The Ontario College of Family Physicians recognizes and celebrates outstanding skill, knowledge and dedication of family doctors across Ontario through an annual awards program. The 2017 award recipients exemplify the vital work family doctors do to help Ontarians healthy.
This year, Dr. Robin Kennie of Perth has been honoured with the Community Teacher of the Year award.
This award celebrates excellence in a community family medicine preceptor. This award is nominated by Ontario’s family medicine residents and medical school students.
Dr. Kennie was raised in Nanaimo, B.C. and graduated from the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine. After completing several rural rotations during medical school and getting a feel for small-town medicine, he headed east to Thunder Bay for residency. Dr. Kennie spent 10 years in the north as a family practitioner and an emergency room physician. He also took on the role of family practice site director for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
In 2009, Dr. Kennie moved to Perth. He opened family practice in what was at the time, an under-serviced area. At the same time he worked several shifts a week in the ER where he eventually becoming the department head. He was also able join the Eastern Regional Medical Education Program and is now its medical director.
Dr. Kennie has enjoyed teaching, and learning from, his students over the past 17 years and is humbled that they have enjoyed their experiences enough to nominate him for this award.