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DFCM Releases New 2015-2020 Strategic Plan 

The Department of Family and Community Medicine is excited to present our 2015-2020 strategic plan, Advancing Family Medicine Globally through Scholarship, Social Responsibility and Strategic Partnerships.

This plan has been over a year in the making: both internal and external stakeholders were consulted to develop the goals and action items laid out within it. We reflected on both our achievements and what we need to do to move DFCM – and the discipline of family medicine – forward.

“This plan builds on the many successes of the previous five years while turning attention to the areas where DFCM needs to grow the most,” says Chair of DFCM, Dr. Lynn Wilson.  “It provides a roadmap for our faculty, staff, students and supporters that is ambitious but also achievable through our collective efforts.”

Through extensive consultation, the following five strategic directions were determined:
  1. Develop strategic partnerships to improve health and family medicine scholarship
  2. Increase our impact on health through education, clinical and health services research
  3. Advance quality primary care through scholarship and innovation across all of our education endeavours
  4. Enhance health services through quality improvement and health system integration
  5. Promote engagement and leadership in our faculty and staff
Over the next several months, DFCM will be highlighting our new strategic plan both online and in person. Have feedback you think we should hear?Tweet @UofTFamilyMed or email and let us know what you think.

This plan presents a pathway forward  - we invite you to join us.

Strategic Plan
Department News
Using Blood Tests to Detect Lung Cancer: Study by DFCM Faculty Member
Early results from the largest ever randomised trial for lung cancer detection using blood test is giving researchers hope that lung cancer’s treatment rates can change, says Professor Frank Sullivan, Chief Investigator of the study and the Director of UTOPIAN, DFCM’s practice-based research network.

Dr. Nicole Woods joins Office of Education Scholarship
We are excited to welcome Dr. Nicole (Nikki) Woods to the Office of Education Scholarship as the new Education Evaluation Scientist. Dr. Woods will serve as a resource to advance education scholarship within DFCM.  Her specific areas of focus will be evaluation of research and scholarly projects related to clinical reasoning, expertise development and principles of teaching and learning. 

Dr. Woods is the Director of the Centre for Ambulatory Care Education at Women’s College Hospital and is an Assistant Professor and former Director of Education Evaluation in the Department of Surgery.
Save the Date: Dates and New Location Announced for the 2016 DFCM Conference 
The 2016 DFCM Conference will be held on April 21st and 22nd at a new location: the Allstream Centre in downtown Toronto.   

More information and agenda to follow.

DFCM wants your help in determining this year's workshops and speaking topics: Let us know what topics interest you most by
 tweeting @UofTFamilyMed or emailing us with your suggestions!
Dr. Marcus Law was appointed Director, Preclerkship Renewal with the Faculty of Medicine.

Drs. Steven Friedman, Chase McMurren and James Downar have received 2015 Wightman-Berris Teaching Awards for excellence in Undergraduate Medical Education.

Dr. Dov Soberman was awarded a Special Commendation in Integrated Medical Education Teaching from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

The St. Joseph's Health Centre Family Medicine Centre/Urban Family Health Team has won an OCFP Family Practice of the Year Award.

Dr. Pauline Pariser and the Seamless Care Optimizing the Patient Experience (SCOPE) team were awarded the University Health Network Local Impact Award.

Drs. Mahan Kulasegaram and Sarah Wright have received AMS Phoenix Project Grants.

Heather Sampson received the Anderson Award for Program Innovation and Development.

Congrats to all!

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. 
Sept 17
Research Rounds: Alcohol Withdrawl with Dr. Borgundvaag
Sept 22
Education Scholarship Information Session
Sept 23
Global Health Speaker Series: Dr. Suzanne Stewart, PhD, C. Psych

Oct 16
Deadline: Expressions of Interest for "The Art of the Possible" Education Scholarship Grants
Oct 21
Global Health Speaker Series: Dr. Mona Haidar, MD
Oct 22
Basics Program for New Faculty: Day 1

Oct 26 - 30
Interprofessional Applied Practical Teaching and Learning in the Health Professions (INTAPT) Week 1
Oct 30
Workshop: Behavioural Medicine: Teaching for the Future 
Nov 6
Central LHIN Oncology Day for Primary Care Providers
Nov 11 - 14
Family Medicine Forum, Toronto
Nov 14
Faculty Recognition Event
Nov 25
Global Health Speaker Series: Dr. Vanessa Redditt, MD
Nov 30
Deadline: Nominations for Continuing Education Awards and Fellowships - Faculty of Medicine
In the News
Reducing Poverty, Improving Health 
Dr. Andrew Pinto explains why he supports a basic income and how family physicians are acting against poverty.
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The Digital Expert Will See You Now
Faculty member Dr. Joshua Tepper on how better data can improve decision-making & contribute to better quality care.
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Basic Income: Just What the Doctor Ordered
The surest way to improve the health of Canadians is to start prescribing healthy incomes, says Dr. Danielle Martin.
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Help Young Adults Tackle the ‘Freshman 15’
Dr. Mike Evans wants to help your son or daughter make healthy food and lifestyle decisions in their new environment.
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Are women better about going to the doctor than men?
Dr. Danielle Martin explains how gender plays a role in taking responsibility for your own health.
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Vitamins from A to Zinc: A Reality Check
When family physician Dr. Nav Persaud of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto talks to patients about all the pills they're taking, he often discusses the pros and cons of taking vitamins.
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Four things we can do to improve healthcare in Canada
As the federal election campaign unfolds, Canadians should be pressing the parties to take a leadership position on healthcare issues, says Dr. Joshua Tepper.
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Customized Training Helps Rural Doctors Meet Emergency Medicine Needs
They had a vision for a program to train practising physicians in smaller communities in a wide range of emergency medicine skills. That vision became the Supplementary Emergency Medicine Education Program.
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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.
Using Community and Family Resources
It is vitally important for family physicians to have knowledge of local community resources that are appropriate for their patients. This module outlines some of the types of resources that may be useful, and how family physicians can utilize those resources to improve their care to their patients.
Schoel Shuster MA MSW RSW 
Ectopic Pregnancy EM
E-learning Module

One retrospective study found that 18% of women presenting to the ED with abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding were diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy. This module will review the clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of ectopic pregnancy.
Shauna Martiniuk MD
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