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Two Mount Sinai Docs Receive Family Physician of the Year Award

By Ava Tsinman

August 1, 2007 -- The Ontario College of Family Physicians has named two Mount Sinai doctors Family Physician of the Year for 2007. This year’s co-recipients are Dr. David Tannenbaum, Family Physician-in-Chief in the Ray D. Wolfe Department of Family Medicine and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, and Dr. Jamie Meuser, Palliative Care Physician at the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care and Director of Professional Development in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.
 

Tennenbaum and Meuser
Dr. David Tannenbaum (left) and Dr. Jamie Meuser

 

This is the second year in a row that this prestigious award was presented to a Mount Sinai Physician. Last year’s recipient was Dr. Anne Biringer, Director of the Family Medicine Maternity Care program and Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. These three top doctors were all winners for the Metropolitan Toronto Region.

“Being recognized along with Dr. Meuser is very meaningful,” says Dr. Tannenbaum. “As clinicians who are also involved in teaching and academics, to be honoured in this way is a tribute to the professions we’ve chosen.”

This prestigious award recognizes outstanding dedication of family physicians to their patients, their community and their profession. The award was given to seven family physicians in Ontario this year.

“It’s a great honour to win this award, especially because it is peer-nominated,” says Dr. Biringer. “I’ve been working in family medicine at Mount Sinai since 1985 and am lucky to work with such great great colleagues in a positive and caring environment. I really feel that family medicine is valued here at Mount Sinai.”

The Ray D. Wolfe Department of Family Medicine is comprised of three divisions; The Granovsky Gluskin Family Medicine Centre which includes ten family physicians and 27 residents who tend to nearly 30,000 patients every year; the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care; and the Schwartz/Reisman Emergency Centre. Each Division focuses on patient care, education and research.

The Hospital’s dedication to teaching excellence is exemplified in the Family Medicine Centre through a model that enables residents to get hands-on experience under the supervision of family physicians. Residents learn very effectively how to become family physicians by rotating through placements in various hospital departments, while returning to the clinic for three half days each week to work with their own family medicine patients.

“Our program allows residents to develop deep relationships with patients,” says Tannenbaum. “We teach them what it’s actually like providing continuous care as a family doctor.”