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DFCM is Tackling Child Obesity and Malnutrition through new Partnership

DFCM is proud to be a partner in the Centre for Child Nutrition, Health and Development, along with the Department of Nutritional Sciences and the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. The Centre aims to improve the nutrition of children worldwide and break the trajectory of future chronic disease. 

Faculty member and the Centre Chair in Patient Engagement in Child Nutrition, Dr. Mike Evans, unveiled his new Whiteboard video at the official campaign launch for the Centre. In the video, Evans highlights the challenges children and their families face in finding ways to eat healthy, as well as Canada's growing childhood overweight and obesity problem.

Read more on the Centre's website.

Annual DFCM Conference and Walter Rosser Day a Big Success

Over 200 of DFCM's faculty and staff recently participated in this year's DFCM Conference and Walter Rosser Research Day. DFCM Conference keynote speaker, Dr. Mike Evans, presented on new ways to nudge people into making healthier decisions in their life. The Earl Dunn Lecture on Walter Rosser Day was given by Dr. Danielle Martin, who spoke on the power family doctors have in positively impacting their patients, communities, and even the world. 

Thank you to all of our participants, speakers and workshop/poster presenters for making the 2015 DFCM Conference and Walter Rosser Day one of the best yet! 

See a "storified" recap of the conference.


Department News
In the News
DFCM Calendar


May 28-30: Advanced Learning of Palliative Medicine Conference 

June 1-12: Global Health TIPS-FM

Department News

To celebrate the theme of this year's DFCM conference - "Curiosity, Creativity and Caring" - we asked our faculty, staff, residents, and students to send us photos of how they incorporate creativity, curiosity, and caring into their life and inspire others to do the same. What we received shows the impressive diversity of interests and activities undertaken by the members of this Department. Thank you to all those who participated! See all of the photos submitted on our website.

Thank you to everyone who came out to this year's Pri-Med Canada (previously known as Primary Care Today) - one of Canada's largest annual family medicine conferences. Co-hosted by DFCM, the three day conference boasted five keynote presentations, 20 CCCEP accredited sessions and over 70 hours of Mainpro-C workshops. 

He's a self-confessed Star Trek junkie, the son of a travelling country physician, and now the Dean of Ontario's largest medical school. Dean Trevor Young talks about his future goals for the Faculty of Medicine.

Dr. Frank Sullivan, Head of UTOPIAN, weighs in on the potential future of e-records, genomics, and big data.


In the News

DFCM's Vice-Chair of Research, Dr. Eva Grunfeld tells us how to be savvy and detect bogus health news.

Dr. Laurie Green on the "Reach out and Read" Program at St. Michael's Hospital.

Dr. Danielle Martin, Dr. Mike Evans, and Dr. Samir Sinha discuss "Healthcare and the Online World" 

DFCM resident, Alison Bruni, talks about growing up with a sister diagnosed with down syndrome and her thoughts on prenatal screening.

Dr. Michael Roberts on finding a family doctor who supports mental health needs.


Congratulations to all our DFCM award winners! A copy of all of the awards celebrated at this year's DFCM Conference can be downloaded from our website.

The Interprofessional Applied Practical Teaching & Learning in the Health Professions (INTAPT) Course received the Centre for Faculty Development's 2015 Helen P. Batty Award for Excellence and Achievement in Faculty Development - for Innovation in Program Development and Design:

  • Dr. Helen P. Batty, Department of Family and Community Medicine
  • Dr. Abbas Ghavam-Rassoul, Department of Family and Community Medicine
  • Dr. Shirley Lee, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine
  • Dr. Susanna Talarico, Department of Paediatrics, Hospital for Sick Children
  • Ms. Sole Fernandez, Department of Family and Community Medicine
  • Ms. Diana Kim, Department of Family and Community Medicine
  • Ms. Nicole Ryan, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Dr. Noah Ivers has received the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) Health System Research Fund (HSRF) Capacity Award.

Dr. Fok-Han Leung has received the W.T. Aikins Award for Excellence in Individual Teaching Performance (Small Group) from Undergraduate Medical Education.

Dr. Leslie Nickell has won the Class of 8T9 Medical Alumni Award from the Medical Alumni Association.

Dr. Kymm Feldman is a recipient of the 2015 Canadian Association for Medical Education Certificate of Merit.

Dr. Heather MacNeill has won the Excellence in Community-Based Teaching Award (Community Hospital) from the Office of Integrated Medicine

Dr. Dov Soberman has received a special commendation for Excellence in Community-Based Teaching (Community Hospital) from the Office of Integrated Medical Education. 

Dr. Michael Ward has won the Excellence in Community-Based Teaching (Office/Clinic/Practice) from the Office of Integrated Medical Education.

Dr. Don Melady has received the Peter McCraken Physician Innovator in Education Award from the Canadian Geriatrics Society.

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.


The DFCM Open website 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 the resources.

Ectopic Pregnancy EM E-learning Module
By: Shauna Martiniuk MD
Arthritis EM E-learning Module
By: Natalie Mamen MD
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