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Q&A with outgoing DFCM Chair, Dr. Lynn Wilson
After eight years as DFCM’s Chair, Lynn Wilson is moving on to her new position as Vice-Dean Partnerships for the Faculty of Medicine. Her tenure at DFCM has seen incredible growth and innovation in all aspects of family medicine. Here she reflects over the past eight years while commenting on the future of academic family medicine.

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James Mackenzie Lecture Proves Big Data is Powerful
The fusion of data from many different sources into one powerful information system is making it possible to achieve higher quality, more efficient care. Faculty member Dr. Frank Sullivan recently presented this topic in one of the most prestigious lectures for the Royal College of General Practitioners, the James Mackenzie Lecture.

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As baby-boomers age, Emergency Departments gear up for influx of older patients over coming decades

As of summer 2015, for the first time in history, Canada officially has more people over the age of 65 than children under 15. This means over the next three decades the demand for many social services will increase, including hospital emergency departments where older adults often make up the largest proportion of patients.

To help prepare for this influx of elderly patients, 65 representatives from 28 hospital emergency departments across Canada...

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Poverty: A Clinical Tool for Primary Care
Poverty is the biggest risk to low income patients' health. The Centre for Effective Practice has developed a clinical tool focusing on the impact of poverty in primary care. It is designed for a typical office visit and proposes a 3 step approach:
  1. screen everyone
  2. consider poverty as a risk factor
  3. intervene
The tool provides instructions and resources on how to implement these steps. Faculty member Gary Bloch is the clinical lead on the project. 

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Department News
Louise Nasmith Award Winner Launches Proceducate App
Faculty member Dr. Jeremy Rezmovitz, winner of DFCM's Louise Nasmith Award for research projects, launched a new app this fall, to assist in teaching and learning common minor procedural skills in family medicine. Proceducate is now available on iTunes for free, and includes a unit on foundation skills, including videos on knot tying.

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Two DFCM Faculty Members Named to College of Family Physicians of Canada's Board of Directors
The CFPC held its Annual Meeting of Members (AMM) during Family Medicine Forum this November in Toronto and approved a new national governance structure. Dr. David White was named President-Elect and Dr. John Maxted, Director-at-Large. Congratulations to both faculty members for their continued leadership in family medicine at the national level.

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Teaching Sites Ramp Up Refugee Clinics
Many of DFCM's Academic Teaching Units are assisting in the care of Syrian refugees coming to Canada. Here is just one story of the efforts to welcome newcomers, spearheaded by faculty member Meb Rashid.

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Congratulations to all our faculty who joined the Family Medicine Honour Roll at the Family Medicine Forum this November from the College of Family Physicians of Canada!
  • Dr. Jim Ruderman (posthumous recognition) has received the first CFPC Jim Ruderman Academic Family Medicine Leadership Award. 
  • Dr. Ross Upshur has received the Family Medicine Researcher of the Year award.
  • Dr. Lynn Wilson has received the Calvin L. Gutkin Award.
  • Dr. Tara Kiran has received the Outstanding Family Medicine Research Article Award.
  • Dr. J. Raymond Gilbert has received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Family Medicine Research.
The following faculty members received Awards of Excellence at the Family Medicine Forum from the CFPC:
  • Dr. Somaiah Ahmed, Rural Northern Initiative
  • Dr. Paul Caulford, Scarborough Hospital
  • Dr. Brent Elsey, Royal Victoria Hospital
  • Dr. Rikita Goel, Office-based Physician
  • Dr. Anita Greig, Sinai Health System:  Bridgepoint Hospital
  • Dr. Danielle Martin, Women’s College Hospital
  • Dr. Kerstin Mossman, Royal Victoria Hospital
  • Dr. Anwar Parbtani, Royal Victoria Hospital
Dr. Nav Persaud has won the 2016 PSI Graham Farquharson Knowledge Translation Fellowship.

The South East Toronto Family Health Team received a Bright Lights Award at the AFHTO conference for its Patient Advisory Council.

Dr. Marla Shapiro has been awarded the McGill Alumni Global Community Service Award.

Dr. Melissa Lem has received the Young Alumni of Influence Award from the University College.

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. 
Resources for Family Physicians Working with Syrian Refugees
The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) has put together a list of resources to guide clinicians around the Syrian Migration. This convenient site is a reliable reference that will continue to be updated as new literature becomes available.

