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MESSAGE FROM THE DEPARTMENT HEAD
It is with mixed emotions that we enter into the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately the COVID case numbers are rising again within Alberta, particularly in the Southern part of the province. We are also facing the uncertainty that new COVID-19 variants bring. However, the province is making great progress with its vaccination roll out, having already vaccinated many of those at highest risk.
As a department we should be proud of how we have all managed over the past year. We have continued to provide excellent patient care despite the many barriers created by the pandemic. Many members have also realized academic and personal success in the form of accomplishments in teaching, education, research and personal growth. As well, members have supported each other throughout the challenging times the pandemic has created for many. I am particularly proud of the leaders within our department who have gone over and above to help guide and support their colleagues, well also focusing on advancing health and wellness in an inclusive manner.
I want to welcome our new Department Manager, Allison Mirotchnik, to the Department of Medicine. Allison brings the knowledge and skills needed to help lead and support the department as we continue to realize our mission to be widely recognized for advancing health and wellness, attracting the best doctors in an inclusive manner that promotes diversity, leading innovation, creating technologies, and disseminating knowledge. I look forward to working collaboratively with her over the coming years. I also want to acknowledge the departmental administrative team, who work tirelessly behind the scenes to support our physician members.
Please remember to take care of yourselves and to keep looking out for your colleagues. Hopefully both winter and the pandemic will soon be behind us.
– Dr. Jayna Holroyd-Leduc
On 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.
Effective 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.
CELEBRATING RESILIENCE THROUGH RECONCILIATION FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE
Dear Department of Medicine members,
Alberta Health Services is hosting a series of sessions and celebrations throughout the month of June in recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day. The details of the care interactions that occurred in Joyce Echaquan’s death shared during the recent legal proceedings and the discovery of the burial site of 215 children at the Kamloops Indian Reservation School site make your participation in these events more important than ever.
Racism in healthcare and the atrocities that occurred at residential schools in Canada have been known about and discussed for years, and steps forward listed in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s 2015 Calls to Action. Your support of these AHS activities is an important step forward in gaining knowledge and understanding, and we hope inspire your actions going forward.
Please refer to 2021 National Indigenous Peoples Celebrations web page for a list of what is happening for the month of June.
Vice-Chair, Indigenous Health, Department of Medicine, University of Calgary
Canada Research Chair, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Autoimmune Diseases
Associate Professor, Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences
Professor and Head, Department of Medicine Clinical Department Head, AHS Calgary Zone
Brenda Strafford Foundation Chair in Geriatric Medicine
NEW RECRUITMENT & PRIVILEGING ASSISTANT
We are pleased to announce that Heather Wray has joined the Department of Medicine as the Administrative Support IV (Recruitment and Privileging Assistant), effective May 25, 2021.
Heather comes to us from Kelowna, BC, where she has been working for Interior Health as Credentialing and Privileging Assistant within Medical Affairs for the past five and a half years. Heather graduated in 2015 from the Administrative Assistant program at Okanagan College.
In her spare time Heather enjoys baking and keeping active including hiking, going to the gym and Kickboxing and has recently joined a multisport team with Calgary Sport and Social Club.
Please welcome Heather Wray into her new role in the Department of Medicine.
NEW PROJECT COORDINATOR
We are pleased to announce that Pip Hazell will be joining the Department of Medicine as the new Project Coordinator, effective May 10, 2021.
Pip comes to us from the Tourism Industry where she has been the Marketing Manager for the past three years. Prior to that she was a Digital Communications Specialist also within the tourism industry. As of last year, she further expanded her skill set by taking Medical Terminology courses towards bridging the gap to work for AHS.
She has over 5 years of experience in digital communications, marketing and graphic design including managing large design projects, content development, information organization, managing content contributors across North America, event planning and design for print and the web.
On a personal note, before COVID she would be singing around the city in one of her singing groups at events, holiday markets and even the airport. One of her singing groups hosted a YYC Holiday Singalong live stream in an attempt to lift holiday spirits during the pandemic. Please welcome Pip Hazell into her new role in the Department of Medicine.
NEW IMRP PROGRAM DIRECTOR
The Department of Medicine is pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Gibson will be taking on the role of Internal Medicine Residency Program Director as of June 1, 2021.
Dr. Gibson has been a member within the Department for nearly 20 years, and brings extensive leadership expertise to this position. He has previously served in the role of Co-Director and Associate Program Director within the Internal Medicine Residency Program, as well as being previous Head of the Obstetric Medicine group within the Section/Division of General Internal Medicine and the Site Lead for GIM at the Foothills Medical Centre.
The Department would also like to thank Dr. Rahim Kachra and Dr. Stacey Hall for taking on the role of Interim co-Program Directors over the past few months. Dr. Hall will be returning to her role as Associate Program Director starting May 1, 2021. Dr. Kachra will spend the month of May working with Dr. Gibson on transitioning the Program Director role, before moving on to his leadership role in reforming the UofC Undergraduate Medical Education curriculum.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Paul Gibson to his new leadership role.