As a broad-spectrum generalist, Dr. Sean Groves has dedicated himself to serving challenging and complex patient populations in rural and remote settings. A proud alumnus of the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Groves embarked on his journey in rural family medicine in 2005. In 2010 he established the La Ronge Rural and Remote Family Medicine Residency training program.
His medical expertise is vast and varied, encompassing areas such as addictions medicine, obstetrics, sports medicine, primary care for HIV and hepatitis C, and more. Beyond the confines of medicine, Dr. Groves showcases his joy of sports, playing hockey and serving as the team physician for the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Ice Wolves. His commitment to community service is evident in his roles on the La Ronge and Area Minor Baseball League, coaching the U15 and U18 teams, and his recent induction into the Board of Directors for Men of the North.
La Ronge is Dr. Groves’ workplace and home. Together with his wife, Beckie, a high school math teacher, they’ve raised four remarkable children: Julia, a budding nurse; Solomon, an engineering student; Isabel, pursuing teaching; and Pikaea, exploring arts and science. Dr. Sean Groves stands as a dedication to medicine and the heart of his community.
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.