Feature Stories

  • Chair's Message

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

  • Postgraduate Program Report

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

  • Graduate Program Report

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

  • Retirement News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • CAME announces 2018 Certificate of Merit

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mind-Body Maximizes Benefits of Exercise to Seniors

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

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

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

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

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

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Susan McNair

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

  • February 2018 Research and Publications

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

  • Events

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

  • Top stories from our December newsletter

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

  • Chair's Message

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

  • Postgraduate Program Report

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

  • Graduate Program Report

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

  • Community News

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

  • Save the Date! 50th Anniversary Celebration Lecture

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

  • Recognizing the Windsor Campus 2018 Awards of Excellence recipients

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

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

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

  • Announcement: New INSPIRE-PHC-2 grant

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

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

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

  • Newly enhanced Behavioural Medicine rotation - Windsor Campus

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

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

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

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

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

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Eric Wong

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

  • March 2018 Research and Publications

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

  • Events

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

  • Top Stories from our February newsletter

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

  • Chair's Message – Opioid deaths and prescribing

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

  • Postgraduate Program Report

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

  • Graduate Program Report

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

  • MCISc Program Alumni Profile: Dr. Joshua Shadd

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

  • Congratulations to the 2018 Awards of Excellence recipients

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

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

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

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

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

  • Successful Research Bazaar

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

  • IMAGING in Orthopaedics: Choosing Wisely

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

  • SOAR: Pathway to Wellness first workshop

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

  • Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine

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

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

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

  • Resident Project Day

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

  • Resident Graduation

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

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Saadia Hameed

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

  • April 2018 Research and Publications

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

  • Events

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

  • Top Stories from our March newsletter

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

  • Chair's Message

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

  • Postgraduate Program Report

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

  • Graduate Program Report

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

  • Community News

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

  • Celebrating our achievements

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

  • Shannon Sibbald receives scholarship from The Case Centre

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

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

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

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

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

  • Why CBME

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

  • Conversation with Ian McWhinney

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

  • Save the Date: Schulich Medicine Education Conference

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

  • Call for abstracts

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

  • Nominations are now open for the 2017 Awards of Excellence

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

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

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

  • 2017 Alumni of Distinction Nominations

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

  • Department Spotlight: Lauren Siegel - Clinical Faculty Research Coordinator

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

  • January 2017 Research and Publications

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

  • Events

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

  • Top Stories from our December newsletter

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

  • Chair's Message

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

  • Postgraduate Program Report

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

  • Graduate Program Report

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

  • Community News

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

  • Celebrating our achievements

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

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

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

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

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

  • Following Grand Rounds: Greetings to Moira Stewart

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

  • Nominations are now open for the 2017 Awards of Excellence

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

  • 2017 Alumni of Distinction Nominations

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

  • Save the Date: Periodic Health Visit Seminar

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

  • Save the Date: Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

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

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Laura Clademenos

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

  • February 2017 Research and Publications

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

  • Events

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

  • Top Stories from our January newsletter

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

  • Chair's Message

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

  • Postgraduate Program Report

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

  • Graduate Program Report

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

  • Community News

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

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

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

  • Celebrating our achievements

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

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

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

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

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

  • Periodic Health Visit Seminar

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

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

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

  • Resident Spotlight – Dr. Carolyn Adams

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

  • Dr. Robert Petrella – Real Life Research Team

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

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

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

  • Register today: Resident Project Day

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

  • Department Spotlight: Adrienne Wakabayashi

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

  • March 2017 Research and Publications

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

  • Events

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

  • Top Stories from our February newsletter

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

  • Chair's Message

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

  • Postgraduate Program Report

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

  • Community News – Entering the world of research

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

  • Celebrating our achievements

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

  • New Funding Announcement – Dr. Stewart Harris – PATHWAYS

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

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

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

  • Choosing Wisely in Southwestern Ontario - May 12, 2017

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

  • Schulich Medicine Education Conference

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

  • Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine

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

  • Congratulations to the 2017 Awards of Excellence recipients

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

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

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

  • Resident Graduation

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

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Rochelle Dworkin

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

  • April 2017 Research and Publications

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

  • Events

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

  • Top Stories from our March newsletter

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

  • Chair's Message

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

  • Postgraduate Program Report

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

  • Graduate Program Report

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

  • Community News

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

  • Celebrating our achievements

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

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

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

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

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

  • Family Medicine retirements

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

  • Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series speaker announced

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

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

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

  • Congratulations to the 2017 Awards of Excellence recipients

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

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day – May 31

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

  • Resident Project Day – June 7

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

  • See the Line Returns August 16

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

  • Department Spotlight: John Berger

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

  • May 2017 Research and Publications

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

  • Events

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

  • Top Stories from our April newsletter

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

  • Chair's Message

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

  • Postgraduate Program Report

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

  • Graduate Program Report

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

  • Community News – Faculty Development Program survey

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

  • Celebrating our achievements

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

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

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

  • Moira Stewart, PhD appointed Professor Emerita

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

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

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

  • Honouring our long-standing faculty

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

  • Sunscreen Made Simple

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

  • Resident Profile - Dr. Jean-Marc Beausoleil

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

  • TUTOR-PHC Symposium – King City, ON

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

  • INSPIRE-PHC Program hosts Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit meeting

