Congratulations to 2014’s CFPC Award Recipients

Donald I. Rice Award

Rob Wedel, Taber

The College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Donald I. Rice award recognizes an outstanding CFPC family physician member who has contributed to teaching, vision, and leadership in theDrRobWedel_DonaldRiceAward-195
discipline of family medicine.

Dr. Wedel is a family physician at the Taber Clinic in Alberta, and is the Medical Director of the Chinook Primary Care Network.

Dr Wedel is an Associate Clinical Professor of the Departments of Family Medicine at the Universities of Calgary and Alberta. He is Past President of the CFPC, and is Vice chair of the CFPC Committee on the Implementation of the Patients Medical Home

Dr Wedel has received the U of C Faculty of Medicine Award of Excellence in Clinical Research, and the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Award for Organizational Vision and Leadership.

Quick Facts

The one thing I love about family medicine is: the Long standing relationships.

Family Medicine Mentor: Dr. George McQuitty.

The one thing that surprised me about being a family physician is: the many opportunities to pursue varied aspects of our careers.

If I wasn’t a family physician, I’d be: a geneticist.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program Award

Alberta College of Family Physicians Evidence and Continuing Professional Development Program

(G. Michael Allan, Michael Kolber, Christina Korownyk, Adrienne Lindblad, Sharon Nickel, Scott Garrison)

The College of Family Physicians of Canada’s CPD Program award recognizes a MAINPRO®-accredited educational program that has provided an exceptional learning experience to practising or practice-eligible CFPC members.

The ACFP Evidence and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program is a physician- led and taught education project that is free from industry bias and based on the best available evidence. The Evidence and CPD Program is an ongoing joint project between the University of Alberta and the ACFP that delivers best practice evidence-based resources to family physicians and other health care providers through the following initiatives:

  • Tools for Practice
  • GoMainpro
  • Best Practice Support Visits
  • Evidence CPD Roadshows
  • The Practical Evidence for Informed Practice Conference
  • Price Comparison of Commonly Prescribed Pharmaceuticals in Alberta

The ACFP proudly supports this program and believes the program has offered an evolution of practical tools, programs, advice, and support to primary care in Alberta and Canada.

EBM_Team

From left to right: Dr. Tina Korownky, Sharon Nickel (ACFP staff), Dr. Mike Allan, Dr. Mike Kolber, Adrienne Lindblad (ACFP staff) Missing from photo: Dr. Scott Garrison.

G. Michael Allan, Edmonton

Dr. Mike Allan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at U of A and the Director of Evidence-Based Medicine. He has been in practice over 15 years and presently works at the Northeast Community Health Centre in Edmonton. He has given over 200 presentations and published more than 80 articles. Mike is the director of the Alberta College of Family Physicians Evidence and CPD Program including the provincial CME Roadshows. He writes a regular evidence based update (called Tools for Practice) for the Alberta College of Family Physicians and the journal “Canadian Family Physician.”

Quick Facts

The one thing I love about family medicine is: the diversity of people and medical problems.

Family Medicine Mentor: Dr. Stan Lubin.

The one thing that surprised me about being a family physician is: the wide variety of options and opportunities in family medicine.

If I wasn’t a family physician, I’d be: doing something in the field of ecology.

Michael Kolber, Edmonton

Dr. Mike Kolber is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta. He practices family medicine in Peace River and Edmonton, and is the Co-Director of the third year Family Medicine Clerkship rotation at the University of Alberta. He has additional skills training in gastroenterology, contributes to medical podcasts, and has presented at local, provincial, national, and international events.

Quick Facts

The one thing I love about family medicine is: the variety.

Family Medicine Mentor: Dr. Mark MacKenzie

The one thing that surprised me about being a family physician is: the meaningful relationships we have.

If I wasn’t a family physician, I’d be: a lacrosse or hockey coach.

Christina Korownyk, Edmonton

Dr. Tina Korownyk is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta and practices family medicine at the Northeast Community Health Centre in Edmonton. Tina works with the EBM team providing updates to Tools for Practice, roadshows, and academic detailing to pharmacists within the province. She is also the Co-Director of the third year Family Medicine Clerkship rotation at the University of Alberta. Her research interests include practical questions relating to the improvement of primary care. Tina is married with four fantastic kids and enjoys most things outdoors.

