Dr. Karen Weyman
Chief, St. Michael's Hospital Department of Family and Community Medicine Feb 2015 to present. Undergraduate Program Director, St. Michael's Hospital DFCM July 2005 to April 2014, PGY3 program lead for self directed Adolescent mental health and addiction Fellowship 2015-16
What do you think the DFCM's greatest achievements have been over the past 50 years?
- Building an outstanding DFCM with a commitment to excellence in teaching, research and quality clinical care.
- Connecting with family physicians across the globe. Assisting and supporting other countries in building family medicine training programs and graduating family doctors to work in their communities.
- Developing graduate training programs. I was one of the first cohorts of academic fellows and this program was the building block of the graduate study program offered by the DFCM. I did my Masters through OISE and would have much preferred to have been part of the DFCM Masters.
- Expanding from a few academic sites to 14 affiliated sites across the GTA and beyond.
- Graduating a huge number of future family physicians who have gone on to care for many many patients! And contribute in many other ways in making our communities healthier.
- Continuously improving and offering all medical students an excellent core FM clerkship experience and many elective opportunities.
- The list could go on and on....
In your opinion, what event, project, or initiative that you were involved in had the most impact?
Being the Chief at St. Michael's for the past 3 years I have witnessed the incredible impact my colleagues at St. Michael's DFCM are having in all areas of academic family medicine.
Being a teacher of medical students and family medicine residents has been a great joy and I hope has impacted each in some way including choosing family medicine as a career and become our colleagues in the DFCM.
Helping to create the homeless health elective; core shelter experience for all SMH core family clerks and the family medicine advocacy project that is now part of the core family medicine clerkship experience.
Is there a meaningful anecdote that you would like to share with us about your experience as a member of DFCM?
In 1991 to 1992 I was a full time academic fellow in the DFCM. It was the second cohort of fellows to participate in this program. Our group was made up of local and international physicians and we were taught by DFCM thought leaders such as Walter Rosser, Sudi Devanesan, Helen Batty, and many others. It was an incredible experience and one that transformed my way of thinking about family medicine and in particular what it meant to be an academic family physician. One of the unexpected transformative events that occurred from being part of this DFCM program was meeting one of the other members of the program, Sid Feldman who in 1993 became my husband. Helen Batty often will remark that the Fellowship helped produce many academic family physicians, one marriage and 3 children. You never know how the DFCM will change your life!