Dr. Rodney Andrew receives the 2016 Family Physician of the Year award

Nov 3, 2016 | News

A true leader in his community, Dr. Rodney Andrew was recognized for his insightful influence in advancing family medicine for the benefit of his patients and colleagues in British Columbia.

Dr. Andrew received his medical degree from the University of London, in England, in 1962. He received Certification in Family Medicine from the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 1975 and became a Fellow of the College in 1997.

In the 1960s, Dr. Andrew began his medical career as a captain in the British Royal Army Medical Corps. He later moved to Canada and began working at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia. He took on numerous leadership roles, including president of medical staff and site director for the St. Paul’s Family Practice Residency Program. He led the development of an innovative “horizontal” curriculum well before competency-based training was common.

In 1997, Dr. Andrew began his tenure as director of the International Medical Graduate (IMG) Program with the University of British Columbia. In this role, he championed the IMG residency training program at St. Paul’s Hospital, which ran alongside the Family Practice Residency Program. The IMG Program at St. Paul’s was the first program of its kind in North America. His work with international medical graduates has had a profound influence on provincial policy and on the health care system in British Columbia.

Since 1972, the CFPC and its Research & Education Foundation have honoured family physician members who exemplify the guiding principles of family medicine. Initially, one award recipient was selected to receive the Family Physician of the Year (FPOY) Award each year. Since 2002, ten family physicians have been recognized annually—one representing each CFPC Chapter.

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew!

Read the original story on the College of Family Physicians website

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