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L to R: Dr. Roger Butler (right) received the NL Family Physician of the Year Award, presented by Dr. Gary Tarrant.

Awards, appointments and installations: Dr. Roger Butler ; Dr. Cheri Bethune; Dr. Jared Butler; Dr. Steve Darcy; Dr. Steve Parsons; Dr. Sonny Collis; Dr. Proton Rahman; and, Dr. Vicki Crosbie.

Family Physician of the Year

Dr. Roger Butler was named the 2013 Family Physician of the Year by the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Family Physicians during its 25th annual Scientific Assembly awards dinner at Humber Valley Resort in October. Dr. Butler has practiced family medicine in the province since 1980. He was recognized for his outstanding contributions as a family doctor, teacher, and his dedication within the field of geriatrics and on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society. With a high level of expertise in geriatrics, Dr. Butler is often consulted for his professional input on dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, elder abuse, and seniors’ care. He has presented on these topics extensively within Canada and abroad, and is currently involved in a number of related research projects. Dr Butler served as a member of the CFPC’s Care of the Elderly Committee from 1999 to 2002 and again in 2009. In 2007, Dr Butler received the Award of Excellence from the NL CFPC. In 2009, he was awarded the Gus Rowe Teaching Award through the MUN Family Medicine Residency Teaching program. He is currently involved with the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association, Eastern Health and the provincial Department of Health in developing programs to help frail orphan seniors in the community, emergency departments and in hospital wards.

Primary Healthcare Researcher of the Year

Dr. Cheri Bethune is the 2013 Primary Healthcare Researcher of the Year. The award was presented on November 25 during the Primary Healthcare Partnership Forum (PrifFor), a joint conference of Memorial’s Primary Healthcare Research Unit, the Atlantic Practice Based Research Network, and the Centre for rural Health Studies. Dr. Bethune has practiced family medicine in Newfoundland for more than 30 years. She has been the medical director of the Shea Heights Community Health Centre since 1984 and has worked in many collaborative community projects. As a professor and director of faculty development for the Discipline of Family Medicine, Dr. Bethune has worked to develop resources for faculty to enhance teaching and scholarship in a highly distributed program of medical education. Academically, Dr. Bethune has focused on teaching, medical education research, and faculty development research and capacity building. She has received funding and published on numerous medical education projects. Her most recent work is on faculty development in the area of research and scholarly writing. In 2013, Dr. Bethune received an internal grant to develop and run a three-year program on capacity building in research for rural preceptors. Six for Six is an 18-month research skills program for rural and remote family doctors. Annually, six doctors from different rural and remote regions of Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Nunavut will be accepted to complete this certificate program, which supports rural family doctors in pursuing research relevant to their practices and their communities.

CFCP Award of Excellence

Dr. Jared Butler received the 2013 CFCP Award of Excellence from the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Family Physicians during this year’s 25th annual Scientific Assembly. The award recognizes physicians who in the past 12 to 24 months have made an outstanding contribution in either patient care, community service, hospital or health care institutions, College activities, teaching, research, or other elements of the academic discipline of family medicine. Dr. Butler is a family physician practicing in Grand Falls-Windsor, where he is chief of emergency at the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Care Centre. He is also president of the medical staff and chair of the Palliative Care Committee. Dr. Butler is also a clinical associate professor of family medicine at Memorial University and is chair of the NLMA Rural Physicians Advisory Committee. Dr. Butler has a special interest in allergy medicine and sports medicine. In his spare time he works with Hockey NL serving as their medical advisor and as medical director for Grand Falls-Windsor Minor Hockey and the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts.

Discipline of Family Medicine Awards

Three awards from the MUN Discipline of Family Medicine were presented during CFCP 25th annual Scientific Assembly in October. St. John’s family physician Dr. Steve Darcy received the 2013 Dr. Gus Rowe Award, which is presented to physicians who are exemplary doctors, laudable teachers, and have an interest in sharing those aspects of their skills and ideals. The 2013 Dr. Craig Loveys Awards was presented to Dr. Steve Parsons, who practices obstetrics and gynecology in Grand Falls-Windsor. The award recognizes specialists for excellence in teaching family medicine residents. The 2013 Dr. Yong Kee Jeon Award was presented to Dr. Sonny Colllis, a family physician in Torbay. This award is presented annually to a family physician for excellence in teaching family medicine residents.

Physician inducted as fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

In September, Dr. Proton Rahman was inducted as a fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, which is considered one of the highest honors for individuals in the Canadian health sciences community. Dr. Rahman is a rheumatologist in St. John’s and is the associate dean for clinical research in the MUN Faculty of medicine. He has been recognized as an international leader on the genetic basis of inflammatory arthritis, pioneering research that has led to the identification of numerous novel genes that contribute to the pathogenesis of psoriatic arthritis and anklyosing spondylitis. He has also contributed to the identification of more than half of all psoriatic arthritis genes reaching genome wide significance. Dr. Rahman also pioneered the development of the Newfoundland Genealogical Database, which provides clinicians and researchers with rapid access to detailed patient pedigree and genealogy linkage with health outcome and pedigree visualization. Dr. Jane Green, a professor of genetics at Memorial University was also inducted as a CAHS fellow.

Dr. Vicki Crosbie new Chair of the Kids Eat Smart Foundation

Dr. Vicki Crosbie has been appointed Chair of the Kids Eat Smart Foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Crosbie is a pediatrician at the Janeway Children's Health and Rehabilitation Centre in St. John’s. The Kids Eat Smart Foundation is a registered charity that works to ensure children throughout the province attend school well-nourished and ready to learn. Presently, the Foundation has 228 breakfast, snack and lunch programs in schools and community centres province wide. On an average school day, school staff and volunteers serve more than 20,000 children nutritious food. In March, Goss Gilroy Management Consultants completed an independent evaluation of the Kids Eat Smart program, which found that it has had a positive impact on students’ awareness of healthy eating and healthy choices; makes a contribution to childhood socialization; and, has improved school attendance.



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