There have been many new developments since our last newsletter contribution in the spring of 2015.
Our team continues to collaborate with various stakeholders in the community. Brenda Wakeham (Community Mental Health Nurse) and Dr. Khalid Jat recently participated in the Schizophrenia Society of NL Symposium on seniors in aging as key note speakers and panelists. A Continuing Professional Development session for local family doctors was also offered this spring by Dr. Mehrul Hasnain, our division head. We are also excited to welcome our first “Care of the Elderly” PGY 3 residents in the upcoming academic year. Dr. Roger Butler has designed this new six month family practice fellowship. We hope to develop a strong, local core of interested family doctors who are dedicated to working with the elderly in the community. As of this update, there are no Royal College certified Geriatric Medicine specialists in our province. We hope that this situation will change in the near future.
On a community level, our new long-term care facility which opened in September of 2014 has been renamed “Pleasant View Towers”. Our team continues to work in a collaborative relationship with the nurses, doctors and staff who work there.
And finally, our team continues to evolve. Dr. Robert Mercer joined our team after Dr. Isabel Martins’ retirement last year. We are fortunate to have him. Dr. Susan Dalton had a beautiful baby girl in October, 2015 and is currently on maternity leave. Dr. Mehrul Hasnain has resigned from his position. We wish him the best of luck and continued success in all of his endeavors. We also thank him for his leadership and devotion as division head.
And finally, two residents were recipients of the second annual “Dr. Howard Strong Memorial Award” at our Psychiatry Resident Research Day in June, 2015. Drs. Katie Barnes-Prior and Erica Edison both demonstrated outstanding compassion, skill and empathy during their rotations with us. We were honored to select two residents who embodied the traits which made Dr. Strong such a special consultant, mentor and colleague.
Submitted by: Dr. Catherine Hickey