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Vision Statement

Message from the Chair

Dr. Wilson

As family physicians, we are committed to the health of our patients. As academic family physicians we are committed to the discipline of Family Medicine through teaching, learning, research, administrative service or creative professional activity. As a Department we are committed to leadership and excellence in everything we do.

Yet as individuals we can be shy about sharing our accomplishments or passing on what we’ve learned in years of practice and in our academic activities. more

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Faculty recognition

Faculty Recognition

These DFCM faculty members have received awards since our last newsletter in December 2010. Congratulations! more

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Faculty Appointments and Promotions
Faculty Appointments

The Department welcomes our new faculty members and congratulate those promoted. more

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Upcoming Events


Here we list events, conferences, workshops and seminars of interest to our faculty members. The list includes events held by the DFCM, and well-known national and international conferences. more

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Delivering Care to the World in Markham

MarkhamThe newest Family Medicine Teaching Unit (FMTU) at the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) is a Family Health Team (FHT) called Health for All.

With its residency curriculum focus on global health and Markham’s tremendously multicultural community, there isn’t another Family Medicine residency program in Canada quite like it. more

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Community FP's Career Mix

Dr. Grill His friends knew before he did that Dr. Allan Grill should go into Family Medicine. When he finally did, after a year and a half as a psychiatry resident, he embraced it. Today, the mix of Dr. Grill's clinical and academic activities is a great example of the range of work available to a community family physician. more

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Revitalizing the Research Program

Research ProgramDr. Eva Grunfeld is a full professor and the Research Program Director in the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) and holds the Dr. Barnett and Beverley Giblon Professorship in Family Medicine Research. She joined the Department in November 2009 to lead the strategic revitalization of the DFCM’s research mission, enterprise and impact. more

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Beyond the Basics 2011: Faculty Career Development

Beyon BasicsAre you looking to revitalize your career? Are you ready for a new challenge? Do you feel the need to make a change in your life but don’t know where to start?

Come to the annual Beyond the Basics workshop, a one day enrichment experience for DFCM faculty on March 3, 2011 at Hart House. more

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The Division of Palliative Care: DFCM's Newest Academic Division

The DFCM’s Division of Palliative Care (DPC) has quickly grown to become one of the largest academic palliative care divisions in Canada. more

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Narrative-Based Medicine: A Frontier in Medical Education

Dr. RobertsMedical education is excellent at teaching scientific content but what about the capacity to reflect on practice? The term reflective practitioner was coined by Donald Schon to connote training of health professionals that links the subjective (feelings) with the objective (theories) in order to build new insight and informed action in a situation AS it is unfolding. more

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April 15-16: Faculty Retreat & Rosser Day

Faculty RetreatMark April 15 and 16 on your calendar for the 2011 DFCM Faculty Retreat and Walter Rosser Day. 
These faculty development days will be held, again, at the Vaughan Estate at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre just south of highway 401 and Bayview Avenue. more

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The TAAAC-EM Launch

TAAAC-EMIn October 2010, the Division of Emergency Medicine made its first formal teaching trip to Ethiopia to help Addis Ababa University (AAU) train its first cohort of emergency medicine (EM) residents. This trip launched the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration in Emergency Medicine (TAAAC-EM). more

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Town Mouse, Country Mouse

Town MouseHave you ever noticed that children’s literature addresses some of life’s most complicated challenges? In Harry Potter – the Sorcerer’s Stone, the young protagonist overcomes adversity as part of his journey to become a hero. more

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Welcoming the Second PA Class

PA ClassOn Jan. 6, 2011, the University of Toronto welcomed its second cohort of Physician Assistant (PA) students.  The Bachelor of Science Physician Assistant (BScPA) degree program is within the Department of Family and Community Medicine and is part of a collaborative venture called The Consortium of PA Education with the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. more

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How can ICT help you?

ICTICT stands for information and communication technology which loosely translated can sometimes mean trouble. OK, not always, but a sense of humour does help deal with the frustration that can go along with technology, right? more

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Opportunities to Enhance Primary Health Care in Canada

Primary Health CarePrimary healthcare is an essential part of any healthcare system. In Canada, a primary care provider, typically a family physician is usually the first point of contact for family members from infants to seniors. more

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Researcher Working to Identify Alzheimer's and Dementia Early

Dr. TierneyDr. Mary Tierney has been a Research Scholar since 1985. She began her career as an Assistant Professor of psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. After teaching for four years, receiving tenure and becoming head of the department, Dr. Tierney found herself returning to the ‘warmth’ of Toronto to teach psychology. more

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New Publications from DFCM Faculty and Researchers

PublicationsThe DFCM is pleased to acknowledge more than 30 original research publications by faculty and researchers. more

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Research Funding Awards for February Newsletter

Researchers at the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) are always developing new collaborations and pushing the boundaries of primary care research with the help of funding agencies from around the world. more

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