I want to end our year by saying thank you. 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 your colleagues. I hope you get some time to rest and reflect over the holidays.
This year, December 31st, 2019, marks not only the end of the year but the end of a decade – and what a decade it has been for our department.
In 2009 and 2010, the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) opened new family medicine teaching units at five community-based hospitals, a complex process led by leadership and future faculty at these hospitals, our former Chair, Dr. Lynn Wilson and many others. Today our family medicine teaching units at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Trillium Health Centre – Trillium and Credit Valley - in Mississauga, and Markham Stouffville Hospital, are thriving, offering high-quality teaching and expanding their commitments to scholarship, research and quality improvement.
Between 2011 and 2013, we launched UTOPIAN (our University of Toronto Practice-Based Research Network), established our Quality Improvement (now Quality & Innovation) Program, opened our Office of Education Scholarship, and officially started our Global Health and Social Accountability Program.
Amongst many other achievements, since then DFCM has become the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Family Medicine and Primary Care - the first of its kind in the world to have a specific focus on family medicine - and our family medicine residency program has been accredited by the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA).
Making an Impact
2020 will also mean the end of our 50th Anniversary Celebrations. To mark the holidays and our anniversary year, you may like to consider the legacy you and your family could make through a gift, supporting future medical students, our family medicine residents, or our researchers and educators.
There are many ways to make an impact, and I invite you to consider joining me in contributing in a way that is most meaningful to you and your family.
Jennifer Drouillard Duce, our Senior Development Officer, 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 email@example.com.
You can also visit our website to find other ways to donate to the work of our department.
Thank you celebration
Finally, an invitation. I invite you to join me at our “Thank You for 50 Years” reception on the evening of Wednesday March 25th, 2020 at the Royal Ontario Museum. This event will recognize all of our current and former DFCM faculty members, staff and alumni. It is an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues, as well as learn a little more about our history and our plans for the future. Our department has reserved the Daphne Cockwell Gallery, dedicated to First Peoples art & culture, where we will all be able to learn more from the Gallery staff about the history of Canada’s First Peoples.
It will be an evening of celebration, recognition and fun. Registration for this event will open in the new year - please hold the date in your calendar.
Thank you again. Due to the hard work of our staff, faculty members, alumni and partners, our reputation and our impact continues to grow. You make the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) a remarkable academic department, supporting better health care for all people — here in Canada, and all around the world.
I wish you and your family a joyful time during the holidays and a wonderful start to the new year.
Professor and Chair
Department of Family and Community Medicine