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MESSAGE FROM THE DEPARTMENT HEAD
As 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
MESSAGE FROM THE DEPARTMENT MANAGER
I 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
MEDICAL GRAND ROUNDS
“Physician Wellness and the COVID-19 Pandemic”
Dr. Jane Lemaire, Alicia Polachek, and Dr. Shannon Ruzycki
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
8:00 am – 9:00 am
All health providers & learners welcome, but registration is required.
DEPARTURE, SENIOR FINANCE CONSULTANT
It is with mixed feelings the Department of Medicine announces the departure of Craig Day, his last day will be September 10, 2021.
Craig Day has been with the DOM since December 2016, and has seen the team through many changes and fiscal challenges with a steadfast and ethical approach that is noted not only within the Department but has earned him a stellar reputation with stakeholders across both AHS and the University. We congratulate Craig on his wonderful new opportunity with the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, but we will certainly miss his warm presence, and his ability to find a sports analogy for any fiscal or contract challenge!
With the departure of Craig our finance team is very short staffed at the moment, in what is a very busy time of the year. We are actively recruiting into both roles and hope to be fully staffed again soon. In the interim we have some support from Medical Affairs. Helen Huang (email@example.com) is supporting AMHSP and DOM finances. Darcy Andres (firstname.lastname@example.org) is supporting the COVID ARP (contracts and invoices/payments). Please reach out to them directly as needed, or Allison Mirotchnik if they are unable to assist (email@example.com).We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this period of transition, please join us in congratulating Craig on his new adventure!
DEPARTURE, AMHSP FINANCIAL COORDINATOR
It is with mixed feelings the Department of Medicine announces the departure of Robbie Ovenden, his last day will be September 10, 2021.
Robbie Ovenden has only been with the DOM in his current tenure as a coordinator with the finance team since the end of June, but we sincerely appreciate his efforts to see us through a very busy summer. Many of you will also remember Robbie from his previous roles with Medical Affairs and with the DOM as the MTU scheduler. We wish Robbie the best of luck as his career journey takes him away from AHS and to a new opportunity in industry.
With the departure of Robbie our finance team is very short staffed at the moment, in what is a very busy time of the year. We are actively recruiting into both roles and hope to be fully staffed again soon. In the interim we have some support from Medical Affairs. Helen Huang (firstname.lastname@example.org) is supporting AMHSP and DOM finances. Darcy Andres (email@example.com) is supporting the COVID ARP (contracts and invoices/payments). Please reach out to them directly as needed, or Allison Mirotchnik if they are unable to assist (firstname.lastname@example.org).We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this period of transition, please join us in congratulating Robbie on his new adventure!
Scope: Academic, Clinical
Close Date: September 27, 2021
Scope: Academic, Clinical
Close Date: September 27, 2021
NEW PHYSICIAN SERVICES COORDINATOR
We are pleased to announce that Aleida Broenink will be joining the Department of Medicine finance team as the Physician Services Coordinator as of August 30, 2021.
Aleida comes to the team with significant project coordination experience and a strong background in contract procurement from her recent experience with Graham Construction. Before working with Graham, Aleida studied commerce at the University of Calgary when she focused on international business strategy with a minor focus in contract law. Please welcome Aleida to the Department of Medicine Team
NEW PHYSICIAN RECRUITMENT AND PRIVILEGING COORDINATOR
We are pleased to announce that Heather Wray who joined the Department in May, has been promoted to the role of Coordinator, Physician Recruitment and Privileging effective August 30th. In her short time with the Department she has already proven to be an excellent addition to our team. We hope to recruit into the administrative assistant position that Heather previously held.
Heather came to us from Kelowna, BC, where she had 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. Please welcome Heather Wray into her new role in the Department of Medicine.
NEW SECTION CHIEF AND MEDICAL DIRECTOR
The Department of Medicine is pleased to announce that Dr. Jennifer MacRae will be taking on the role of Nephrology Section Head and Medical Director of Alberta Kidney Care South as of Sept. 1, 2021.
Dr. Jennifer MacRae MSC MD FRCPC, is a Professor within the Department of Medicine and the Department of Cardiac Sciences at the University of Calgary, and a member of the Libin Institute. Dr. MacRae is a McGill University alumni and has a Master’s of Science in Cardiovascular Physiology from the University of Calgary. She is currently the Kidney Health Section Lead for the Medicine Strategic Clinical Network, and has leveraged her previous leadership roles within Alberta Kidney Care South to develop innovative clinical programs focused on improving the quality of life for people on dialysis.
Dr. MacRae’s clinical and research interests include improving the experience during the transition to dialysis, supporting people in their choice for home dialysis and incorporating exercise to reduce symptom burden and improve cardiac function. She is a firm believer in health and wellness who lives to workout, walk her dogs and hang out with her kids and husband.
The Department would also like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Dan Muruve for all his many and important contributions to the Section of Nephrology and to the Department over his tenure as Nephrology Section Head. Starting this fall, Dr. Muruve will be shifting more of his focus back onto his research and towards the direct clinical care of Albertans with kidney disease. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Jennifer MacRae to her new leadership role.
NEW RGH SITE LEAD
The Department of Medicine is pleased to announce that Dr. Kathryn Watson will be taking on the role of Department of Medicine Site Lead at RGH as of Sept. 1, 2021.
Dr. Watson is a General Internal Medicine specialist in the Department of Medicine with a cross appointment as Clinical Pharmacology staff under the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Watson completed four years of medical school at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, then completed her Residency training in Internal Medicine followed by a two-year fellowship in General Internal Medicine, both of which were here in Calgary. She is currently completing the final paper for her Masters in Pharmacology and Toxicology through Michigan State University.
The Department would also like to thank Dr. Anna Purdy for her important contributions to theDepartment of Medicine and RGH during her tenure in the role. We would particularly like to highlight Dr. Purdy’s outstanding leadership at RGH throughout the COVID pandemic. Dr. Purdy is moving on to the provincial role of Senior Medical Director within the Medicine SCN. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Kathryn Watson to her new leadership role.
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.