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New Report Calls for more Exposure to Palliative Care
A new report authored by the Department of Family and Community Medicine’s (DFCM) Palliative Care Taskforce lays out a road map to build more capacity in palliative care amongst DFCM’s students and residents, as well as raise awareness of the importance of primary palliative care throughout the Faculty of Medicine.

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Appointment of Professor Michael Kidd as Chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine
The Agenda Committee of Academic Board has approved the appointment of Professor Michael Kidd as Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine for a 5-year term beginning May 1, 2017.

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Michael Garron Hospital (formerly Toronto East General Hospital) Celebrates 25 Years of Family Medicine Residency Training 1991 – 2016
Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) prides itself on mentoring the next generation of healthcare providers. Last month’s 25th anniversary of the University of Toronto Family Medicine Residency Program was a celebration of just that. 

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Rural Doc Makes Ontario’s Family Physician of the Year
CFPC and OCFP have announced their 2016 award winners with several DFCM faculty recognized. Faculty member Merrilee Brown is Ontario’s Family Physician of the Year, awarded by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) this fall. The award recognizes excellence in patient care, contributions to the community and dedication to research and education for future family doctors.  

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Family Medicine Forum
Many faculty members were active at this month's Family Medicine Forum in Vancouver. Check out the variety of sessions our faculty led.

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Department News
Toronto doctor screening for poverty using postal codes to make patients' lives better
Faculty members Kimberly Wintemute and Gary Bloch are profiled for their work on screening for poverty. The project uses Statistics Canada data on income levels by postal code and cross-checks it against the profiles of patients. This work was done with support from UTOPIAN.

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The Change Issue
Faculty members Marcus Law and Danielle Martin are profiled in this fall's issue of UofTMed magazine. Read Inertia Creeps and Seismic Shift to learn about their work to change the system.

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DLSPH, IHPME Partner With City of Barrie to Improve Population Health and Health System Sustainability
The partnership is called the Healthy Barrie project and includes the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, the Faculty of Medicine, the City of Barrie, the Barrie Community Family Health Team and Family Health Organization, and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. 

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Rural Northern Initiative Call for Participants
DFCM is looking for faculty to participate in the Rural Northern Initiative,  a joint project between the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and DFCM that provides medical care in small northern Ontario communities facing a physician shortage. Faculty get to try rural medicine, sharpen their clinical and teaching skills, help Northern communities, and help expose residents to practicing in Northern communities, all while having an adventure (that's paid!).

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Dr. David White has been appointed President of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).

Dr. Peter Selby has received the 2017 ASAM Educator of the Year Award.

CFPC Honour Roll
Dr. Jane Philpott has received the Scotiabank Family Medicine Lectureship Award.
Drs. Danyaal Raza and Jeremy Rezmovitz have received the Early Career Development Awards.
Dr. Merrilee Brown has received the Reg L. Perkin Award for Canada's Family Physician of the Year.
Dr. Kristina Powles has received the Collaborative Mental Health Care Award.
Dr. Purti Papneja has received the Patient’s Medical Home 60/20 Caring and Compassion Grants.
Dr. Rick Glazier has received the 2016 W. Victor Johnston Award.

OCFP Awards
Dr. Jeffrey Weissberger
has received the Community Teacher of the Year award.
Drs. Michael Roberts and Pauline Pariser have received  Awards of Excellence.

Congratulations to Dr. Peter Selby and colleagues on the funding of Picking up the PACE (Promoting and Accelerating Change through Empowerment): Expanding Tobacco Cessation Training Curriculum to Promote Integrated Chronic Disease Prevention. The curriculum received funding from PHAC and the Medical Psychiatry Alliance to expand tobacco cessation interventions. 

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
Doctors' Notes: Stopping Opioid Use Completely Will Only Cause More Problems
Canadians have one of the highest rates of prescription opioid use in the world – five times higher than in the U.K., for example. This is a tragedy because we don’t do any better at reducing chronic pain – just at creating addiction and an epidemic of overdose death.

