2012 – Nova Scotia
Known for her many contributions to family medicine in the small communities of Middleton, Bridgetown, and Greenwood, Nova Scotia, Dr Jane Brooks’ passion for rural family medicine has made a big impact to the lives of her students and patients.
After earning both her Doctorate in Microbiology and Immunology and her medical degree at Dalhousie University, Dr Brooks went on to complete her residency training at Memorial University. She received Certification in Family Medicine in 1999.
Soon after starting her career, Dr Brooks and her husband, Eric (also a family physician), formed the Middleton Collaborative Practice, a comprehensive family medicine practice considered a pioneer for collaborative practices in Nova Scotia. It was also one of the first in Nova Scotia to adopt a fully functional electronic medical record system. This practice now serves as a teaching site for family medicine residents.
Through involvement with the Canadian Medical Association and Doctors Nova Scotia, where she served as president, Dr Brooks’ advocacy efforts have helped enhance patient care in the Annapolis Valley Region. She has served on numerous local and provincial committees and as Chief of Staff at Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital. Currently, Dr Brooks serves as Co-chair of Annapolis Valley Health District’s Department of Family Medicine.
In 2007, Dr Brooks’ mentorship, leadership, and professionalism were acknowledged with the Preceptor of the Year Award from Dalhousie University.
Dr Brooks enjoys spending family time with Eric and their two active sons, John and Ned. She supports her sons’ sports teams both by cheering loudly and by serving on their executives. She also enjoys gardening, cooking, and cycling.