Dr. Nick Pimlott
1996 to 2009 - Research Scholar
What do you think the DFCM's greatest achievements have been over the past 50 years?
The establishment of the funded Research Scholar program was, without doubt, visionary, and has had enormous impact on the discipline of family medicine locally, nationally and internationally. It has also had major impact on the medical research landscape in Canada, although that impact may only now be beginning to be felt. The establishment of an Education Scholarship program in the DFCM has been very important and I am hopeful that members of the DFCM whose work is supported through that program will go on to achieve similar impact in medical education scholarship and leadership.
In your opinion, what event, project, or initiative that you were involved in had the most impact?
I am not sure about the larger impact, but I am personally deeply grateful to have been supported in my research and to be able to collaborate with Dr. Neil Drummond and members of the CIHR-funded Dementia New Emerging Team. I am especially grateful that Neil and the rest of the team allowed a family physician with questions arising from clinical practice to help define the research agenda of the team and that we were able to ask and answer some of these questions. I am also deeply grateful to Dr. Jim Ruderman, my former Chief, and Dr. Lynn Wilson, our former Chair, who acted valuable sounding boards and encouraged me to take on the role as Editor of our national journal, Canadian Family Physician. It has been a challenging and rewarding experience and has given me both a broader and deeper view of our discipline and the important role that family physicians play, nt just in health care, but in the lives of their communities.
Is there a meaningful anecdote that you would like to share with us about your experience as a member of the DFCM?
In the early days of the funded research scholar program many of us were quite uncertain whether we could be successful. One of the first projects that I worked on was with Lynn Wilson, Mel Kahan, Deana Midmer, Walter Rosser and Jan Hux. I will always remember that Lynn and Deana's back up plan if the research didn't work out was to open a wreath shop in the west end of Toronto close to where they lived. Not really an anecdote, but I shall always remember Walter Rosser's encouragement. He has that incredible gift that not many leaders have - the ability to fully connect with you in even the briefest of conversations.