2013 – Manitoba

MN-Duerksen_2013-FPOYDr Mark Duerksen is recognized by his colleagues for his focus and exemplary leadership in family medicine. He demonstrates optimal patient care while carefully listening to patients and crafting solutions to their concerns.

A medical graduate of the University of Manitoba in 1988, Dr Duerksen received Certification in Family Medicine in 1990 and become a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2004.

Since 1990, Dr Duerksen has practised family medicine at Steinbach Family Medical, where he currently serves as President and is an active member of the staff. He also continues to provide exemplary care to patients at Bethesda Hospital.

A preceptor to medical students and family medicine residents through the University of Manitoba, Dr Duerksen was also involved in the creation of a clinical teaching unit in Steinbach.

Throughout his career, Dr Duerksen has been an active proponent of electronic medical records (EMRs). He serves as a leader in the Peer-to-Peer Network, which assists physicians in their transition to EMRs. He has led the Manitoba Physician Integrated Network since its inception in 2006, and is on the steering committee that is implementing the first Primary Care Network in Manitoba.

A vocal proponent for continuing medical education, Dr Duerksen has served as a question writer for the CFPC’s Self Learning® program since 1994.

In his spare time, Dr Duerksen enjoys spending time with his wife, Kim, and their three daughters Jessica, Heather, and Kari, as well as participating in outdoor activities such as biking, tennis, jogging, and gardening.

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