50 Years of Family Medicine

The Department of Family Medicine (Academics & Research) at the University of Calgary is celebrating our 50th Anniversary!

Click through our timeline for a history of the people, places, and events that shaped our department.

1966-08-01 00:00:00

1st GP Specialist Candidates

Calgary General Welcomes its first GP Specialist Candidates for training in August 1966

1967-05-12 00:00:00

1st Mackid Symposium

At the request of Dr. Mackid, whose practice in Calgary was so closely involved with the CPR and trauma, the first Mackid Lecture was titled "Multiple Trauma"

1968-05-10 02:46:30

2nd Annual Mackid Symposium

The topic for the 2nd Annual Mackid Symposium was "Medical and Surgical Emergencies in the Newborn. Guest speaker Dr. W.A. Silverman, Columbia University

1968-10-01 00:00:00

University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine Opens

Dr. Donald Rice, Executive Director of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, declares the Calgary family medicine residency is "not just a little local expriment. This is an international movement, really."

1969-04-11 14:54:38

Dr George McQuitty

Dr McQuitty joins UCDFM in 1969

1969-05-09 02:46:30

3rd Annual Mackid Symposium

The 3rd Annual Mackid Symposium was held with invited guest speaker Dr. M.M. Hoffman, McGill University. Dr. Hoffman spoke on Recent Advances in Internal Medicine

1969-05-15 16:36:26

Dr Corley Award Dinner

Dr. JB Corley is presented an Award from the Calgary General Hospital, U of Calgary and the College of Family Physicians after pioneering the first 3 years of the new Family Medicine Program.

1969-05-15 16:36:26

1973-1974 Residents

Recognize any one? 1973-74 Junior and Senior Resident headshots.

1969-10-01 00:00:00

Junior Residents Wage

Junior Residents in 1969 earned $4620 per year.

1970-05-01 02:46:30

4th Annual Mackid Symposium

The 4th Annual Mackid Symposium focused on Drug Abuse and Alcoholism with guest speaker Dr. R.G. Bell, President, Donwood Foundation, Toronto.

1970-05-23 03:18:28

Internship Programs Surveyed

Internship programs at the Calgary General and Holy Cross Hospitals were surveyed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.

1970-10-01 00:00:00


UC establishes its Department of Family Medicine and accepts first class of medical students.

1971-05-14 02:46:30

5th Annual Mackid Symposium

Dr. A.J. Elliott, University of British Columbia spoke on The Eye on General Medicine.

1971-07-06 00:00:00

First Residents at Foothills

The Family Medicine Residency Program established at Foothills Hospital with the first group of residents commencing July, 1971

1972-05-12 02:46:30

6th Annual Mackid Symposium

Dr. Loran F. Piling, Minneapolis, Minnesota spoke on Problems in Social Psychiatry.

1972-07-06 00:00:00

First On-Site Survey

The first on-site survey by the College of Family Physicians of Canada surveyed the programs at Calgary General and Foothills Hopsitals.

1972-08-01 00:00:00

Dr Morris Gibson -Department Head

Dr Gibson serves as head of the Department from 1972-1978

1973-05-11 02:46:30

7th Annual Mackid Symposium

This was the first Mackid Symposium that expanded into a two day event. This was the first time the Mackid Lecture was held in conjunction with the Alberta Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The topic was Current Problems in Obstetrics and Gynecology with guest speakers Dr. Walter Hannah, Toronto and Dr. L. Donahue, Seattle.

1973-08-01 00:00:00

1973-1974 Family Medicine Residents

Recognize anyone?

1974-05-09 02:46:30

8th Annual Mackid Symposium

Topic: Common Neurologic Problems Guest speakers Dr. H.J.M. Barnett, University Hospital, London, ON and Dr. D.R. Maclean, University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton

1974-08-01 00:00:00

1974-1975 Family Medicine Residents

The Residents of 74-75.

1975-05-15 02:46:30

9th Annual Mackid Symposium

Topic: Inflammatory and Neoplastic Bowel Disease Guest speakers: Dr. F.L. Weakley, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH; and Dr. T.A. McPherson, Cross Cancer Institute, Edmonton.

1975-05-18 13:35:26

1975-1976 Family Medicine Residents

Residents from 75-76

1976-05-13 02:46:30

10th Annual Mackid Symposium

The 10th Annual Mackid Topic: Emergency Care Guest Speaker, Dr. W.R. Ghent, Hotel-Dieu Hospital and Queen's University, Kingston, ON Symposium had the best attendance to date and the lecture "The Law and the Emergency Department" was the most popular session.

