Dialogue Volume 14 Issue 3 2018 - Page 13

COUNCIL AWARD A passionate advocate for rural medicine Dr. Jason Malinowski D r. Jason Malinowski, a family physician from Barry’s Bay, was presented with the Council Award at the September meeting of Council. Dr. Malinowski has distinguished himself as a clinical leader and is credited with developing programs and sys- tems that have contributed to the continuous improve- ment of the region’s integrated health system. Dr. Malinowski received his medical degree at Queen’s University, where he also did residencies in family medi- cine and palliative care. Almost immediately upon receiv- ing his qualifications, Dr. Malinowski moved to Barry’s Bay, a village in eastern Ontario, to fulfill his ambition to be a rural family physician. In addition to his private medical practice, Dr. Ma- linowski is the Chief of Staff at the St. Francis Memorial Hospital, where he established a program to bring experts to Barry’s Bay in an effort to assist physicians and allied health-care professionals stay current with medical best practices. He also co-led the creation of the Madawaska Valley Hospice and Palliative Care Program, one of the first Ontario hospices within a public hospital. He now serves as the program medical director and has the same role at the Valley Manor Long-Term Care Home. Dr. Malinowski is the recipient of several awards that recognize his skills and dedication to teaching, includ- ing being named Community Teacher of the Year by the Ontario College of Family Physicians and Distinguished Preceptor two years in a row. We recently spoke to Dr. Malinowski about his life and work. Did you always want to provide medicine in a rural setting? When I was 15, my family moved from suburban To- ronto to a farm in Beaverton, Ontario. We all fell in love with the freedom of rural life. By the time we arrived in Beaverton, I’d already settled on the idea of a career in medicine, so I spent some time volunteering in the office of a local family physician. I loved the experience and it told me that this type of medicine was what I could do and this kind of community was where I needed to be. I like the breadth of family medicine, the fact that I can see babies and older people, do pre-natal and palliative care. Practising in a rural setting means there is something dif- ferent every day. ISSUE 3, 2018 DIALOGUE 13