News at Medicine - September 2008 - Awards ceremony honours physicians and researchers


Awards ceremony honours physicians and researchers
September 30, 2008
An awards ceremony was held during the 2008 Fall Medical Education Forum, held in Corner Brook Sept. 17-20. Dr. Ophel, Labrador Health Centre, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, was named the Family Physician of the Year.
 
The Fall Medical Education Forum combines the Discipline of Family Medicine’s Community Preceptors’ Meeting (sponsored by the Faculty of Medicine, MUN) with the Annual Scientific Assembly of the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Dr. Anthony Gabriel, Gander, was also honoured with a plaque from the College in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of the College of Family Physicians.

Dr. Rick Cooper, Pediatrics, received the Dr. Craig Loveys Teaching Award, given annually by the Discipline of Family Medicine to a specialist in recognition of excellence in teaching family medicine residents.

The Dr. Yong Kee Jeon Award, awarded annually to a family physician for excellence in teaching family medicine residents, went to Dr. Yordon Karaivanov, Labrador Health Centre in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

Two Awards of Excellence from the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of the College of Family Physicians of Canada went to Dr. Wendy Graham, Port aux Basques, and Dr. Jody Woolfrey, Botwood.

The 2008 Primary Care Researcher of the Year Award went the Community Health Assessment Team (CHAT) from Memorial University’s School of Nursing.

The award from the Faculty of Medicine’s Primary Healthcare Research Unit was presented to team member Dr. Sandra MacDonald at the annual meeting of the Atlantic Practice Based Research Network, held in conjunction with the annual scientific assembly of the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of the College of Family Physician of Canada.

The CHAT team has been working together for the past 15 years, conducting regional community assessments studies across the island and in Labrador. CHAT is a five-member team with experience in community health needs and resources assessment, epidemiology, program evaluation, cardiology, community and family health, adult health and mental health. In addition to Dr. MacDonald, the team members are Donna Best, Judith Blakeley, Lorna Bennett and Creina Twomey.

CHAT’s most recent project took place in western Newfoundland. The Community Health Needs and Resources Assessment looked at health benefits and practices, satisfaction with existing health and community services, and community issues and concerns.

Using a population health approach to guide their research, the team worked closely with the regional health and community authorities to involve communities in the strategic planning of future services and programs.

Over 2,000 household participated in the research, representing over 6,000 Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, and more than 60 key informant interviews and 30 focus groups were conducted. The findings from the studies have been used by senior management teams and the governing authorities to help them make decisions about the future strategic directions for services and to develop policies and programs aimed at improving the health status of specific populations within the regions.

The team has presented their findings at regional, provincial, national and international conferences and published excerpts from the studies in national journals. “It is interesting to note that here in the Western region, the study is currently being repeated and as we speak and the findings are being discussed by the senior management team of Western Health,” said Dr. MacDonald.

Images from the awards dinner.

Dr. Judy Ophel, right, Labrador Health Centre, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, was named the Family Physician of the Year. The award was presented by Dr. Pauline Duke. Dr. Rick Cooper, left, accepted the Dr. Craig Loveys Teaching Award from Dr. Bill Eaton. This award is given annually by the Discipline of Family Medicine to a specialist in recognition of excellence in teaching family medicine residents.
Dr. Yordon Karaivanov, Labrador Health Centre, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, received the Dr.Yong Kee Jeon Award, presented by Dr. Bill Eaton. This award is given annually to a family physician for excellence in teaching family medicine residents, went to Valley-Goose Bay. Dr. Anthony Gabriel, right, Gander, was honoured with a plaque from the College in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of the College of Family Physicians. It was presented by Dr. Robert Boulay, a physician from Miramichi, N.B
Dr. Wendy Graham, right, Port aux Basques, received an Award of Excellence from the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. It was presented by Dr. Mohamed Ravalia, Twillingate. Dr. Jody Woolfrey, Botwood, received an Award of Excellence from the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. It was presented by Dr. Lynette Powell, a physician in Glovertown.
   

Dr. Sandra MacDonald, right, accepted the 2008 Primary Care Researcher of the Year Award on behalf of the Community Health Assessment Team. The award was presented by Dr. Marshall Godwin, director of the Primary Healthcare Research Unit.