September 17, 2021 Dr. Kevin Pottie has been appointed as the Ian McWhinney Chair of Family Medicine Studies at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, effective September 7, 2021 to September 6, 2026.
July 26, 2021 "After an unprecedented delay due to a once-in-a-century global health crisis, the Tokyo Games are finally ready to begin. Yet the athletes, like the Games themselves, have changed," writes Dr. Jane Thornton, Assistant Professor at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and Canada Research Chair in Injury Prevention and Physical Activity for Health.
July 23, 2021 The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games highlighted barriers faced by mothers and mothers-to-be as they vie for coveted spots on the Olympic roster. “It is critical sport policies evolve to support the health and well-being of all athletes,” writes Dr. Jane Thornton.
May 26, 2021 Patients with multiple chronic conditions are often seeing multiple medical specialists, taking a handful of medications and are balancing important and sometimes conflicting health advice. In an effort to improve care, Dr. Moira Stewart and a team of researchers at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine tested a multi-provider case conference as part of their care.
March 11, 2021 This is the first year Canadian Women Physicians Day is being celebrated on March 11. Five physician leaders including Dr. Jane Thornton, Assistant Professor, Departments of Family Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics share their inspirations and hopes for the future of the profession.
February 24, 2021 Chronic disease prevention is a concern of primary care practitioners and the patients they care for. Disease risk estimates help patients and practitioners understand: what is the patient’s risk of developing a disease and what can be done to minimize their risk? Many risk estimators for single diseases (e.g., cardiovascular disease) have been developed; however, risk estimators for multiple diseases have not yet been fully established.
February 24, 2021 TUTOR-PHC has selected its trainees for the 2021-2022 program year. Twelve Canadian trainees from 10 institutions across the country were selected, along with six international trainees (from Australia, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France and Ireland).
February 24, 2021 Congratulations to Dr. Sonny Cejic for receiving the Chair/Chiefs Award to a Family Physician. The Citywide Department of Family Medicine annually presents Recognition Awards to celebrate the achievements and contributions of our colleagues that benefit the Department.
February 05, 2021 Drs. Daniel Grushka and Kyle Carter have been selected as the recipients of the 2020 Canadian Point of Care Ultrasound Society (CPOCUS) Educator of the Year Award for the development of the FamPOCUS curriculum. The course introduces Family Medicine residents to POCUS and its applications within an ambulatory setting.
January 28, 2021 Congratulations to Dr. Stewart Harris on 25 years of service at Western and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Dr. Harris is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, with cross appointments in the Departments of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism, and a Research Scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute. Dr. Harris joined the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine in 2000.
January 13, 2021 The Department of Family Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University is seeking applications for the Dr. Ian McWhinney Chair in Family Medicine. Candidates must hold an MD or equivalent and practice as a family physician. Candidates must also hold certification or be eligible for certification from the College of Family Physicians of Canada and be eligible for licensure in the Province of Ontario. The Dr. Ian McWhinney Chair in Family Medicine was established to honour Dr. McWhinney who was the first Professor of Family Medicine in Canada and the first Chair of the Department of Family Medicine. The Chair has a term of five years, renewable once.
December 02, 2020 Congratulations to Leslie Meredith, Program Manager, Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, who was awarded the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Outstanding Research Coordinator Award.
December 02, 2020 The COVID 19 pandemic has many family physicians taking on additional roles and responsibilities in a rapidly changing health care landscape. Family physicians are working out how to re-configure their practices, identify what qualifies as essential care and how to adapt to virtual visits.
October 21, 2020 Dr. Jane Thornton co-hosted the Season One, Episode 12 MSK Matters podcast. Listen here. Dr. Thornton also participated in a British Journal of Sports Medicine blog posted on October 7 titled, Opportunities for Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) in a Post COVID-19 world.
September 25, 2020 Dr. Rob Petrella and the Hockey FIT project were featured in the London Free Press on August 12. The Hockey FIT program will be starting up in British Columbia, followed by Alberta and Saskatchewan.
