Welcome back after a wonderful summer! I hope you were able to enjoy the weather and time to relax with friends and family. As we begin another fall season, I have been reflecting on our family here at the Department of Family Medicine. We are an amazing group. Consider that we have almost 500 faculty members, 165 undergraduate medical students in each of four years, 140 residents every year plus our 19 PGY3 residents, graduate students, elective students and 25 essential staff members in the central office and our distributed sites. We are a big family!
It takes each one of us to reach our goals for the Department and our Annual Reports have shown great success. In fact, we have exceeded the goals we set in our last Strategic Plan, developed in 2014! It is time to consider where we have been and where we wish to go. I am proposing that we spend some time at our Departmental Assembly, scheduled for Saturday, October 20 at the Annual Retreat to determine our Strategic Direction for the Department. As an aspirational goal, my challenge to every one of us is: “what would it take for us to be the best department of family medicine in the country?”
As we consider our successes, I challenge us to consider what Family Medicine will look like in the next 20-30 years and ask ourselves, how can we prepare our learners for this future? In addition, it will be important for us to consider what kind of research helps us choose the right path for our future health care systems. I look forward to hearing your ideas and working with you to develop our strategic direction. Please join us at the retreat in Calabogie and bring your ideas!