Family Medicine Matters Blog

The OCFP Blog discusses current topics and invites members to share their perspectives and ideas, and engage in a dialogue.

  • The Importance of National Aboriginal Day

    June 21 is National Aboriginal Day – a day to celebrate the diverse cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada. For family physicians, it can also be a day to reflect on the opportunity that we have to support indigenous peoples to experience health care that is culturally safe, and to experience greater equity in health care and health outcomes. In this article, Dr. Sarah Newbery shares her insights and some helpful resources on this important topic.
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  • How Do We Better Prepare Ourselves to Deliver High-Quality Geriatric Care?

    Guest blogger Dr. Samir Sinha, Director of Geriatrics, Sinai Health System and University Health Network and Architect of Ontario's Seniors Strategy, shares how OTN's Ontario Geriatrics Learning Centre offers free, practical, high-quality education in three topic areas - geriatric syndromes, common care issues and quality of life issues.
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  • Family Medicine - Our Profession Matters

    In her final message as OCFP President, Dr. Sarah Newbery reflects upon the ways that family doctors matter and on OCFP achievements under her one-year term.
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  • Accessing Health & Social Services - Some Helpful Phone Numbers for Patients

    Finding resources and services is sometimes the most valuable thing we can do for our patients. In her latest blog post, OCFP President Dr. Sarah Newbery shares some telephone-based services that are available across the province and have been found useful to patients and doctors.
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  • Continuity Matters

    Continuity of the patient-physician relationship is one of the defining pillars of the discipline of family medicine, but in the context of our modern health-care system what does continuity of care really mean?
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  • The Ontario Renal Network and KidneyWise Toolkit Have Changed My Practice… I Think They’ll Change Yours Too

    The Ontario Renal Network's KidneyWise toolkit has changed how OCFP President Dr. Sarah Newbery manages patients with or at risk for chronic kidney disease. In her latest blog, she discusses the toolkit with Dr. Allan Grill, Provincial Primary Care Lead at the ORN and one of the leads for the project.
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  • Welcome New Residents and New Family Physicians

    As new family medicine residents enter their chosen programs and newly graduated family physicians enter practice, OCFP President Dr. Sarah-Lynn Newbery welcomes these new colleagues to family medicine.
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  • Lyme Disease: Keeping it Top of Mind

    Tis the season to think about Lyme disease and Dr. Sarah Newbery discusses the importance of prevention, tick removal and early diagnosis and management.
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  • Family Doctors and Transitions in Care

    OCFP President Dr. Sarah-Lynn Newbery discusses the importance of transitions in care and what family doctors can be doing to best manage these transitions.
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  • The Importance of National Aboriginal Day

    In honour of National Aboriginal Day, OCFP President Dr. Sarah-Lynn Newbery explores how family physicians can provide high-quality, culturally-sensitive and supportive care to Indigenous peoples in their community.
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  • Can Family Doctors Help Shape a Healthy Society?

    OCFP President Dr. Sarah-Lynn Newbery examines the role family doctors have in shaping a society where patients can live their best lives.
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  • My family doctor deserves a hero award

    OCFP President Dr. Sarah-Lynn Newbery recently received a letter from a patient of a colleague expressing how she wished her doctor could be given a “my family doctor is a hero” award. In celebration of Ontario Doctors’ Day, Dr. Newbery reflects on the importance of doctors’ relationships with patients in the debut of the new OCFP Blog.
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