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

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day 2017

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

  • Resident Project Day June 7

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

  • Celebration of Success Breakfast June 15

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

  • See the Line Returns August 16

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

  • Department Spotlight: Annaka Norman

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

  • June 2017 Research and Publications

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

  • Events

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

  • Top Stories from our May newsletter

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

  • Chair's Message

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

  • Postgraduate Program Report

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

  • Graduate Program Report

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

  • Community News: Dr. Dax Biondi

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

  • Celebrating our achievements

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

  • In the news: Hockey FIT

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

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

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

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

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

  • Family Medicine Interest Group kicks off new school year

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

  • TUTOR-PHC is now accepting applications

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

  • 32nd Annual Therapeutics in Action Conference

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

  • J. Allyn Taylor Symposium

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

  • Leaders in Innovation Dinner

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

  • Department Spotlight: Cheryl Leystra-Lantz

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

  • September 2017 Research and Publications

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

  • Events

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

  • Top stories from our June newsletter

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

  • Chair's Message

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

  • Postgraduate Program Report

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

  • Graduate Program Report

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

  • Community News

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

  • Family Doctor Week in Canada

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

  • Family Medicine celebrates annual Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series

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

  • Hometown pride

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

  • Obstetrical Skills Day

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

  • Family Medicine Grand Rounds

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

  • Annual Family Medicine Mix & Mingle

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

  • Family Medicine Forum

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

  • TUTOR-PHC is now accepting applications

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

  • Academic Half Day: Social Media 101

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

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Caroline Rebicki

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

  • October 2017 Research and Publications

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

  • Events

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

  • Top stories from our September newsletter

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

  • Chair's Message

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

  • Postgraduate Program Report

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

  • Graduate Program Report

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

  • Community News

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

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

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

  • Celebrating our Achievement: Erin Shellington, PhD

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

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

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

  • Hockey Fans In Training supports Movember

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

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

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

  • Meet our resident leaders

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

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

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

  • TUTOR-PHC application deadline fast approaching

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

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

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

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

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

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Donna Manca

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

  • November 2017 Research and Publications

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

  • Events

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

  • Top stories from our October newsletter

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

  • Chair's Message

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

  • Postgraduate Program Report

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

  • Graduate Program Report

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

  • Community News

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

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

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

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

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

  • Team of researchers receive Award of Excellence in Research

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

  • TUTOR-PHC applications closed

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

  • Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit (OSSU) features Moira Stewart

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

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Cody Jackson

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

  • December 2017 Research and Publications

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

  • Events

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

  • Top stories from our November newsletter

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

  • Chair's Message

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

  • Postgraduate Program Report

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

  • Enhanced Skills Program Report

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

  • Community News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Family Medicine Study Guide is LIVE

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

  • Register today - Schulich Medicine Education Conference - April 1

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

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

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

  • Call for nominations - Awards of Excellence

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

  • Centre for Studies in Family Medicine Research Incubator

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

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

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

  • Call for Nominations - Awards of Excellence Windsor

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

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Wendy Kennette

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

  • January 2016 Research and Publications

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

  • Events

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

  • Top Stories from our December newsletter

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

  • Chair's Message

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

  • Postgraduate Program Report

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

  • Community News

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

  • In the news: Let’s probe palliative options

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

  • Victoria Family Medical Centre gets new director

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

  • Refugee Health 101

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

  • It lies in the balance

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

  • Diabetes Evaluation Framework for Innovative National Evaluations (DEFINE)

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

  • Centre for Studies in Family Medicine Research Incubator

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

  • Clinical Skills Day

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

  • Mini LEAP

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

  • Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine

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

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

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

  • Annual Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture

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

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Sofia Cuba

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

  • February 2016 Research and Publications

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

  • Events

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

  • Top Stories from our January newsletter

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

  • Chair's Message

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

  • Postgraduate Program Report

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

  • Community News

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

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

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

  • Putting patients in the spotlight

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

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

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

  • Clinical Skills Day

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

  • The 61st Annual Tachyardia - April 8 & 9

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

  • Centre for Studies in Family Medicine Research Incubator

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

  • SouthWestern Academic Health Network (SWAHN) Symposium

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

  • Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine

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

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

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

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Kyle Carter

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

  • March 2016 Research and Publications

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

  • Events

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

  • Top Stories from our February newsletter

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

  • Chair's Message

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

  • Postgraduate Program Report

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

  • Community News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Update – Conditions of Appointment for Physicians

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

  • Celebrating our achievements - Windsor Awards of Excellence recipients

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

  • Congratulations Dr. Eric Wong - Awards of Excellence recipient

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • New Nomenclature for Schulich Medicine Distributed Education and Windsor Campus

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

  • McWhinney’s Textbook of Family Medicine, Fourth Edition

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

  • Centre for Studies in Family Medicine Research Incubator

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

  • Mini LEAP

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

  • Research Discussion of the Periodic Health Visit

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

  • Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine

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

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

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

  • Department Spotlight: Sheila Porter, RN

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

  • April 2016 Research and Publications

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

  • Events

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

  • Top Stories from our March newsletter

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

  • Chair's Message

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

  • Postgraduate Program Report

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

  • Community News

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

  • Dr. Stewart Harris receives Order of Canada

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

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

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

  • Celebrating our achievements: Edmund V. Cowdry Award Winner

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

  • Invited Plenary Presentation

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

  • CSFM Announces New Adjunct Faculty

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

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

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

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Pauline Boeckxstaens

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

  • May 2016 Research and Publications

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

  • Events

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

  • Top Stories from our April newsletter

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

  • Chair's Message

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

  • Postgraduate Program Report

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

  • Graduate Program Report

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

  • Community News

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

  • Family Medicine Administrative staff update

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

  • MyFM update

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

  • Recognizing our achievements: Magda Catani

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

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

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

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

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

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

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

  • Resident Project Day

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

  • See the Line

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

  • Reunion Weekend

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

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Annabeth Loveys

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

  • June 2016 Research and Publications

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

  • Events

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

  • Top Stories from our May newsletter

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

  • Chair's Message

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

  • Postgraduate Program Report

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

  • Graduate Program Report

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

  • Community News: Dr. Susan Batten

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Celebrating our achievements

