The approximately 4000 Canadian family physicians who attend the national annual Family Medicine Forum (FMF) voted to select the Me'Chosen Medical booth as this year's most innovative. Congrats to the team and community for the achievement!
The looped soundtracks for the ocean beach in front of the office are now available as downloadable MP3s. These are available for those requesting them for their phones to help with noises interrupting sleep. There are two soundtracks listed below to choose from (can right click and choose 'Save Link As...' to download):
The office garnered a blue ribbon for best pineapple and citrus basket in Metchosin Day's produce and vegetables contest. The pineapple was donated to be a draw prize for participants in the Metchosin Day annual 5km run, and went home to its new adoptive owner.
The medical office has been open seven years this week. To mark the occasion, the team enjoyed a lunch outside in the sunshine.
Dr. O'Connor attended the 2018 Family Medicine Forum in Toronto, with the research poster entitled Wither the Office Plant: Growing plant-based foods inside the family practice office.
Spring has sprung. To help encourage consideration of implementing a plant-based whole-food diet to reduce some burden of chronic diseases, there is a new greenhouse next to the patient parking lot. The initial crop is lemons, limes, Chilean guavas, as well as some starter plants.
Dr. Robert O'Connor, Dr. Pete Hobza and Jazlin Mayhue attended and presented their research at the Family Medicine Forum in Vancouver. The Family Medicine Forum is the annual National conference for Canadian family physicians.
Kody the Kodiak has joined the team. Hand-carved in Metchosin, he welcomes young and old on the way to the office. Many thanks to sculptor Dave for the kind addition.
The first batch of office-grown pineapples have been harvested. Eaten one day in the office, the pineapples taste a bit zestier than ones from the grocery store.
Metchosin Day now has a section for bicycles, including ribbons in various categories, helping to promote healthy bicycling in the community.
The year's best bike accessory went to the housecall's bike custom built rack, that snaps to a modded detachable doctors bag, so that opthalmoscopes and other tools don't fall off en route to a housecall. Thanks to Al Bergman for the custom welding and fabrication.
Competition in Metchosin for best bike accessory was not as tight as the battle for best pie, yet.
Al Bergman, of Berg Bikes, has completed construction of the housecall bicycle. It was picked up from his home-based wheelchair-accessible manufacturing shop in Cobble Hill on Vancouver Island.
A handcrafted examination table arrived for the office. Built by hand by a local carpenter, the table features all-wood construction in the stirrups, drawers, and sliding platforms.
Upon hearing of the donated Dr. Seuss 'Cat In the Hat', Christien Shipton, a Sooke quilter kindly opted to create a custom, handmade Dr. Seuss quilt. The quilt was given to Dr. O'Connor to deliver for the special needs children of the area. It was delivered in September to the Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island at their motorcar gathering fundraiser.
Today marked the five-millionth passenger into Ogden Point in Victoria. The ship carrying the passenger cruised through the glimmering waters in front of the medical office, enjoying the summer day.
Times Colonist coverage.
There is a resident bald eagle nest on Delgada Road, a few doors up from the office driveway toward Metchosin Road. If listen for the peeping, and look closely with the binoculars, can see the camouflaged baby eaglet (circled in red) poking out of edge of the nest.
The hanging system is up, allowing artwork on office walls to change every few weeks. If you are a local artist, and interested in having your work featured, please drop a line!
Dr. O'Connor played a small part in helping out the kids and team at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health recover part of their cultural history. Further details at:
Victoria Times Colonist
A followup letter from someone who was a patient at the Solarium in the 1950s
Congratulations to retiring Metchosin physicians Dr. Dan O'Connell and Dr. Joan Rosenberg for their well-earned award, recognizing their many years of service!
A presentation on rural medicine at the Metchosin Community Hall was successful with members of community filling the aisles of the small venue. Thanks to the many organizers and attendees who helped make it a success!
While awaiting to start the new practice in Metchosin, Dr. O'Connor completed the Victoria 8K road race, through downtown Victoria. Dr. O'Connor used this special performance-enhancing-garment to reach his goal of a Top 80 finish in the Victoria 8K. By this, he means he was able to top the finish times of some of the 80-year-olds.