2005 – Newfoundland and Labrador
Dr Michael Jong was born in Malaysia on the island of Borneo. Michael attended medical school at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, managing to devote what time he could spare to competitive tennis. Following medical school, in lieu of military service, Michael chose to work for two years in a remote part of the country, where he developed a wide variety of clinical skills.
Michael did his internal medicine residency in England in 1978, and afterwards was offered a pediatrics residency in St Anthony, Newfoundland. “I visited Goose Bay the following summer, bought a snowmobile and started work as a GP that fall,” recalls Michael.
Michael completed his family medicine residency at Memorial University in St John’s, using part of that time to develop the NorFam – or, Northern Family Medicine – program.
Michael’s current work includes administration, family practice resident teaching, community and applied health research and clinical practice. Michael has been awarded his Fellowship with the College. He is president-elect of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada. Michael has published 37 papers, with the most recent related to occupational crab asthma and telehealth. He hopes to participate in the establishment of a Northern Health Research Network.
Michael met his wife Cathy in Goose Bay, and they have a daughter age 18 and son age 13. They enjoy snowmobiling, winter camping, cross-country skiing and fishing, especially for salmon.
One of Michael’s colleagues comments that, “Family medicine is a community based discipline and he is an exceptional resource to the town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay and indeed all of Labrador.”