Recognizing our family physicians

Dr. Charles Duffy (left), Minister Robert Mitchell, and Dr. Nadine Arsenault-Samson, CFPPEI president

On today’s Family Doctor Day (May 18), the College of Family Physicians for Prince Edward Island (CFPPEI) is recognizing some of its best for 2018.

Dr. Charles Duffy has been named the Family Doctor of the Year, the college’s highest honour that recognizes an outstanding family physician who best exemplifies what being a family doctor is all about. The college is also recognizing Dr. Keith Bagalole and Dr. Katherine Bell with its Awards of Excellence.

“Too often we focus solely on the challenges with face with our health care system, but today as we celebrate Family Doctor Day we are reminded of the tremendous physicians working in our system,” Health and Wellness Minister Robert Mitchell said.

“Dr. Duffy is an outstanding physician who provides high quality care for his patients and gives back to our Island community. Congratulations to Dr. Duffy, as well as Dr. Baglole and Dr. Bell who will receive this year’s Awards of Excellence from the College of Family Physicians.”

Family Doctor of the Year recipients are chosen by their peers for providing exceptional care to their patients, making significant contributions to the health and well being of their community and/or society in general, and dedicating themselves to educating future generations of family doctors.

“Dr. Duffy truly cares for his patients, has worked in various communities, and continuously demonstrates leadership in family medicine education and research,” said said fellow members of CFPPEI. “His passion and commitment are an inspiration to his peers and to the next generation of family physicians.”

The Awards of Excellence recognizes College of Family Physicians members who in the past 12 to 24 months have made an outstanding contribution in a specific area pertaining to one or more of the following areas:
•    patient care;
•    community service;
•    hospital or health care institution;
•    college activities;
•    teaching;
•    research; or
•    other elements of the academic discipline of family medicine.

“Dr. Baglole and Dr. Bell are both outstanding family physicians and are being recognized with the Awards of Excellence,” said their fellow colleagues. “Family doctors get to know their patients and serve as trusted health advocates, tailoring the care and advice that they provide to meet each patient’s changing needs and stage of life.  We want to thank all of this year’s award recipients for their dedication and hard work; they are extremely deserving of the recognition.”

The awards will be presented at the Annual Family Medicine Conference in June 15 in Charlottetown. They will also be recognized in November at the National Family Medicine Forum.

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About the Prince Edward Island College of Family Physicians (PEICFP)
The PEICFP has 134 members in its various categories. They are a chapter of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
The College of Family physician of Canada is a national voluntary organization of family physicians that makes continuing medical education of its members mandatory. The college strives to improve the health of Canadians by promoting high standards of medical education and care in family practice, by contributing to public understanding of healthful living, by supporting ready access to family physicians services, and by encouraging research and disseminating knowledge about family medicine.
The College of Family Physicians of has been paying tribute since 1972 to physicians who exemplify family medicine’s guiding principles of being skilled clinicians, community-based, serving as resources for those in their community, and for valuing the patient-doctor relationship.
About the Prince Edward Island Family Physician of the Year (Reg L. Perkin Award)
Prince Edward Island College of Family Physicians has nominated for our Family Physician of the Year. This award will recognize an outstanding CFPC member who exemplifies the ideals of family medicine. The award is adjudicated on the basis of the individual’s contribution to: family medicine in general, family practice in particular; their community through government, social, church or other activities; and the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
In 1996, the college named its annual Family Physician of the Year award in honour of Dr. Reg L. Perkin who had served as its executive direction from 1985 to 1996.
Dr. Charles Duffy, 2018 PEI Family Physician of the Year

Dr. Charles Duffy B.Msc.,M.D.,C.C.F.P.(EM),F.C.F.P grew up in Fort Augustus and attended UPEI from 1983 to 1986, Memorial University of Newfoundland 1986-1990 for MD and Dalhousie University for Family Medicine Residency 1990-1992.
After graduating Dr. Duffy practiced in Charlottetown, British Columbia and New Brunswick before settling into his family practice in Montague, PEI, where he served the community from 1995-2003. Dr. Duffy was also the House physician for Gillis Lodge 1995-2005, and took on shifts at the PCH and QEH emergency department.
Today Dr. Duffy is still practicing family medicine and works in the emergency room at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. He also continues to work as medical director for Island EMS and provides care at walk-in-clinics in Charlottetown. He and his wife Linda also own a medical esthetics salon.
Dr. Duffy is the past president of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of PEI, past-president of PEI Chapter of College of Family Physicians of Canada, former board member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, former member of the Advisory Committee on Family Practice for College of Family Physicians of Canada, member of the Medicine Test Committee for Medical Council of Canada, Canadian Association of Emergency Physician Stroke Committee.
In PEI he has also served on Provincial Pediatric Advisory Committee, Provincial Chronic Care Advisory Committee and Palliative Care Advisory Committee.
He presently is the chair of provincial Hyperacute and Acute Stroke Committee, member of the Provincial EMS Board, and Provincial Trauma Committee.
He is a faculty member at Dalhousie and was awarded Dalhousie Preceptor of the year award in 2003.
Presently Dr. Duffy is working toward his master’s certificate in physician leadership from York University’s Schullich School of Business.
He lives in Alexandra with his wife Linda. They have two children, Victoria and Charlie. Outside of the office, his hobbies include horses, vineyard and wine making and travel.
About the Awards of Excellence PEI
These awards were created as a way for the college to recognize at the national level family physicians who are meritorious and recognized at the provincial chapter level. The Awards of Excellence recognize CFPC members who, in the past 12 to 24 months, have made outstanding contributions to one or more of the following areas:
• patient care;
• community service;
• hospital or health care institutions;
• college activities (national and chapter); and
• teaching, research, or other elements of the discipline of family medicine.
Dr. Keith Baglole and Dr. Katherine Bell  - 2018 PEI Award of Excellence recipients
Dr. Keith Baglole -- He has taken the lead in the Charlottetown area for the MAID program and training new doctors in the program.  He sits on committees at the QEH including the rapid response team and some does some surgical assist.
Dr. Katherine Bell -- Her endless hours of preparing presentation/surveys on Locums on PEI, and Collaborative Care.

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