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Dr. Elizabeth Shaw honoured for contributions to Canadian family medicine education

Dr. Elizabeth Shaw was awarded the 2020 Ian McWhinney Family Medicine Education Award at Family Medicine Forum this past week. Given by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, this award recognizes the recipient’s significant and impactful contributions to the field of family medicine education in Canada.

Shaw, who join DFM in 1997, has made numerous contributions to how family doctors are trained both here at McMaster and at universities across Canada. As postgraduate program director from 2003 to 2009, Shaw had a crucial role in helping guide the expansion of our department to include the Kitchener-Waterloo, Brampton and Niagara Sites.

Nationally, Shaw was one of the architects of the Triple C Competency-based Curriculum that guides family medicine education for residents across Canada. As a champion of its implementation at McMaster and nationally, Liz has continued to push forward training that is “comprehensive, focused on continuity, and centred in family medicine.”

Her many other influences on family medicine education and work as an education leader are numerous — as the Director of Module Development for the Foundation for Medical Practice Education, through her work on the CanMEDS-Family Medicine Framework, as a preceptor and mentor.

Shaw is the fourth member of the department to win the Ian McWhinney, preceded by Nancy Fowler (2015), Allyn Walsh (2006) and Jacqui Wakefield (2000). Please take a moment and listen to her acceptance speech.

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