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Professor spearheaded first family practice teaching unit

Published: October 27, 2009

A celebration of Ronald McAuley, a physician who was instrumental in the development of family medicine at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, will be held today, Oct. 27, 2009 at 2 p.m. at Ryerson United Church, Hamilton.

McAuley died Oct. 22; he was 79. He had been a family physician in Hamilton for 43 years and a professor of the medical school for 29 years, including a term as chair of the Department of Family Medicine. He retired from the University in 1996.

McAuley was drawn into helping to develop family medicine at the medical school by the first dean, John Evans, who felt there was not enough focus on primary care at Ontario medical schools.

McAuley was the key person to work out the details of the family medicine residency program, which was the first residency program for the McMaster medical school and one of the first medical school educational programs to recognize family medicine as a professional specialty in its own right. He also led a small group to establish the first family practice teaching unit at Henderson hospital.

He became a consultant for McMaster’s problem-based learning methods and, in recognition for his contributions to family medicine at their medical schools, he received honorary doctorates from the University of Linkoping, Sweden, and the University of Tampere in Finland. He was also involved in the development of the Hamilton Breast Screening Unit.

McAuley is remembered by his wife Joan and children Beth, Hugh, James and Janet.

Visitation will be held for one hour before the 2 p.m. service today.

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