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Association of Faculties of Medicine and Canada Health Infoway recognize leadership in faculties of medicine

March 8, 2012 (Ottawa, ON) - The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) and Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) are pleased to announce the results of two competitions aimed at improving clinical practice and patient care by supporting medical school faculty, students and residents in their adoption and clinical use of information and communication technologies.

"We are very pleased to recognize these leaders, from the learner and educator communities," said Irving Gold, Vice President of Government Relations and External Affairs at AFMC. "Increased clinical adoption of Information and Communications Technology including EMRs is important in Canada and there is no better place to build capacity than in our faculties of medicine."

Dr. Kendall Ho, from the University of British Columbia, will be the recipient of the inaugural AFMC-Infoway e-Health Award 2012 to be presented during the AFMC Awards Luncheon at the upcoming Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME) on Tuesday, April 17th. The award recognizes exceptional leadership and commitment to e-health and informatics in medical education in Canada.

Adil Shamji, Carly Glasner, and Martin Betts ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rdrespectively in the Canadian Healthcare Education Commons/La Collaboration pour l'éducation en santé au Canada Virtual Patient Challenge. The focus of the challenge was for students to use virtual patient scenarios to design e-learning resources. Using simulated electronic health records (EHRs) and other e-health components, the students presented compelling cases to improve the care and treatment of patients. Each scenario represents a creative and valuable new learning objective which will be displayed during the 2012 CCME and included in the CHEC-CESC national online repository.

"The AFMC-Infoway Physicians in Training initiative is all about preparing physicians of the future to work in technology-enabled environments upon entering practice," said Richard Alvarez, President and CEO of Infoway. "It makes perfect sense to accomplish that by incorporating health informatics into the curricula and being innovative in illustrating the clinical value EHRs provide."

The AFMC Awards Luncheon will take place on April 17 in Banff, Alberta.

About Canada Health Infoway

Canada Health Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the federal government. Infoway jointly invests with every province and territory to accelerate the development and adoption of information and communications technology projects in Canada. Fully respecting patient confidentiality, these secure systems will provide clinicians and patients with the information they need to better support safe care decisions and manage their own health. Accessing this vital information quickly will help foster a more modern and sustainable health care system for all Canadians.

About the Association of Faculties of Medicine (AFMC)

Founded in 1943, AFMC represents Canada's 17 faculties of medicine and is the voice of academic medicine in this country. We act to support medical education, health research, and clinical care in our faculties of medicine. Canada's faculties of medicine graduate over 2400 MDs a year; have over 10,500 undergraduate medical students enrolled and over 13,200 postgraduate trainees; and employ over 34,670 full and part-time faculty members. Canada's faculties of medicine received over $2.699 billion in biomedical and health research in 2009-10.

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For more information:

Irving Gold
Vice President, Government Relations and External Affairs
The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC)
Tel: 613-730-0687 ext. 236
Cell: 613-983-9436
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Karen Schmidt
Director, Corporate/Internal Communications
Canada Health Infoway
416.595.3167
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