Whether it was his mother or relatives on his father’s side, Dr. Amer Ahmad’s family was never short on thriving doctors. He especially admired his mother’s ability to dedicate time to her family while having a successful medical career. Influenced by his dedicated family, Dr. Ahmad went on to study medicine, completing his doctorate at Dalhousie University in 1989.
Over the past 30 years, Dr. Ahmad’s career has consisted of both clinical and emergency medicine experiences. He provides comprehensive medical care to all ages, from newborns to seniors, and been an advocate for his patients and community.
Demonstrating a commitment to improving our emergency services in times of crisis, Dr. Ahmad has worked to minimize disruption caused by the shortage of medical staff across the country. With the current deficits in primary care, emergency rooms are severely overwhelmed. His extensive experience in this care area allows Dr. Ahmad the opportunity to help the patients with their comprehensive medical needs.
Dr. Ahmad has voiced his support of walk-in clinics and their ability to provide much-needed medical care, especially to those without family physicians and with complex medical problems. These clinics are helping reduce some of the emergency room burdens and allowing patients to access medical care in a health care system in crisis. Dr. Ahmad continues to emphasize the importance of these clinics and the opportunities they provide for increased collaboration with allied health care providers.
Family medicine has provided Dr. Ahmad with a broad scope of practice across various clinical settings. Whether it be caring for patients throughout their lifetime or providing acute care to those in need, Dr. Ahmad advances his family’s legacy.
Canada’s Family Physicians of the Year –
The Reg L. Perkin Award
Since 1972, the CFPC and the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine have honoured family physician members who exemplify the guiding principles of family medicine. Initially, one award recipient was selected to receive the Family Physician of the Year (FPOY) Award each year. Since 2002, 10 family physicians have been recognized annually—one representing each CFPC Chapter.
Canada’s FPOYs are chosen by their peers, other health care colleagues, and community leaders for:
- Providing exceptional care to their patients
- Making meaningful contributions to the health and well-being of their communities
- Dedicating themselves as researchers and educators of future generations of family doctors
FPOY recipients must exemplify the four principles of family medicine:
- Be skilled clinicians
- Be community based
- Act as a resource to a practice population
- Recognize the central importance of the doctor-patient relationship
CFPC Chapters review nominations and select the FPOY for their respective provinces. The provincial FPOYs are honoured at their respective Annual Scientific Assemblies or Annual General Meetings. The national FPOYs are honoured at the annual CFPC Family Medicine Forum.