Airdrie doctor awarded for community work
Airdrie doctor Dr. Julian Kyne of Associate Medical Clinic was presented with the Recognition of Excellence Award from the Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP).
The Recognition of Excellence Awards recognize members who, in the past 12 to 24 months have made an outstanding contribution in one or more of the following areas: patient care, community service, hospital or health care institutions, college activities, teaching, research, and other elements of the academic discipline of family medicine.
“I was thoroughly surprised and humbled, it was a great honour,” Kyne said of finding out he was the recipient of the award.
“I’m profoundly grateful to the community. They’ve enriched my life beyond any expectation I had 25 years ago. I’m the real winner here.”
After graduating from University of Calgary and working as a locum physician for two years, Kyne and his wife, Gisele, worked in Kenya for a year. He has practiced in Airdrie for the past 25 years.
“I have grown up with the community and found people to be very warm and welcoming,” he said.
“It’s so rewarding to become a part of these families and to see them grow and go through their lifecycles.”
Kyne is deeply involved in community organizations and local events. He is a member of the Airdrie Health Foundation - a group of local politicians, residents and doctors looking to find ways to attract doctors to Airdrie and get 24-hour health care in the community. (See related story on page 1).
He is in rotation at Airdrie Urgent Care and also works with medical students, nurse practitioners and resident physicians to pass on his craft.
“I have had the privilege of going to medical school and I have a passion for education,” he said.
“I want to teach students what I have learned from my professors as well as from my patients because they teach me something every day.”
Dr. Hal Irvine of Sundre is Alberta’s Family Physician of the Year for 2013. Recipients of the award are chosen by their peers for making significant contributions to the health and well-being of their communities, dedicating themselves to the education of future generations of family doctors, and most importantly, for providing exceptional care to their patients.
“The positive impact our recipients have on their patients, families, and peers is a testament of their dedication to family medicine,” said Dr. Cathy Scrimshaw, ACFP President.
“We are so proud of these individuals and their leadership in communities across Alberta.”
The ACFP’s Awards program reviews nominations on an annual basis and recognizes dedicated students, family medicine residents, and family physicians.
The call for nominations for 2014 opens at the beginning of Family Doctor Week, Nov. 4.
To nominate a local doctor, visit www.acfp.ca