1976-05-18 13:35:26

1976-1977 Family Medicine Residents

76-77 Residents

1976-10-01 00:00:00

Dr. Les Cunning

Dr. Les Cunning establishes a family practice in Black Diamond, AB. He is later honoured with the UC Faculty of Medicine's first Alumnus of Distinction Award in 2007.

1977-05-18 13:35:26

1977-1978 Family Medicine Residents

77-78 Residents

1977-09-29 02:46:30

11th Annual Mackid Symposium

Topic: Rehabilitation of the Neuromusculosketal Disabed - Medial and Social Guest Speaker - Dr. Gustav Gingras This program was innovative due to the development of a "Learning Resource Centre" which had available audio-visual displays and resource personnel from various disciplines such as the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Nursing Service Department and the Medical Social Service Department.

1978-01-06 08:57:16

Dr McQuitty - Department Head

Dr George DH McQuitty serves as Department Head from 1978-1979.

1978-05-11 02:46:30

12th Annual Mackid Symposium

The topic for the 12th Annual Mackid Symposium was Laboratory Medicine Today. Guest speakers: Dr. Leo P. Cawley, Wesley Medical Centre, Wichita Kansas; and Dr. R.A. Perrault, National Director of the Blood Transfusion Service of the Canadian Red Cross

1978-05-18 13:35:26

1978-1979 Family Medicine Residents

78-79 Residents

1979-05-10 02:46:30

13th Annual Mackid Symposium

The New Pediatrics with Professor R.J. Haggerty, Harvard School of Public Health and Children's Hospital Medical Centre, Boston. The Mackid Lecture was on Social Support, Stress and Illness.

1979-05-18 13:35:26

1979-1980 Family Medicine Residents

79-80 Residents

1979-10-01 00:00:00

Dr. Michael Tarrant

The Alberta Recording and Research Network (TARRANT) is established. TARRANT enlists family doctors in reporting on influenza-like illness among their patients. Named in honour of Dr. Michael Tarrant, who in 2005 posthumously is named one of the 100 Alberta Physicians of the Century.

1979-12-25 00:00:00

Dr. McQuitty Passes

Dr. George McQuitty passes suddenly on Christmas Day, 1979. He is remembered fondly in the Foothill Hospital - Footprints publication.

1980-01-29 08:57:16

Dr Thomas C Saunders - Department Head

Dr Saunders serves as Department Head from 1980-1981

1980-05-08 02:46:30

14th Annual Mackid Symposium

Theme for the 14th Annual Mackid Symposium was Medicine and the Law. Dr. Glenn Sawyer, Ontario Physician and Lawyer spoke on "Preventative Legal Medicine"

1980-05-18 13:35:26

1980-1981 Family Medicine Residents

80-81 Residents

1980-07-06 00:00:00

Department of Family PracticeEstablished

The former 'Division of Family Practice' becomes 'Department of Family Practice'.

1980-07-13 13:18:58

Residents from 1980

See the Residents from the Class of 1980

1981-01-06 08:57:16

Dr E. Bruce Challis - Department Head

Dr E Bruce Challis serves as Department Head from 1991.

1981-05-08 02:46:30

15th Annual Mackid Symposium

Special Aspects of Multiple Trauma was the theme of the 15th Annual Mackid. The Mackid Lecture was given by Dr. Robert Francis Wilson, Professor of Surgery, Wayne State University, Detroit on "Pathophysiology of Shock"

1981-07-14 00:49:21

1981-1982 Family Medicine Residents

81-82 Family Residents..

1982-05-13 02:46:30

16th Annual Mackid Symposium

The theme was The Knee: Trauma and Sports Injury Guest speakers were Dr. Robert W. Jackson, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto and Dr. Cy Frank, Alberta Heritage Research Fellow, University of California, San Diego.

1982-07-06 00:00:00

Department of Family Medicine Established

Department of Family Practice officially becomes the 'Department of Family Medicine.'

1982-07-14 00:49:21

Family Medicine Residents

82-83 Family Medicine Residents

1982-07-14 00:49:21

1982-1983 Family Medicine Residents

82-83 Residents

1982-08-01 00:00:00

Partnership with Tribhuvan University

UC Faculty of Medicine partners with Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal to establish a general practice specialist program in Nepal. During their 3-year program, Nepalese doctors divide their time between Alberta and Nepal. This CIDA funded program is coordinated by Dr. Mel Kerr.

1983-05-12 02:46:30

17th Annual Mackid Symposium

"Babies, Bugs and Bladders" in collaboration with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Donald R. Ostergard, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Long Beach, CA spoke in Laser Therapy in Gynecology

1983-07-14 00:49:21

1983-1984 Family Medicine Residents

83-84 Residents

50 Years of Family Medicine

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