May 01, 2020 The Department of Family Medicine is pleased to announce that the director of the Centre for Studies and Family Medicine (CSFM) and the Director of Research in the Department of Family Medicine is Dr. Amanda Terry. This position was effective May 1 2020.
February 24, 2020 TUTOR-PHC will be holding its annual Symposium to launch the program year from April 27 – April 30, 2020 at the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre in London, Ontario.
The TUTOR-PHC program is led by Co-Primary Investigators Judith Belle Brown and Amanda Terry, as well as 27 Co-Investigators from a breadth of primary health care disciplines, representing 14 universities and 5 provinces across Canada. To date, TUTOR-PHC has trained 217 interdisciplinary, primary health care researchers from across Canada and internationally. TUTOR-PHC trainees gain enhanced evidence informed decision making & leadership skills to help them become the primary health care leaders of tomorrow.
January 29, 2020 The TUTOR-PHC NAPCRG Networking event took place November 17 in Toronto at the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Meeting 2019. Over 45 alumni, trainees and mentors of the program attended the event including department of Family Medicine-connected representatives: Co-Primary Investigators Judith Belle Brown and Amanda Terry, Kathryn Nicholson, Jaky Kueper and Kyleigh Schraeder. Attendees had the opportunity to build relationships, discuss potential collaborations and network with researchers from across Canada and internationally.
November 25, 2019 A Western based project has led to significant improvements in health outcomes for people living with diabetes in Indigenous communities across Canada. The FORGE AHEAD project was launched in response to data showing the incidence and prevalence of type 2 diabetes was significantly higher among Indigenous populations and that people living in Indigenous communities were less likely to receive adequate care.
October 25, 2019 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, clinicians and decision-makers from family medicine, nursing, psychology, epidemiology, social work, occupational therapy, education, policy and many other disciplines since 2003.
October 24, 2019 The Heart and Mind study, led by Dr. Robert Petrella and funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, is investigating the effects of high-intensity interval training on dementia risk in older adults with hypertension. The study has recently enrolled a second wave of 60 new participants. Media coverage by CTV News.
September 24, 2019 With the aim of improving the safety and health outcomes of people with diabetes, scientists at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry have launched a new international research initiative to develop risk prediction models for hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) — a serious and costly adverse event associated with the use of certain standard diabetes medications.
June 18, 2019 In partnership with local hockey teams and YMCA branches, researchers at Western University are looking to improve the health of adult male hockey fans through a 12 week, off-ice, exercise and healthy lifestyle program. Hockey Fans In Training (Hockey FIT) is run by certified coaches, helping sports fans make sustainable lifestyle changes to improve their health.
June 17, 2019 Please join in congratulating Dr. Robert Petrella on his recent appointment as Professor and Head (Chair), Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, effective October 15, 2019. Fortunately for us, Dr. Petrella will continue to lead his Lifestyle Research Team, and research program in the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine at Western as part of this new appointment, and will continue as a part-time clinical academic in our own department.
May 15, 2019 TUTOR-PHC held its annual Symposium from May 6 to May 9, 2019 in London, Ontario at the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre. The Symposium is the start of the year-long TUTOR program. This is the 16th year of the TUTOR-PHC program – the only interdisciplinary primary health care research training program in Canada
April 25, 2019 As educators, researchers, innovators and leaders, the 2019 Awards of Excellence London and Windsor Campus recipients are making a difference at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Mariam Hayward, Mauricio Marin, and Drs. Samuel Appavoo, Matthew Dibartolomeo, Nicole Freeman, Sarah-Ann Hanik, David Huffman, Dema Kadri, Zeke Milkovic, Tatjana Milovic, Donald Neal, Ken Uffen, and Patricia Valcke, were all recognized with awards.
April 22, 2019 Today, Peter Fragiskatos, Member of Parliament, announced that the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) will be investing up to $2.5 million over three and a half years to help expand Western University’s Hockey Fans in Training (Hockey FIT) program across the country.
April 20, 2019 Dr. Rob Petrella and team helped develop a new walking program at London Health Sciences Centre University Hospital, fourth floor Medicine inpatient unit. The program is called WalkMORE and the aim is to help patients maintain activity and reduce complications due to hospitalization.
