2017 Recipients

Manitoba’s Family Physician of the Year

Dr. Bruce Martin – Manitoba Family Physician of the YearThe Manitoba College of Family Physicians is pleased to announce that Dr. Bruce Martin is the recipient of the Manitoba Family Physician of the Year Award for 2017. The Family Physician of the Year award is presented to an outstanding Family Physician who embodies the principles of family medicine.

Dr. Martin is a graduate of Queens University Medical School and University of Manitoba. For over 20 years he provided medical services with the J.A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit as well as serving as its head for several years. He transitioned to become part of the Palliative Care team in Winnipeg, in 2011.
He has also been very active in medical education, serving as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine from 2007-2010 and Director of Admission from 2014 to the present. He became postgraduate Director for the Department of Family Medicine in 2014.
Dr. Martin is a tireless mentor for students and colleagues. A letter of support to his nomination stated “he takes time to support and encourage us to contribute to the medical school, medical practice and to communities in northern Manitoba and Nunavut. His expectations are very high, but his gift is helping us learn how to reach that bar”
He is described as a visionary with respect to advancing health care, utilizing interprofessional care and developing innovative responses to health issues in the north. He has provided patient centred care in challenging settings over his career and has been an advocate for health equity and care of vulnerable populations.

Gary Beazley Patients Medical Home Award

The Manitoba College of Family Physicians is pleased to announce NorWest Co-op Community Health is the recipient of the Gary Beazley Patients Medical Home Award for 2017.

NorWest Co-op Community Health - Gary Beazley Patients Medical Home Award

NorWest Co-op Community Health was established in 1972 in response to the needs of the surrounding community to  provide comprehensive health care services to the population of the Inkster area of Winnipeg.  After partnering with the WRHA, in 2013, it became Access Norwest.  Since the opening of the new facility in 2013,  over 4000 new clients have been accepted into its medical home.

The team includes physicians, nurse practitioners, dieticians, social workers,  primary care nurses, a clinical pharmacist, shared care counselling, mobility specialist, occupational and physio therapists.  The clinic offers extended hours as well as outreach programs such as teen clinics, mobile diabetes and kidney disease screening, as well as a satellite clinic offering services in the Brooklands and Weston area.

The clinic provides advanced access and a rapid access clinic.  teen clinics are offered out of 4 locations in the community on a walk=in basis.  they also offer a hans kai program which is a participant led group in which individuals meet to support each other and monitor their own health indicators. GROUP EDUCATION ON CHRONIC DISEASE MANAGEMENT, ANGER MANAGEMENT, AND OTHER HEALTH ISSUES is OFFERED.

In addition to offering comprehensive health services for its community, access norwest is a teaching site for  a variety of health professional learners.  quality improvement initiatives are onboing for a number of its programs and the clinic is actively involved in qI activities in the region and through ongoing accreditation.

Awards of Excellence

The Manitoba College of Family Physicians is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Awards of Excellence, Dr. Cynthia Sawatzky and Dr. Brian Sharkey. The Awards of Excellence are presented to family physicians who have made outstanding contributions to the discipline of Family Medicine.

Dr. Cynthia Sawatzky – Award of Excellence
Dr. Cynthia Sawatzky
Dr. Sawatzky  is a clinician at Access Downtown where she has served as medical director.  She offers comprehensive care to patients including maternity and intrapartum care. She has provided medical care to refugees in Winnipeg  She is very involved in medical care to the growing refugee community in Winnipeg,  and her  work at Bridge Care Clinic has ensured that the complex health and social problems of refugee families are being met even when they have yet to obtain  health care coverage. She represents both the versatility of family doctors providing complex integrated care and altruism for fellow human being who have been displaced by wars, geopolitical turmoil and famine.



Dr. Brian Sharkey – Award of Excellence
Dr. Brian Sharkey
Dr. Sharkey has been a full service family physician in south Winnipeg for the past 40 years. During that time he has worked in his solo clinic and been on staff at Victoria General Hospital.  He has been an outspoken advocate for the role of the family doctor at Victoria General Hospital and continues to care for patients in the hospital setting as well as assist in surgery, make house calls to elderly housebound patients, and take evening and weekend call.  Until obstetrical services in Winnipeg were centralized, he also had a very active maternity practice.

He  tirelessly promotes the discipline of Family Medicine to students.  He is described as an exceptional advocate for his patients and a trusted colleague who has taken leadership roles within family medicine and whose insight and guidance has been invaluable to more junior physicians.

A testament to his passion as a physician can be seen in his children–5 of them are physicians themselves. They could not have had a better example.

International Medical Graduate Mentor Award

This award is to be presented to a person / group / community who has supported or advocated for a family physician who is an International Medical Graduate as they integrate into life in Manitoba either professionally or personally.
Dr . Mary Jane Jamieson - International Medical Graduate Mentor Award

Dr . Mary Jane Jamieson
Dr. Jamieson is a preceptor at Family Medical Centre in Winnipeg. She is being recognized for her role in assisting in the acclimation of a foreign trained physician into the Manitoba medical system. The nominator stated, “Working with Dr. Jamieson has developed my interest in becoming an educator in the future and helping teach and provide guidance to family medicine residents (specifically international medical graduates like myself). I’d like to help others in the same manner that she helped me. Her guidance has been influential in shaping my skills, knowledge and abilities as a family medicine resident.”

Claude H. Murphy Continuing Medical Education Award

This award is given to a member of the Manitoba College of Family Physicians who wishes to develop or improve his/her skills as a teacher and preceptor of medical trainees at either the undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Dr. Rafiq Andani

Dr. Rafiq Andani
2017 Claude H. Murphy Award Recipient. Dr. Andani will be attending FMF 2017 to partake in teaching events and provide a report back to the MCFP board in December.

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