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JUNE 2019

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Shantou exchange program

Since 2006, the University of Manitoba Department of Family Medicine and Shantou University Medical College (SUMC) in Shantou, China have participated in a scholarly exchange project as part of the existing Academic Exchange between our two institutions.This project has provided a platform for the mutual sharing of knowledge and expertise in medical education, particularly in areas specific to the discipline of family medicine.

Pictured here are this year's partcipants in this exciting program. 

Front row: Dr. Surong Zhang, Dr. Ming-Ka Chan, Ms Melissa Bulloch (U of M medical student),

Middle row: Ms Meredith (Nuo) Zhang (visiting Shantou University Medical student), Ms. Julie Semenchuk (U of M medical student), Ms Bella (Biling) Xu (visiting Shantou University Medical student), Ms. Erica (Xiaoyi) Xu (visiting Shantou University Medical student), Ms. Kris (Jie) Yao (visiting Shantou University Medical student), Ms Janelle Quintana (U of M medical student)

Back row: Dr. Jiming Kong, Dr. Jamie Boyd, Dr. Teresa Cavett, Ms Margaret Rauliuk, Dr. Paul Sawchuk, Dr. José François, Dr. Ed Kroeger, Dr. Jiuyong Xie.

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Selkirk residency program

Family medicine will be training residents in Selkirk beginning July 1 with two incoming residents, matched to the stream through CaRMs.

"We've been working on this project for at least four years, so to see it come to fruition is very exciting! (and scary!)," said Dr. Ian Alexander, site medical lead and site education director. "We're very pleased to have our inaugural residents start this journey with us."

The program is based in  Selkirk, but the residents will be spending time throughout the Interlake-Eastern region with regionally-based family medicine block time, just like Parkland.

"I have been lucky enough to be engaged with partners in every current residency stream, and would be unable to get this project off the ground without their help and support," said Alexander. "As well, the support of the department has been invaluable in making this residency a reality."

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Quality improvement sees results

Dr. Allison Paige completed the Excellence in Quality Improvement Certificate Program (EQUIP) through the University of Toronto. This 10-month course is designed for physicians to improve their knowledge and skills in using Quality Improvement theory and tools in practice.

Through the course, Kildonan Medical Centre worked on a quality-improvement project aimed at improving the rates of pneumococcal-23 vaccination in our patients with diabetes. In a short period of time, the clinic has been able to increase vaccination rates from 57 per cent to 68 per cent.

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CIHR surveys

The CIHR has opened six online surveys, each one covering a different area. All six surveys are relevant to family medicine and primary care research.

This is a unique opportunity for you to have a say on the future direction of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), including funding priorities and organization. The more input the CIHR receives from family physicians and primary care researchers and stakeholders, the higher the chances of family medicine and primary care have for being heard!

You may complete one or as many as you wish. Please encourage your colleagues to do the same. The survey deadline is June 28, so complete the surveys ASAP!

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In the news

Kildonan Medical Centre (KMC) was featured in the Winnipeg Free Press for its new community birth program.

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Updated organization chart

This year has seen many changes to the department - please see the updated organizational chart for full details.

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Farewell

Rob Diakiw will be leaving the department effective June 11, 2019 to take on an exciting new opportunity as CEO at the Winnipeg Clinic.

Rob has contributed a lot to the success of our department in the five years he has been with us.  He has demonstrated great leadership both within the Department of Family Medicine and the Max Rady College of Medicine. In particular, he has offered considerable support to consolidating our administrative activities to the Bannatyne campus, to our expanding distributed education network and to our accreditation efforts.

We wish Rob the best of success in future challenges and endeavors.

Dr. Gerald Konrad will retire as of July 1, 2019. We sincerely thank him for his many significant and valuable contributions as a GFT with the department during the past 16 years. Best wishes, Gerald!

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Congratulations

Inderveer Mahal graduated from family medicine residency at U of M in 2018. This year, she started writing health care op-eds. Her latest one published on The Conversation was just republished in the Washington Post.

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Recently published

Drs. Alex Singer and Jordyn Lerner are co-authors on "Integrating risk-based care for patients with chronic kidney disease in the community: Study protocol for a cluster randomized trial."

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Dr. Alex Singer was a co-author on "Improving care for elderly patients living with polypharmacy: protocol for a pragmatic cluster randomized trial in community-based primary care practices in Canada"

Journal Info: Implementation Science 2019 14:55, https://doi.org/10.1186/s13012-019-0904-4

Authors: Greiver M, Dahrouge S, O’Brien P, Manca D, Lussier MT, Wang J, Burge F, Grandy M, Singer A, Twohig M, Moineddin R , Kalia S, Aliarzadeh B,  Ivers N,  Garies S, Turner J, Farrell B

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Welcome & orientation events

Mark your calendars for upcoming events for new residents:

Wednesday, June 26 - PGME orientation
Thursday, June 27 -  Family Medicine Welcome BBQ at Kildonan Park
Thursday & Friday, June 27 & 28 - Family Medicine Orientation

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