​S​eptember 2015

What's Up in Family Medicine

Connect and Learn at FMF 2015

FMF 2015 logoFive thousand delegates, 180 clinical sessions, 50 Mainpro-C accredited professional development workshops, four days. Family Medicine Forum 2015, Canada’s largest and most comprehensive annual conference for family physicians, is coming to Toronto in November.

“There is really nothing else like it for family doctors,” said Dr. Andrew Arcand, a family physician in Markham and co-chair of the OCFP’s Annual Scientific Assembly (ASA) Committee. “FMF offers high-quality professional development, research and education sessions, and provides participants with an amazing opportunity to network with colleagues from across the country."

Co-hosted by the Ontario College of Family Physicians and the College of Family Physicians of Canada, FMF features a mix of lectures and hands-on workshops that cover a wide range of practice areas. Sessions focus on aboriginal health, women’s health, sports medicine, cardiology, emergency medicine, mental health, respiratory health, pain management, teaching, research, and more. There will also be opportunities to discuss “hot button” issues such as vaccine refusal, medical marijuana, and physician-assisted death.
Each year the CFPC hosts FMF in a different major Canadian city working with the local provincial college to help shape the scientific program.

“The OCFP’s ASA  Committee has a strong presence at this year’s FMF through our work in leading the abstract review and program selection process, selecting content and working with presenters to tailor sessions to ensure they are appropriate for the FMF audience,” said Dr. Kim Bender, a family physician in Smithville and OCFP ASA Committee Co-Chair. “When selecting this year’s content, we looked for presentations that offered information and tools that could be taken and applied to one’s own practice,” said Dr. Bender.

The FMF program is rounded out with keynote addresses from health-care leaders that include Choosing Wisely Canada’s Chair Dr. Wendy Levinson and Primary Care Co-lead Dr. Lynn Wilson, and 2015 Scotiabank Family Medicine Lectureship Award Recipient Sister Elizabeth Davis.

The OCFP is pleased to be presenting 16 Mainpro-C sessions at FMF.

Visit www.fmf.cfpc.ca to learn more.

Who should come:
Family physicians, residents, students and other health-care professionals

180 clinical sessions and 50 Mainpro-C accredited sessions

Metro Toronto Convention Centre


Wednesday, Nov. 11 to Saturday, Nov. 14

A number of scheduled special events and networking opportunities will also take place over the four-day conference, including the installation of OCFP’s 2015-16 President Dr. Sarah Newbery and a celebration of the 2015 OCFP Award winners, and the OCFP’s Annual Members Meeting. These all take place on Thursday Nov 12 beginning at 6pm.

Coming to FMF and Interested in Sharing Your Thoughts About the OCFP?

On Friday Nov 13, the OCFP will be hosting a series of 1-hour consultation sessions to discuss how the College can best support and bring value to members. If you are attending FMF or live in the Toronto area and would like to join us, please contact Lauren Murphy at lmurphy@cfpc.ca for more information.

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