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Dr. Eva Grunfeld Named as Chair of New Canadian Institute of Health Research Institute Advisory Board on Chronic Conditions
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) named Professor Eva Grunfeld as the inaugural Chair of the new Institute Advisory Board (IAB) on Chronic Conditions. In her role, Grunfeld, Giblon Professor and Vice Chair (Research) at the Department of Family and Community Medicine at U of T, will help determine the future directions of research in chronic disease in Canada.

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DFCM Conference
The 2016 DFCM Conference was a success! Thank you to all participants and congratulations to all Program Award winners! We've created an event summary of #DFCM16 on Twitter. Check out what happened on the day.

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Faculty Achievement:
Celebrate With Us

Join your Department of Family and Community Medicine colleagues as we celebrate winners of the DFCM Awards of Excellence and external awards, welcome new faculty members and congratulate junior and senior promotions.
June 7, Hart House, 5:30pm

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Celebration of Education Scholarship
With Dr. Wayne Weston

The Department of Family & Community Medicine’s Office of Education Scholarship is delighted to invite you to our second Celebration of Education Scholarship which will be held on Tuesday May 31, 2016. Join us in person or online.

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Department News
DFCM Launches First Multi-Site Quality Improvement Project
DFCM has launched its first multi-site quality improvement project, involving many of our academic Family Health Teams. It’s a patient safety initiative, based on a recommendation from Choosing Wisely Canada - a campaign to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures.
Last fall, members of North York FHT (NYFHT) became interested in evaluating our use of high-risk, low-value medications.  Of the three classes of such medications highlighted by CIHI, we chose proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Toronto Western FHT had already done some relevant work, and we saw an opportunity to work together across sites.

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Director of UTOPIAN Named Principal Investigator on National Research Project
The University of Toronto will be home to one of five new patient-focused research networks announced in March by Federal Minister of Health, Jane Philpott. The networks, part of Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), will receive a total of $62 million over five years from the Government of Canada through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and an additional $126 million from partners.

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Breakthrough Conference Report: Re-Imagining Medical Education
Is it time to redefine the role of the doctor? How is technology changing the way doctor’s practice? Do we need to rethink the structure of the curriculum taught at medical school to stay on the cutting edge? None of these questions have simple answers and elicited lively debate at last year’s Breakthrough conference.

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Dr. Nicholas Pimlott has been awarded the 2016 Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Medical Education in the category of Teaching Performance, Mentorship and Advocacy from the Faculty of Medicine.

Dr. Nicole Woods has been awarded the 2016 Mentorship Excellence award by the organization of Early Career Medical Educators in Canada (ECME).

Dr. Susan Edwards is the 2015 recipient of the Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC) Puddester Award for Resident Wellness.

Dr. Shirley Lee has received the Anderson Award in Program Innovation and Development from the Wightman Berris Academy. 

Dr. Azadeh Moaveni has received an Undergraduate Teaching Award from the Wightman Berris Academy.

Dr. Natalie Morson has received a Postgraduate Teaching Award from the Wightman Berris Academy.

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. 
May 16-27
Toronto International Program (TIPS)

May 18
Advanced Cardiac Life Support Recertification Course

May 19
Research Rounds: Ethics & Epidemics

May 26-27
Indigenous Health Conference

May 27
Wellness and Resilience Workshop Series Day 2: Mindfulness

May 27
Nomination Deadline: External Teaching Awards

May 28-29
Advanced Cardiac Life Support Course

May 31
Championing Education Scholarship Event

June 3
The Shock of Attention: Discoveries of Narrative Medicine 

June 3-6
Narrative Medicine Atelier

June 4
Grand Rounds with Rita Charon

June 7
DFCM Faculty Recognition Event

June 8
Resident Research Project Day

June 16
Professional Development Retreat

June 20
Research Retreat

June 21
Senior Promotion Workshop

June 22
DFCM Staff Day

July 7 - August 18
Teaching and Learning by the Health Professions: Principles and Theories
In the Media
What Expecting Moms Should Know About Artificial Sweeteners
New Canadian-led research suggests a link between artificial sweeteners and early childhood obesity through epigenetics.
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Syrian Refugees Give Nurse Practitioner a New Perspective
Vanessa Wright of the Crossroads Clinic in Toronto stresses the importance of primary health care, especially for new arrivals.
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Let the Sun Shine on Doctors' Ties to Pharma
Opinion: It's time Canada curbed Big Pharma's undue influence over what doctors prescribe.
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Doctor’s Notes: Sleeping Pills and Aging Should Not Go Hand in Hand
Faculty member Kimberly Wintemute on how drugs that are habit forming should be prescribed and taken with caution.
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Stimulating Simulation Education
There is no denying that simulation-based training has revolutionized medical education. At U of T Medicine and across our affiliated teaching hospitals, we’re fortunate to have a broad range of simulation centres. We also use simulation extensively in the training we deliver in our MD and post-MD programs. 
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Doctor’s Notes: Palliative Care is Not About Dying, But About Quality of Living
End-of-life care is about more than assisted suicide, and it doesn’t mean giving up or ‘stopping the fight.’ At a time when assisted dying dominates discussion about end-of-life care, I think it’s important to address public fears around palliative care so that people can use the information to improve their quality of life.
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'Open Data': Why it's Making Waves Across Canada
Advocates say opening up government data to 3rd-party analysis can change lives for the better.
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Weaving a Better Way to Deliver Health Care
New system, WIHV, uses technology, team work, and innovative care to seamlessly connect patients and their doctors.
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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. 
Family Medicine Newborn & Early Child Assessment Clerkship E-Module
This particular module will review baby and childcare in the Family Practice setting. You will be presented with clinical scenarios and be asked to answer a series of questions to come up with a management plan for a patient throughout the first years of life.
Marcus Law MD MBA MEd CCFP FCFP, Alexandra Mardimae, Dr. Azadeh Moaveni, Dr. Melissa Nutik, Dr. Sherylan Young 
Poverty: A Clinical Tool for Primary Care in Ontario
Providers routinely screen patients and intervene for poor diet, lack of exercise, substance abuse and high-risk sexual behaviour. It is clear that poverty is another very important risk factor that requires screening and intervention. However, poverty is not always apparent. Poverty: A Clinical Tool for Primary Care Providers is designed to be used over a series of visits.
Gary Bloch MD  
Monthly Round Up
Emergency Medicine ultrasound workshop for residents at Michael Garron Hospital with Dr. Natalie Mamen
Ultrasound workshop with Dr. Adil Shamji
PriMed Conference
Dr. Eva Grunfeld's presentation, DFCM Conference
Program Awards, DFCM Conference
Research posters, DFCM Conference
Dr. Tara Kiran's presentation, DFCM Conference
Dr. Nicole Wood's presentation, DFCM Conference
Quality Improvement Patient Safety Task Force Session with IGNITE Consultants
Dr. Abbas Ghavam Rassoul at SIMEC 2016 in Saudi Arabia
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