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DFCM Conference Registration is Open
Register now for the 2016 DFCM Conference, April 21 & 22! This free event offers more workshops this year, keynote presentation from Dr. Tim Rutledge and the Earl Dunn Lecture presented by Dr. Lynn Wilson. Open to all DFCM faculty, staff, learners and academic family health teams. 

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Q&A: Cynthia Whitehead, Director, The Wilson Centre
1. Why do you think it’s important to question long-held assumptions about medical education?

I think it’s critically important to question our assumptions about what we are doing and for what reasons. Many educational practices continue because ‘that’s the way we’ve always done it’.

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First Cohort of Family Medicine Residents in Ethiopia Graduates
After three years of residency, the first-ever family medicine residents graduated from Ethiopia’s only family medicine training program at Addis Ababa University (AAU) in Ethiopia last month.

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Physician-Industry Relationships: A Refresher on the Guidelines from DFCM faculty member John Axler
From time to time, faculty members will inquire about guidelines or policies to help them guide their interactions with industry. It’s never a bad time for a refresher.

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Department News
Bridging the Medical/Technology Divide
A new first and second year course gives medical students the knowledge to talk with tech developers. “You have physicians, who understand what they need, but not how the technology works or how to harness it,” explains Professor Marcus Law, Director of Preclerkship Renewal and Academic Innovation at U of T’s Faculty of Medicine.

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Clinically Organized Relevant Exam (CORE) Back Tool Update
As a result of the positive feedback from health care providers using the CORE Back Tool, the Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) has updated the tool. It aims to increase awareness and knowledge of evidence-based, best practice for the assessment and management of low back pain. Faculty member Julia Alleyne is Clinical Lead on the project.

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Dr. Nina Horvath has received the 2016 Award for Excellence in Community-Based Clinical Teaching (Community Hospital) from the Vice-Deans of Education.

Jeff Weissberger has received the 2016 Sustained Excellence in Community-based Clinical Teaching Award from the Vice-Deans of Education.

Dr. Sarita Verma has received the 2016 Charles Mickle Fellowship Award.

Dr. Allan Grill has been awarded the Canadian Certified Physician Executive (CCPE) credential.

Dr. Julia Alleyne has been named one of the Most Influential Women of 2015 by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS).

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. 
Mar 29
Senior Promotion Workshop

Mar 31
Special Grand Rounds: James Mackenzie Lecture Screening

Apr 8-12
Saudi International Medical Education Conference

Apr 9-11
CUGH Global Health Conference

Apr 12
Senior Promotion Workshop

Apr 21-22
DFCM Conference
May 6-7
Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference

May 11

Faculty of Medicine Education Achievement Celebration

May 16-27
Toronto International Program (TIP)

June 3-6
Narrative Healthcare Atelier and Certificate Program

Sept 26-29
New and Emerging Academic Leaders (NEAL) Program
In the Media
Are Fitness Trackers Worth It?
Calorie counting apps and pedometers can be useful. But before you become obsessive over the numbers, try tracking how your jeans fit first.

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When Doctors Should Say 'I Don't Know'
The quest for firm answers is not what medicine is all about. “Many of us take for granted that we live in an age of medicine where, to put it quite simply, we know what we are doing,” writes Steven Hatch...

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This Drug Patch May Revolutionize How We Treat Pain
British researchers have devised an ibuprofen patch that allows concentrated delivery to the site of pain, while limiting potential side effects. They say the technology could be adapted for many other drugs.

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China Focus: Family Doctors the Future of China's Healthcare System
Getting medical treatment has become much more convenient for Wei Xianfang since she joined a family doctor program. "Going to the village clinic to see the doctor was such a hassle for me in the past...

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Proton Pump Inhibitors for Heartburn Point to Overmedication
About 40% of patients don't have an evidence-based reason to be taking the drugs long term.

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Toronto’s First Peer Cancer Education Program for Black Women
Public health researchers created a first-of-its-kind peer education project targeting black women to improve breast and cervical cancer awareness and screening for black women living in Toronto’s Malvern community.

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Meet a Small Team of Doctors Giving Syrian Refugees Care
By March, 25,000 Syrian refugees will have landed in Canada. This unit of doctors and nurses at Toronto’s Crossroads Clinic is making sure their unique health needs are met.

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Ontario Simplifies Medical Reviews for People on Disability Support
Onerous reviews for people on ODSP — many of whom suffer from mental illness —will become less stressful under a new process.

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Magic Abounds When Daycare, Seniors Home Share Roof
Child-care program at Toronto's Kipling Acres long-term care home benefits both young and old.

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Health Minister Philpott Has Changed The Face Of Ethiopia's Primary Care
In the summer of 2008, Canada's (now) Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott, was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she met with Ethiopian colleagues to explore the possibility of establishing family medicine as a formal discipline in the East African country of 90 million people.

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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. 
Solution-Focused Therapy for Patients’ Psychosocial Problems
Among the many approaches to counselling and psychotherapy, solution-focused therapy is most suitable for family physicians for the following reasons: it is brief, usually consisting of fewer than five sessions...
Ronald E. Warner EdD CPsych, Vincent H.K. Poon MD PsyD DMin CCFP FCFP FABMP
Pancreatitis EM E-learning Module
This module will outline the different causes of acute pancreatitis, discuss the ED management of pancreatitis, and review potential complications.
Yasmine Mawji MD
Monthly Round Up
Research poster projects at Interprofessional Applied Practical Teaching and Learning in the Health Professions (INTAPT)
Interest Group in Family Medicine (IgFM) Skills Conference
Sunnybrook Academic Family Health Team site visit
New residents' open house
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