Celebrating a Family Medicine Milestone and 1969 Trailblazers

October 23, 2019

(October 23, 2019, Mississauga, ON) Fifty years ago a pioneering group of 12 family physicians successfully completed the first ever Certification Examination in Family Medicine and earned the Certification in the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP) special designation. They were introduced to recognize the rigorous assessment required for two key priorities: to support the broad scope of skills and knowledge required of family physicians in their central role caring for patients; and to help advance family medicine in Canada.

“Canada was a global trailblazer with the launch of the exam and certification in 1969,” says CFPC President, Paul Sawchuk, MD, CCFP, FCFP, MBA. “These were ground-breaking initiatives that established the high standards required in family medicine as the only discipline responsible for the whole person.”

The College of Family Physicians of Canada proudly recognizes the class of 1969:

  • Donald Brown, MD, CCFP, FCFP, ABFP – Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Brian Hennen, MD, MA, CCFP, FCFP, FRCGP (Hon.), LM – Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • Paul Newell, MD, CCFP, FCFP, LM – Stratford, Ontario
  • Donald Patten, MD, CCFP, FCFP, LM – Ottawa, Ontario
  • Myron Semkuley, MD, CCFP, LM – Calgary, Alberta
  • Gerald Stewart, MD, CCFP, FCFP, LM – Kelowna, British Columbia
  • Irving Vinger, MD, CCFP, LM – Delray Beach, Florida
  • Eoin Ó Dochartaigh, MD, CCFP – Galway, Ireland
  • Wayne Weston, MD, CCFP, FCFP, LM – London, Ontario
    In memoriam:
  • Harvey Black, MD, CCFP, FCFP, LM – Priddis, Alberta
  • Peter Hopkins, MD, CCFP, FCFP, LM – Toronto, Ontario
  • Pierre Houle, MD, CCFP, FCFP, LM – Trois Rivières, Québec

Drs. Hennen, Newell, Patten, Semkuley, and Stewart will attend the CFPC’s Family Medicine Forum 2019 taking place October 31st to November 2nd in Vancouver, British Columbia to be honoured for their dedication and contributions to family medicine. Through their individual career paths, they cared for generations of patients and families in urban and rural communities, advocated on behalf of the vulnerable, conducted research, and taught and mentored countless medical students. This will be the first time many of them have seen each other in 50 years.

“We are very proud of our College members who had the foresight 50 years ago to take the certification exam for the first time and help establish the high standards of training, care, and lifelong learning that we have come to recognize with the letters CCFP after a family physician’s name,” adds CFPC Executive Director and CEO, Francine Lemire, MD CM, CCFP, FCFP, CAE, ICD.D. “We look forward to celebrating their achievements at Family Medicine Forum in Vancouver.”

For more information about the class of 1969 please visit Meet some of the members of the Class of 1969.

About the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)
The 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.

Sarah Hicks
CCFP 50th Anniversary Project Manager
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Jayne Johnston
Director, Communications
College of Family Physicians of Canada
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