The College of Family Physicians of Canada welcomes its 2019–2020 President and Board of Directors

October 31, 2019

Shirley(October 31, 2019, Mississauga, ON) A graduate of the University of Alberta (U of A), Dr. Shirley Schipper received her Certification in the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP) in 2001.

Dr. Schipper practises family medicine at the Grey Nuns Family Medicine Centre in Edmonton. She has been a preceptor, faculty advisor, and mentor of medical students and residents since 2001.

Education and teaching are great interests for Dr. Schipper, particularly national and international curriculum and program development, competency-based education and assessment, and faculty coaching. She has held a number of leadership positions with the U of A’s Department of Family Medicine including Assessment Director, Academic and Medical Site Director, and Director of Postgraduate Medical Education for the family medicine residency training program. Currently, she is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine, and the Vice Dean, Education, for the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.

Throughout her career, Dr. Schipper has participated in several CFPC committees contributing to the areas of education, certification, and accreditation. In 2016–2017 she served as Director-at-Large on the CFPC Board of Directors, followed by a term as Secretary-Treasurer in 2017–2018, and President-Elect in 2018–2019.

As CFPC President Dr. Schipper expects to discuss issues such as physician well-being, and the disconnect between the number of women in family medicine and how relatively few there are at higher levels of leadership in the field in Canada.

Dr. Schipper also notes that the value of family physicians has been eroded across Canada and she looks forward to advocating on behalf of family physicians and working to address the issue.

The 2019–2020 CFPC Board of Directors

  • Shirley Schipper, MD, CCFP, FCFP, President
  • Paul Sawchuk, MD, MBA, CCFP, FCFP, Past-President
  • Catherine Cervin, MD, CCFP, FCFP, MAEd, President-Elect
  • Braden Bouchard, MBBS, CCFP, Secretary-Treasurer
  • Jean-Pierre Arseneau, MD, CCFP, Director-at-Large (2018–2020)
  • Carrie Bernard, MD, MPH, CCFP, FCFP, Director-at-Large (2018-2021)
  • Marie Giroux, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Director-at-Large (2019-2022)
  • Alan Katz, MB ChB, MSc, CCFP, FCFP, Director-at-Large (2018-2021)
  • John Maxted, MD, MBA, CCFP, FCFP, Director-at-Large (2018–2021)
  • Christie Newton, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Director-at-Large (2019–2022)
  • Yan Yu, MD, MPP, MBA, CCFP, Director-at-Large (newly elected for 2019–2022)
  • Francine Lemire, MD CM, CCFP, FCFP, CAE, ICD.D, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (non-voting member)

Brief biographies of the 2019–2020 CFPC Board of Directors are available on the CFPC website.

About the College of Family Physicians of Canada
The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is the professional organization that represents more than 38,000 members across the country. The College establishes the standards for and accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools. It reviews and certifies continuing professional development programs and materials that enable family physicians to meet certification and licensing requirements. The CFPC provides high-quality services, supports family medicine teaching and research, and advocates on behalf of the specialty of family medicine, family physicians, and the patients they serve.

Jayne Johnston
Director, Communications
College of Family Physicians of Canada
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