Congratulations Family Medicine Graduates
The Department of Family Medicine would like to extend a huge congratulations to the Class of 2020.
We are saddened that with the course of the current pandemic, we will not be hosting an in-person graduation event in 2020, however, we want you to know that we're still here celebrating (albeit virtually) your extraordinary achievement!
We acknowledge and are deeply grateful for the work that you are and have been doing as frontline healthcare providers, and we wish you all the best as you embark on your next adventure!
The below video contains special messages for you from our Chair, program directors, one of your chief residents, and colleagues and staff. We hope you enjoy them!
Graduating address from Chief Resident (Urban), Dr. Ada Gu
To the graduating family medicine class:
It has been an honor and a privilege being your Chief Resident (Urban) for the past year. It has been incredibly rewarding being an advocate for our class and acting as a champion for the resident voice. Over the past two years, we have gained knowledge, experience, relationship and professional networks, as well as a strong foundation for our independent practice. For those of us who are graduating, this is a time of growth and immense change, as we transition from learners to staff physicians in the community.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, our lives have been upended. Many of us have had to self-quarantine and to sacrifice time with family and loved ones. Many of us have had our electives and core rotations canceled, have been redeployed to other specialties and have foregone planned vacations. Many of us have faced dangerous situations in the workplace, dealing with PPE shortages and unclear policies. Through all of this, family medicine residents have been courageous and selfless and have continued to serve on the frontlines despite adversity. Our generation of family physicians will have more empathy, more flexibility and greater ability to manage volatile and unpredictable situations. Our experiences will enable us to develop both personally and professionally and be the strong patient advocates, teachers and healthcare leaders that the future needs.
As our time in the program draws to a close, I reflect on the amazing experiences I’ve had at Western. From working with a diverse, vulnerable patient population at Victoria Family Medical Centre to doing rotations in rural communities in Southwestern Ontario, to attending events such as the Resident Retreat to applying to stay for another year here in London. I am grateful for the mistakes I’ve made, the challenges I’ve faced and the lessons I’ve learned. I am thankful for the lasting connections I’ve made at this school including friends who feel like family to my passionate mentors who have guided me along the way.
To continue reading Dr. Gu's letter click here.
With the COVID-19 pandemic taking place, many, including our department, are working from home. Due to lack of access to formal certificate paper and printing, it has been determined that for the interim, only electronic certificates will be issued. These certificates provide residents who have completed training with a formal document to present as proof of completion of training. Once everyone is back on site working, we will print hard copies of the certificates which will then be available for pick up from the Family Medicine Department office.