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

  • New Family Medicine ITERs implemented

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

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

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

  • New Associate Academic Coordinator in Windsor

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

  • Multimorbidity Symposium sponsored by PACE in MM

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

  • CMA MD Financial Management Seminar – Transition to Practice

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

  • Reunion Weekend

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

  • Medical Assistance in Dying: Lecture and Expert Panel Discussion

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

  • Dr. Fred Arthur Research Presentation

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

  • Inaugural Annual Teachers Day

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

  • Save the date for CSFM_Research Committee October Research Incubator

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

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

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

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Stacey Valiquet

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

  • September 2016 Research and Publications

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

  • Events

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

  • Top Stories from our June newsletter

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

  • Chair's Message – Bill 41 Legislation

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

  • Postgraduate Program Report

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

  • Graduate Program Report

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

  • Community News

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

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

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

  • Changes to the Family Medicine Clerskship rotation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dr. Jeff Blackmer discusses medical assistance in dying

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

  • The R.E.A.L. Life Project

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

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

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

  • Dr. Henry Chapeskie publishes paper in Canadian Family Physician

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

  • Dr. Samuel Appavoo and his Goderich colleagues publish paper

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

  • New Grant Funding

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

  • TUTOR-PHC is now accepting applications

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

  • Department Spotlight: Obstetrical Skills Day

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

  • October 2016 Research and Publications

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

  • Events

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

  • Top Stories from our September newsletter

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

  • Chair's Message

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

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    We are continuing to roll out our new competency-based In-Training Evaluation Reports (ITERs) for all rotations...The CaRMS recruitment weekends are rapidly approaching. This is always an exciting time of year where we have the opportunity to show our enthusiasm and demonstrate to applicants why this is a great residency training program.

  • Community News

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

  • Celebrating our achievements

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

  • Family Medicine Forum (FMF)

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

  • World Diabetes Day

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

  • The R.E.A.L. Life Project

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

  • Second Annual United Way Chili Lunch Fund Raiser

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

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

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

  • TUTOR-PHC Networking Event

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

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

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

  • TUTOR-PHC is now accepting applications

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

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Alethea Anderson

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

  • November 2016 Research and Publications

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

  • Events

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

  • Top Stories from our October newsletter

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

  • Chair's Message

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

  • Postgraduate Program Report

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

  • Graduate Program Report

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

  • Community News

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

  • Celebrating our achievements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Family Medicine Residents of Western 20th Annual Retreat

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

  • Obstetrical Skills Day

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

  • CSFM_Research Committee Thinkubator

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

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

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

  • Dr. Paul Thagard named London Health Research Day 2017 Keynote Speaker

    Renowned Canadian philosopher, cognitive scientist and author Dr. Paul Thagard, PhD, will be giving the lunchtime keynote lecture at LHRD 2017. His talk will focus on “Explaining Mental Illness”.

  • Keeping warm all winter long

    Purchase your one-of-a-kind Schulich Medicine & Dentistry toque and keep warm all winter long. These toques are only $24 and come in two different styles, with a pom-pom and without. Purchase Now.

  • Department Spotlight: Don Cvetkovic - Systems Coordinator

    The department is pleased to welcome Don Cvetkovic in the role of Systems Coordinator. Don graduated from Western University with a degree in Engineering and then went on to study Computer Science at The University of Windsor. Don has worked at TD Canada Trust, IBM, Labatt Breweries and General Motors...

  • December 2016 Research and Publications

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

  • Events

    Mark your calendars for the Enhanced Skills Internal Review on February 15, 2017. Save the date for Resident Project Day on June 7, 2017 and Resident Graduation on June 16, 2017.

  • Top Stories from our November newsletter

    Celebrating Family Doctor Week: Helping bring family physicians back into hospital care, Family Medicine Forum, Chair's Message

  • Postraduate Program Update
    February 2, 2015
    The CaRMS recruitment days that took place on January 16th, 24th and 25th were a huge success. We interviewed over 600 candidates in total! I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the faculty, staff and residents for your assistance on those days. We couldn’t have done it without you! Match day is March 4th, 2015 and the CaRMS 2nd iteration interview day is tentatively scheduled for March 21st, 2015.

  • Enhanced Skills Program update
    February 2, 2015
    Our program is pleased to announce the incoming class for 2015-2016. Congratulations to all our new residents. We look forward to working with you!

  • From the desk of George Kim: New year, new goals, new leadership

    With three committees winding down their strategic plan work, new committees are being formed to focus on the next round of goals outlined in the Distributed Education Network Strategic Plan. Meanwhile the new Regional Academic Directors are hitting the ground running in their roles. Learn more about who has taken on these roles, and why Dr. Robert Black has decided to take on this exciting new position.

  • New websites successfully launched

    The department and the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine successfully launched new websites on January 20, 2015 as part of the second phase of the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry's website redevelopment project.

  • UME Accreditation 2015 – Learner Equity & Wellness

    Away from the busy foot traffic of the Medical Sciences Building and first floor of the Dr. Murray O’Neil Education Centre, students can find the Learner Equity & Wellness (LEW) offices.

  • FORGE AHEAD research program workshop brings indigenous communities together

    The TransFORmation of IndiGEnous PrimAry HEAlthcare Delivery (FORGE AHEAD) research program brought together over 50 community and healthcare professionals from six First Nations communities across Canada to launch the first in a series of three workshops as part of the first wave of implementation for FORGE AHEAD.

