For nearly two decades, Dr. Tina Korownyk has been at the forefront of family medicine in Edmonton. Her reach extends beyond clinical practice into the academic realm. Dr. Korownyk currently holds the position of professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta, where she also serves as Chair. Her commitment to evidence-based care shines through her role as a founding member of Practising Evidence-Based Recommendations (PEER), an initiative championing primary care using the best evidence available.
Beyond her academic roles, Dr. Korownyk is a prolific contributor to the medical community. She actively develops Tools for Practice and PEER guidelines, making evidence accessible to practitioners. A recognized voice in her field, she has spoken at provincial and national conferences and boasts over 125 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Her leadership extends to coordinating the evidence-based medicine program for family medicine residents at the University of Alberta and steering the Pragmatic Trials team, focusing on patient-centric care through pragmatic randomized controlled trials.
In addition to earning such commendable professional accolades, Dr. Korownyk finds joy in her personal life. A devoted wife and mother to four vibrant children, she cherishes her time outdoors, reflecting on the vastness and diversity of family medicine.
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.