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Medical Students and Faculty Recognized for Commitment to Improving Clinical Practice Through Digital Health Solutions

April 16, 2013 (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 learning  and clinical use of digital tools.  

This is the second year of the e-Health Faculty Award and Canadian Healthcare Education Commons - La Collaboration pour l’éducation en santé au Canada (CHEC-CESC) Virtual Patient Challenge. The competition is part of the AFMC-Infoway Physicians in Training e-Health Curriculum and e-Learning initiative.

“The number of leaders that were nominated this year, from the learner and educator communities, grew significantly from last year – evidence that initiatives such as this matter and have the potential to have a transformative effect ,” said Irving Gold, Vice President of Government Relations and External Affairs at AFMC. “We must not underestimate the magnitude of the change required in medical education for graduating physicians to be truly adept at functioning optimally in an e-health enabled environment.”

Dr. Candace Gibson from Western University, is the recipient of the 2013 AFMC-Infoway e-Health Faculty Award  to be presented during the AFMC Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony at the upcoming Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME), in Quebec City on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel. The award recognizes exceptional leadership and commitment to digital health and informatics in medical education in Canada.

First prize in the CHEC-CESC Virtual Patient Challenge is awarded to a team of students, Drs. Calvin Ke, Terence Yung, and David Harris, from the University of British Columbia. Caitlin Cahill from McGill University received  second place honours and Ayesha Malik from the University of Toronto is the third place winner. The focus of the challenge was on virtual patient learning tools that incorporate the use of electronic health records (EHRs) and other aspects of digital health to improve patient care.

The winning virtual patient cases will be featured at CCME 2013 at the AFMC Booth and during the e-Learning Networking Social on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel. The CHEC-CESC national online repository and collection of virtual patients will also be featured at the Social. All Conference delegates are welcome to attend.

“Information and communications technologies are valuable tools in helping physicians and other members of the team improve patient care”, said Richard Alvarez, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway. “Integrating their effective use into the medical education and encouraging students to think of innovative ways to use technology is a great way to help ensure our next generation of physicians understand the clinical value of digital health right from the start of their careers.”

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 of Canada (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 2,650 MDs a year; have over 11,100 undergraduate medical students enrolled and over 14,500 postgraduate trainees; and employ over 39,980 full and part-time faculty members. Canada’s faculties of medicine received over $2.763 billion in biomedical and health research in 2010-11.

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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 Communications
Canada Health Infoway
Tel: (416) 595-3167
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