  • Clinical Skills Day a great success

    The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) and Department of Family Medicine hosted their annual Clinical Skills Day this Saturday and it was a great success! It was attended by over 100 first and second-year medical students from the London and Windsor campuses.

  • Drs. Ted Osmun and Nelson Chan publish paper in Canadian Family Physician

    Drs. Ted Osmun and Nelson Chan published their paper "Approach to caring for developmentally disabled adults in the community Medical, ethical, and legal considerations" in Canadian Family Physician's current issue.

  • Dr. Petrella leads Alzheimer's research study

    An important piece of research in the puzzle that is Alzheimer’s disease is being investigated locally. Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute is conducting a research study, led by principal investigator Dr. Robert Petrella, in Woodstock entitled Exercise and Brain Health Research Study.

  • Enhancing Collaboration Between Primary Care and Public Health

    You are invited to attend Enhancing Collaboration Between Primary Care and Public Health on February 11, 2015 from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m., room 1150, WCPHFM. This exciting interactive seminar will be facilitated by Dr. Ruta Valaitis, McMaster University, and Dr. Tom Freeman, Centre for Studies in Family Medicine.

  • Family Medicine Research Seminar

    All faculty and staff are welcome to join the Family Medicine Research Seminar hosted by CSFM Director, Dr. Merrick Zwarenstein, and Research Associate, Cathy Thorpe. We are inviting you to bring forward research ideas and opportunities that you would like to discuss.

  • Annual Education Day

    The Department of Family Medicine invites faculty and staff to our annual Education Day on Friday, March 27, 2015. Join us for a day of faculty development and informative workshops, as well as a plenery session, a networking luncheon and the Chair's wine and cheese reception.

  • Postgraduate Program Update

    Congratulations to everyone on a very successful CaRMS match! We are very happy to have filled 70 of our 77 positions. We will be offering interviews for the 2nd iteration on Wednesday, March 18th. There will no doubt be many strong candidates to fill these remaining positions.

  • Welcome Michele Vanderspank

    We are thrilled to announce that Michele Vanderspank has accepted our offer to join the Department as the Undergraduate Coordinator for Family Medicine.

  • AstraZeneca donates $500,000 to forge health care improvements in Canada’s indigenous communities

    To address the mounting diabetes health crisis in First Nations communities, AstraZeneca Canada Inc. has donated $500,000 to Western University in support of the FORGE AHEAD Research Program, led by Dr. Stewart Harris.

  • Drs. Lisa Fischer and Gillian Kernaghan honoured as Women of Excellence recipients

    Congratulations to Drs. Lisa Fischer and Gillian Kernaghan who were announced as two of eight recipients of the 2015 Women of Excellence Awards. The Women of Excellence Awards celebrate exemplary female leaders from all backgrounds, ages and experiences in London, Ontario and the surrounding region.

  • Dr. Wong to present at the Canadian Conference on Medical Education

    Dr. Eric Wong, Fred Ross and Charlie Mehagan will attend the Canadian Conference on Medical Education to introduce their presentation, Assessment behaviours after implementation of an electronic competency-based assessment tool.

  • Resident Project curriculum transformed

    The Department of Family Medicine has designed and implemented a transformed resident project curriculum focusing on research and quality improvement (QI). The initial group of residents enrolled in the new curriculum are set to graduate this year.

  • Dr. Ted Osmun creates whiteboard animation on the Periodic Health Exam

    Dr. Ted Osmun has created a whiteboard animation in partnership with medskl.com. Periodic Health Exam: What You Need To Know with Ted Osmun M.D. is currently available for viewing on YouTube.

  • From the desk of George Kim: Steady progress continues on the Distributed Education Network Strategic Plan as new stakeholder committees are launched

    The Strategic Plan for Distributed Education was released in January 2014. One year later, we have tracked steady progress in achieving the work to support identified goals. Four new committees have been identified and their work will begin in the coming weeks...

  • Family Medicine most common career choice for Schulich Medicine students

    The 2015 CaRMS match results had a strong local connection with 42 per cent of Schulich Medicine students pursuing their postgraduate medical education at Western University. Family Medicine was the most common career choice for Schulich Medicine students with more than 40 per cent choosing the specialty.

  • Annual Education Day

    The Department of Family Medicine invites faculty and staff to our annual Education Day on Friday, March 27, 2015 at The Western Centre for Public Health & Family Medicine. Registration is now open and available online.

  • Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine

    Save the date! Presented by the Citywide Department of Family Medicine, Annual Clinical Day in Family Medicine is taking place May 13th, 2015 at Four Points by Sheraton, in London, Ontario.

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

    Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day is being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Thursday, June 4th, 2015. Abstract submission deadline is Friday, May 1, 2015. Registration is now open.

  • Postgraduate Program update

    We held the CaRMS 2nd iteration interviews on Wednesday, March 18th. We are very pleased that there were many strong candidates to fill the remaining seven positions. Fingers crossed for a successful match on April 14, 2015!

  • Graduate Studies Program student profile

    Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil Dr. Gustavo Gusso grew up in a house of academics; his father an engineer and his mother a lecturer of semiotics. He credits listening to his mother talk about the relationship between history, art and symbols as leading him towards the path of a career in Family Medicine.

  • Dr. Justin Mall among medical specialists providing treatment for athletes and tourists at the Pan Am Games

    Dr. Justin Mall, a doctor with the Central Lambton Family Health Team, has been chosen to be part of the medical team for the Pan Am Games in Toronto this summer. The Petrolia doctor will provide treatment for athletes and tourists at the games. Mall is a recent graduate and adjunct faculty who has trained at the Fowler Kennedy clinic, well known for its sports injury rehabilitation programs.

