2012 – Ontario
A passion for rural family medicine education and practice has been the milestones of a successful career for Dr Peter Wells, from Collingwood, Ontario.
Dr Wells received his medical degree from McMaster University in 1980. In 1982, he received Certification in Family Medicine and became a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2002.
After starting his family medicine career in Oakville, Ontario, Dr Wells opened his own practice in Collingwood in 1987. He continues to practise comprehensive family medicine including obstetrics, and until recently, worked in emergency medicine at the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital.
In 1988, Dr Wells’ vision for enhancing the profile of rural family medicine led him to develop the Rural Ontario Medical Program—an education program serving 65 communities that is highly regarded by all six of Ontario’s medical schools. His efforts were acknowledged in 2002, when Dr Wells received the Rural Service Award from the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada.
Dr Wells currently serves as Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Toronto and McMaster University. He is also a continuing medical education facilitator at McMaster University.
Dr Wells has held many leadership roles with committees and organizations at both the local hospital and provincial levels. In 2007, Dr Wells was appointed Vice Chair of the HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and continues his role as Chair of the Board.
Dr Wells attributes his success to his father, a general surgeon, and grandfather, a family physician. He enjoys creating wood habitats for animals and spending time with his wife, Connie and four children at their remote island cottage in Georgian Bay.