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As We All Live Longer, The World Needs A Health System Revolution To Cope With Aging Patients
All over the world, people are living longer. A large part of this is due to improved treatment for illness; we can see this in the reduction in death rates from cardiovascular disease and the 32% reduction in mortality from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease worldwide in the past 20 years.

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Patients Not Attached to New Primary Care Practices Receive Lower Quality Care, Research Suggests
One in six patients in Ontario does not belong to an organized primary care practice, new research suggests. These patients receive lower quality care and are more likely to be poor, urban and new immigrants, the study says.
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Is Natural Immunity Better Than a Flu Vaccine?
Does the flu provide better immunity than a flu shot? Getting the flu itself can provide much stronger immunity than any flu shot does. But getting the flu is dangerous, so getting a flu shot is a better option.

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New Report Quantifies Impact of Opioid Prescriptions
Faculty member Abhimanyu Sud comments on opioid prescribing on CTV.

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Reevely: Queensway Carleton Hospital Pioneers New-model Seniors' Unit in Eastern Ontario
A new 34-bed unit is opening at the Queensway Carleton Hospital that’s supposed to send senior patients home healthier than they were when they arrived. This is harder than it sounds.

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Two Members of the Health Sector Appointed to Board of Health
Algoma Public Health (APH) welcomed two new board members to the Board of Health at its meeting on September 28th. Dr. Patricia Avery, M.D. and Deborah Graystone, Nurse Practitioner, were appointed by the Province of Ontario on August 4, 2016 to serve on the board.

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Nov 29
Celebration of Education Scholarship
A day full of dynamic speakers, lots of practical and relevant information, engaging discussion, and exciting Big Ideas.

Nov 30
Refugee Health Talk - Dr. Meb Rashid
Faculty member Dr. Meb Rashid will talk about Canadian Refugee Health. Meb is at the helm of Women College Hospital's Crossroads Clinic. 

Jan 11 - Mar 6
Safe Opiod Prescribing Course
This online webinar series is designed to assist physicians in acquiring knowledge and learning new skills in the field of pain management, especially in the area of chronic non-cancer pain.

Jan 12 - 14
Global Health, Family Medicine and Primary Care
This 3-day course offers a broad overview of Global Health with specific relevance to primary care. It is offered as an early exploration of the field of global health.

Jan 16
Leadership Basics
Leadership Basics is a great way to prepare yourself as a new or emerging leader for career growth. Our full day and subsequent half day workshops will help you develop your leadership skills.

Jan 21
Research Rounds
Speakers: Dr. José Pereira and Dr. Melissa Nutik. DFCM City Wide Research Rounds are an accredited bimonthly, two-hour interactive event focusing on primary care research and research practices. 

Jan 27
Wellness and Resilience
Our half day Wellness and Resilience session will be taking place at Mount Sinai Hospital, and will feature 2 workshops: Medical Improv & Reading Bodies/Cultivating Embodied Presence.

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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. 
Working with Immigrants
Immigrants may have different risk factor profiles based on genetic risks and different environmental exposures, both pre- and post-migration. Discordance in language and culture may challenge the therapeutic relationship. Given the number of new immigrants in Canada, family physicians become responsible for understanding the nuances of dealing with patients who are foreign-born.
Meb Rashid MD  
Deprescribing: An eLearning Module
This document serves as a learning module on the topic of deprescribing potentially inappropriate medications. By the end of this module participants will become familiar with the concept of deprescribing as an extension of the continuum of good prescribing practice, identify common barriers to deprescribing, and understand the importance of this practice in providing patient-centered care.
Matthew Kutcher MD JD MSc, Nicole Alcolado MD MSc, Rahul Jain MD CCFP MScCH (HPTE) (c)  
Monthly Round Up
Quality Improvement Retreat
Toronto International Program
Family Medicine Forum
Family Medicine Forum
Staff Halloween Party
Interprofessional Applied Practical Teaching and Learning in Health Professions (INTAPT) course
Jim Ruderman Lecture on Leadership and Innovation
Undergraduate Education Workshop
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