  • ICES Western Faculty Scholar announcement

    Congratulations to Dr. Bridget Ryan, who has been selected as a Faculty Scholar with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) Western for the 2015-2017 Faculty Scholars’ Program. Acceptance into this program is recognition of her achievements and leadership to date.

  • Football Fans in Training (FFIT) Glasgow

    In the United Kingdom, the Football Fans in Training (FFIT) program was developed to encourage men to lead a healthier lifestyle through a sport-related medium. In January, Dr. Rob Petrella, Dawn Gill PhD, and Ashleigh De Cruz travelled to Glasgow to meet with collaborators from the University of Glasgow and the University of Aberdeen, as well as the Scottish Professional Football League, to develop and design Hockey Fans in Training (Hockey FIT)

  • Dr. Lori Teeple sheds light on the disease of overweight while helping patients learn self-management skills

    Working as an emergency medicine physician, Dr. Lori Teeple experienced a chance encounter that forever changed her perspective on preventive health. After learning about healthy diet and exercise, she gathered her coaching tools and life style change strategies and compiled them into a workbook, Over Weight is a Disease: A Canadian Doctor’s Prescription for Self-Management.

  • Meet Dr. Ross Moncur - Windsor Family Medicine – Faculty of the Year Award recipient

    Dr. Ross Moncur joined the Department of Family Medicine as an Adjunct Professor in 2012. He is a family physician who tries to maintain a traditional general practice, splitting his time fairly evenly between general office practice, hospitalist work, and long-term care. He has a particular interest in care of the elderly and primary palliative care. We spoke to him following his recent achievement.

  • Dr. Victor Johnson Student Research Award recipient Rhythm Shah presents at London Health Research Day

    Dr. Victor Johnson Student Research Award recipient, Rhythm Shah, presented his poster, "Type II Diabetes Mellitus Care for patients with Limited English Proficiency: Assessment of patient outcomes and barriers to optimum care" at London Health Research Day.

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

    Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day is being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Thursday, June 4th, 2015. Abstract submission deadline is Friday, May 1, 2015. Registration is now open. We welcome recently completed and in progress research related to primary health care.

  • Resident Project Day

    Registration is now open for Resident Project Day. On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Family Medicine residents will present their projects and commend their achievements at the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine (WCPHFM). Please join us in celebrating the success of our resident projects.

  • Postgraduate program update

    We're at a transitional point in the postgraduate program year. CaRMS 2015 has officially come to a close. We successfully filled our remaining seven positions in the second iteration match. In preparation for the start of the new academic year, we ask that you review the program policies.

  • Graduate studies program update

    The graduate program courses are drawing to an end after another successful academic year and recruitment for the 2015-16 academic year continues. We are happy to report that Drs. Dave Davidson and Carmen Nadal have completed the MClSc program and will be graduating at the Spring Convocation on June 11, 2015. Dr. Saadia Hameed will be defending her thesis on Friday, May 22nd at 12:30 p.m. in WCPHFM 1120.

  • Family medicine still great career despite Ministry restrictions

    Dr. Wetmore spoke with CBC's Ontario Morning about the hurdle graduating GPs face in the current job market. However, even as the Ontario government has restricted their ability to join family health teams, Dr. Wetmore reassures residents that the future of family medicine is still bright.

  • Congratulations to our Family Medicine Awards of Excellence recipients

    The Department of Family Medicine is happy to congratulate our post graduate team, Dr. Judith Brown and Dr. Daniel Grushka on receiving a 2015 Award of Excellence.

  • Dr. George Kim awarded 2015 Alumni of Distinction award

    Congratulations to Dr. George Kim on receiving the 2015 Young Alumni Award from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. As an Alumni of Distinction recipient, Dr. Kim is recognized for having made a tremendous impact on the lives of people in Canada and around the world.

  • Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series - inaugural lecture announced

    The Department of Family Medicine is excited to announce that the date for the inaugural lecture of the Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series has been set for Wednesday, September 23, 2015. Dr. Michael Kidd, WONCA president, will deliver the lecture. Dr. Kidd reflects the principles and values articulated by Dr. McWhinney.

  • In the news

    Dr. Wetmore and The London Free Press take a closer look at the cost-cutting changes pushed through by the Ontario government. “There is angst and some concern,” said Stephen Wetmore, head of family medicine at London hospitals and the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University.

  • Top doc

    The Department of Family Medicine congratulates Dr. Michael Toth for being named president of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). The London Free Press profiles the Aylmer doctor as he takes office for his one-year term as president.

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

    Join us for Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day 2015. This premier research event is held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Thursday, June 4th and showcases approximately 30 oral presentations and 24 posters from top researchers, graduate trainees and students. Registration is now open.

  • Resident Project Day

    Registration is now open for Resident Project Day. On Wednesday, June 10, Family Medicine residents will present their projects and commend their achievements at the WCPHFM. Please join us in celebrating the success of our resident projects.

  • Join us as we celebrate Resident Graduation

    The Department of Family Medicine cordially invites you to a celebratory dinner in honour of our graduating residents. The graduation reception and dinner is at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 19, 2015 in Great Hall, Somerville House at Western University. Ticket sales close June 11, 2015.

  • Public Health and Family Medicine Seminar

    You are invited to attend the upcoming Public Heath and Family Medicine seminar: Evidence versus Experience: Does the Periodic Health visit have a future? Drs. Stephen Wetmore, Mark Speechley and Ava John-Baptiste will speak on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 12 noon - 1:00 p.m. in WCPHFM, Room 4006.

  • Postgraduate program update

    The Family Medicine Postgraduate program was well recognized at the 2015 Celebration of Excellence receiving two distinguished awards, one for staff and one for education. In other exciting news, the electronic field notes will be launched in the Windsor and Rural programs on July 1st, 2015.

