Dr Paul W. A. Humphries

Jean-Pierre Despins Award
This award, named in memory of the late Dr Jean-Pierre Despins, CFPC President (1995-1996) and Chair of the Board of CFPC’s Research and Education Foundation (1999-2000), is presented annually to honour a CFPC family physician member who has been identified as an outstanding advocate and public spokesperson for family medicine and/or family physicians and their patients. 

This year’s recipient is Dr Paul W. A. Humphries, CCFP, FCFP, of Spruce Grove, Alberta.

Dr Humphries received his medical degree in 1977 from McMaster University. In 1979, he received his Certification in Family Medicine from the CFPC, and in 1995 he became a Fellow of the College. Dr Humphries spent the first 20 years of his career practising and teaching family medicine in Thunder Bay. He joined the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta in 1998, where he is Director of Postgraduate Medical Education and a Co-Director of the Education Support Program. 

While Dr Humphries’s clinical interests have been comprehensive family medicine, GP anesthesia, obstetrics, and palliative care, his academic and research activity focuses on medical education and the design and administration of training. He was the founding director of the Northwestern Ontario Family Medicine Residency Program, and works on medical committees at all levels. He has served as President of the Alberta College of Family Physicians, Director of the University of Alberta’s Family Medicine Residency and Enhanced Skills programs, and Vice Chair of the Canadian Resident Matching Service Board, and as a member of the CFPC Committee on Accreditation.

When he is not busy promoting family medicine, Dr Humphries enjoys raising horses (and grandchildren) with his wife, Sybil, on their farm in Alberta.

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