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Think-lab brings participants from diverse fields together to rethink medical education

DFCM recently held the Breakthrough Conference: a one-day gathering that brought together 80 leaders from diverse fields - including medicine, education, social work, technology, business media, the arts, government and more. It was the first event of its kind hosted by DFCM and it identified new ideas for educating U of T's undergraduate medical students.

Read more and watch the video recapping the event online


DFCM's announces new Maternity Care Lead

DFCM is pleased to announce it has named Dr. Milena Forte as its new inaugural Lead in Maternity Care. The three-year position supports undergraduate and postgraduate education, faculty development and scholarship in the area of maternity care.

Forte has been a family physician at Mount Sinai where she has delivered maternity care and served as the Obstetrical Program Director for Mount Sinai Family Practice Residents and the Resident Education Coordinator for over ten years.

As Maternity Care Lead, Dr. Forte hopes to foster more connections between faculty members who practice maternity care, thereby making it easier for the sharing of both clinical and academic resources within our Department.

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DFCM creates new Health Professional Educator Lead positions to support education

Recognizing that health professional (non-physician) educators (HPE's) play a crucial role in training medical students and residents in family medicine, DFCM is pleased to announce that Dr. Judith Peranson and Dr. Deborah Kopansky-Giles are the Department's new Health Professional Educator (HPE) Faculty Leads.

Created to support and integrate HPE's within all levels of departmental activity, Dr's. Peranson and Koapnsky-Giles will join DFCM's Professional Development committee to help ensure HPE needs are addressed in department-wide activities, as well as support more HPE's to apply for faculty status so they have more access to educational supports and resources.

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Department News
In the News
DFCM Calendar


July 6-10: Global Health Summer Primer

September 5-9: AMEE Conference 2015

September 17: Research Rounds

November 27: DFCM Undergraduate Education Faculty Development Workshop 

Department News

Congratulations Dr. Leung!
Faculty member Dr. Fok-Han Leung was awarded the W.T. Aikins Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching - Individual Teaching Performance (Small Group) at the Faculty of Medicine graduation ceremony last week. This is one of the Faculty of Medicine's most prestigious awards and recognizes sustained commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching. The award winners are selected from nominees in a Faculty-wide process that requires support from both faculty and students.

Faculty Innovation
Faculty member Dr. Allan Grill, the Provincial Primary Care Lead of the Ontario Renal Network, helped develop the recently released KidneyWise Clinical Toolkit for primary care providers. The toolkit assists with the identification, detection, and management of chronic kidney disease (CKD). The kit includes an Evidence Summary that offers further clinical detail regarding the algorithm content, including references to clinical guidelines that were used in the development of the toolkit, and a Standardized Outpatient Nephrology Referral Form that outlines clinical scenarios that would require nephrology consultation and much more.

Renowned Scholar Dr. David Irby speaks to DFCM
DFCM was fortunate to welcome Dr. David Irby to speak about promoting scholarship in faculty development. Dr. Irby is a professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and a research faculty member in the Office of Research and Development in Medical Education at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He was also a senior scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where he co-directed a national study on the professional preparation of physicians that culminated in the 2010 publication: Educating Physicians: A Call for Reform of Medical School and Residency.

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EPOC Appointment
Mary Ann O'Brien has been appointed as the Associate Editor for the Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC) Group. DFCM congratulates Mary Ann on her new post and we wish her continued success.

Remembering 'Doc' George
Last month the Department was saddened by the passing of Dr. George Burrows. Doc George was a graduate of Trinity College (1956) and faculty member of DFCM. He opened a family practice in his hometown of Sutton and was awarded Canada's Family Physician of the Year in 2006. He dedicated his life to family medicine and will be missed.


DFCM would like to congratulate the following faculty members on their promotions. The exceptional contributions of these individuals has helped promote education and scholarship within the University as well as nationally and internationally.

To Associate Professor

Dr. Stephen (Sandy) Buchman, Mount Sinai Hospital
Dr. Robert Lam, UHN Toronto Western Hospital
Dr. Jane Philpott, Markham Stouffville Hospital
Dr. Anita Srivastava, St. Joseph's Hospital
Dr. Fiona Webster, DFCM


To Full Professor

Dr. June Carroll, Mount Sinai Hospital
Dr. Ivy Oandasan, UHN Toronto Western Hospital

Congratulations to Dr. Onil Bhattacharyya on receiving the Harkness Fellowship in Healthcare Policy and Practice from the Commonwealth Fund.

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. 


Steven Marc Friedman MD MPH, Matthew Adamson BPHE, Paula Cleiman BSc MD, Tamara Arenovich BSc MSc, Karolina Oleksak BScE (Hons), Ishmael Michael Mohabir BSc, Robert Ta BSc MSc, Kimberley Reiter BMSc Helmet-Wearing Practices and Barriers in Toronto Bike-Share Users: a Case-Control Study. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine 2015, published online: 01 June 2015.


In the News

Dr. Gary Bloch on the link between poverty and poor health and treating both.

Dr. Shirley Lee and Dr. Fok-Han Leung discuss whether medical education needs a revolution.

Dr. Eva Grunfeld explains the silver lining of frightening cancer statistics.


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
Ronald E. Warner EdD CPsych, Vincent H.K. Poon MD PsyD DMin CCFP FCFP FABMP
The Family Meeting: An Opportunity to Provide Family-Oriented Care
Ian Waters MSW RSW, Sue Stone MD CCFP
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