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Dr. Jayna Holroyd-LeducAs we enter into summer, I want to take this opportunity to once again thank everyone for all they have contributed to the Department and to the provision of health care within the AHS Calgary zone over the past year.

I particularly want to thank the DOM Section Heads and DOM Site Leads for their effective leadership throughout the pandemic. The COVID pandemic has challenged us all in variable ways over the past 16 months. Hopefully over the coming months we will be able to begin to see the end of the pandemic. Please try to take some time over the summer to recover, recharge and reconnect with your family and friends.

The Department will be developing a new Strategic Plan this fall, to help guide us through the next five years. Please stay tuned for opportunities to provide input. The Department Deputy Heads are also planning an orientation for new members in the fall (targeted towards those recruited between July 2019 and September 2021) – more information will be communicated in the coming weeks.

Also please plan to join us in November for the annual DOM Awards night – we are hoping this will provide a much needed opportunity for all of us to come together for an in-person celebration. We will be sending out a request for DOM award nominations in the coming weeks. This year we have added two new DOM awards – an Early Career Award for Clinical Excellence and a Physician Wellness award.

– Dr. Jayna Holroyd-Leduc



Allison MirotchnikI want to express my appreciation to the physicians and staff of the DoM for the kind welcome I encountered as I joined the Department. Transitioning roles in the midst of the pandemic has been an adventure, and I still have lots to learn, but with certainty I can attest that I have been met with openness and warmth.

I hope that you are all able to find some time to relax with family and friends this summer as we move away from the peaks of the pandemic. I encourage you all to establish boundaries on your vacation time, and take it truly as time away with no work emails or interruptions. Wishing you all a safe and happy summer, I look forward to getting to know you all this coming year.

– Allison Mirotchnik



Site(s): Foothills Medical Centre
Scope: Clinical
Close Date: September 1, 2021

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Site(s): Peter Lougheed Centre
Section: General Internal Medicine
Scope: Clinical
Close Date: August 5, 2021

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Robbie OvendenWe are pleased to announce Robert Ovenden will returning to the Department of Medicine as the AMHSP Financial Coordinator, effective June 28, 2021.

Robbie’s previous position in the Department was with the Residency Program as the resident scheduler and stipend coordinator. Over the past year he has been working with Medical Affairs working with non-affiliate accounts, physician recruitment and the Zone Medical Administrative Committee. Robbie comes to us with a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University and a BA, Economics from the University of Calgary.

On a personal note, Robbie enjoys playing and watching sports. He is an avid mountaineer, skier, mountain biker and general outdoor activity enthusiast. Please join us in welcoming Robbie into his new role with the Department.



Chris JappertOn behalf of the Department of Medicine, we would like to advise that Christopher Jappert will be moving on from his position as Physician Services Coordinator for the Department of Medicine, effective June 25, 2021.

Please join us in thanking Chris for all he has contributed to the Department of Medicine for the past several years. Chris joined the Department nearly 4 years ago and since then has been instrumental in the operation of the Departmental finance team. Of particular note, over the past year Chris has gone above and beyond in taking on the COVID ARP while also absorbing additional duties from a vacant finance team position.

Chris will be joining the Clinical Neurosciences team as an Administration Manager. The Department wishes Chris all the best in this new and exciting endeavor. He will be greatly missed by everyone in the Department.



Dr. Karen FruetelEffective September 1, Dr. Karen Fruetel will be taking on the leadership position as Section/Division Head of Geriatric Medicine, as well as Medical Director, AHS Calgary zone Specialized Geriatric Services and Transition Services.

She will also be continuing in her role as Vice Chair of Education within the Department of Medicine. She is coming back from her sabbatical as a Certified Executive Coach and will be spending part of her time providing leadership coaching to members within the department.

Dr Fruetel completed her undergraduate medical training at the University of Western Ontario followed by specialty training in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the University of Calgary and University of Toronto. She holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Toronto. Prior to being recruited to Calgary in 2008, she held faculty positions at the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario and held multiple leadership positions in Education (Program Director for Geriatric Medicine – Toronto and Internal Medicine – Western) and Clinical Services (Deputy Head, Department of Medicine, Site Chief of Medicine).

She was recruited to Calgary as Section Head for Geriatrics and the Medical Director of Specialized Geriatric Services, a position she held until 2016. From 2008-2016 she also held leadership roles as the Medical Leader of Seniors, Palliative and Continuing Care and Acting Associate Zone Medical Director.

The Department welcomes Dr. Fruetel back from sabbatical and into these new leadership roles as of September 1.