Chair's Message

Dear Colleagues,

While many in the nation are on summer vacation, many members of our University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) are hard at work, especially our new cohort of family medicine residents who are settling into their first rotations, and our faculty and staff who are providing them with support.

We welcome our new residents, and we congratulate our 140 family medicine residents who have just completed our two-year Family Medicine Residency Program. It is an exciting time as our nation’s newest family doctors start to establish their clinical practices, bringing new perspectives and energy to our healthcare system. The professional and social endeavours of our graduating residents will have a positive impact on the communities they serve throughout their careers, in Canada and around the world.

We also congratulate our 57 residents who are continuing with us for a third year of enhanced skills training to gain further experience and expertise in special areas of family practice, including obstetrics, emergency medicine, palliative care, anaesthesia, sports medicine, addiction medicine, HIV care, global health, women’s health, hospital medicine, care of the elderly, and clinical research.

We also welcome our new cohort of medical students who are commencing their third-year studies this month. Many will start their rotations at one of our 14 academic family medicine sites and in our community teaching practices, where they will learn about the critical competencies of family medicine first-hand from our dedicated faculty members.

While the nation has been busy acknowledging the 150-year anniversary, we celebrate achievements of many of our faculty members who have received awards over the past few weeks. Among award recipients, Dr. Marla Shapiro CM received the Journalism Award of The Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health and The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada for Excellence in Women’s Health Reporting, for her role in hosting the award winning documentary on the impact of low libido in women called “The Desire Deficit”. Dr. Michelle Greiver received the Best Poster Award at the Quality Improvement Conference in Washington DC and has also been accepted into the New and Evolving Academic Leaders program for 2017-2018. Dr. Nav Persaud has received a prestigious Canada Top 40 Under 40 Award in recognition of his dedication to meeting the health care needs of the members of vulnerable populations.

Lastly, Dr. David White and Dr. David Tannenbaum were presented with their official “chairs” by Dean Trevor Young of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, in recognition of their role as acting chairs of our department over the past eighteen months. The award ceremony was held at the Art Gallery of Ontario in front of a wonderful set of paintings by a talented DFCM staff member, Ms. Sarah Letovsky.

I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy at least some of the joys of the Canadian summer with your family and friends.

Michael Kidd
Chair
Department of Family and Community Medicine

 

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