Quick Facts

The one thing I love about family medicine is: the variety, the challenge and the people. (That’s three things.)

Family Medicine MentorDr. Mike Allan.

The one thing that surprised me about being a family physician is: the magnitude of  impact family physicians can have on the lives of their patients and their families.

If I wasn’t a family physician, I’d be: an Olympic wrestler.

Adrienne Lindblad, Red Deer

Adrienne graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. She also completed a hospital pharmacy residency in Halifax, NS and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Toronto. She spent most of her career as a hospital pharmacist and educator in Red Deer, AB and has received several national award through the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, including the Teaching, Learning and Education Award.

Currently, Adrienne is the Knowledge Translation and Evidence Coordinator for the Alberta College of Family Physicians and an Associate Clinical Professor with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta. In this role, Adrienne is involved with a variety of educational initiatives, including Tools for Practice articles, roadshow presentations, and Best Practice Support Visits. She is passionate about teaching and translating evidence into practice.

Quick Facts

The one thing I love about working with the ACFP and the Evidence & CPD ProgramI get to constantly question if the evidence supports what I think I know/do in practice.

Mentortoo many to list!!  

The one thing that surprised me working with the ACFP and the Evidence & CPD Programjust how much fun everyone has, and how much caffeine is consumed. 

If I wasn’t a pharmacist, I’d bewriting really bad novels while travelling the world.

Sharon Nickel, Edmonton

Sharon is the coordinator of the Evidence and CPD Program at the Alberta College of Family Physicians. She has six years of combined experience in program coordination and event planning in the non-profit sector, and has recently started writing and editing for the medical field. Her educational background is in Professional Writing, Communications, and Events Management.

As the liaison between the Chapter and Evidence Based Medicine offices, she plans and executes the traveling roadshows and annual Practical Evidence for Informed Practice conference, and edits, publishes, and coordinates the delivery of the Tools for Practice articles to approximately 8,000 readers (members of Alberta, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia chapters (~5,800), subscribers from non-alliance chapters and other professions (~2,200))

Quick Facts

The one thing I love about working with the ACFP and the Evidence & CPD Program: Is the variety of the tasks I may work on in any given week.

Mentors: my dad for showing me that it’s not abnormal to grow your interests and change career paths; my sister for inspiring me to embrace change, rather than stay with the familiar just because it’s easy; and my mom for not only encouraging me, but understanding that I need both change and familiarity (usually at the same time).

The one thing that surprised me working with the ACFP and the Evidence & CPD Programis the variety of the tasks I may work on in any given week.

If I wasn’t the program coordinator with the ACFP’s Evidence & CPD team, I’d be: a speech pathologist, or children’s author, or professional student. 

Scott Garrison, Edmonton

Scott spent the first 20 years of his professional career as a full-time fee-for-service family physician. He has a passion for EBM and returned to UBC during the latter years of his clinical practice to pursue a PhD in Experimental Medicine. He retains a research presence in his former community of practice (Richmond, BC) where he remains the Medical Director for Research and is working to build a platform for large primary care trials in both BC and Alberta.

Scott’s main research interest is in optimizing the effectiveness of existing therapeutics: Do older adults do better with less medication? Does the J-curve for diastolic hypertension exist because low diastolic blood pressure is harmful? Does the timing of blood pressure medication (i.e. AM versus hs) matter? Should we be treating to home, rather than office BP readings? These are all examples of questions he hopes to enable practising family physicians to answer by (1) designing trials that fit well with normal GP workflow, and (2) drawing “hard” outcomes for those trials (e.g. mortality, hospitalization, stroke, hip fracture) from the already collected Ministry of Health claims data.

Quick Facts

The one thing I love about family medicine is: the endless variety of problems that we help to solve.

Family Medicine Mentor: Dr. Mike Allan!

The one thing that surprised me about being a family physician is: how much our patients appreciate us.

If I wasn’t a family physician, I’d bewriting fiction.