Two Family Physicians Receive Award During Annual Dr. Robert Baillie Lecture

Dr. Baillie Award - Group Photo
From left to right: Dr. Robert Baillie, retired cardiologist; Dr. Jim MacKillop, award recipient; Dr. Sharon Mulvagh, presenter; Dr. Stephanie Langley, award recipient and Dr. Paul MacDonald, cardiologist and organizer of Clinical Day in Cardiology.

Dr. Stephanie Langley and Dr. Jim MacKillop are this year’s recipients of the Dr. Robert Baillie award which is presented to individuals or groups who advocate healthy living.

Dr. Langley and Dr. MacKillop are being honoured for their leadership and support of medical residency training on Cape Breton Island.

In 1997, the Family Medicine Residency Program began through a teaching partnership with the Dalhousie University School of Medicine. The program gives residents a broad range of experiences in their two years on the Island. With support from the family physicians and specialists who participate in the program, residents practice in hospitals, community clinics, rural sites and physician offices. They also receive training in a variety of areas including surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine, cardiology, psychiatry and more. Dr. MacKillop was the program’s first coordinator. In 2014, Dr. Langley took on that role after 10 years as site director for the Dalhousie Undergraduate Medical Education Program. Since the program started, more than 100 family medicine residents have trained in Cape Breton.

“The Family Medicine Residency program is one of our best kept secrets and one of our greatest successes,” says Dr. Paul MacDonald, cardiologist. “Under the strong leadership and guidance of Dr. MacKillop and Dr. Langley, this program has successfully retained a large number of physicians in our community and is essential to our ongoing long-term health care planning to grow and improve access to primary health care and family physicians.”

Drs. Langley and MacKillop will receive the award tonight (Thursday, June 7) at the annual “Dr. Robert Baillie Lecture”. Following the award presentation, Dr. Sharon Mulvagh will talk about “Women and Heart Disease”. Dr. Mulvagh is a leader and champion in the new Women’s Heart Health Clinic at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Increased recognition that women with heart disease present differently than men can lead to challenges in diagnosis and differences in treatment and outcome. Dr. Mulvagh will review the challenges and opportunities in the diagnosis and management of women with heart disease.

This annual lecture recognizes Dr. Baillie’s leadership and excellent care he provided to Cape Bretoners. It also gives people access to national experts in the field of cardiac medicine. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

The Dr. Robert Baillie Lecture takes place tonight, Thursday, June 7 in the Mariner Ballroom at the Holiday Inn, Sydney-Waterfront at 6:30 p.m.