2008 – Prince Edward Island

From a one-room schoolhouse in Springbrook, Prince Edward Island, to training in family medicine, to being Canada’s Family Physician of the Year for 2008 from PEI, Dr Douglas Meek has come a long way.

Doug obtained his medical degree in 1973 from Dalhousie University and opened his first family practice in Hunter River, PEI. In 1975, he moved to the Polyclinic in Charlottetown where he maintains a busy office and hospital practice. Many of his patients are now third generation and part of what he considers his large extended family.

House calls and hospital rounds twice daily are part of Doug’s regular schedule. In addition, from 1995-2007, he provided geriatric care as the resident physician at the 120-bed Prince Edward Home in Charlottetown.

Doug received his Certification in Family Medicine in 1986. He was President of the Prince Edward Island College of Family Physicians from 1978-79 and Chair of Family Practice at Queen Elizabeth Hospital from 2000-2005. Doug’s dedicated service to his community was profiled in a 2006 CBC documentary: ‘A Day in the Life of an Island Doctor’.

Doug is highly respected for his compassion and thoroughness; his understanding, organization, strong faith and quick sense of humor. What kind of family doctor is known for his favorite lunch: a tuna sandwich and two chocolate chip cookies?

Doug’s family includes his wife, Norma and their three sons: Geoff, Craig and Shawn and his wife, Jill. Doug enjoys reading, travelling, golfing, and photography. Looking forward, he hopes to slow down a little from his busy practice to have more time with his family and enjoy a new cottage they recently built not far from the little one-room schoolhouse in Springbrook.

“Being a family physician is the most rewarding experience that any individual could ask for. To receive this award is the ‘icing on the cake’ and caps off over 35 years of family practice in PEI. It is a tremendous honour for me and I am very humbled to receive it.”

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