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Willem R. Vroom, MD

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Dr Vroom practised in Surrey as a GP for 29 years, and later as an emergency physician. From 2006 to 2015, Dr Vroom was the senior deputy registrar at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, with oversight for the accreditation and Physician Practice Enhancement programs. He currently works as a consultant in regulatory and medical administrative and governance matters. Outside of work Dr Vroom enjoys running, swimming, tennis, hiking, gardening, boating, and fishing, especially with his grandchildren.

Editorials / May 2011

One of the cornerstones of professionalism is the expectation to place the interest of others before one’s own. In recognition of this higher calling, society grants special privileges to professions, such as the... Read More

Letters / April 2011

Lucas and Capler argue that PubMed has over 12000 studies on cannabis and that a medical cannabis advisory group has dozens of recent peer-reviewed publications that should enlighten me. Quite the contrary. There are,... Read More

Letters / November 2010

Ms Capler and Mr Lucas are correct about my lack of knowledge of marijuana pharmacology. Their recommended web site has, unfortunately, not educated me any further.  The whole crux of my editorial was to... Read More

Editorials / September 2010

It is often problematic when pa­tients request a particular medication, particularly when the clinician has reservations about the request. Examples in everyday practice include requests for sleeping pills and... Read More

News / June 2010

By Karen Shklanka. Coteau Books, 2009. ISBN: 978-1-55050-402-6. Paperback, 87 pages. $16.95. Dr Karen Shklanka is a Vancouver family physician, poet, and Argentine tango afficionada. She has published in numerous... Read More

Editorials / December 2009

I was recently at a social event at which one of my colleagues threatened to “go postal” if he had to rejoin the College of Family Physicians (CFPC) to comply with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British... Read More