Melissa McQuaid

Recently I had the opportunity to travel to the Family Medicine Forum in Montreal, and to chat with family doctors from across Canada. It’s always interesting to have a chance to discuss with colleagues about the similarities and differences in our practices from province to province, and from urban to rural areas. Each community seems to have its own flavour, and the daily schedule and routine of a family doc often looks a little (or a lot) different from region to region.

As I reflect back on these discussions, it strikes me how members of our profession continually modify and readjust their skillset to best respond to the needs of their patients and communities. This adaptiveness is a common thread in all family docs, and is one that we should be proud of.

Those of us working in primary care are uniquely positioned to see first hand how the social determinants of health impact our patients. We are familiar with how local factors influence the access to care, and the gaps in care, that our patients face.

Lets continue to adapt to best meet community needs; whatever form that may take in our own areas…


I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our 2017-18 NBCFP Board of Directors:

President – Dr. Melissa McQuaid
Past-President – Dr. Marc-André Doucet
President Elect – Dr. Darren Martin
Honorary Secretary Treasurer – Dr. Ghislain Lavoie
Member at Large – Dr. Katelyn Stymiest
Awards Committee Chair – Dr. Anick Pelletier
Health & Wellness Committee Chair – Dr. Linda Dalpé
Membership Committee Chair – Dr. Cynthia Savoy
First Five Years of Family Practice Chair – Dr. Darren Martin
Dalhousie University Academic Representative – Dr. Sasha Sealy
Dalhousie University Medical Student Representative – Christie Smith
Memorial University Academic Representative – Dr. Thomas Laughlin
Université de Sherbrooke Academic Representative – Dr. Lisa Babin
Université de Sherbrooke Family Medicine Resident Representative – Dr. Karine Boulay
Université de Sherbrooke Medical Student Representative – Melanie Jones

We are actively attempting to recruit an Education Committee (CPD/NCCPD) Chair. In order to apply, please forward information to [email protected]

We are also seeking a Dalhousie University Resident Representative… in order to apply, please forward information to [email protected]

In November 2017, during our FMF in Montreal, Dr Jean-Pierre Arseneau, of Bathurst, received the Jean-Pierre Despins Award, which honours a CFPC family physician member identified as an outstanding advocate and public spokesperson for family medicine, family physicians and their patients.

Also, at our FMF, Dr. Karlyne Dufour, of Moncton, was presented with the Reg L. Perkin Award, which honours family doctor members who exemplify excellence in the guiding principles of family medicine, by providing exceptional care to their patients, making meaningful contributions to the health and well-being of their communities, and dedicating themselves as researchers and educators of future generations of family doctors.

We, at the NB Chapter, awarded (2) Family Medicine Resident Grants, to attend the Family Medicine Conference in Montreal. These were awarded to Dr. Mitchell Stewart (Dalhousie University) and to Dre Sophonie Menard (Université de Sherbrooke).

A full list of Awards is now open for nominations… Please refer to Awards section on our website ( for the list of existing & new awards available. Applications deadlines are April 1st 2018 for most and April 15th 2018 for others… Apply or Nominate a Colleague.

Also, we would like to shout out a SAVE THE DATE for our next FMC (Family Medicine Conference), which will be held at the Miramichi Regional Hospital on Saturday, May 12, 2018. This will be a full single day event, including several key topics related to Family Medicine. The invitations and registration form will be sent shortly !


Melissa McQuaid, MD CCFP
President NBCFP