Advocating for medical training and patient care in a Francophone environment

Posted on Friday, November 16, 2018

Content from the Ontario College of Family Physicians

Dr. Lyne Pitre

A well-regarded leader in Francophone medical education, Dr. Lyne Pitre has had a significant impact on the Ontario health system. Dr. Pitre was one of the first preceptors of the University of Ottawa’s Family Medicine residency program at the Hôpital Montfort site, the only Francophone program of its kind in Ontario, and was the program director for 22 years. Under her leadership, many Francophone residents across Ontario now have better access to training in their preferred language, which then allows them to offer health care in French. As a teacher and mentor, Dr. Pitre has trained more than 200 francophone family physicians. She has also helped many physicians across Canada by offering them professional development courses in French within their communities.

A devoted family physician, Dr. Pitre has continued to practise medicine, including office-based care, inpatient care and obstetrics, in parallel with her teaching activities. In 2011, she opened the first Family Health Team (FHT) clinic in Ontario to offer services in French, allowing Francophone patients in the Ottawa region who did not have a family doctor to access an academic FHT in their language. Dr. Pitre is also an active member of les Affaires Francophones at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine.

“Dr. Pitre’s tenacity and leadership certainly contributed to the exponential growth of not only the Family Medicine Program at the Hôpital Montfort, but also to the hospital’s global academic vocation,” said Dr. Marjorie Pomerleau and Dr. Luis Rivero-Lopez, family medicine residency program co-directors, Montfort. “Thanks to her vision and experience, she contributed to the nomination of Hôpital Montfort as a University Hospital - a title that means so much to all who work there; serving the francophone community in Ottawa and training competent well-rounded physicians.”

Dr. Pitre is the recipient of the 2018 Regional Family Physician of the Year and the 2018 CFPC Scholarly Work in Family Medicine Education Grant.

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