Chair's Message: Strategic Plan, Our Journey So Far (Jan/Feb 2024)
INTAPT (Interprofessional Applied Practical Teaching and Learning in the Health Professions) participants 2023/24
It has been just over a year since we launched our 2022-2027 Strategic Plan, a process that brought many of us together to articulate our collective values, needs, priorities, and aspirations.
Seeing our department come together around the themes of community, relationships, and leadership was incredibly inspiring. But a plan is only a plan.
Over the past year, faculty, staff, and learners from all corners of DFCM have embraced the essence of the strategic plan. I have been humbled by the creativity and energy behind initiatives that uphold our tradition of excellence in family and community medicine education, research, and high-quality clinical care, while doing more to embed the needs of patients, families, and marginalized communities in our work.
Of course, this is just the beginning. Our leadership and ingenuity are needed more than ever to ensure we attract and train family doctors who are prepared to work in the system we have while shaping the system we need. A system where every person is attached to a responsive and high-quality primary care team and every primary care team is designed in partnership with its community.
As we rush (or crawl!) toward the holiday break, I am reflecting on the level of commitment that each of us brings every day, in all our roles. I am grateful to work among colleagues who bring passion to their work in family medicine and also compassion for themselves and each other.
We are deep into an exciting academic year. Our postgraduate program is expanding to accommodate new residents, our Physician Assistant program is working towards doubling its intake, and we are forging ahead with the implementation of our strategic plan.
This month, we are celebrating our Class of 2023 – 161 newly minted family doctors, plus 55 enhanced skills graduates, who have successfully completed their residencies and additional studies at DFCM and are poised to launch into what I hope will be long and successful careers in family medicine.