Sunday, May 19, is BC Family Doctor Day, a day set aside to salute the province’s 6,000 family doctors.
As part of the annual celebration, the BC College of Family Physicians has announced award recipients for 2019 — and a Kamloops doctor is among physicians receiving kudos.
Dr. Steven Broadbent is one of five recipients of the My Family Doctor Award, a patient-nominated honour. One of Broadbent’s patients noted: “I feel like I have developed a great relationship with him, and I truly trust his medical opinion. He is well connected with the available resources in the community and he values his fellow professionals’ opinions. He is not too proud to ask a specialist for advice.”
Broadbent, who practises in an office at Columbia Street and Greenstone Drive in lower Sahali, graduated from Leicester University in England and completed his family medicine and basic surgical training in the United Kingdom.
On relocating to Canada, he spent more than three years practicing in Clearwater, followed by a move to Kamloops two years ago.
Broadbent describes family practice as “challenging, with constantly shifting evidence; no two days are ever the same especially with my complex care practice. Over two-thirds of health care occurs in our [family medicine] domain, meaning we can make real differences in conjunction with working with our patients.”
Other recipients of the My Family Doctor Award are doctors Elizabeth Payne of Port Coquitlam, Christopher Collins of Nanaimo, Marlowe Haskins of Smithers and Margo Sweeny of Vancouver.
Other BC College of Family Physicians award winners:
• BC Family Physician of the Year: Dr. Catherine Textor of Prince George;
• First Five Years of Practice Award: Dr. Aryn Khan of Vanderhoof;
• Small Changes, Big Difference Award: Opioid Agonist Treatment Force, an initiative of the Surrey-North Delta Division of Family Practice;
• Resident Leadership Award: Dr. Saima Ali;
• Dr. Manoo and Jean Gurjar Award, BCCFP Family Medicine Resident Scholarship: Dr. Natalie Chan and Dr. Vincent Wong.
Dr. Jeanette Boyd, president of the BC College of Family Physicians, said research shows that having your own family doctor is good for your health, noting it is the doctor-patient relationship that makes the difference.
“We know that when communities have sufficient numbers of family doctors, they have lower rates of hospitalizations and emergency room visits, higher cancer detection rates and improved management of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease,” Boyd said.