I hope you have all had a great summer and are coming back from your vacations feeling recharged and ready to take on your endeavours with new energy and ideas.
I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome our 2018 residents to the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM). Wherever you are undertaking your residency, you are learning from some of the best and brightest family medicine teachers in the country and the world. I hope you find the next year enriching and do not hesitate to find and use the resources, supports and mentors available to you from DFCM, the University of Toronto or your hospital site.
We will also be welcoming new medical students in September. These students will soon learn and experience the full breadth of what the Faculty of Medicine has to offer, including from many superb DFCM preceptors. I wish you all good luck in your studies.
I encourage all of our students and residents to explore potential new facets of their medical careers throughout their education and training. Whether it’s education, research, global health, advocacy or quality improvement, there are always opportunities outside of our medical practices to improve the health of patients in our communities and around the world.
Our Department has much coming up in the year ahead, which I look forward to highlighting along the way. In the meantime, I hope you all enjoy what’s left of this hot and sunny summer.
Professor and Chair
Department of Family and Community Medicine