A special opportunity to acknowledge Family Doctors

    CFPC kicks off the 4th Annual Family Doctor Week in Canada,
    October 8 to 13, 2007

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 4 /CNW/ - The College of Family Physicians of
Canada (CFPC) proudly announces the fourth annual Family Doctor Week in Canada
to acknowledge and celebrate the special role family doctors play as valued
providers of high quality, frontline medical care for the people of Canada.
    "In addition to celebrating the special relationship between family
physicians and their patients, Family Doctor Week in Canada presents an
opportunity for government, health care organizations and other professionals
to recognize the contributions made by family doctors across the country,"
said CFPC President, Dr. Tom Bailey. "Casting a light on the essential role of
family physicians heightens the awareness and appreciation for the outstanding
care they provide for their patients and communities."
    "Canada has developed one of the highest quality health care systems in
the world," adds Dr. Calvin Gutkin, Executive Director and CEO of the CFPC.
"Family doctors have been central to this success, their role clearly defined
in our history as the providers and coordinators of medical care for the vast
majority of our population. At a point in our country's history when Canadians
have identified a dramatic need for more family doctors, we hope that the
celebration of Family Doctor Week in Canada will remind practicing family
physicians of how highly they are valued and encourage increasing numbers of
medical students to consider the rewards of a career in Family Medicine."

    Family Doctor Week in Canada will be celebrated through the following
special activities.

    Canada's Family Physicians of the Year Announcements - Wednesday,
    October 10, 2007:

    The CFPC will present the Reg L. Perkin Awards to ten outstanding family
doctors - one from each province - for providing exceptional care to their
patients, making meaningful contributions to the health and well-being of
their communities, and dedicating themselves as researchers and educators of
future generations of family doctors.
    On Monday, October 1, 2007 the CFPC will issue a related news release and
backgrounder under embargo until October 9.

    Family Medicine Forum 2007 (FMF) - October 11 to 13, 2007:
    The CFPC's 50th Annual Scientific Assembly!

    Approximately 1,500 family doctors from across Canada will meet at the
Winnipeg Convention Centre. In addition to a full program focused on medical
and scientific advances relevant to family physicians and their patients,
issues for discussion by FMF participants include: family physician shortages,
attracting more medical students to family medicine, wait time priorities,
family physicians with special interest practices, changing scopes of practice
and roles of other health professionals (nurses, pharmacists). A detailed
program of concurrent session presentations is available at www.cfpc.ca with
hard copies available on site. Media representatives are welcome to attend all
open sessions.

    4th Annual Family Doctor Week in Canada ...

    Thursday, October 11, 2007:

    8:30 am: Ms. Gail Asper, President of The CanWest Global Foundation,
    Corporate Secretary of CanWest Communications Corp and Managing Director
    of the Asper Foundation will receive the 2007 Scotiabank - CFPC Family
    Medicine Lectureship Award and present a keynote: "Human Rights and
    Health Care."

    10:30 am: CFPC National News Conference to release new Decima public poll
    results and related CFPC directions for Improving Access to Primary Care
    (Media Centre, VIP Salon)

    Friday, October 12, 2007:

    8:30 - 10:00 am: Keynote Addresses
    'State of the College Address' presented by Dr. Tom Bailey, CFPC
        -  an overview of the major challenges facing Canadian family doctors
           and the College

    'Caring for Canada's Children' presented by Dr Louise Nasmith, CFPC Past
    President, and co-chair of the national collaborative Child Health

    'Canada's Children Caring for Canadians' by Hannah Taylor, an 11 year old
    girl who has become nationally and internationally recognized for having
    established 'The Ladybug Foundation' to support the homeless and hungry

    Saturday, October 13, 2007:

    7:00 - 8:00am: Walk for the Docs of Tomorrow
    FMF attendees will meet for the annual fitness and fun walk, coordinated
    by the Research and Education Foundation (REF). Proceeds support The
    CFPC's Medical Student Scholarship Program. To register and/or pledge,
    please visit www.cfpc.ca

    8:30 - 10:00 am: Keynote Addresses
    'Implications of the Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke
    Care 2006 for Family Physicians' presented by Dr. Alan Bell
        -  The recommendations most relevant to family medicine and how
           implementation will significantly impact stroke patient outcomes

    'The Therapeutic Value of Humour: Is Laughter Really the Best Medicine?'
    presented by Dr. Bill Eaton
        -  A look at the how laughter between family doctors and patients
           might sometimes be the best medicine

    9:30-10:00 am: The CFPC Medical Student Scholarships
    With the generous support of Scotiabank and CFPC members to the CFPC's
    Research and Education Foundation, $10,000 scholarships are presented to
    sixteen outstanding medical students considering a career in Family
    Medicine - one from each of Canada's medical schools.

    4th Annual Family Doctor Week in Canada ...

    10:30-11:30 am: Official Launch of the CFPC's History and Narrative
    Stories in Family Medicine (Back by popular demand!)
    Dr. Rob Wedel and other family physicians will share stories that bring
    to life the experiences of family doctors from across the country and
    define the history of family practice in Canada.

    7:00-9:00 pm: Annual CFPC Convocation and President's Installation
    The CFPC will award Certification (CCFP) to over 1,000 Canadian family
    doctors of the 'Class of 2007' who successfully completed their
    Certification exams in the specialty of Family Medicine, and will honour
    family physician members of the College who have attained their
    Fellowships as well as those receiving the College's most prestigious
    annual awards.

    The CFPC President for 2007-2008, Dr. Ruth Wilson of Kingston, Ontario
    will be installed and will deliver her inaugural address.

    'Best of Manitoba'- Oct 11-13th (see FMF program for details at
    The CFPC is proud to present a series of educational sessions throughout
    FMF delivered exclusively by family physicians trained in Manitoba.
    Sessions include a wide range of topics, family medicine research and
    other highlights of the exceptional work being done in 'Friendly

    In addition to these activities taking place at the Family Medicine Forum
in Winnipeg, Family Doctor Week in Canada will be celebrated in communities
across the country. For more information on activities and timelines, please
visit www.cfpc.ca.

    The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is the voice of family
medicine in Canada. Representing over 18,500 members across the country, it is
the professional organization responsible for establishing standards for the
training, certification, and lifelong education of family physicians and for
advocating on behalf of family medicine, family physicians and their patients.
The CFPC accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada's 17
medical schools.

    (disponible en français)

For further information:

For further information: Jayne Johnston, Communications Manager, The
College of Family Physicians of Canada, 1-800-387-6197 ext.303,
jjohnston@cfpc.ca, www.cfpc.ca

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