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  September 2021  

Did you know that?


A recent survey of family physicians by the CFPC found that 87% of respondents were highly concerned about their patients emotional or mental stress and 54 % were highly concerned about reduced in person interactions with patients. All of this comes despite reports of high levels of burnout among family physicians as the pandemic rages on.




More on COVID-19: It is no wonder that family physicians are stressed. The highly infectious Delta variant is driving a fourth wave as we get closer to the season when there is traditionally a rise in respiratory infections anyway. Children are back to school. There are expectations that family physicians get back to seeing more patients in person to keep them out of the ERs, to catch up on preventive care, monitoring chronic diseases and supporting our patients with mental health concerns.

The London Middlesex Primary Care Alliance recently held a Town Hall, and I was pleased to see so many committed and engaged family physicians discussing strategies and ideas about how to ramp up in- person care safely and effectively in family doctors’ clinics and offices. With the upcoming winter season and the expected increase in respiratory infections there is a need for us to assess symptomatic patients safely in our clinics, including completing COVID tests to reduce the pressure on ERs. It is through coming together with colleagues, and sharing education and best practices, that we will help each other and our patients to weather this fourth wave and gradually move back towards normal operations.

COVID Vaccination: The hospitals, the university and colleges and many businesses are implementing mandatory COVID vaccine policies which are helping to drive up vaccination rates towards levels that will protect our communities broadly. Evidence is clear showing that fully vaccinated individuals are protected against severe disease from COVID, hospitalization and death. The vaccines are highly effective. The majority by far of the people with COVID admitted to hospital and ICU are unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated.

Family physicians with hospital privileges are required to report their vaccinations to Medical Affairs and Occupational Health. For LHSC appointments use the following: OHSS_Appointments_VH@lhsc.on.ca  or OHSS_Appointments_UH@lhsc.on.ca and for SJHC appointments sjhcvaccination@sjhc.london.on.ca.


Also send to Medical Affairs who are now keeping a database of professional staff vaccinations Medical.Affairs@lhsc.on.ca 


If you have not reported your vaccinations or have a medical exemption or human rights exemption from having the vaccine then you must complete antigen testing and report your results 3 x week. Please note that for professional staff there is a deadline of October 1, 2021 for you to apply for a human rights or medical exemption, if you believe you qualify.

Those FPs who are faculty members in our department are also required to report vaccinations to Western if you plan to be on campus for any reason. COVID-19 Vaccination Policy If you don’t report your vaccinations or have a medical or human rights exemption then you must complete antigen testing 2x week starting before you are on campus and during the time that you will be accessing the campus.




October 6, 2021


Family Medicine Connections

7:45 – 8:30 a.m. via Zoom – Newborn Early Discharge Program
Katie Fisher, Chief of Midwifery


October 6, 2021


Family Medicine Grand Rounds

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. via Zoom – MAiD Update
Dr. George Kim of the BFMC with co-presenters Sue Miller and Julie Campbell, MAiD navigators.


October 7, 2021


Geriatric Interdisciplinary Grand Rounds

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. via WebEx – Preventing the Fracture Cascade: Interdisciplinary Management of Vertebral Fractures.

Dr. Jenny Thain


October 13, 2021


Palliative Care Grand Rounds

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. via Zoom – Cultural Sensitivity and Awareness in the Palliative Care Sector

Riham Attia, MSW, RSW, PhD Candidate, ABD


Future Events


Visit the Department of Family Medicine website for all upcoming events.