March 27, 2019 CIHR-funded research projects led by Maria Mathews, PhD, and Lloy Wylie, PhD, incorporate multiple perspectives to advance care and training for Indigenous communities. - by Emily Leighton
March 25, 2019 Maria Mathews, PhD, has worked in rural and remote areas across Canada, and has seen firsthand the challenges associated with living in small communities, far from big health care centres. Today, you can find her in the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, a part of the Department of Family Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University, in London, Ontario, a hub for medical excellence in the region.
March 25, 2019 Funded by The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, The Heart and Mind Study aims to improve the cognitive and vascular health in hypertensive older adults with memory complaints. The interdisciplinary team from the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine (CSFM) is looking to see if there is a difference in cognitive and vascular health outcomes after six months of either moderate continuous or high-intensity interval training on stationary bicycles.
March 25, 2019 Chronic diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), are complex and require thorough care to help manage the condition. Shannon Sibbald, PhD, is leading a study to better understand integrated health care teams for chronic disease management and factors that help successful implementation.
February 26, 2019 Dr. Stewart Harris has been reappointed to his third term as the Canadian Diabetes Association Chair in Diabetes Management at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2023.
January 29, 2019 Our team is pleased to announce the Patient-Oriented Research Training and Learning – Primary Health Care (PORTL-PHC) program is now online. PORTL-PHC is designed to meet the learning needs of stakeholders (patients, researchers, clinicians, and decision-makers) who are interested in engaging in, or using, patient-oriented primary health care research.
November 29, 2018 Kinesiology doctoral candidate Narlon Boa Sorte Silva and Western University Family Medicine Professor, Dr. Robert Petrella launch study examining the link between high-intensity exercise, blood pressure reduction and cognitive health with community-based exercise program. Via London Free Press
October 11, 2018 Congratulations to Dr. Rob Petrella and his LIfestyle Research Team. The Heart and Stroke Foundation has funded The Heart and Mind Study; a three year study examining ways to improve cardiovascular health and cognitive function.
July 20, 2018 The Canadian Public Health Association issued a media release for the recent article "Beyond the Grey Tsunami: a cross-sectional population-based study of multimorbidity in Ontario" in the Canadian Journal of Public Health. Citation: Ryan BL, Bray Jenkyn K, Shariff SZ, Allen B, Glazier RH, Zwarenstein M, Fortin M, Stewart M. Beyond the Grey Tsunami: A Cross-sectional Population-based Study of Multimorbidity in Ontario. Canadian Journal of Public Health 2018; July 18. https://doi.org/10.17269/s41997-018-0103-0
June 21, 2018 Congratulations to Dr. Evelyn Vingilis, psychologist and Director, Population and Community
Health Unit, and Professor with the Departments of Family Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, on receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals.
April 30, 2018 The department of Family Medicine is celebrating 50 years. Some highlights of the Department and the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine have been noted in this Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry Communication article.
March 19, 2018 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 ($2,087,547) with co-principal investigators Dr. Michael Green from the Centre for Studies in Primary Care, Queen’s University, Department of Family Medicine, and Dr. Richard (Rick) Glazier, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Toronto.
February 07, 2018 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!
February 01, 2018 The Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day will be held Wednesday June 6, 2018 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto. Please plan to attend this event to learn about primary health care research in Ontario. It is a great chance to share your ongoing or recently completed primary health care related research with an Ontario audience of fellow researchers, patients, clinicians and decision makers.
November 10, 2017 Family Medicine Forum, the largest annual conference for family physicians will be held from November 8 to 11 in Montréal, Quebec at the Palais des Congrès. Many of our research and clinical faculty and research staff from the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and the Department of Family Medicine will be presenting posters, workshops or education sessions.
November 09, 2017 Congratulations to Moira Stewart, PhD, recipient of the 2017 Maurice Wood Award for Lifetime Contribution to Primary Care Research from the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG). Stewart, renowned for her work in primary care, is a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.
