Department News


Dr. Michael Green Appointed Department Head 

Dr. Richard Reznick, Dean, Queen's Faculty of Health Sciences, has announced the appointment of Dr. Michael Green as Head, Department of Family Medicine, effective July 1, 2017.

Dr. Glenn Brown Appointed OCFP President 


Queen’s Department of Family Medicine Department Head Dr. Glenn Brown has been appointed President of the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP). He was formally appointed the College’s 61st President at the OCFP’s President’s Installation and Awards Ceremony in Toronto on November 24, 2016.

As President, Dr. Brown will champion the vital role family physicians play in the delivery of primary care to Ontario’s patients and families. 

In his inaugural address, he emphasized the importance of the physician-patient relationship and fostering a culture of collaboration. Further, he called on family physicians to help shape the changing landscape of family medicine to ensure that every Ontarian receives high-quality, co-ordinated, comprehensive and continuing care. 

In his capacity with the OCFP, Dr. Brown will draw on his 33 years of experience in providing comprehensive family practice and academic leadership. His clinical practice has included family medicine including management of inpatients, obstetrics, GP anesthesia and occupational medicine. He served as the Director of Emergency Medicine at the Lennox and Addington County General Hospital in Napanee, where he was also Chief of Staff. He also served as founding Chair of the Primary Health Care Council in the south-eastern region of Ontario. 

The OCFP is the provincial chapter of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. It is the voice of family medicine representing more than 10,500 family physicians who provide patient care across communities throughout the province. Its mandate is to support members by providing evidence-based education and professional development, by promoting and recognizing leadership excellence in family medicine, and by advocating for the role family physicians play in delivering the highest quality care to patients and families across Ontario.

Read the OCFFP's announcement about Dr. Brown's presidency here

Department’s Refugee Health Initiative Website Provides Valuable Resources

Queen’s Department of Family Medicine (DFM), in partnership with the South East Local Health Integration Network, Immigration Services Kingston and Area, and Kingston Community Health Centres, has launched a Refugee Health Initiative website to  provide health-care providers, newcomers and community organizations with useful resources for the provision of care for refugees from Syria and elsewhere. An initiative of Dr. Eva Purkey, Queen’s DFM Global Health Director, the site is also intended to serve as a resource for communication between the primary health-care community, the broader health-care community and Kingston’s settlement services.

The department’s Global Health initiative also recently launched Horizons, a three-times yearly newsletter designed to update faculty, residents and staff on what’s going on in Global Health at Queen’s and in the broader community.

Dr. Ruth Wilson Re-Elected President, North American Region, WONCA

Dr. Ruth Wilson has been re-elected as President, North American Region, of the World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians (WONCA), also known as the World Organization of Family Doctors. The re-election occurred at the 21st WONCA World Conference of Family Doctors in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in November 2016. Dr. Wilson was first elected to this position in 2013. WONCA’s mission is to improve quality of life globally through defining and promoting values including respect for universal human rights and gender equity, and by fostering high standards of care in general practice/family medicine. Founded in 1972 by member organizations in 18 countries, WONCA now has member organizations in 160 countries and territories with membership of about 600,000 family doctors.

Residency Program First to Win PARO Award Twice

The Queen's Department of Family Medicine's Postgraduate Education program earned the 2016 PARO (Professional Association of Residents of Ontario) Residency Program Excellence Award, making it the first program to win twice. The program won this award in 2012, and was nominated in 2013 and 2015. (The department’s Belleville-Quinte Site was nominated in 2014.) This award is given each year to one Ontario program that has consistently provided an exceptionally positive and rewarding experience to its residents, while producing physicians who are expertly trained to care for their patients. Any individual resident or group of residents enrolled in an accredited residency program in the province can make a nomination.