Message

    As I write this chair’s message, our Postgraduate residency training program is undergoing an accreditation visit from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). The accreditation process is a quality improvement exercise based on the standards for residency training as set by the Royal College for the specialty training programs and the CFPC. This process now extends to the institution, specifically the Postgraduate Education Office, so it is a significant process for the whole medical school at this time. I particularly want to commend our Postgraduate program leaders, site directors, teachers and staff for their preparation and commitment to the accreditation exercise.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    The Postgraduate Program is in the middle of an Accreditation Visit taking place from November 24 to November 29, 2019. We thank all of those involved in planning for the visit as well as those that will be meeting with the accreditation team members. This is a tremendous team effort and we couldn't do it without your support. CaRMS recruitment is rapidly approaching. Mark your calendars with these important interview dates: CaRMS IMG interviews on January 17, 2020; CaRMS CMG interview weekend on January 18 and 19, 2020.

  • Graduate Program Report

    Dr. Judith Brown attended FMF in Vancouver and NAPCRG in Toronto where she had an opportunity to recruit for the MClSc and PhD programs. We extend our Congratulations to the Graduate Program MClSc Student / Alumni FMF Award Winners that were celebrated at FMF 2019. Learn More.

  • Celebrating our achievements

    Congratulations Dr. Kyra Harris-Schulz on receiving the 2019 T2R Star Award for Top New Faculty Presenter for her session, The Dying Patient. "Dr. Harris-Schulz section was fantastic. The case was eye-opening and provided a good perspective on how we should view palliative care and the death of our patients. Furthermore, she highlighted examples of substandard care when it comes to recognizing and managing the dying patient."

  • Announcement: Dr. Sonja Reichert has been appointed as the Endowed Dr. Brian W. Gilbert Canada Research Chair

    Dr. Sonja Reichert, has been appointed as the Endowed Dr. Brian W. Gilbert Canada Research Chair, effective July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2024.

  • Yashoda Valliere awarded College of Family Physicians of Canada Medical Student Scholarship

    Yashoda Valliere, a medical student at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, was awarded one of the College of Family Physicians of Canada Medical Student Scholarships at the recent Family Medicine Forum in Vancouver, BC. A total of 17 scholarships are awarded, one for each Canadian medical school, to outstanding medical students with an interest in family medicine.

  • In the news: London doctor reflects on 50 years of family medicine

    Fifty years ago Dr. Wayne Weston, professor emeritus, was part of a pioneering group of 12 family doctors who successfully completed the first-ever certification in family medicine in Canada, earning the credentials needed to practice as family doctors from the College of Family Physicians of Canada. That class was honoured last weekend at a gathering during the Family Medicine Forum in Vancouver. Via The London Free Press.

  • Community-driven project improves patient outcomes for diabetes in Indigenous communities

    In total, nine Indigenous communities from coast to coast completed the FORGE AHEAD program, each with their own set of goals and interventions. At the program level, the researchers saw significant improvements in important clinical indicators for diabetes, including blood glucose control, blood pressure and LDL cholesterol for high risk patients.

  • Dr. Mario Elia awarded a Physicians’ Services Incorporated (PSI) Foundation grant for Healthcare Research by Community Physicians

    Dr. Mario Elia, adjunct professor in the Department of Family Medicine, was recently awarded a Physicians’ Services Incorporated (PSI) Foundation grant for Healthcare Research by Community Physicians for his research project, Feasibility Pilot Evaluation of Prescription to Get Active.

  • Innovation in Education

    The annual Obstetrical Skills Workshop for PGY1 residents was held on November 6. Residents learned how to perform many key obstetrical procedures including artificial rupture of membranes, performing a vaginal delivery, perineum repairs and knot-tying to name a few. The day was a tremendous success, and we would like to extend a big thank you to all of those involved in the planning of and teaching at this cutting edge simulation-based workshop.

  • Case report describes new type of vaping lung injury

    A team of authors including Schulich Medicine & Dentistry faculty members have released details on Canada’s first published case of suspected vaping-related lung injury. Published today in CMAJ, the case study may be the first to describe a new type of injury from vaping products.

  • NAPCRG 2019

    The North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) 47 Annual Meeting was held this year in Toronto, Ontario from November 16 to 20, 2019 at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. Members of the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and Department of Family Medicine attended and made numerous oral presentations and poster presentations during the conference.

  • 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. Deadline to apply is December 2, 2019.

  • United Way Fundraising Event - One Chip Challenge

    Join us for a United Way fundraising event on Tuesday, December 3 at 1:00 p.m. in Room 1120, WCPHFM. Watch Harsh Zaran go head-to-head with a tortilla chip. The chip is made from the hottest pepper in the world – the Carolina Reaper – and has been known to take even the strongest of us down. Minimum two dollar donation to attend. Snacks will be available for purchase. All proceeds to United Way.

  • Annual Family Medicine Mix & Mingle

    The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) is hosting a Mix and Mingle on Wednesday, December 4 and we are looking for Family Physicians to participate (residents and staff). The event will take place at the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine and include dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by "Speed Dating" from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. The Speed Dating involves speaking to a group of 2-3 pre-clerkship students for 8 minute intervals about topics such as why you choose family medicine, what your practice is like, and any questions they may have. If you are interested in attending, please email the FMIG exec via Julia Petta.

  • 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.