The DFM funded two residents to attend the 57th Annual Scientific Assembly (ASA) put on by the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) this past fall. Here are Dr. Ronnie Daoud and Dr. Brianne Patterson's thoughts on this experience.
By: Dr. Ronnie Daoud, PGY2 Montfort
The ASA conference was a very educational experience where I got to learn about various subjects including infertility, asthma, back pain, vaping, wound care, sex therapy, physician burnout and much more. The highlight of the conference was an eye opening and inspiring talk on the health effects of climate change. It was also a great opportunity to meet other residents as well as practicing physicians. This was my first time going to the conference and I look forward to going back next year. Thank you DFM for funding this experience!
By: Dr. Brianne Patterson, PGY1
I was fortunate to attend the Ontario College of Family Physicians 57th Annual Scientific Assembly November 28-30th in Toronto. This conference, designed by family physicians for family physicians, has a unique focus on practicing in Ontario. Keynote speakers addressed the importance of the patient centered clinical method and compassionate leadership. Small group talks provided evidence-based updates on commonly encountered family medicine issues such as antenatal care, pediatric concerns, chronic pain and musculoskeletal complaints, providing new insights and suggestions on how to improve care. The size and structure of the conference encouraged networking opportunities, allowing for connections among new and old colleagues. I am returning to Ottawa equipped with new knowledge, ideas and motivation to enrich the way I practice moving forward.