Department of Family Medicine
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Dr. Maureen Topps' journey to the University of Calgary Department of Family Medicine began in Aberdeen Scotland in 1982 where she graduated with an MB ChB. She travelled across the ocean and landed in Milk River, Alberta in 1984 where she became one of the earliest rural clinical preceptors for the Clerkship Program at the University of Calgary. Dr. Topps later moved to Airdrie in 1993, became closely involved with the family medicine residency program as a preceptor and then took over the role of Program Director from 2000 to 2005.
In 2005 Dr. Topps took on a new challenge at the newly created Northern Ontario Medical School as their first Associate Dean of Post Graduate Education. She was successful in achieving new program approval and accreditation with the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for six post- graduate medical programs in a highly distributed environment. Dr. Topps was instrumental in raising the profile of NOSM across Canada. She currently is part of the Steering Committee for the Association of Facilities of Medicine of Canada on the Future of Post Graduate Medical Education project.
Dr. Maureen Topps is excited about the new challenges ahead at the University of Calgary as an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and as the Executive Director of the Alberta International Medical Graduate Program.
Dr. Kevin Hafez graduated in 1999 from Dalhousie University in the department of Family medicine. He was nominated for Dr. Murray Stalker award for his research project on Melanoma. Dr. Hafez has returned to Canada after spending 8 years in Riyadh Saudi Arabia working at Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre. He has consistently been a leader in medical education, for example Dr. Hafez established a 4-hour monthly teaching program for Family Physicians and Residents of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as part of continuing medical education. Dr. Hafez coordinated the Arab Board of Family Medicine Exam in different regions in the Middle East each year.
Dr. Hafez established a live "Medical" Talk Show called "With Your Doctor" that was broadcasted all over the Middle East five days a week to help educate the population in various health issues and to answer any questions relating to their health.
Dr. Hafez received his Fellowship with the College of Family Physicians of Canada last fall in Montreal. He is looking forward to practicing medicine within a multi disciplinary team and to be able to contribute his experiences to the education of medical students and residents within the department.
Dr. Patrick Lee graduated from the University of Manitoba Medical Faculty in 1984 and completed his Family Medicine Residency Program in 1986.
He worked in Winnipeg for 9 years as a solo family physician. In 1995, Dr. Lee relocated to Calgary and worked in a group practice til the fall of 2011.
Dr. Lee joined The Department of Family Medicine at The University of Calgary in July 2010. He is a member of the Master Teacher Program for Undergraduate Medical Education at the Health Science Center. He also works as the Associate Director for Student Affairs, offering medical students guidance regarding academic performance, personal and mental health, financial assistance, career planning and advice for the Canadian Residency Matching Service.
Dr. Lee enjoys traveling with his wife and 2 children. His passion is teaching. He also plays bridge, chess and studies Chinese literature and history.
Jolene Polack graduated from the University of Alberta Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2006 and went on to complete her pharmacy residency within the Saskatoon Health Region in 2007. Her practice has included areas of oncology, surgery, and critical care at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, adult intensive care at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, and adult mental health at the Peter Lougheed Hospital here in Calgary.
Jolene has a great passion for teaching and was awarded with a Preceptor of the Year from Alberta Health Services for her role in the Calgary pharmacy residency program. She is looking forward to starting her clinical practice with the University of Calgary Department of Family Medicine, and the opportunity to engage with learners at both the Sheldon M. Chumir and Sunridge University of Calgary Department of Family Medicine clinics.
Jolene is currently an active member of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists by contributing to AB Branch activities as a member of the Education Committee.