2013 – Ontario

ON-Newbery_2013-FPOYDr Sarah-Lynn Newbery is recognized for her outstanding contributions to family medicine education and rural family practice in northern Ontario.

In 1993, Dr Newbery completed her medical degree at McMaster University. She received Certification in Family Medicine in 1995 and she became a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2006.

Since 1996, Dr Newbery has practised comprehensive rural family medicine with the Marathon Family Health Team. She also serves as Chief of Staff and chemotherapy physician with the Wilson Memorial General Hospital in Marathon, Ontario.

In addition to her role as preceptor for the Northwestern Ontario Medical Program (NOMP)—now the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM)—Dr Newbery is credited for her outstanding leadership in the restructuring of the curriculum and assessment model. She made significant contributions to the first teaching modules including session types, case content, and the Aboriginal Community Placement pilot module.

Since 2008, Dr Newbery has served as a Board Member of the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP). At the community level, she chaired the Marathon Groundwater Stewardship Committee and the Peninsula Harbour Remediation Committee, which was recognized with an Environmental Stewardship Award in 2013.

In 2009, Dr Newbery’s rural practice was recognized as Family Practice of the Year— one of two awarded by the OCFP that year. Her team practice was celebrated as Teacher of the Year by the NOMP in 2002, and again in 2010 by the NOSM.

In her personal time, Dr Newbery enjoys exploring the beautiful countryside in northern Ontario, reading, knitting, and spending time with her husband, Eliseo, and their sons, Ari and Mateo.

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