News at Medicine - October 2014 - Awards ceremony honours doctors

Awards ceremony honours doctors
October 9, 2014
Dr. Jody Woolfrey, senior medical officer at the Dr. Hugh Twomey Health Centre in Botwood, has been selected as the Family Physician of the Year for Newfoundland and Labrador. The award, named in honour of Dr. Reg L. Perkin, College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) director, was presented during the 2014 Family Medicine Education Forum, held in St. John’s Oct. 1-2. 
The Family Physician of the Year awards recognize outstanding CFPC members who exemplify the best of what being a family doctor is all about, including exceptional care of patients combined with a significant contribution to the health and well-being of communities and/or society in general.

Dr. Jody Woolfrey was presented with the Family Physician of the Year Award by Dr. Jackie Elliott, president of the NL College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Each of the CFPC’s provincial chapters select a Family Physician of the Year and these individuals will be also be honoured nationally during the Family Medicine Forum 2014, which will be held in Quebec City Nov. 13-15.

Dr. Woolfrey graduated from Memorial’s medical school in 1995 and after finishing his family medicine residency he was looking for a practice location. He visited the Dr. Hugh Twomey Health Centre and fell in love with the place. Today he enjoys teaching medical students across the spectrum as well as family medicine residents doing longitudinal training, particularly in specialized geriatric care. He describes the work as challenging but rewarding; he appreciates working with great colleagues and the support from a “wonderful team of health-care professionals.”
Dr. Woolfrey is a clinical assistant professor at Memorial and co-ordinator of care of the elderly in Botwood.  In 2008 he received an Award of Excellence from the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Dr. Cheri Bethune presented Dr. George Hurley with the inaugural George Hurley Award in Family Medicine Education.

A new award was presented for the first time during the 2014 Family Medicine Education Forum. The George Hurley Award in Family Medicine Education was presented to the man the award is named after. Dr. George Hurley is a retired professor of psychology whose work with the MUN Counselling Centre in the early 1980s helped develop, with Dr. Cheri Bethune, a communications skills course for medical students. In presenting the award, Dr. Bethune noted that the model developed is still used today. This new award recognizes people who contribute to medical education but who are outside the Faculty of Medicine.

Always the entertainer, Dr. Bill Eaton accepted the inaugural Bill Eaton Family Medicine Humanities Award and delighted the audience with his musical stylings.
Another new award, the Bill Eaton Family Medicine Humanities Award, went to the doctor it is named after. Dr. Eaton received a bound copy of his columns in MUNMED from 1991-2014. “I am honoured and somewhat surprise,” he said. “And certainly very flattered to receive this award.”

Dr. Etienne van der Linde accepted the Dr. Craig Loveys Award from Dr. Danielle O’Keefe.
The 2014 Dr. Craig Loveys Award to Dr. Etienne van der Linde, site chief of emergency medicine at the Dr. G.B. Cross Memorial Hospital in Clarenville. Originally from South Africa, Dr. van der Linde has worked in emergency medicine on three continents, including rural Africa, prior to his arrival in rural Newfoundland 14 years ago. He describes himself as “passionate about rural medicine.”
The Dr. Craig Loveys Award is presented annually by the Discipline of Family Medicine to a specialist in recognition of excellence in teaching family medicine resident. 
Dr. Patrick O’Shea received the 2014 Dr. Yong Kee Jeon Award, presented by Dr. Norah Duggan.
Dr. Patrick O’Shea, who has practiced family medicine in St. John’s for three decades, received the Dr. Yong Kee Jeon Award. This award is presented annually to a family physician for excellence in teaching family medicine residents.
Dr. O’Shea completed his residency training in family medicine at Memorial University in 1982. He recalled that he was Bill Eaton’s first resident 32 years ago at the Shea Heights Clinic. He is a clinical associate professor of family medicine and was named Family Physician of the Year in 2007. He has been a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association Board of Directors and prior to being elected president (June 2010-June 2012) he served as the board chair (2009-10) and honorary treasurer (2008-09).
Dr. Marshall Godwin was presented with an Award of Excellence by Dr. Charlene Fitzgerald. 
An Award of Excellence from the NL College of Family Physicians was presented during the Awards Dinner to Dr. Marshall Godwin, director of the Primary Healthcare Research Unit. These awards recognize CFPC members who have made an outstanding contribution in a specific area including patient care, community service, college activities, teaching, research or other elements of the academic discipline of family medicine. Dr. Godwin said that the research part of this job defines him and he appreciates being recognized by colleagues and peers.
The Gus Rowe Teaching Award went to Dr. Gabe Woollam, chief of staff in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and director of the Northern Family Medicine Education Program. Dr. Woollam was unable to attend the ceremony. The recipient of the award is chosen each year by family medicine residents to physician teachers in the program who are exemplary physicians, laudable teachers, and have an interest in sharing those aspects of their skills and ideals which are particularly pertinent to good family practitioners.

From left: Dr. Kathy Lawrence, president of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, Dr. Elizabeth Hillman and Dr. Francine LeMire, executive director and CEO of the CFPC.
Canadian pediatrician Dr. Elizabeth Hillman was named an Honorary Member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. This national award honours those who have made outstanding contributions to family medicine over their career. Along with her husband, Dr. Donald Hillman, Dr. Elizabeth Hillman received the Order of Canada in 1994 for her work in international child health and development. She arrived at Memorial University in 1976 after a nearly 20-year association with McGill where she advised the Kuwait Medical School on postgraduate training, and taught at the University of Nairobi. While at Memorial, she served as chair of the Medical Education Council of the Newfoundland Medical Association. For 13 years she served in Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine as professor of pediatrics and director of ambulatory education at the Janeway Child Health Centre. She was the first female president of the Medical Council of Canada. Together the Hillmans directed CIDA-funded programs in Kenya and Uganda, served as medical consultants in Kuwait, Zambia, Tanzania, Singapore, Laos, Malaysia, South Africa and Bhutan and completed Canadian Executive Services Organization (CESO) projects in Kenya, India, Guyana, the Philippines and Pakistan, as well as working as senior medical officers for UNICEF in Uganda.

This beautiful quilt was presented to Dr. Norah Duggan, left, for her “passion and hard work” with the NL Chapter of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. The presentation was made by Drs. Jackie Elliott, and Dr. Charlene Fitzgerald.
Medical student Joanne Delaney, right, received the 2014 NL CFPC Medical Student Oration Award. The essay, which she read aloud, was based on her Black Bag experience as a medical student.
Other awards recognized during the 2014 Family Medicine Education Forum include a Janus Research Grant to Dr. Stephen Darcy for the project A Community-Based Participatory Research Project Addressing Youth Mental Health and Addiction in a Small Urban Community: Research that Matters.
Dr. Carl W. Robbins and Dr. Robert J. Williams, both of St. John’s, were named Life Members 2014 Newfoundland and Labrador.
Dr. Kristian Green, a family medicine resident, received a Norlien Foundation Grant for Addiction Education. Dr. Raie Lene Kirby received a Leadership Award for Family Medicine Residents. Dr. Joshua O’Hagan received a Family Medicine Resident Award for Scholarly Achievement.
Sarah Small received a medical student scholarship. Dr. Nicole Stockley received a leadership award for medical student (Memorial University).