Fonds WCH-FAM - Women's College Hospital. Department of Family and Community Medicine fonds

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Women's College Hospital. Department of Family and Community Medicine fonds


  • 1976-1999 (Creation)

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6 cm of textual records

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(1956 -)

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The Department of Family and Community Medicine was established at Women’s College Hospital in 1956. The Department operates the Family Practice Health Centre, an ambulatory care unit. In 1964, Dr. Jean Davey, Chief of Medicine, introduced a family practice teaching unit within the Department of Family and Community Medicine to train family physicians. In 1956, Dr. Bette Stephenson (1956-1965) was appointed the Department's first Family-Physician-in-Chief. She was followed by Dr. Shanna Gimbert (1965-1969); Dr. Marjorie Swanson (1969-1972); Dr. Yvonne deBuda; Dr. Hollister King (1982-1992) and Dr. James Ruderman (1992- ). Today, the Department continues to operate the Family Practice Health Centre at Women's College Hospital which provides care for women and men of all age groups. It is one of the largest clinics in Ontario, providing more than 54,000 visits per year to patients.

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Fonds consists of the records of the Department of Family and Community Medicine of Women's College Hospital dating from 1976-1999. Fonds consists of minutes, departmental memos, strategic planning reports, an orientation manual and patient education pamphlets. Fonds is comprised of the following series: FAM-1 Planning sub-committee minutes FAM-2 Business meeting minutes FAM-3 Long range planning reports FAM-4 Obstetrical services orientation material FAM-5 Family Practice Health Centre patient information pamphlets

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Open to researchers subject to the requirements of Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) and Women’s College Hospital research policies. Please contact the Archivist for further information.

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