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Primary Care Taking Lead on Delivering Health Care to Syrian Refugees
When family doctor Perle Feldman heard she would be seeing a recently arrived Syrian refugee with cancer, she knew she would have to act fast. The man had been undergoing treatment in Beirut, Lebanon after moving there from a refugee camp, but he desperately needed surgery.

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Site Visits Show Impressive Work DFCM Faculty is Achieving Every Day
As part of the roll-out for the new 2015-2020 strategic plan, Advancing Family Medicine through Scholarship, Social Responsibility and Strategic Partnerships, Interim Chair of DFCM David White (and, prior to the completion of her time here, former DFCM Chair Lynn Wilson) has been visiting DFCM’s hospital teaching sites along with Cecil Canteenwalla, DFCM’s Strategic Planning and International Relations Coordinator, and Allison Mullin, DFCM’s Communication’s Strategist.

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Make a Nomination for the DFCM Awards
Nominate a DFCM faculty or staff member for the annual Departmental Awards of Excellence and Program Awards. The deadline for most Program Awards is February 15 and, for Awards of Excellence - March 15. Get your nominations in today!

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Department News
Research Faculty Survey a Success
The DFCM would like to thank all faculty members who completed the Faculty Survey 2015. We rely on the participation of our faculty and are appreciative of all those who took the time to submit a survey. We would additionally like to congratulate Drs. Ravinder Sohi, David Palmer, and Maria Ivankovic on each winning the Faculty Survey random draw of $100 gift certificates to Indigo for completing their surveys.
Dr. Cynthia Whitehead has been appointed BMO Financial Group Chair in Health Professions Research at University Health Network.

Drs. Joyce Nyhof-Young and Peter Selby have received Certificates of Merit from the Canadian Association for Medical Education.

Dr. Aisha Lofters has received the Cancer Research award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

The Urban Family Health Team at St. Joseph's Health Centre has won the Ontario College of Family Physicians' Family Practice of the Year 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.
Feb 9
Idea to Proposal course

Feb 17
QI Training Session: Capacity Building

Feb 19
Wellness & Resilience Series Session

Feb 23 - 25
Research Ethics Board workshops

Feb 25

Feb 25
Senior Promotion Information Session

Feb 26
Leadership Basics
Mar 16
Global Health Speaker Series: Indigenous Mental Health and Healing

Mar 17
Research Rounds

Apr 21 - 22
DFCM Conference

May 4-7
Primed Canada Conference

May 26 - 27
Indigenous Health Conference
Zika Virus Fact Sheet
The Faculty of Medicine has compiled this fact sheet on the Zika Virus (pdf) for medical faculty and trainees. This is in response to the World Health Organization's declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
In the Media
Rethinking Medical Education
Faculty member Kymm Feldman and Sanjeev Sockalingham, from the Medical Psychiatry Alliance, discuss the revolution in medical education with Steve Paikin on TVO's The Agenda.

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Canadian Physicians Can Improve Patient Care With Advanced EMR Use
Electronic medical records (EMRs) among Canadian primary care physicians continues to grow, but the use of advanced functions that support improved patient care varies, according to the Commonwealth Fund's 2015 International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians.

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Canada to limit blood donations as Zika virus spreads around the globe
The global medical community is scrambling to make sense of the rapid spread of the Zika virus, with the head of the World Health Organization asking the “best brains in the world” to help. In Canada, blood donations will soon be halted for travellers returning from affected regions. Faculty member Ross Upshur comments in The Globe and Mail.

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Can You Ask Your Doctor That?
Faculty member Dr. Sheila Wijayasinghe fields questions on what's acceptable and what's crossing the line on CTV's The Social.

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New Approach Brings Medical Students Closer to Patients
Until recently, students at U of T did third year clerkships one specialty at a time, but a new approach—called the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LInC)—is changing that.

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Standardized Patients: Acting the Patient’s Part
“Our strength is in communication. We try to accurately portray a patient and respond to the student in a way that feels honest and genuine,” says Karen Delaney-Laupacis, a standardized patient trainer.

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Dr Mike: Sharing health leads to better health
With the company motto “We Suck Less Inc”, you might not expect to be talking to a doctor. Mike Evans (known as Dr Mike) is founder of the media company Evans Health Lab, a social entrepreneur-modelled business that has little in common with more traditional sources of health information.

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Faculty Opportunities
Program Director, Physician Assistant Professional Degree Program, Faculty of Medicine
Call for Applications
Deadline to apply: Feb 15

New and Emerging Academic Leaders Program (NEAL)
Call for Applications
Application Deadline: Apr 15
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
This pregnancy checklist helps ensure that patients receive comprehensive prenatal care. It was created for residents and colleagues at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre to help them keep up to date with best practices and all routine updates in the care of pregnant women.
Sharon Domb MD CCFP FCFP, Mira Shuman MD CCFP MScCh
Thrombocytosis One-Page Primer
Thrombocytosis refers to a platelet count above the normal range of 150-450 x109/L. It is often asymptomatic and found incidentally, but can predispose a patient to thrombotic events like deep vein thromboses and pulmonary embolism.
Karen Weisz MD, Michelle Lockyer MD CCFP
Monthly Round Up
Getting ready for residency admissions interviews
Discussing Standardized Patient scenarios at Teaching Residents to Teach
Farewell party for outgoing DFCM Chair Lynn Wilson
Foley Catheter Insertion at Obstetrics Skills Day at Toronto Western Hospital
‘Staying Energized for Change’ at the Quality Improvement Community of Practice Workshop
Graduation day at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
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