  • In the news

    Mental illness affects one in five Canadians and costs us nearly $50-billion a year. So why aren’t we treating it like any other health-care crisis? Dr. Saadia Hameed weighs in on the discussion after researching access to psychotherapy for an advanced degree

  • Southwest Middlesex Health Centre says goodbye to Dr. Ted Osmun

    His is a storied career that spreads over 30 years. Dr. Osmun, we wish you all the best in “downsizing your career and upsizing your life,” because as you say, you are not retiring but simply downsizing your career.

  • New MD restrictions don't apply to under-serviced communities

    Ontario’s new rules which limit the number of doctors who can join family health teams don't apply to under-serviced communities. In Southwestern Ontario, that’s 18 centres. The Ministry's restrictions could mean these communities might finally catch a break.

  • FORGE AHEAD launches Wave2

    The TransFORmation of IndiGEnous PrimAry HEAlthcare Delivery (FORGE AHEAD) Research Program begins the 2nd wave of implementation this month. Community Facilitators will guide their Community and Clinical Team Members to develop, implement and evaluate culturally relevant diabetes initiatives using the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle tool.

  • Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day

    With 110 participants and 46 oral/poster presentations, Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day was a success! Participants came from Universities across Ontario, LHINs, Family Health Teams, and Associations related to primary health care. Western was well represented with 15 participants from psychology, epidemiology, family medicine, nursing and occupational therapy.

  • Chair's Message

    Welcome back from your summer break. I am pleased to bring you a high-level description of the recommendations arising from the Deloitte commissioned Governance and Financial review of the Department of Family Medicine.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    The new academic year is off to a great start and our PG program has some exciting new innovations that have been implemented.

  • Graduate Program Report

    This September marks the 38th year of the MClSc Graduate Program. Our MClSc/Phd students from across the globe will join us on-site from September 14 - 25, 2015. This year we have four MClSc students joining the program and two PhD students.

  • In the news: See the Line

    Dr. Lisa Fischer talks about improvements in treating concussion in sport.

  • In the news: Warmth of community and strong mentorship credited for graduate staying and working in Clinton

    Dr. Irram Sumar, a graduate of our family medicine residency program, is taking over for Dr. Hay, a retiring physician in Clinton. Dr. Sumar first came to Clinton in 2011 as a resident and completed part of her training with the Clinton Family Health Team. After graduating in 2013, she decided that Clinton was the place to start her career.

  • Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series

    Each fall the Department of Family Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University, will host the Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture in memory of the founding Chair of the Department and one of the leading thinkers in the discipline of Family Medicine. The inaugural lecture will take place on September 23, 2015.

  • Join us for a special guest presentation by Dr. Ryuki Kassai

    Dr. Ryuki Kassai was establishing a teaching clinic in Fukushima, Japan, when the Tsunami struck. Join him as he presents,"Family Medicine in Japan: A Journey with Dr. Ian McWhinney” at 11:00 a.m. on September 23 in Room 1120 in the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine.

  • Centre for Studies in Family Medicine's Research Day

    As part of the Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series you are invited to join the CSFM in celebrating our department's research initiatives and sharing ideas concerning future activities and collaborations on September 24 at 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Room 1150 of the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine.

  • Western family medicine faculty recognized as part of CFPC 's Top 20 Pioneers of Family Medicine Research in Canada

    The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) honours the Top 20 Pioneers of Family Medicine Research in Canada, including members of Western's department of family medicine.

  • Dr. Robert Petrella completes term as the Beryl & Richard Ivey Research Chair

    The Department of Family Medicine is pleased to support Dr. Petrella in his new research position in aging, mobility and chronic disease prevention created jointly by the Department, Western and Lawson Health Research Institute.

  • Dr. George Kim set to receive 2015 Alumni of Distinction award

    The Schulich community will toast Dr. George Kim and fellow recipients of the Alumni of Distinction Awards, who have all made a tremendous impact on the lives of people in Canada and around the world, at the annual Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Homecoming Dean's Gala on Saturday, September 26, 2015.

  • Meet the new Family Medicine Interest Group executive

    The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) is excited for the beginning of another academic year and the opportunity to organize various events to foster exposure to family medicine in the undergraduate medical experience.

  • Family Medicine Research Incubator

    Hockey Fit aims to motivate sports fans to get into shape and live healthier lifestyles. Join Dr. Petrella and his team at the next Family Medicine Research Incubator on October 21 at 9:30 a.m. to hear more about this exciting new project.

  • Dr. Eric Wong Appointed Director, Certification and Examinations, Academic Family Medicine by the College of Family Physicians

    The Department would like to congratulate Dr. Eric Wong on his appointment by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). Dr. Wong will join the College in the position of Director, Certification and Examinations, Academic Family Medicine effective September 21, 2015.

  • PGY3 program in office based procedures

    The Department is looking to develop a new office-based procedural medicine PGY3 program in Family Medicine-Enhanced Skills. We are looking for preceptors who are engaged and willing to take on residents. The program will target family physicians who wish to increase their proficiency in office based procedures.

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Carmen Nadal

    Dr. Carmen Nadal recently completed the Department of Family Medicine’s Master of Clinical Science program and graduated from Western at the Spring Convocation on June 11, 2015. While in London to celebrate her achievement, she sat down with us to talk about her experience in the program.

  • Events

    Registration for the Illuminating Collaborative Care conference is now open. The 43rd NAPCRG Annual Meeting is taking place October 24-28, 2015 in Cancun, Mexico.

