Chair's Message

Marking 50 Years of Impact, Investing in the Future

As we approach the holiday season, and many of us are thinking about giving (and perhaps also receiving) gifts, I invite you to consider the gifts we provide to our communities and to the future of family medicine.

Each of us makes important contributions to our individual patients and our communities through our clinical service, our commitment to education and research, and our professional activities. I am continually impressed by the dedication and extraordinary achievements of our faculty, alumni, students and residents — and I thank you.

You make the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) a remarkable academic department, supporting the better health of all people — here and around the world.

The recent designation of DFCM as the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Family Medicine and Primary Care is a testament to the strength and influence of our collective efforts.

50 Years: 1969-2019

This coming year marks the 50th anniversary of DFCM. From a small department established in April 1969, we have become one of the two largest departments in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. We have come a long way, and I look forward to celebrating this milestone year with you.

Our 50th anniversary will also provide an opportunity for our faculty and alumni to consider leaving a lasting legacy through gift giving.

To mark our 50th anniversary, my husband Alastair and I have made our own personal gift to establish a new award to support our students from low income backgrounds who are in financial need, with the award being made annually, in perpetuity. We are committed to the difference higher education can make to the lives of young people, and are using our giving this year to support increasing the diversity of students attending this wonderful university.

As you meet with your family over the holidays, you may like to consider the legacy you and your family could make through a gift, supporting future medical students, family medicine residents, researchers and educators.

I invite you to consider joining us in contributing in a way that is most meaningful to you and your family. I am happy to discuss this further with you. My contact details are below.

Over the coming year, I would like to work with you to grow the philanthropic support for our department by exploring opportunities to invest in our students and faculty, and to bolster unique and collaborative research and education innovations. This is one of the ways we can ensure DFCM’s continued success into the future, and lead continuous improvements in the care provided to our patients and communities around the world.

Perhaps you might like to contribute towards one of the awards DFCM is establishing in recognition of our 50th year to support our medical students, residents, graduate students and research programs. Maybe you have a grateful patient who has expressed interest in providing financial support for your work. Or you may be aware of a potential donor looking to support a new Chair or Professorship in one of the broad areas covered by family medicine.

Donor Impact

We are fortunate that some of our world-leading faculty are supported through Chairs and Professorships established by generous philanthropic donations, for example:

  • The world-class research of Dr. Eva Grunfeld, our DFCM Vice Chair for Research and Advocacy, is supported by faculty member, Dr. Barnett Giblon and his wife Beverly, through the Giblon Professorship in Family Medicine Research.
  • The Fidani Chair in Quality Improvement and Innovation supports the local, national and global work of Dr. Tara Kiran, our DFCM Vice Chair for Quality and Innovation.
  • Dr. Jeff Myers, the Director of our DFCM Palliative Care Program, is supported by the W. Gifford-Jones Professorship in Pain Control and Palliative Care.

Many DFCM faculty members are supported through generous donations made through the foundations at our network of teaching hospitals.

I thank these donors, and the many others who provide financial support that catalyzes our work and magnifies our impact.

Jennifer Drouillard Duce is our Senior Development Officer and is available to speak with you about what matters to you and your family and how you may like to make your own contribution. Jennifer can be contacted at 647-526-4036 or

I am also pleased that 100% of funds donated to the University of Toronto go towards the designated gift. There are no administration fees taken out of our donations. Our online giving page can be found on our website.

Thank you

Again, I thank you for all that you do in supporting family medicine — for the care you provide, and the time and talent you dedicate to your patients, your students, your residents, your communities and each other.

I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season, and look forward to working with you in 2019 as we come together to support and celebrate our first 50 years — and plan together for the next 50 years, and beyond.

Michael Kidd
Professor and Chair
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Telephone: 416-978-6473


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