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Research From the CanIMPACT Team Highlighted in October Canadian Family Physician
When a patient is diagnosed with breast cancer, the prevailing assumption is that they leave their family physician and enter into the “black box” of cancer treatment centres. As Dr. Eva Grunfeld writes in her commentary for this month’s Canadian Family Physician, however, this isn’t true: many family physicians are willing and do play a greater role in the ongoing care of patients with breast cancer. 

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DFCM’s QI Program Examines What Makes Interprofessional Primary Care Teams Function Optimally
The Department of Family and Community Medicine’s Quality Improvement (QI) Program is taking a lead on research in best practices for interprofessional primary care teams. In a new report, “The Teaming Project: Learning from high-functioning interprofessional primary care teams,” it highlights lessons learned from five high-functioning primary care teams across Canada.

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HEALTH iNNOVATION: Faculty Member Mike Evans Teaming with Apple
Though we’re making advances, Canada lags behind other countries, such as Denmark and Sweden, when it comes to digitizing healthcare and engaging the public: Faculty member Dr. Mike Evans has been working to change that.

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Global Health Replenishment Conference
This September marked a huge gathering of Global Fund partners in Montreal to raise funds and strengthen partnerships between government, NGOs, donors, private sector foundations and communities affected by HIV, TB and malaria. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Health Minister and faculty member Jane Philpott, DFCM Global Health Program Director Katherine Rouleau, Minister Stephane Dion and Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau were all in attendance. Nearly $13 billion were raised during the conference.

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Predatory Medical Publishing Puts Ethics in Spotlight
The Canadian medical publishing world has been shaken with the news that an international publishing conglomerate with a questionable reputation is entering the Canadian market. Read the latest events and view our guidelines for selecting scholarly journals.

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Department News
DFCM Faculty News
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Julia Alleyne has accepted the role of Associate Director, Graduate Studies Program. Dr. Alleyne will be responsible for the Masters of Public Health (MPH) and Masters of Science in Community Health (MScCH) Degrees in Family and Community Medicine and the Academic Fellowship and Clinical Research Fellowship Programs. Dr. Alleyne is taking over from Dr. Curtis Handford who is moving to a new role as Primary Care Lead in the Mid East Sub Region of the Toronto Central LHIN. We wish Dr. Handford well in his new and exciting role.

Dr. Viola Antao has accepted the role of Director of Faculty Development for DFCM. Her role includes overseeing activities such as orientation for new faculty, faculty development programming, mentorship, academic appointments, the DFCM conference, awards and much more. Congratulations to Viola on her new role.

Dr. Howard Ovens, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Sinai Health System, has joined the Faculty Appointments Advisory Committee (FAAC). The FAAC advises the Dean on full-time clinical (MD) faculty appointments (where a formal search has not occurred) and Status Only appointments at professorial rank within the Faculty of Medicine. It also advises the Dean on clinical (MD) full time faculty promotions from Lecturer to Assistant Professor. Dr. Ovens' work has helped develop best practices in emergency room service. He provides leadership as the Ontario Provincial Expert Lead in Emergency Medicine and the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Lead for EM, as well as, through his academic work at DFCM.

Dr. Michael Roberts has joined the Faculty of Medicine’s Faculty Council, which oversees academic affairs at the faculty level. An innovator and medical education scholar in the use of reading and writing to encourage reflection and resilience, Dr. Roberts has facilitated Narrative Medicine training through faculty development locally and nationally within the field of family medicine.
Call for Applications - Investigator Awards Program

The following 4 DFCM Investigator Award positions are currently available (the final number and types of positions awarded will be based on the strength of the applications):
  • 1 Graduate Studies position (funding up to 5 years if enrolled in a relevant PhD program and 2 years if enrolled in a relevant master’s degree program)
  • 3 Clinician Scientist/Clinician Investigator positions
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The Mount Sinai Health System Family Health Team has received a Bright Lights Award from AFHTO for measuring performance to foster improvement in comprehensive care.

Dr. Andre Bedard has received the OCFP Award of Excellence.

2015-2016 Hollister King Teaching Practices Awards
  • Dr. Lauren Payne has received the Resident Award.
  • Dr. Keith Dyke has received the Preceptor Award.

Did we miss your award?
DFCM is full of outstanding faculty and staff who are constantly being recognized for their incredible work. If we missed an award that you have won, please email us and we will be sure to feature it in our next issue. 
Oct 24-28
Interprofessional Teaching and Learning INTAPT Week 1

Oct 25

Academic Promotions Information Session for Women

Oct 28
Undergraduate Education Faculty Development Workshop

Oct 28-29
Geriatrics Update Course

Nov 1
Education Development Fund Proposal Workshop

Nov 4

Wellness and Resilience Workshop
Nov 9-12
Family Medicine Forum

Nov 17
Research Rounds

Nov 18
Central LHIN Oncology Day for Primary Care Providers: New Frontiers

Nov 24-26
Annual Scientific Assembly OCFP

Nov 29
Celebration of Education Scholarship

May 8-19, 2017
Toronto International Program
In the Media
Breast Cancer Signs And Other Important Things You Should Know
October is now well established as breast cancer awareness month, and we’ve certainly made strides against the disease in recent decades, but breast cancer is still a reality for too many Canadians. The positive news, however, is that knowing what to watch for can help you catch any problems before they get worse.

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Breast Cancer Survivors Call for Better Health-care Integration
Thanks to decades of ground-breaking research advances, 80 per cent of women diagnosed with breast cancer now survive. But its impact is still staggering: about 5,000 of the 25,000 women diagnosed in Canada each year lose their lives to the disease.

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Faces of U of T Medicine: Latif Murji
Dr. Latif Murji is a recent U of T Medicine graduate and a current family medicine resident at St. Michael’s Hospital. Earlier this year, Latif received the Canadian Medical Association’s Award for Young Leaders largely for his work on Stand Up for Health...

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Doctor's Notes: Making a Plan for End-of-Life Care Doesn’t Have to be Painful
As a family physician, I know that patients who have planned out how they want to be cared for near the end of their lives — known as an advance care plan — do better. They have a better quality of life leading up to their death and, in cases where they’re no longer able to communicate, their families are more comfortable making decisions for them.

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Pelvic Prolapse: Why Kegels Should be Your New Best Friend
That little leak when you cough is a sign that your pelvic floor needs strengthening. Here’s how to do it.

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DFCM Open is a repository of peer-reviewed, evidence-based, family physician focused tools and resources that are clinical, educational or research oriented in nature. It is aimed at family physicians and primary care professionals but anyone can access these resources. 
A Canadian Provider’s Handbook to Home-Based Primary Care
This handbook has been developed for those with an interest in providing home-based primary care to their patients. While considered an old-fashioned solution to an emerging problem, modern home- based primary care models must be distinguished from the traditional house call.
Sabrina Akhtar MHSc MD CCFP, Thuy-Nga Pham MSc MD CCFP  
Wellness for Health Care Providers
 Physicians need to develop strategies that encourage work–life balance and prevent burnout. The resources listed here should provide some useful guidance in the development of a wellness framework.
Michael Roberts MD, Michelle Lockyer MD CCFP  
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