  • September 2015 Research and Publications

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

  • Chair's Message

    One of the worst kept secrets in healthcare today was the report of the Expert Advisory Committee on Strengthening Primary Health Care in Ontario, also known as the Price Report. The report has now been released and confirmed what many people suspected. There is no doubt that change is coming to primary care delivery in Ontario.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    It’s that time of year again! The faculty adviser plays an extremely important role in the resident’s personal and professional development. Please take the time to read over the Faculty Advisor meeting tips.

  • Graduate Program Report

    As we enter into the 38th year of our Graduate Program we welcome three new faculty members and celebrate two recent graduates.

  • Inaugural Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series a resounding success

    The Department of Family Medicine celebrated Dr. Ian McWhinney – the founding father of family medicine in Canada – with the inaugural lecture series in September. Dr. Michael Kidd, President of WONCA, delivered an inspirational and thought provoking lecture and Dr. Stephen Wetmore announced the naming of the Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Hall.

  • Applications to Transdisciplinary Understandings and Training on Research - Primary Health Care (TUTOR-PHC)

    Transdisciplinary Understandings and Training on Research - Primary Health Care (TUTOR-PHC), led by the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine's Dr. Moira Stewart, is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 training year.

  • Family Medicine Research Incubator: Hockey FIT

    Hockey FIT aims to motivate sports fans to get into shape and live healthier lifestyles. Join Dr. Petrella and his team on October 21 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 1120, Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine, for the next Family Medicine Research Incubator to hear more about this exciting new project.

  • CSFM Chili Lunch Fundraiser for the United Way

    Come to the 2nd floor of the WCPHFM on Thursday, October 22 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. for a heartwarming bowl of chili with your donation of $5 to the United Way.

  • South West Health Ethics Network General Meeting

    Join the South West Health Ethics Network (SWHEN) for their General Meeting: Ethical Issues in Violence Prevention on November 16, 2015 at 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. in the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine, Room 1150.

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Christina Cookson

    "What I didn't realize initially going into the program was how much I would grow as a person and as a family doctor..." Dr. Christina Cookson, second year MClSc student, shares her experience in our graduate studies program.

  • October 2015 Research and Publications

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

  • Events

    Grand Rounds: Poverty and its Effects on Health will be presented by Dr. Blair Pierce and the London Poverty Network on November 4, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. Family Medicine Forum (FMF) will celebrate its 15th anniversary November 11-14, 2015, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

  • Top Stories from our September newsletter

    Dr. Eric Wong Appointed Director, Certification and Examinations, Academic Family Medicine by the CFPC... PGY3 program in office based procedures...

  • Family Medicine Forum (FMF)

    The College of Family Physicians of Canada’s 12th Annual Family Doctor Week in Canada took place November 9-14, coinciding with the annual Family Medicine Forum, November 11-14, in Toronto, Ontario. Members of the Department of Family Medicine and the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine participated in the conference with presentations, workshops and posters that showcased their research.

  • Chair's Message

    Recently we have heard conflicting messages from our community adjunct faculty members regarding communications within the Department of Family Medicine. This month's message addresses the difficult task of striking the right balance between information overload and keeping our community adjunct faculty members appropriately informed and engaged.

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    The CaRMS recruitment days 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 ours is a great residency training program.

  • Graduate Program Report

    The Graduate Program has been busy preparing for a number of thesis examinations over the past few months and to recruit and present at the Family Medicine Forum.

  • Congratulating our award winners

    Dr. Dale Ziter of Windsor was named the 2015 Regional Family Physician of the Year by the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP). The Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) recognized Dr. Christina Cookson as the 2015 Resident Teacher of the Year.

  • Top 20 Pioneers Family Medicine Research in Canada honoured at FMF

    The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) recently celebrated the Top 20 Pioneers of Family Medicine Research in Canada. During the Family Medicine Forum, The Section of Researchers honoured the recipients at a special dinner celebration on November 11. Western family medicine faculty were recognized as part of the group.

  • North American Primary Care Research Group NAPCRG 2015

    The 43rd North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Meeting took place in Cancun, Mexico from October 24th - 28th. Dr. Moira Stewart co-led an International Forum, "Think-Tank on Outcomes for Patient-Centered Interventions for Persons with Multimorbidity." The summary, by Stewart, was quoted by Domhnall MacAuley in the CMAJ Blog.

  • Dr. Nusrat Jamil delivers public lecture

    Dr. Nusrat Jamil, Master of Clinical Science in Family Medicine candidate, delivers a public lecture for the following Thesis: “How Family Physicians in Saskatchewan make Lung Cancer Screening Decisions” on November 4, 2015, in the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine at Western University.

  • Family Medicine chairs meet in Hamilton

    Dr. Stephen Wetmore met with fellow Family Medicine chairs last month, at the recently opened David Braley Health Sciences Centre, at the downtown Hamilton McMaster Health Campus. In an effort to facilitate coordination and communication between Ontario's family medicine departments, the chairs meet several times per year to discuss matters related to medical education and research.

  • OB Skills Acquisition Day

    PGY1 Family Medicine residents attended the 2nd annual OB Skills Acquisition Day on November 4th. A group of dedicated staff and faculty came together under the leadership of Dr. Jo-Anne Hammond to run a smooth and informative workshop with hands-on stations covering everything from the mechanics of a normal vaginal birth to diagnosing and treating a shoulder dystocia.

  • Friendly reminder: Mail

    The Department of Family Medicine would like to remind faculty and residents to keep their mailing address up-to-date with Western HR. When you use the Department's mailing address we are unable to assure that the mail will be correctly redirected.

