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Professor Aisha Lofters Encourages Pap Tests for Immigrant Women and Those Living in Low-Income Neighbourhoods
Cervical cancer is highly curable if it’s caught early. But across Canada, screening rates for the disease vary wildly. Recent immigrants and women who live in low-income neighbourhoods, in particular, are much less likely to get screened than other Canadians. Why? That’s one question that drives Aisha Lofters, a professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and a scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital.

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Residency Awareness Week
Resident Doctors of Canada launched Resident Awareness Week this February to celebrate the unique and important contributions that Resident Doctors make to Canadian healthcare. Read about the activities on social media and statistics on Resident Doctors' contributions as service providers and educators.

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Department News
New Scholarship Award for Palliative Care: The Larry Librach Award
This new award recognizes a Department of Family and Community Medicine resident or Faculty of Medicine undergraduate student who demonstrates excellence in palliative care scholarship and integrates principles, practices and philosophy of palliative care. Open until April 3rd, 2017.

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Accepting Workshop and Poster Submissions for DFCM Conference Until Friday, February 24th
This year the DFCM will be hosting information sessions and workshops for faculty who are interested in applying for a junior promotion or a senior promotion.  Whether you plan to apply this year, next year or in a few years, the information sessions will help you prepare.

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Awards of Excellence Nominations - Apply by March 15th
DFCM's Awards of Excellence recognize outstanding work by our faculty and staff. They acknowledge individuals or groups whose contributions go well beyond what is expected in advancing the department's mission.

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Policy Bite – Professor Katherine Rouleau
The Government of Canada has recently undertaken a public review and consultation to renew Canada’s international assistance policy and funding framework. The Besrour Centre of the College of Family Physicians of Canada submitted a response which highlighted the strengthening of global family medicine and primary care as a key element of Canada’s international development policy, and as a key pathway to health equity.

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New Whiteboard Video: Why Am I Waiting in the Emergency Department?
An entertaining overview of the web of services and people around the hospital, and reasons for wait times.

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Dr. Cynthia Whitehead has received the 2017 CAME Certificate of Merit.

Dr. David Eisen has received the Sustained Excellence in Community-Based Clinical Teaching (Office/Clinic) Award.

Dr. Sidney Feldman has received the Sustained Excellence in Community-Based Clinical Teaching (Office/Clinic) 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. 
In the Media
Prescription From ER Doctor: Expand Public Dental Programs
I see patients in severe dental pain almost every week, and I am not the only emergency doctor who does. Faculty member Hasan Sheikh in Doctors' Notes.

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Effects of Racism on Physical Health Should be Better Tracked, Says U of T Doctor
Dr. Onye Nnorom, of the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health says that, in particular, Canadians who identify as black suffer worse socioeconomic outcomes than non-minorities and, as a result, have worse health outcomes.

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Patients Receiving Quality Care, But More Work to Do On Access to It
Canada lags behind other well-off nations when it comes to timely access to health care, according to an influential survey of patients in 11 countries, including the United States.

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Delivering Care to Toronto's Homeless
Palliative care doctor and faculty member Naheed Dosani delivers much needed health care to homeless patients in shelters and drop-in centres, CBC's Kas Roussy reports on The National.

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New Diabetes Resource Manual
Patients and medical professionals can access a resource manual to assist patients who have limited financial coverage and/or are unable to locate resources. See Physician Resources tab.

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U of T Sends CMO to Kazakhstan for 2017 Winter Universiade
The Universiade is the paramount competition in college and university sport. In fact, apart from the Olympics, the Universiade is the largest multi-sport event in the world, with a combined total of 11,500 student-athletes from over 170 countries. It follows that sending DFCM faculty member Dr. Lee Schofield as Canada’s Chief Medical Officer is an honour.

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The Conversation Placebo
What’s often overlooked is that the simple conversation between doctor and patient can be as potent an analgesic as many treatments we prescribe.

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When ‘Black Like Me’ Means ‘White Like Them’
Throughout my undergraduate years I would hear comments of derision about “acting white.” Coming from black and white colleagues alike, this quip was particularly common when I decided to pass up social activities to study. I would often succumb to peer pressure in the hope of fitting in, and I found myself second-guessing my dedication toward academics.

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Experts Say Support for Non-Opioid Pain Management Options is Crucial
While opioids and other pharmacological strategies tend to receive the most financial support, better coverage is needed for the other, non-drug treatments, many of which have evidence-based backing.

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Paging Dr. Vacant: Why Your Doctor Isn't Listening to You
Dr. Danielle Ofri, who writes about her profession in the New York Times, argues in her new book What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear that the conversations doctors have with their patients are the most important part of a medical visit, far surpassing blood tests, X-rays or various scans.

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Should Sneezing Doctors Stay Home?
As Canadian hospitals reach peak capacity during cold and flu season, infection control experts have their eyes on a group of people known to cause hospital outbreaks: doctors.

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With the Arrival of a New Drug, Abortion Access is About to Change in Canada
Mifepristone, a drug that will soon be widely available, will open up options to women who want to terminate a pregnancy, especially in rural areas. Faculty member Danielle Martin writes in Chatelaine.

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Feb 22
Writing for Publication
Organized by our Practice-Based Research Network UTOPIAN, this workshop is intended to help you improve your skills in writing papers and other scholarly pieces. 

Feb 22
Basics Program for New Faculty
This is day three of our accredited program. Content focuses on the skills and knowledge to help navigate common teaching situations successfully.

Feb 23
Patient Safety Community of Practice
A community of practice for primary care patient safety.

Feb 23
Junior Promotion Workshop
This session will outline the steps, process and criteria for promotion for Lecturers.

Feb 24
DFCM Conference Workshop and Poster Submission Deadline

Feb 26-Mar 1
Update in Emergency Medicine Conference
Improve your skills in identification, assessment, and treatment of patients with a number of common, yet potentially challenging problems in adult and pediatric Emergency Medicine.

Feb 27-Mar 3
Interprofessional Applied Practical Teaching and Learning in the Health Professions
Mar 2
Leadership Basics
Social Media: How to use it and why you need it.

Mar 7
Senior Promotion Workshop 2
For Assistant and Associate Professors.

Mar 16
Research Rounds
With Dr. Ann Burchell and Dr. Bill Cherniak

Mar 30
Scholarship Basics
Learn how to to take education scholarship to the next level.

Mar 31
Patient Safety Learning Collaborative

Apr 1
MSK Sport Medicine Exam Preparation Course

May 10-13

Pri-Med Canada Conference
3 days of continuing medical education featuring 5 keynotes and 20 sessions

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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. 
Prenatal Checklist
 The checklist covers pre-pregnancy counselling, exercise, diet, iron and calcium supplementation.  In addition, the checklist includes background information for genetic screening (FTS, MSS, IPS and NIPT), specifically addressing what is available, comparisons between the tests and the most up to date information.
Sharon Domb MD CCFP FCFP, Mira Shuman MD CCFP MScCh  
Primary Care Quality Improvement Measurement Modules
This series of e-learning modules and videos offers concise training on measurement in primary care quality improvement in an animated, live-draw format. These modules will help you build capability for competently using data for improvement.
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