CMA Syrian Refugee Resettlement
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) encourages members to support the relief effort and reception of refugees into Canada. This page includes resources for physicians, recommended by the Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care, in collaboration with the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Canadian Paediatric Society.
Calendar Calendar
Jan 6
Quality Improvement Community of Practice Workshop - Staying Energized for Change

Jan 7-9
Global Health Winter Primer

Jan 19-30
CaRMS Residency Admissions Interviews at DFCM

Jan 21
Research Rounds: Spirometry & CREMS

Jan 28
Conference on Medical Student Education - STFM, Arizona
Feb 17
Quality Improvement Training Session

Feb 23-25
Research Ethics Board Workshops

April 17-19
Hospice Palliative Care Ontario Conference

April 21-22
DFCM Conference

June 3-6
Narrative Healthcare Atelier & Certificate Program
In the Media
Medical clinic for newly arrived Syrian refugees is now open
A new medical clinic that’s dedicated to serving newly-arrived Syrian refugees is now open once a week, at rotating locations in downtown Toronto including at Women’s College Hospital’s (WCH) Crossroads clinic.  

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Family Medicine Researcher of the Year on Rewards and Challenges of Research
Dr. Ross Upshur discusses family medicine research at the Family Medicine Innovations in Research and Education Day. 

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Doctors gear up to care for Syrian refugees
Canadian health-care professionals are preparing for a large influx of Syrian refugees with medical issues that may have been neglected. CBC News has compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers about what's expected for their care.

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Doctor-Approved Home Remedies
Faculty member Dr. Sheila Wijayasinghe provides tips to deal with common minor ailments and illnesses that are low-cost and effective on CTV's The Social.

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Revised refugee plan will ensure success: Health minister
Faculty member and Health Minister Dr. Jane Philpott reveals the government's plan to admit Syrian refugees to Canada.

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Let's Ensure Digital Health Care Does More Help Than Harm
Faculty member Dr. Joshua Tepper comments on designing digital health care, with a grain of salt.

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Toronto East General to become Michael Garron Hospital, with a $50M boost
Diagnosed with a rare cancer of the soft tissues, Michael died at age 13, in 1975. His dying wish was that he wouldn’t be forgotten. To honour that wish, Garron and his wife, Berna, on Wednesday donated an unprecedented $50 million to Toronto East General Hospital. And its main campus was renamed the Michael Garron Hospital.

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How doctors can tackle the poverty of their patients without leaving the doctor’s office
Can a question asked in a doctor’s office contribute to ending poverty for patients and their families? This is what we asked ourselves 10 years ago, as we set out to convince health providers to tackle poverty.

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Doctors in Training: Real life hospital experience shapes future caregivers
Xue is just one of about 117 first- to fourth-year medical students and 20 interns and residents who receive their training at Markham Stouffville Hospital, totalling 17,383 teaching days every year. This year’s number of medical trainees represents a whopping 208% increase since the institution became a teaching hospital only five years ago.

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Open Awards and Funding
Faculty of Medicine Education Development Fund
Call for applications
Apply for matched DFCM funding by January 5, 2016

2016 Division of Palliative Care Project Grant
Request for Proposals
Submission deadline: Jan 15

W.T. Aikins Awards
Call for undergraduate teaching nominations
Nominations deadline: Jan 18
Contact and in advance for DFCM nomination support

Canadian Institutes of Health Research Project Scheme First Live Pilot 2016
Call for applications
Registration deadline: Jan 18

National Institutes of Health Examination of Survivorship Care Planning Efficacy and Impact Awards
Call for applications
R01 applications deadline: Feb 5
R02 deadline: Mar 16

Canadian Institutes of Health Research Article of the Year Award 
Call for nominations
Nomination deadline: Feb 26

Canadian Institutes of Health Research Embedded Clinican Researcher Salary Award
Call for applications
Application deadline: Mar 3
Faculty Development Opportunities
Hospice Palliative Care Ontario Annual Conference
Call for abstracts
Poster and Oral Papers deadline: Jan 15

DFCM Conference
Call for workshops and posters
Deadline: Jan 29 

Educational Technology for Health Practitioner Education
Courses for DFCM faculty
Course dates: Jan-Mar
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.
Influenza Primer
This document provides a concise summary of concepts related to influenza, including diagnostic considerations and complications, the evidence and options for prevention of influenza, and the evidence and options for treatment of influenza.
Neil D Dattani MD, Eva SW Cheng MD, Rahul Jain MD CCFP
Working with Families in a Culturally Diverse Society: Cross-Cultural Care for Family Physicians
This module provides an overview of some of the issues that must be considered and the ways in which family physicians can best provide cross-cultural care in a setting of racial and cultural diversity.
Vincent H.K. Poon MD PsyD DMin CCFP FCFP FABMP, Ralph Masi MD CCFP FCFP
Monthly Round Up
Basics Program for new faculty included presentations such as Legal Implications of Teaching with Dr. Camille Lemieux
Undergraduate family medicine teachers recognized at our Undergraduate Education Faculty Development Workshop
Visitors from the Pudong Institute for Helath Development in Shanghai participating in our Toronto International Program
Our team out in full force at the Family Medicine Forum
Twitter buzz about preparations for Syrian refugee primary care clinics
Taking DFCM's new strategic plan on the road to our academic sites
Our Interest Group in Family Medicine's speaker series event
Happy Holidays from DFCM!!
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