Chair of Family Medicine appointed

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Following the approval of the Provost, Dr. Stephen Wetmore has been appointed as Chair of the Department of Family Medicine in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry effective September 1, 2011 to August 31, 2016. (The announcement for Chief of Family Medicine will occur at a later date, when approved.)

Dr. Wetmore has completed both his BSc and Msc in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto and Dalhousie, respectively. He completed his MD at the University of Toronto in 1975 and his Masters in Clinical Science (Family Medicine) at Western in 1999. Dr. Wetmore joined The University of Western Ontario in 1993, after 17 years of practice in rural Ontario. He has received a number of teaching awards and was the recipient of the Dr. Ian McWhinney Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching in 1994, 1998 and 2003. He received the Canadian Association of Medical Educators (CAME) Award of Merit in 2004 and was named to The University of Western Ontario Student Council Honour Roll in 2003. In 2005, he received the Schulich Graduate/Postgraduate Award of Excellence in Education.

Dr. Wetmore's research speciality is in primary and patient-centred care, and procedure skills in family medicine. His research has been funded by CIHR, Department of Family Medicine Research Trust Fund and the Lawson Health Research Institute, and he has published many journal articles and book chapters. He has been teaching and modelling comprehensive family medicine to medical students and family medicine residents in London for 18 years. He serves on a number of University, Schulich, department, hospital and professional committees and was the President of the Ontario College of Family Physicians from 2008-2009.