  • The Family Medicine Study Guide App coming January 2016

    The Family Medicine Study Guide App, the first ever "Study Buddy" for Family Medicine, created by assistant professor Dr. Daniel Leger, is coming January 2016. It features 50 Original SAMPS (short answer management problems), 234 Short Answer Questions (w/ answer keys), 50 Rapid Fire Questions, Clinical Pearls, and much more.

  • LHSC ending subscription to Uptodate

    The LHSC subscription to Uptodate will be ending on November 30th, 2015. Many point of care tools are still available to you on-line through Western Libraries.

  • United Way Fundraiser – Chili Lunch

    Staff from the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine organized a Chili Lunch fundraiser on October 22. A total of $260 was raised for the United Way campaign. Sincere thanks to everyone who organized and helped that day with set up and clean up. We couldn’t have done it without you. A big thank you to everyone who supported the lunch and made it a success.

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. David Huffman

    Dr. David Huffman has recently assumed the role of site director in our postgraduate Chatham-Kent rural family medicine residency program. Dr. Huffman has been teaching for 12 years in office and in the ER and prides himself on fostering a collegial teaching environment with learners.

  • November 2015 Research and Publications

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

  • Events

    Save the date for the Dean's Faculty and Staff Holiday Party on December 8. Mark your calendars for London Health Research Day 2016 on March 29, 2016, and the DEN Educational Retreat on April 1, 2016.

  • Top Stories from our October newsletter

    Chair's Message, Postgraduate Program Report, Department Spotlight: Dr. Christina Cookson

  • Chair's Message

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

  • Postgraduate Program Report

    The CaRMS recruitment weekend is rapidly approaching. This is always an exciting time of year where we have the opportunity to show our enthusiasm and demonstrate to applicants why ours is a great residency training program.

  • Graduate Program Report

    As the 2015 year draws to an end, we in the Graduate Program reflect on the past few months and the flurry of activity in MClSc completions they have brought. From June to December we have had six completions and expect another thesis defence in February 2016. This is indeed a record for the MClSc program and we are thrilled.

  • Connect with us

    Engage with faculty, staff, residents and students, join the conversation, share in our achievements, and enjoy video testimonials, interviews, public lectures and program updates.

  • In the news: Dr. Lisa Fischer and Dean Michael Strong believe a cultural shift is necessary for athletes and children to understand the seriousness of concussion

    Dr. Lisa Fischer and Dean Michael Strong agree more needs to be done to protect people from the potentially life-changing impact of concussions. Via Toronto Sun.

  • In the news: Dr. Bhooma Bhayana volunteers with the Newcomer Health Program in support of Syrian refugees

    Dr. Bhooma Bhayana volunteers with the Newcomer Health Program, a collaboration among local doctors, clinics and cultural centres, to address the immediate medical needs of Syrian refugees. Via The London Free Press.

  • Dr. Daniel Pepe receives Class of Meds ‘49 Award for Excellence in Teaching by residents for 2014-2015 – Junior Resident

    Congratulations Dr. Daniel Pepe on being chosen by the Class of Meds ‘49 at Western University to receive the Class of Meds ‘49 Award for Excellence in Teaching by residents for 2014-2015 – Junior Resident.

  • Schulich Medicine Education Conference for faculty - April 1, 2016

    Bringing together faculty from London, Windsor and across southwestern Ontario. This is your opportunity to hear about program updates, ask questions of senior leadership and choose from a variety of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops to update your teaching and professional skills.

  • Outstanding Family Medicine residents nominated for excellence in teaching award

    The department of family medicine would like to congratulate the outstanding family medicine residents who were nominated for the Class of Meds '49 Award for Excellence in Teaching.

  • Dr. Jo-Anne Hammond publishes paper in this month's Canadian Family Physician

    Dr. Jo-Anne Hammond published her paper, Does the presence of learners affect family medicine obstetric outcomes? in Canadian Family Physician. In the study, Dr. Hammond, a family physician with a special interest in obstetrics, presents data on outcomes for births she attended over a 13-year period.

  • Master of Clinical Science in Family Medicine program celebrates 100th candidate

    Dr. Annabeth Loveys is the 100th candidate in the Master of clinical science in family medicine program to come forward for completion. She presented her thesis in a public lecture on Dec. 7.

  • The Family Medicine Study Guide App coming January 2016

    The Family Medicine Study Guide App, the first ever "Study Buddy" for Family Medicine, is coming January 2016. Created by assistant professor Dr. Daniel Leger, the app features 50 Original SAMPS (short answer management problems), 234 Short Answer Questions (w/ answer keys), 50 Rapid Fire Questions, Clinical Pearls, and much more.

  • Call for Nominations: Schulich Medicine & Dentistry - Windsor Program's Awards of Excellence

    Applications are now being accepted for Schulich's Medicine & Dentistry - Windsor Program's Awards of Excellence. Nominate someone by filling out a nomination form before Friday, February 12, 2016.

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

    Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day is encouraging Primary Health Care (PHC) researchers that have had meaningful patient/public involvement in their research to provide oral or poster presentations that include a patient/public member as a co-presenter on June 1, 2016 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

  • Department Spotlight: Dr. Kathleen Milne

    For Dr. Kathleen Milne, early childhood memories of accompanying her mother on hospital rounds and getting ice-cream from the nursing staff continue to inspire her on her journey to becoming a family physician.

  • December 2015 Research and Publications

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

  • Events

    Save the date for the CaRMS interview weekend on Jan. 23 and 24, 2016. Mark your calendars for London Health Research Day 2016 on March 29 and the Schulich Medicine Education Conference on April 1, 2016.

  • Top Stories from our November newsletter

    Chair's Message, Top 20 Pioneers Family Medicine Research in Canada honoured at FMF, OB Skills Acquisition Day