November 07, 2017 Faculty and staff from the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and the Department of Family Medicine will be attending and presenting at NAPCRG this year in Montreal from November 16 to 21.
October 27, 2017 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.
September 18, 2017 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.
July 21, 2017 The Department of Family Medicine invites you to the annual Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series on September 20, 2017 in Room 1150 of the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. Dr. Larry Green, Professor of Family Medicine at The University of Colorado, and the Epperson Zorn Chair for Innovation in Family Medicine and Primary Care, is the 2017 Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series speaker.
July 21, 2017 The annual TUTOR-PHC Symposium took place from May 8 -11 in King City, Ontario. This program has been training primary and integrated health care researchers, clinicians and decision-makers since 2003.
June 23, 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.
September 29, 2016 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.
August 17, 2016 Congratulations to Dr. Judith Belle Brown. This award recognizes a family medicine researcher and member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) who has made original contributions to research and knowledge building for family medicine in Canada. The contribution may encompass any aspect of family medicine research, from clinical to health services to education. The award is supported by the CFPC’s Research and Education Foundation
August 17, 2016 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).
August 04, 2016 Dr. Stephen Wetmore has been extended as the Chair/Chief of the Department of Family Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University and its teaching hospitals. London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph Health Care effective September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017.
May 13, 2016 Dr. Stewart Harris, Professor, Family Medicine, and Canadian Diabetes Chair in Diabetes Management at Western University, receives the Order of Canada May 13, 2016 at Rideau Hall. Dr. Harris is being honoured for his contributions in developing strategies to manage and reduce diabetes in Aboriginal communities and other vulnerable populations.
Congratulations from all your colleagues at the Centre for Studies in Medicine for this well deserved honour.
April 15, 2016 Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry is pleased to announce the 2016 Awards of Excellence award recipients and the recipient of the Dr. John D. Brown Memorial Resident Award.
The Celebration of Excellence event is May 19, at the Great Hall.
March 14, 2016 Judith Belle Brown, PhD, and her research in patient-centred clinical method along with her work as Chair of the Department of Family Medicine's Master of Clinical Science and PhD program are featured in a recent article.
July 06, 2015 The Centre for Studies in Family Medicine congratulates Dr. Stewart Harris, who was named to the Order of Canada on July 1, 2015. The Order of Canada is one of Canada’s highest civilian honours,recognizes outstanding achievement and dedication to the community and service to the nation.
April 20, 2015 The Centre for Studies in Family Medicine is proud to congratulate Dr. Judith Belle Brown for receiving a 2015 Schulich Excellence in Education Award for Graduate/Postgraduate - Schulich Leader Award.
There will be a Celebration of Excellence on May 20th at The Great Hall. Tickets can be purchased until May 13.
April 13, 2015 Congratulations to Bridget Ryan, PhD, 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. We are excited about the opportunities that Dr. Ryan's participation in the Scholars Program will bring not only to her program of research but also to primary care and health services research in the Department of Family Medicine and at Western.
February 23, 2015 Dr. Stewart Harris is collaborating with 12 First Nations communities in six Canadian provinces to identify local health challenges and facilitate better care coordination and improved outcomes for diabetes patients in a community-driven, culturally relevant context.
September 17, 2021 Dr. Stephen Wetmore, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, is pleased to announce the interim directorship of the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, (CSFM). Effective November 1, 2018 through to September 30, 2019, the interim Co-Directors of the CSFM will be Dr. Sonny Cejic and Amanda Terry, PhD.
September 17, 2021 Congratulations to the Diabetes Team at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, recipients of the Dean's Award of Excellence in Innovation Team Award for their quality improvement work with Indigenous communities.
September 17, 2021 Family Medicine Forum, or FMF, is Canada’s largest and most comprehensive annual conference for family physicians. 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.
September 17, 2021 The Diabetes team has launched a new website: Diabetes Evaluation Framework for Innovative National Evaluations (DEFINE).
DEFINE was developed to guide the comprehensive evaluation of diabetes prevention and management initiatives, and to facilitate policy innovations to improve diabetes care and reduce the clinical and financial burden of diabetes.