In 1971, the Hunt Commission, originally convened to examine concerns around the issue of hospital admitting privileges. The commission recommended that the University of Manitoba and other interested bodies actively pursue the creation of a postgraduate training program in Family Medicine. Dr. Claude Murphy and Dr. Gary Beazley accepted the challenge of developing a Department of Family Practice at St. Boniface General Hospital including a residency program. The University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine approved the residency training program the following year with the first residents entering the program in 1973.
In recognition of the dedication and work of all involved in the Department of Family Medicine we held a 50th Anniversary Gala on May 26th, 2023 at the Manitoba Museum.
The MC for the night was Dr. Jeff Sisler and we were honoured to have our evening opened with the words of Elder Margaret Lavallee, drumming and singing from Gladys Marenko, and Hoop Dancing from Bryan Clyne.
The keynote speaker was award-winning journalist André Picard, and we danced the night away to the sweet sounds of the Ron Paley band.
We also honoured outstanding individuals for their contributions to teaching, leadership, research, and community engagement. Full list of award recipients can be found here.
Many thanks to everyone involved in the celebration!