2013 – British Columbia
A dedicated rural family physician, Dr Tom Rimmer was nominated by his peers for his leadership and commitment to providing exemplary care to underserviced communities.
Dr Rimmer received his medical degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1995 and completed a Rural Family Practice Residency there in 1997. That same year, Dr Rimmer received Certification in Family Medicine and became a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2008.
From 1997 to 2000, Dr Rimmer completed locums in British Columbia and Nova Scotia before opening his full service practice, which includes hospital and obstetrical care in Duncan, BC.
Dr Rimmer serves as a preceptor with the UBC Family Practice Residency Program for family medicine residents. He is also a preceptor to medical students in third-year UBC rural practice and fourth-year family practice programs.
Among his many leadership roles, Dr Rimmer serves as physician lead of the Mental Health Module with the Vancouver Island Health Authority. He is also a mentor of the Cowichan Valley Community of Practice through the Physician Information Technology Office, where he supports physicians transitioning into electronic medical record systems. Dr Rimmer is a founding Board Member of the Cowichan Valley Division of Family Practice Society, which is part of a province-wide initiative to sustain and enhance primary care in that region. This initiative was instrumental in the 2011 opening of the Cowichan Maternity Clinic and the development of a hospital care program.
Dr Rimmer enjoys spending time with Mona, his wife of more than 20 years, and their two children. He also enjoys spending his days off in his garden or on his sailboat.