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Nancy Fowler joins College of Family Physicians of Canada leadership team

Dr Nancy Fowler, an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University, has been appointed to the role of Executive Director, Academic Family Medicine by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).

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Dr. Nancy Fowler

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Dr Fowler to the CFPC leadership team,” says CFPC Executive Director and CEO, Francine Lemire, MD CM, CCFP, FCFP, CAE. “With 30 years of experience as a family physician and key academic positions at McMaster University, Dr Fowler brings tremendous expertise, insight and professional commitment that will effectively guide the continued growth and advancement of the CFPC’s Academic Family Medicine division. I am confident that she will make a strong contribution to the College’s important work in family medicine education, research and accreditation across Canada.”

Dr Fowler is a practicing family physician with McMaster Family Practice, a Hamilton-based clinic within the McMaster Family Health Team. During her tenure as the Department of Family Medicine’s residency program director and enhanced skills program director, Dr Fowler led the development of the rural stream and the expansion of the family medicine residency program. This time of expansion also saw the creation of several new medical education sites.

A 1985 medical degree graduate from McMaster, Dr Fowler received Certification in the College of Family Physicians (CCFP) in 1987 and Fellowship (FCFP) in 2002.

Throughout her career, Dr Fowler has been actively involved with the CFPC. She has participated with numerous CFPC committees, the Section of Teachers Council, the Triple C Implementation Task Force, the Family Medicine Forum Executive, and is currently the Chair of the newly formed Postgraduate Education Committee. Her major career interests are dedicated to issues of diversity, equity, cultural safety and access within the health care system.

In her new CFPC role, which is effective October 1, 2016, Dr Fowler’s portfolio will include responsibility for the direction and leadership of family medicine certification examinations and assessment, Certificates of Added Competence, research, all aspects of the CFPC’s involvement with undergraduate and postgraduate family medicine education and the important collaborations with the academic community across the country. She will also have involvement with important initiatives under way related to accreditation of family medicine residency programs, helping prepare family physicians for rural and remote practice, and ongoing Triple C implementation and assessment.

“I am absolutely delighted to take on this role,” says Nancy Fowler, MD, CCFP, FCFP. “It is a natural extension of my career-long commitment to providing high-quality family medicine care for all Canadians, and the scholarship supporting that goal. I bring nearly 30 years of front-line clinical and academic work experience and a deep, abiding love for our profession. I look forward to working together and continuing the strong partnerships that are essential to the continued success of family medicine in Canada.”

McMaster University Department of Family MedicineMichael G. DeGroote School of Medicine