From all of us at the West Prince Family Health Clinic, to all of you, have a Happy Easter. We will be closed in observance of Good Friday and Easter Monday. Everything will be open again on Tuesday the 2nd.
What's going on in the clinic this week...
Board certification is a meaningful indicator that a doctor has the knowledge, experience and skills necessary to provide high-quality patient care. Although board certification is voluntary, American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) certification is recognized throughout the world as signifying excellence in the practice of Family Medicine.
Board certified family physicians have demonstrated the ability and the commitment to lifelong learning, which is necessary to provide the high quality care that every patient deserves.
ABFM Certification requirements include:
- Completion of the required pre-doctoral medical education (medical school)
- Completion of required training in an accredited residency or fellowship program (after medical school)
- Assessment and documentation of individual performance from the residency or fellowship training director or from the chief of service in the hospital where the specialist practices
- An unrestricted license to practice medicine
- Passing a secure, computer-based certification examination (every ten years)
- On going assessments by the ABFM on competance and skills through yearly Maintenance of Certification
- Quality Improvement projects that imrpove the individual physician's medical practice
So, for the remainder of the month of March Dr Grimes will be out of the office on Wednesday (starting next week) to study for my up coming recertification in Family Medicine for the American Board of Family Medicine. So, is your doctor up to date? Dr Grimes will be in one month (he hopes).
As many of you know, I often recommend mindfulness as a way of managing many aspects of your health. Mindfulness, or as I like to think of it paying attention, has a profound impact on how you care for yourself, as well as how you care for the world around you. It seems to me, something that requires no specialized equipment, only your time and effort, should not provide the kind of benefits that this does. However, I have found over my life as a physician, as well as the lives of my patients, that mindfulness practice provides untold benefits far beyond what I would ever expect to see.
So what is it? I like to think of it is paying attention. When I say paying attention I mean bringing one’s complete attention to the present experience on a moment-to-moment basis. Another way to think of it is paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally. Or as Bishop Lau offer "The first component [of mindfulness] involves the self-regulation of attention so that it is maintained on immediate experience, thereby allowing for increased recognition of mental events in the present moment. The second component involves adopting a particular orientation toward one’s experiences in the present moment, an orientation that is characterized by curiosity, openness, and acceptance."
Mindfulness has been shown, in clinical research, to have a positive and beneficial effect for the following illnesses: depression, psoriasis, smoking cessation, dementia, chronic pain, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma and many others.
With this in mind, no pun intended, I would like to mention that the mindfulness-based stress reduction course is soon to be offered again on Prince Edward Island. This is an exceptional course, and I speak from personal experience, the instructors are fantastic and it is well worth your time and effort. Additionally, the West Prince Family Health Clinic has a number of books and videos in our lending library on the topic of mindfulness. These are available for checkout from the clinic, just ask at the front desk. You can also learn more about mindfulness from the Mindfulness and Yoga links on this site.
If you are intersted in the Mindfullness Course this spring, click for more information.