2020 Keynote Speakers

Family Medicine Forum 202 Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, November 4th 2020 | 10am—11am EST

Dr. Carol Herbert

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Dr. Carol Herbert

Carol Herbert, MD, CCFP, FCFP, FCAHS

How Should Evidence Change Practice: Choice, policy, or crisis?
In this year’s Dr. Ian McWhinney Keynote Address, Dr. Carol Herbert will discuss the changes she has witnessed in primary care since her days as a student. She will cover a variety of subjects such as birthing, sexual medicine, sexual abuse, and treatment of earache. Dr. Herbert will examine drivers of and impediments to practice change—economic, knowledge-based, situational, and structural inequities.

Through this keynote address, you will learn how to:

  • Describe drivers of and impediments to evidence-based changes in primary care
  • Compare how new knowledge is integrated into primary care in different jurisdictions
  • Decide under which circumstances you can deviate from evidence-based guidelines

Learn more about Dr. Herbert in our interview.

Thursday, November 5th 2020 | 10am—11am EST

Mr. Stephan Maighan

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Mr. Stephan Maighan

Mr. Stephan Maighan

Extraordinary Times Call for Extraordinary People: Going above and beyond as a physician—more than a sense of duty, a true calling
Stephan Maighan is inspiring and moving as he empowers people to stop at nothing short of excellence, both in their personal and professional lives. As we navigate these times of uncertainty, engaging your teams with relevant and inspiring messages about change, resilience, unity, and leadership is more important than ever. Learning how to respond to change positively and see the opportunities that come with it is a strategic advantage.

Stephan shares effective ways to gain confidence and learn how to respond in times of crisis as a family physician or, as he calls it, a modern-day hero. Through his keynote presentation you will not only experience a new and empowering way of thinking, you will also be moved and astounded by his resilience and his incredible journey.

This keynote presentation will inspire you to:

  • Explore ways to gain confidence when responding to crises
  • Encourage and empower teams to react positively to uncertain situations
  • Achieve excellence, both professionally and personally

Watch Stephan’s video.

Friday, November 6, 2020 | 10am—11am EST

Dr. Iona Heath

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Dre Iona Heath


2020: The year of practising dangerously
None of us will ever forget 2020, when everyone involved in the delivery of health care has faced unprecedented challenges and extreme physical and emotional stress. Dr. Iona Heath, this year’s recipient of the TD Insurance Spotlight on Achievement Award, tackles this in her keynote address.

Everyone has experienced concern for their own physical safety and the possibility of infecting their families and other loved ones. Many of us will have lost colleagues, relatives, and friends to COVID-19. We have faced the insecurity of tackling a new and devastating disease without adequate knowledge or experience, compounded by the emotional toll of record death rates.

By the end of Dr. Heath’s keynote address you will have learned to:

  • Assess the heightened dangers of primary care practice during a pandemic
  • Identify the risks and benefits of diagnosing patients remotely
  • Explore the challenges COVID-19 has presented to family medicine

For additional insights, read our interview with Dr. Heath.